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Engineering Manager (B.Eng Hons (Structural Mechanics), Pr. Eng, PMP) (Bulk Materials Handling; FMCG; Construction & Engineering Plastics) Ref: 742362 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 742362

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: B.Eng (Mech), B.Eng Hons (Structural Mechanics), Pr. Eng - Professional Engineer (ECSA), PMP - Project Management Professional Certification.
Annual Package Range: South African rand - ZAR 1.35 mil - 1.5 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 20-30 Years

Engineering Manager

Current / most recent job title?

Engineering and QA Manager

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Ensure quality of all engineering deliverables, done timeously and within budget.

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

To ensure the overall health of engineering processes and application of engineering resources. Manage structural and E,C & I resources and ensure availability of these resources to all product lines and projects. Identify and manage areas of risk / engineering criticalities. Continuous monitoring of projects ensuring that correct procedures / standards are used. Ensure quality assurance of all engineering deliverable s across the whole business. Ensure cost of final designs and engineering man hour cost is controlled.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

Seasoned Engineering Manager that has had deep exposure to the FMCG and construction sectors, able to step into any multidisciplinary challenge and systematically and effectively produce desired results. Knows and understands how people are enabled to perform and produce results and using this knowledge to drive teams for results. Values total transparency, continuous development and performance management of human capital, participative decision making, clear communication, synergistic collaboration across business functions and alignment of all energy towards the strategic objectives of a business. Currently seeking employment in an organisation with defined values which embraces adaptability to change and who values their human capital.

4. Ideal business title: 

Engineering Manager / Project Engineer

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Manage all engineering personnel to meet business objectives.
Responsible for maintenance and utilization of all engineering systems and procedures.
Cost estimation and control.
Maintenance management (if applicable).
Risk identification and management.
Cross functional collaboration and liaison.
Client liaison and formalized technical query management.
Contract management and negotiation (if applicable).
Design reviews.
Project planning and resource leveling.
Manage engineering document deliverables.
Ensure all applicable codes, standards and specifications are adhered to.
Adherence to OSH act and all regulatory requirements.

6. Skill area of competence:

Maintenance management, asset management, R&D, maintenance budgets and control, project engineering, project management, continuous improvement, commissioning management, quality assurance management, HSE management, statistical process control, training management, change management, tender / estimation management, ISO 9001:2015 (Lead Auditor), business process, performance management development and implementation.

7. Career summary:

13 years materials handling: Railway engineering 1 yr, conveyors and stockyard machines 11 yrs, specialized equipment 1 yr.
11 years FMCG: Diapers 8 yrs, paper tissue 11 yrs.
3 years plastic processing and manufacturing: Engineering plastics 3 yrs.

8. Achievements: 

Implementation of EWMA (exponential weighted moving average), Center-lining culture and workplace qualifications at Paper Manufacturing concern where several others before me failed.
Completion of very challenging 26 rail turnout stage work in Phase V project on time and within budget despite not having any prior Rail Engineering experience.
Commissioning of Railway and Power Station Project’s under very challenging conditions.
Project Management of structural re-medial designs at Power Station project against huge odds.
His contribution to ISO 9001:2015 re-certification.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Creative development within the team context and giving recognition to who it belongs. Providing space to each team member to have their voice heard. Growing and developing teams and individuals to produce results and meeting objectives. Innovation in terms of systems – optimizing and simplifying processes so that repeated excellent results is achieved. Always on the outlook for risks and putting mitigating plans in place. Proactive planning and dynamic management of plans. Stakeholder management and change management. I love strategy…

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

Companies who deem their business processes important enough to have it documented and continuously improved, ideally an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. A company that embraces change and moves with the times in terms of how they manage their people and that considers employees to be assets who needs to be continually developed. Transparency, integrity, sustainability, agility, adaptability, clear on business objectives, have the competitive edge in the market they operate, participative decision making, works in synergy with clients, identified diversity as a strength, allows situational leadership, has a proper performance management system in place.

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