Job Title
General Manager
Employment Type
Full Time
5 to 8 years
Job Published
04 July 2022
Job Reference No.

Job Description

The general purpose of this position is to contribute to the profitability of the organization through the delivering of business targets in line with forecasted volumes, product quality, customer requirements and forecasted profit margins in a cost effective, safe, ethical and environmentally friendly way, while maintaining plant reliability and sustainability.

Reporting to the Operations Director – Long Life Foods, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Financial Management

  • Facilitate assessment of budgetary requirements for various processes, activities and running costs and compile an operations budget.
  • Manage budgets and monitor expenses ensuring expenditure is within budget.
  • Allocate resources and assess utilisation to ensure optimal usage.
  • Manage expenses and ensure budgetary compliance and continuously strive to save costs.
  1. Operations excellence and management
  • Monitor equipment efficiency and ensures optimal utilisation of plant.
  • Actively manage production variances and asset care processes.
  1. Strategy Formulation and Implementation
  • Contribute to organisational strategy through formulation of the business strategy to ensure sustainability and profitability.
  • Formulate and implement detailed plans and objectives for product development, production, maintenance, plant improvements, asset reliability, quality assurance, supply chain management, environmental health and safety and people management.
  • Set objectives and key performance indicators for above mentioned processes and develop and implement a processes / system to monitor these.
  1. Food Safety, Governance & Compliance
  • Adhere to and maintain all relevant safety targets and measurements within the area of responsibility, ensuring they secure and maintain all relevant permits and licenses to operate.
  • Adhere to and lead in the compliance to all Environmental, Health and Safety and all other applicable regulatory statutes, and all other safety and quality systems.
  • Monitor any trends in food and operational safety compliance issues and proactively address to resolve.
  • Actively address all customer and supplier concerns.
  1. People Management
  • Provide leadership to the team, defining objectives to be achieved by the plant as well as each department.
  • Deploy people management processes – workforce planning, recruitment & selection, training and development, performance management, career and succession planning, employee relations etc. in line with organisational policies, procedures and prevailing improvement initiatives.
  • Design and review operation’s organisational structure to support operational plans and strategy, in collaboration with HR.
  1. Supply Chain
  • Coordinate raw materials and service supply, production, maintenance, quality assurance and despatch in a way that ensures that key performance indicators for production and packaging quality, manufacturing yield, asset utilisation and on-time delivery to correct customers are achieved.
  • Manage the actions for continuous and sustainable improvement to ensure improvement on throughput, efficiency, quality and cost.
  1. Quality
  • Ensure alignment of all work processes to the required quality standards.
  • Proactively identify continuous improvement strategies.
  • Action agreed quality initiatives ensuring that they are aligned to tasks / processes and systems.
  • Implement corrective actions identified within specified time.

Our ideal candidate must have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree / NQF level 7
  • 10 years’ experience in a management role in FMCG Manufacturing
  • A good track record in production management.

Attributes required

  • Ability to maintain effective performance under pressure, or when faced with setbacks or disappointments.
  • Self-guided learner
  • Making decisions authoritatively and wisely, after adequately contemplating various available courses of action.
  • Remains positive and optimistic when setbacks occur. Always find a way forward.
  • A direct, truthful and confident leader.
  • A team-orientated, good collaborative skills and exceptional time and self-management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. Able to explain and translate complex concepts into meaningful insights and action for the business in oral and written forms.
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Self-motivating and showing initiative

Technical Skills Requirements

  • Strong capability to compile and manage budgets, control cash flow and apply general good financial management governance.
  • Ability to observe safe working conditions in food production.
  • Ability to find and access information, organizing it and interpreting it for meaning.
  • Setting high quality standards and striving for continuous improvement to secure quality.
  • Understanding the different contributions from other departments and working with colleagues from across the organization to achieve better results.
  • A good understanding of Food Safety culture and how to maintain these standards.
  • A good understanding of the various engineering equipment and methods used in the manufacturing processes.