Engineering Manager

Job Description

The Engineering Manager has overall responsibility for engineering projects and maintenance, including utilities, production lines, processing plants, and buildings. The primary objective of the job is to implement improvements contributing to the factory’s PQCDSMI targets, and to effectively maintain all operational and support elements of the sourcing unit. The Engineering Manager manages engineering spares, assets, site services to support manufacturing activities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage the technical / maintenance teams responsible to deliver Projects, Innovation, Infrastructure and Services to the site 
  • Develop, deploy and implement plans to ensure the best utilization of assets in the sites as well as supervise and give guidance on the maintenance of such assets 
  • Lead the Innovation implementation on the site, looking for best alternatives/options of design to manufacturing, following USCC/ category technology selections. Support innovation delivery as part of regional network 
  • Prepare and Manage Capital budget and Capital Expenditure Proposals in coordination with cluster and category requirements 
  • Liaison with Category and Engineering Excellence teams for technology upgrades 
  • Implementation of the capital projects portfolio post approval; to project closure, following the TPM principles for Early Equipment Management 
  • Ensure that Quality of the work conducted is to the highest possible standard and lowest cost 
  • Responsible for the Safety of all project-related operations within the factory, as well as maintaining and setting of safe working procedures; including management of Health, Safety and Environmental aspects of project management from design (PHA, HAZOPS, MDSAS), equipment selection, project implementation (site safety), Commissioning and final project handover 
  • Lead the Early Equipment Management and Planned Maintenance TPM pillar; and SIMAS application 
  • Create and implement plans to continuously improve site infrastructure needs such as energy, water, treatment, steam and all infrastructure services, contracts and contractors 
  • Collaborate with Operations Team to drive site and line efficiencies and reduce waste 
  • Develop, build and make available in the organization the Product, Process and Packaging Expertise relevant to the asset base 
  • Manage the Projects, Innovation and Maintenance budgets 
  • Asset care and improvement through establishing and maintaining an effective system of preventative maintenance applicable to plant and services (TPM based) 
  • Manage the engineering contractors and ensure statutory and legal compliance 
  • Optimize maintenance cost, MTBF, and MTTR for production lines 
  • Plan and execute breakdown maintenance activities 
  • Optimize spare parts safety stock levels in line with working capital targets of the sourcing unit 
  • Implement control measures to ensure system accuracy in accounting of spares and spares consumption 
  • Implement projects on Energy Efficiency program and sustainability 
  • Coach and develop the team across the site on technical and technology issues 
  • Securing, rationalization and standardization of engineering spares 
  • Implementation and management of engineering standards 


  • 3-5 Years in Manufacturing operations 
  • Engineering in FMCG Supply Chain (Planning, Customer Service, Logistics)
  • BSC Engineering degree (Mechanical or Electrical) from reputable university 
  • Category Technology 
  • Budgeting and Planning 
  • People Management 
  • Project Management 

Please note, interviews for this position will take place at our Careers in Africa Recruitment Summit in London, 16- 18th of May 2014. Relevant candidates will be contacted and invited to attend the event.