The duties and responsibilities of the Industrial engineer are discussed under the following headings:
• General support
• Regulatory compliance, including company secretary duties
• Regular reporting
• Operational assessments
• Ad hoc investigations
• Strategic planning
• Business planning
• Operational processes and procedures
• Special projects
6.1.1 General support
The Industrial engineer will be required to provide general support to the MD including, but not limited to:
• Compilation of reports and presentations.
• Analysing of data and trends.
• Review of company documentation.
The Industrial engineer will also be required to represent the office of the MD when required.
6.1.2 Regulatory compliance, including company secretary duties
The Industrial engineer will be required to monitor whether the requirements of the following government departments are adhered to:
• Department of Labour.
6.1.3 Regular reporting
The Industrial engineer will be required to assess, summarise and report on the weekly and monthly reports generated by the technical and operational departments of the different companies.
6.1.4 Operational assessments
The Industrial engineer will be required to undertake assessments of identified procedures and processes within the group, propose improvements and oversee the implementation thereof.
6.1.5 Ad hoc investigations
The DELTA Group is continuously entering new markets and offering new services, and, consequently, a requirement exists for investigations and assessments to establish the viability of these new ventures. The CAE will be required to undertake these investigations and report back on the findings.
6.1.6 Strategic planning
The Industrial engineer will be required to provide support and undertake certain analyses during the annual strategic planning sessions of the group.
The Industrial engineer will be required to monitor the execution of certain corporate tasks and provide feedback if tasks are not executed.
6.1.8 Business planning
All companies, and certain technical and operational departments, need to produce business plans on an annual basis. They are reviewed every six-months. The CAE will be required to assist with the review and collation of the information contained in the plans.
All companies, and operational and technical departments, need to do annual budgets. The CAE will be required to compile the group budget and review expenditure against budget on a monthly basis.
6.1.10 Operational processes and procedures
It is the intention to have all DELTA Group companies ISO-certified. The Industrial engineer will assist the CEO in reviewing the identified operational policies and procedures.
6.1.11 Special projects
The Industrial engineer will be required to undertake special projects, over and above daily tasks. These projects could entail the assessment of a new technology, assessing the availability of human capital with specific skills, analysing competitors, etc.
The Industrial engineer position is not a personal assistant position and duties will therefore not include the making of arrangements relating to the MD’s diary, travel and meetings. The taking of minutes and issuing of agendas are also excluded. However, should the need arise due to unforeseen circumstances, the duties will have to be performed.
Experience is not a requirement; it is anticipated that the successful individual will receive intensive on-the-job training. Due to the fact experience is not a requirement, it is anticipated that individuals in their middle to late twenties will apply for the position, these individuals will, however, be required to demonstrate the necessary emotional maturity.
9. Personal attributes
The Industrial engineer must be a personable, ambitious, hardworking individual that can work independently but also function as part of a team when required. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgement and must treat confidential matters with complete discretion. The CAE should also be able to work under pressure and execute tasks in a structured manner.
The Industrial engineer must also have the attributes listed below:
• The ability to put structures in place to ensure an extremely organised working environment
• The ability to relay requirements to senior management staff in a firm yet respectful and cordial manner to ensure compliance without creating animosity
• An interest in, and basic understanding of, the construction industry; it will prove advantageous. The Industrial engineer must also, while in the employ of the DELTA Group, actively expand his/her knowledge of the organisation and industry.
Although the Industrial engineer will be required to work within a highly structured environment with clear procedures and processes, the individual will be required to demonstrate entrepreneurial flair, actively seeking opportunities and proposing solutions for encountered problems.