Our client is looking for a Chief Technical Officer in Durban.
Reporting to the Managing Director and working as a key member of the client’s Refineries’ Management team, take a leadership role in building, implementing, and overseeing all of the Company’s systems, processes, workflows, and procedures
Refine and implement Operations strategy including aspects such as area selection, product design and delivery, portfolio quality management and communications.
Responsible for the management of the overall quality and efficiency of operations.
Be accountable for the aggregate plan and delivery of systems, operations, properties & maintenance and the general operating model of the client’s Refineries.
Leverage the advantages of bringing together the operational expertise and drive through more efficient ways of working.
Ensure strategic objectives shaped at Executive Management level are translated into tactical business plans with mechanisms for key measurements in place to monitor progress.
Ensure that business change projects are delivered in line with directions from Executive Management level.
Coordinate the efforts of the different operational areas under management to ensure minimal duplication of efforts, maximum efficiency and to maximize value for money.
Re-balance resources between different areas e.g. reallocating budgets, but within overall approved resources for the year.
Contribute to the development of business unit strategy for the next 2-3 years by providing a view on potential improvements for products or services and an assessment of the existing situation and anticipated changes in the external environment.
Manage departmental budgets including signing off of invoices and quotes within mandate, including all relevant cost control initiatives.
Escalate out of budgets items to the Managing Director for approval.
Sign off capital expenditure within budget. This includes approving purchase or sell decisions for desktop computers, laptops, departmental equipment etc.
Analyse effectiveness of processes and systems in use in general for operations and recommend corrective action or automation.
Review performance against balanced scorecard components as prescribed by the Executive Management, discuss gaps and agree on action plans to close gaps.
Benchmark productivity of the department against industry standards and create measures to improve productivity.
Manage Strategic Projects within the operations to achieve production and operational efficiencies
Responsible for productivity of the operations within Operations as well as the maintenance of all operational equipment
Provide input into the Research and Development of products and the improvement of existing products within Speciality Fats – add special blends and speciality fats to the range of products offered. Collaborate with IFFCO to enable product development and training of speciality fats team.
Handling the customer complaints in terms of operations.
Liaise with customers pertaining to customer requirements within Speciality Fats
Training of the operations and maintenance team within Operations
Management of the quality team and training in terms of requirements pertaining to Operations.
Ensure occupational health and safety standards are implemented and actioned
Provide technical support to market and customers
Leading the implementation and audits for safety, FSSC and operations related audits
(compliance). Training the relevant team in regards to the audits
8 to 10 years’ experience – including crushing, refining and packing
8 + years’ experience at a Senior Management level
Qualification in Chemical Engineering or relevant operations
Must have 5 + years’ experience in managing implementing and managing audits (from safety to operational related audit)
Experience and a strong understanding of installation, new projects and project management in the FMCG industry
Must be financially and commercially skilled in budget management / control
Must have a track record of leading multi-discipline teams to deliver on required, agreed KPI’s and within budget
Must promote a teamwork culture and build effective relationships across the business
Must understand customer needs and be able to turn requirements into innovative strategic solutions
Identify and lead change and continuous improvement
Be a self-starter with excellent leadership skills
Must have knowledge of the quality function within the client’s operations