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Production/Operations Manager - Durban

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations Management, or a related field.
  • Honours Degree preferred.
  • Min. 5 years proven experience in wire harness manufacturing, within the automotive industry.
  • Min. 5 years experience in a Managerial role.
  • Strong technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, equipment, and technologies.
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles, Six Sigma, or other continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Quality management systems (e.g. ISO standards) and health and safety regulations;
    • Industry regulations, quality standards, and safety requirements applicable to automotive manufacturing;
    • Lean manufacturing, production processes, equipment, and technologies related to wire harness manufacturing.
  • Project management, a strong advantage.
Competencies:
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting using manufacturing software tools.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Able to lead teams to achieve manufacturing goals.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities and a proactive approach to identifying and resolving operational challenges.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Knowledge and understanding of labour laws and legal and statutory compliance requirements.
  • Proficiency in preparation and presentation of reports.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Key Performance Areas:

Production/Operations Management:
  • Overall responsibility for Production, Engineering, Planning, Maintenance, Quality Control, Cost Control, Safety & Risk Management and Project management.
  • Production planning and execution - develop production plans and schedules.
  • Lead and mentor a diverse Production team.
  • Allocate resources, including manpower, equipment, and materials, effectively to meet production targets.
  • Identify opportunities for process optimisation and implement solutions.
  • Implement quality control measures and inspect processes to maintain high standards of product quality and compliance with industry regulations.
  • Implement and maintain quality control measures to ensure that wire harnesses meet industry standards and customer specifications.
  • Establish and monitor quality assurance procedures throughout the production process.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations and company policies.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to streamline production processes,reduce cycle times, and increase overall efficiency.
  • Implement lean manufacturing principles and methodologies to eliminate waste and optimise resource utilisation.
  • Develop, implement and optimise operational strategies to enhance productivity and engineering activities, manage staff, asset management, optimise maintenance activities, minimise downtime, reduce costs and manage risk.
Production Engineering:
  • Manage all projects and optimise activities, collaborate with Engineering teams to design and implement efficient manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluate and optimise manufacturing processes.
Maintenance:
  • Develop and implement preventive maintenance programs to ensure the reliability and longevity of production equipment.
  • Co-ordinate maintenance activities to minimise downtime and maximise equipment uptime.
  • Establish relationships with equipment suppliers and service providers to ensure timely support and maintenance.
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of production equipment.
  • Lead and manage projects related to process improvement, capacity expansion, and technology integration.
  • Develop project plans, allocate resources, and monitor project progress to ensure timely completion within budgetary constraints.
Inventory Management:
  • Oversee inventory levels and implement inventory control measures to optimise stock levels, minimise stock-outs, and reduce excess inventory.
  • Co-ordinate with Procurement and Logistics teams to ensure efficient supply chain management.
Safety & Risk Management:
  • Develop and enforce safety protocols and procedures.
  • Conduct regular safety audits and inspections to identify and mitigate potential hazards.
  • Implement risk management strategies to minimise operational risks and ensure regulatory compliance.
Performance Monitoring and Reporting:
  • Establish key performance indicators to monitor production performance and track progress against targets.
  • Analyse production data, identify trends, and prepare regular reports for senior management to facilitate decision-making.
Cost Management:
  • Monitor production costs and identify opportunities to reduce expenses.
  • Implement cost-saving initiatives.
  • Prepare, manage, and participate in budget planning and forecasting processes.
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