Our client is the leading and fastest-growing meat processor in the East African region.They are looking for an experienced Plant Engineer to enhance service quality, equipment reliability, and availability by improving workflows and optimising maintenance work processes using a world-class asset management methodology. This includes Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) methodology.The Plant Engineer will be a key link between the maintenance organisation and the engineering and production departments. It provides Mechanical input to improve production, equipment design, reliability, and maintainability.The incumbent will be based at their processing plant in Thika.Main AccountabilitiesStrategy Manage asset management systems to improve plant reliability and availabilityImplement preventative maintenance schedules to eliminate downtime, and failures & establish the root causes analysis.Maintenance budget controlMaintain utilities such as boiler, steam, and power generation equipment ensuring safe, secure, and efficient operationsMaintain the vehicle fleet ensuring safe and efficient operationsEnsure compliance with legally required equipment inspectionsManage engineering team key performance indicators and developmentEnsure that maintenance records are kept in hard and /or soft copies in accordance to the set standards e.g. FSSC 22000/QSA/FSA/GMP/Hygiene Practices.Adhere to factory policies in place e.g. EHS, food safety, emergency response, etc Expertise Provides expertise, leadership & support for the resolution of Engineering issues within the site.Set and control the asset maintenance budgetMechanical and Electrical maintenance teamManage contracts for the supply of labor and equipmentWater and Effluent management Breath of job- related knowledge: Knowledge in asset management, including preventative maintenance, is essentialGood understanding of the food manufacturing process and quality managementImplementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management system in the past will be advantageousKnowledge of using tools such as RCM in developing maintenance schedules is advantageous. Knowledge of EHS management is essential. Analysis: The job holder is required to analyse machinery downtime causes and implement corrective actionsAnalyse maintenance expenditure to ensure effective use of maintenance budgets to attain budgeted plant availability Judgment and Decision-Making: Makes decisions on the day-day, weekly, and monthly maintenance of assets.Make joint decisions on the team management.Make procurement decisions within the prescribed authority levelsMake technical decisions associated with engineering procurement andrepair standards. Key InterfacesInternal: Liaise with the Production Planner, Maintenance Planner and Maintenance Supervisor, and Electrical supervisor to establish maintenance schedulesLiaise with supervisors to establish technical standards of equipment being sourced.Working hand in hand with procurement personnel to establish technical standards for the procurement of spares. External: Contractors, mechanical goods suppliers.Direct Reports Electrical TechniciansMechanical TechniciansRefrigeration & air-conditioning techniciansWater and Effluent TechniciansMechanics Critical Success Factors of the JobRelevant Experience Be a holder of a Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalentA minimum of 5 years of experience as a plant or maintenance engineer in a continuous operation, managing a maintenance team and budgetMust be computer literate in MS Word, Excel, PowerPointHolder of a valid Drivers license Key Skills Strong analytical skillsLeadership skillsAbility to work under pressureGood interpersonal relationsTeamwork Critical personal characteristics Knowledge in asset management, including preventative maintenance, is essentialGood understanding of the food manufacturing process and quality managementImplementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management system in the past will be advantageousKnowledge of using tools such as RCM in developing maintenance schedules is advantageous.Knowledge of EHS management is essential.The capacity to understand a range of engineering functions and proceduresBusiness skills, as you may be responsible for managing budgets, leading a team and liaising with suppliersThe ability to lead and motivate othersTeam working skills to work cooperatively and liaise with people at all levelsThe ability to negotiate with, and persuade othersGood diagnostic and problem-solving skillsThe confidence to respond positively when under pressurePeople-management skills.Team player, action-oriented, very flexible, analytical. Job description outlineSpecific duties & responsibilities: In charge of all plant maintenance operations. Ensure that all factory machinery is serviced and in a good functional state.Ensure all daily machine preoperative and start-up checks are carried out.Ensure machinery and facility maintenance is carried out in accordance with the Company standing instructions and that high standards are maintained and improved on.Liaise with the Administration Assistant in ensuring that maintenance procurements give value for money. You will be responsible for the quality of procured maintenance parts.Ensuring that outsourced maintenance services in the factory are carried out to the specifications and is of a high standard.All the Engineering and workshop tools within the processing plant will be your responsibility and you must ensure proper records are maintained at all times and due care is given to asset protection.Be responsible for advising the Factory Manager on what spares you require and tofollow up to ensure you obtain them.Ensuring all Factory utility records (water, electricity, fuel) are properly kept and up to date.Elimination of maintenance-related Wastage and Cost Control.Participating in any other duties that shall be reasonably assigned by Management from time to time.Implementation of KAIZEN System and Standards.Carry out Facility Inspection as per the procedure.Adhere to all Food Safety Regulations while carrying out maintenance work includingtools reconciliation.Adherence to company FSSC/QSA/FSA/GMP/Hygiene Practices Remuneration/Benefits An attractive salary is on offer dependent on skills, qualifications, and experience.To apply follow the link , quoting the Job Reference in the subject of your email.
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