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Engineering Manager

Available for exploratory interviews.
Ref: EP14371236

Engineering Manager, seeks a position as Technical Director or Director of Operations/Production - given that an Engineering Manager fulfills a cross-functional role within most businesses, I would love to move into a role which allows for me to influence an organisation more strategically. I believe that having a strong technical background provides a strong foundation to then create improvements which then align more practically to what an entire organisation experiences, but may not always be seen by more senior management.

Company classification: Service Provider (supply chain, professional services, repair & maintenance, etc.) Industry in: Chemicals Petrochemicals - Petrol | Oil | Grease | Lubrication | Crude Oil | Natural Gas Highest formal qualification and other: Honours MBA Discipline: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) Years of experience range: e. 11 to 15 years (c. 3 to 5 years management) Annual package range: South African Rand - ZAR Annual package range: 1.55 mil - 1.8 mil, per annum Nationality: South African Home and other languages: Afrikaans, English, Zulu Gender: Female Ethnicity: Indian Candidate location: South Africa Location preference: I am open to positions nationally (in my country).

As an engineer with both an electrical and chemical engineering qualification, I am technically adept at understanding how processes can be optimised and improved, not only for business efficiency but with long term environmental sustainability in mind. I have a varied career in that I have spent the majority of my time in the petrochemical industry, but have explored aspects of engineering and governance, business development and strategic management whilst also having spent time as an entrepreneur and STEM advocate. I am passionate about being intentional with everything I do, but specifically, growing teams and individuals to ensure that the human aspect is always kept at the fore. Whilst my experience does not cover the manufacturing environment, my time in the tank storage space has covered aspects of logistics, planning, product quality and a large component focusing on customer and stakeholder management. Managing teams both in upstream and downstream of the petroleum supply chain gives me a good understanding of needing to manage both team and business deliverables in a high-paced and extremely demanding environment. I am keen to take my array of skills into a new environment, especially one which is focused on improving the growing issues around carbon emissions.


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Online Interview Questionnaire

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

The Engineering Manager is responsible for managing a team of engineers and ensuring that the team functions to actively resolve issues around repeat equipment failures and incident investigations, optimisation of maintenance inspection frequencies and methods and creating alignment with the asset management roadmap. The engineering team is crucial in optimising the current onsite processes and addressing equipment inefficiencies or design gaps through project scoping and implementation on the Sustaining Capex plan. The manager must ensure that governance to standards (local and global) are adhered to and that compliance to industry, safety and environmental benchmarks and standards are prioritised in all projects and onsite activities.

Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Access to information on standards, procedures or resources who may have the most up to date information
Training and development to ensure upskilling of self and team
Empowerment to make decisions on crucial outcomes

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

A highly curious and passionate Engineering Manager with petrochemical experience, a dual engineering qualification and a desire to leave any space better than initially found - whether to improve on business inefficiencies or to grow teams to love their work and thrive as human beings. With a strong ability to see the bigger picture and subsequent risks of different choices; the best solution is always then reached to ensure that efficiency is top of mind, even in decision-making. Currently seeking a new opportunity to use this vast array of skills in a new industry which requires fresh and innovative thinking from an individual keen to bring purpose to the mundane.

Ideal business title:

Technical Director or Director of Operations/Production or General Manager - given that the Engineering Manager fulfills a cross-functional role within most businesses, I would love to move into a role which allows for me to influence an organisation more strategically. I believe that having a strong technical background provides a strong foundation to then create improvements which then align more practically to what an entire organisation experiences, but may not always be seen by more senior management.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Giving inputs into decisions which improve growth conditions for the organisation
Creating and driving decisions which optimise on the current way of working and ultimately creates benefits for employees as well as the environment
Approving decisions which improve the organisations efforts in impacting larger communities and deliver on the organisation's purpose

Skill area of competence:

- electrical engineering and governance
- team management
- root cause analysis and incident investigation
- process optimisation
- process mapping
- asset management
- scope definition and project management

Career summary:

13 years: petrochemical
10 years: upstream production
3 years: downstream storage and logistics
2 years: management consulting
2 years: business development

What do you absolutely love doing:

Doing work that delivers on a purpose and actively challenges my mind and perspective
Working with people who are open-minded, intellectual and moving towards the same vision
Using creative thinking to achieve and having the space to explore different possible outcomes

Ideal company (culture and values):

A company that is progressive (or actively making efforts towards this) in terms of embracing diversity and sustainability.
A culture that recognises that all people are different, may have different needs and may then need to adapt to these needs in order to keep talent.
A company that prioritises people's well-being and development


If you are looking for a Engineering Manager, then do get in touch.

Call the Head Office – Gauteng, SA. + 27 10 597 0862.



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