Unit Manager at Unilever Johannesburg, South Africa

 Unit Manager 

To ensure the production and packaging of company products, according to the production plan and within company’s quality, safety standard and oversees the overall running of the processing plant.

Production Management
• Agrees and implements production plan with production manager. Support, guide and direct within the production plan. (e.g. if a production line breaks down, prioritise production requirements and re-allocates labour accordingly).
• Analyses shift results and implements any necessary changes to increase productivity
• Ensures that quality standards are implemented and adhered to and diagnoses plant problems (fault finding) and liaises with Engineering Foreman for plant repairs and interprets fault finding to optimise production. Ensure that shift repairs and maintenance is carried out by the Team Leaders and operators to reduce the impact of downtime
• Conducts shift handover meetings and daily production meetings with the different production disciplines to analyse previous shift results and implements any necessary changes to meet demand
• Responsible for ensuring sufficient staff manning and adequate raw materials availability
• Identifies root causes and costs of waste, contamination and inefficiencies and takes appropriate action to reduce these amounts. Monitor and reduce wastes such as product, packaging, steam, air, water and electricity
• Monitors and ensures adherence to Company standards and SOP’s. Ensures that Plant is maintained in a high level of engineering, housekeeping and Safety standards
• Implements total productive maintenance to improve PQCDSMI (Production, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety, Morale, and Innovation) in order to deliver against set Factory targets
• Implement recommendations from SHE, Quality or engineering. Ensures responsible management of SHE, Quality and Engineering using the SHE, Quality and Engineering Teams as Subject Matter Experts

Operational Systems
• Ensure that all employees adhere to the operational systems standards (SAP, PAMCO, DFOS, TMIS, PMIS, FINPRO, ABC quality, ESS, time keeping etc) and manages the business processes defined within these operational systems
• Identifies reasons for staff non-conformance (e.g. training required, managing poor performance, refusal to obey lawful instruction, absenteeism) and takes appropriate action
• Monitors processes and changes and ensures that corrective action has been taken in the event of a non-conformance
• Coordinates the implementation of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) and world class principles in the factory

• As a section 16.2 appointee is required to ensure that the OHS act and company SHE regulations and standards are implemented and adhered to within the sphere of his/her responsibilities
• Takes corrective action in the case of non-compliance as per the Section 16.2 requirements
• Prepares for quarterly and annual Audits
• Ensures adequate level compliance with the said policies, procedures and standards to meet all certification requirements at any given time
• Ensures Business and Factory strategy for Safety is executed at a tactical level

Cost Management
• Drives a cost-conscious and zero waste culture
• Monitors and ensures MUC losses and conversion cost losses are eliminated against budgets
• Ensures budget constraints are complied with and variances are actioned
• Identifies sources of waste and takes action to minimise waste
• Monitors Rand per Ton costs and shares info with teams
• Monitor and Control sundry costs such as PPE, telephone, tearoom etc
• Manages and accounts for inventory control for area of responsibility

People Development
• Identify training gaps for subordinates based on losses/ business need and execute plan together with HR/Training to close them
• Develop Personal Development Plans for subordinates and monitor progress

Industrial Relations
• Initiates disciplinary action/enquiries and recommends dismissals
• Resolve conflicts within immediate team and facilitates conflict resolution within subordinate teams
• Builds and maintains levels of trust with the Union Leadership and Shop Floor to facilitate win/win situations
• Eliminates industrial action

Training and development
• Performance management and Human Resources coordination
• Projects Management and re-engineering project management. Manage ad hoc projects related to continuous improvements as detailed in PDP targets

Innovations and Technology Change Management
• Lead and ensure execution of the VIP Programs for the factory
• Drive Innovation projects in the processing plant.
• Ensure effective link with R&D, Planning and factories for innovation, Capacity and VIP delivery
• In case of existing technologies responsible to drive innovation process from Contract gate to Commissioning in the cluster.
• Develop local technology standards for unique technologies.

• Completed Degree/ BTech Chemical Engineering
• Strong leadership and management experience of large teams who work shifts
• Sound strategic and operational Production management experience
• Budget and cost reduction experience
• Compilation of training manuals, coordinate and facilitate training
• Strong Industrial Relations experience through to CCMA. This must be within a unionized environment
• Support, guide and drive OHS and SHE regulations and standards and ensure compliance
• Manage multiple stakeholders and numerous re-engineering projects
• Knowledge and understanding of the following will be an advantage:
• WCM (World Class Manufacturing)
• High precision packaging robots
• Expert project management experience

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