Process and Recoveries Engineer Optimization

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The position reports to the Factory Optimization Manager and operates within the Factory function

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Defining, building, and testing the process engineering standards in the factory with the aim of building process capability to make the factory a World Class Operation
  • Analysis of process performance using continuous improvement tools, identifying process inefficiencies, and using problem-solving tools to eliminate the waste and maximize recoveries
  • Identifying and implementing all the Factory Process Improvement Projects using  World Class Manufacturing Principles
  • Reviewing Factory HACCP studies and enforcing Food Safety requirements and GMP requirements
  • Auditing factory process performance and recommending solutions to non-conforming processes
  • Driving the Safety culture

Key Performance Areas

  • Contribute to the in-Country Production Optimization Strategy with the objective of effectively optimizing performance and cost of Illovo’s production
  • Drive production, recovery and extraction initiatives that will deliver products at volume, cost and quality levels that drive profitability
  • Drive synergies with the group, effectively partnering with group counterparts to identify, share and embed opportunities for production optimization
  • Provide expertise on complex, multi-faceted production issues, support and advise on solutions.
  • Model and simulate factory balance to understand bottlenecks and key efficiency drivers, and use the model to propose solutions, drawing on factory real-time data
  • Set direction, implement and monitor continuous improvement by driving work practices, and ensuring that tools and techniques are being applied to deliver high-quality products made in a safe and sustainable manner at the highest extraction rate
  • Contribute to production & Supply-side plans and monitoring of compliance to plans
  • Optimize cost of production
  • Conduct regular internal and external benchmarking exercises to identify and develop Production best practices and improvement opportunities
  • Manage and coordinate sharing of identified best practices, frameworks, and minimum standards within function across entities and through the Head Office platform, and provide additional opportunities for problem identification and knowledge sharing
  • Address all technical process audit findings
  • Monitors factory effluent quality and quantity to ensure that any effluent disposal is within specification
  • Support production teams in developing the necessary skills and experience to meet current and future needs
  • Mentor all process trainees
  • Build a strong technical team and talent pipeline for Production Optimisation through ongoing coaching, mentoring, guidance, and technical training
  • Ensure enablers are in place to promote success (e.g systems and processes)
  • Management of technical standards, MOPS, TOPS, process specifications, best practices and policies, and the governance thereof
  • Identify and monitor KPIs to track performance and flag any issues
  • Promote and adhere to Illovo’s procedures, policies, and guidelines, including without limitation, those relating to SHERQ, Competition Law, and Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC)

Minimum Specifications/Requirements areas

  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Degree
  • 5 years experience in a Sugar Processing plant
  • Experience in Sugar production and a sound knowledge of Factory operations will be an added advantage
  • Track record of technical leadership and Process Design Engineering experience
  • Good data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Deep root cause analysis skills and experience

Should you be interested in applying for this position, please email your detailed CV and certified copies of qualifications to [email protected]

All email applications should have the subject: PROCESS AND RECOVERIES ENGINEERS OPTIMISATION

Closing date for applications: 16th April 2021


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