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Company: MCH International Recruitment

Date Posted: 2018-07-10 15:38:19
Industry: Engineering
Position: Mechanical Engineer -Continuous Improvement (Chemical batch manufacturing), Outer West Durban – Ref: 1084814-1
Job Location: Kwazulu Natal
Package: Market Related

Job Description:

Our client is an international chemical sales company. They require a highly energetic, self-driven and independent Plant Engineer to manage the maintenance and engineering aspects of the plant to achieve overall equipment effectiveness and efficiency (GMR2 responsibilities). The successful candidate will be hands-on, well-organised with a keen eye for detail, will hold a B.Tech/Degree in Mechanical Engineering and have prior GMR2 responsibilities and experience in the chemical manufacturing industry. A fundamental understanding and working experience of risk management in a Hazardous Chemical Manufacturing environment is required.

This position is key to the company’s succession planning and may be given other assignments as part of ongoing developmental efforts. This site is a registered Major Hazard Installation (MHI).

Position details:

Type: Permanent
Reports to: Director Manufacturing Excellence.
Primary purpose: Hands-on management of the maintenance and engineering aspects of the plant to achieve overall equipment effectiveness and efficiency (GMR2 responsibilities).
Job description / core competencies:

The incumbent will be responsible for the following inter alia:

  • Engineering management – maintain and improve engineering performance;
  • Design technology – develop and implement design technology to maintain and improve performance of plant and equipment;
  • Staying on top of things through analysis and diagnostics to limit (repetitive) equipment failures;
  • Onsite contract management;
  • Plant-related SHERQ Management – ensure adherence and compliance with regard to OHSAct and GMR2 responsibilities;
  • Annual maintenance shut downs;
  • Call-outs, weekend work and extended hours is a requisite;
  • Maintenance of the engineering maintenance database;
  • Continuous improvement and project management – implement continuous improvement and project management initiatives.

Country: South Africa
Location: Outer West Durban

Job Qualification & Experience:


  • BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree / B. Tech (Mechanical)
  • Government Certificate of Competency (advantageous)


  • 5 years mechanical engineering experience (3 years in a batch chemical manufacturing industry)
  • This is a hands-on position that does not have any direct reports but will be required to manage on site contract artisans

Qualifying candidates must have (knowledge, skills and abilities):

  • Excellent understanding of the chemical manufacturing industry;
  • Be conversant with the entire manufacturing plant structure;
  • Good knowledge of engineering and engineering design principles;
  • Good understanding of contract management principles;
  • Effective risk management; knowing when to escalate, defining risk mitigation plans and know when to invoke them;
  • Must have strong analytical skills with ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent knowledge of process safety, policies, procedures and legislation;
  • Fundamental understanding and working experience of Risk Management in a Hazardous Chemical Manufacturing environment;
  • Ability to effectively interface with all levels of management with excellent interpersonal and written communication skills to interact with local and corporate contacts;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to analyse bottleneck processes and support production in finding solutions;
  • Technical knowledge on equipment standards, maintenance approaches and maintenance strategy development.

Company Description:

An international chemical sales company

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