Plant Manager, Civil Construction – Garden Route – Ref: 1212594


Ref: 1212594

Job Description:

Since its inception over 3 decades ago, our client has become a well-known, respected, and reputable medium to large Civil Engineering Construction company built on the foundation of consistent delivery of projects to the highest standard of quality and professionalism. Their client list includes private developers, local authorities as well as government departments who all benefit from a wide range of services including, but not limited to, road rehabilitation/ resealing, township infrastructure, asphalt works, general civil engineering, pipelines, bulk earthworks, new (major and minor) roads, minor concrete structures, electrical substation civil works as well as plant hire.

They boast an extensive list of owned plant that ensures cost and scheduling efficiencies on each project undertaken. They pride themselves on keeping the plant in immaculate condition through regular, high-quality maintenance to ensure safe and effective operation at all times. This includes excavators, graders, recycler/milling machines, TLBs, bitumen distributors, chip spreaders, dump trucks, tipper trucks, water trucks, asphalt plant, rollers, loaders, and mechanical brooms.

With a strong focus on succession planning, they are in the process of restructuring, and are therefore looking to employ a Plant Manager to be responsible for managing and overseeing the effective repair and maintenance of all earthmoving equipment with the least disruption to the sites. Reporting directly to the MD, the Plant Manager will therefore manage a large fleet of earthmoving equipment and vehicles.

Position details:

Location: Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape

Type: Permanent

Reports to: Managing Director.

Reporting, total staff compliment: +- 100

Job titles of direct reports: Plant Coordinator, Workshop Manager.

Key internal relationships: Liaising with the Managing Director, Workshop Manager, Plant Coordinator, Finance Manager, H/R Manager and Operational Manager.

Key external relationships: Liaising with fuel suppliers, equipment/spares suppliers, external clients and municipalities or other external parties as/when required.

Financial responsibilities and impact of the job: It has a direct financial impact on the daily operations, but the maintenance of equipment can have financial implications.

Primary purpose: To lead the plant operations to ensure that sites are equipped with the right resources (human and machinery) to execute projects effectively and in with the company strategy and procedures. Manage the large fleet of earthmoving equipment and vehicles on a daily basis.

Key performance areas
1. Plant strategy and performance.
2. Plant Management – Minimise fleet downtime to achieve maximum site support.
3. People management.
4. Financial management including budgets and cost controls.
5. Total quality of maintenance function.
6. Ensure compliance to safety & quality policies, procedures, and standards.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:
1. Manage, lead, and oversee employees and daily plant operations and processes.
2. Develop strategies to increase productivity and production.
3. Practice conflict resolution among departments and employees.
4. Analyse workplace productivity and ensure that all concerns raised by employees are resolved.
5. Oversee and manage optimisation of resources, including the logistics of resources for numerous sites.
6. Manage and ensure scheduling for a fully operational plant team and equipment.
7. Assist with recruiting new employees within department.
8. Ensure equipment and employees are organised for the different sites and ensure every machine has an operator.
9. Oversee and manage equipment maintenance and keep record and determine when equipment needs to be repaired or replaced using statistical analysis.
10. Review equipment log sheet to ensure optimisation of the usage of the equipment is.
11. Monitor and ensure all the equipment is in working condition.
12. Oversee and ensure that expenditures of equipment maintenance are managed effectively.
13. Manage and keep record of the equipment rented to external clients or municipalities.
14. Oversee and ensure the logistics regarding diesel is managed effectively.
15. Sit with the various team members and review, on a monthly basis, all the debtors and creditors documentation related to the various divisions.
16. Review invoices prior to going out to sites.
17. Ensure that Operators and machinery comply with The National Road Traffic Act and ensure that an “Abnormal load” permit is acquired when needed.
18. Ensure all legal requirements and company policies, procedures and standards are met. This includes fitness certificates, competency certificate, and the National Road Traffic Act, etc.
19. Maintain a safe work environment and follow all safety regulations.
20. Analyse data and create reports to present to executives regarding processes.

Job Qualification & Experience:

Formal qualifications required

  • Post-Matric Degree or Diploma (Mechanical Engineering / Plant management / related field.

Experience progression required

  • Minimum: 15 – 20 years of experience within relevant/ mechanical field.
  • At least 5 years in a Senior Management position.
  • Major exposure to the civil construction/ earthmoving environment.

Competency and knowledge on the following:

  • Familiarity with industry standard equipment and technical expertise.
  • Administration and Management – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in planning, resource allocation, human resources, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards – Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Building and construction – Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of structures such as highways and roads.
  • Engineering and technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology.
  • Production and processing – Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques.
  • Practical application – Knowledge on equipment, mechanical, contract management, project management, quality control, productivity, demand creation, managerial experience, etc.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws and legal codes related to civil and construction industry and the National Traffic Act.

Technical/core competencies required:

  • Basic computer literacy – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF Reader, Microsoft Excel, etc.
  • Updating and using relevant knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Safety and security – Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment – Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical principles.
  • Controlling machines and processes – Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes.
  • Management of material resources – Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Inspecting equipment, – Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Quality control analysis – Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Systems analysis – Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Leadership/management competencies required:

  • Project management – Strong organisational and project management skills are important when managing multiple projects.
  • Guiding, directing, and motivating subordinates – Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Monitoring processes, materials, or surroundings – Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Judgment and decision making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Make fast and accurate decisions by viewing the situation objectively. Take calculated risks.
  • Deductive reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
  • Critical thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Time management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Problem sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognising that there is a problem.
  • Problem solving – Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Financial & reporting skills.
  • People management skills.
  • Leadership skills.

Soft skills or Personal Attributes required:

  • Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships – Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time.
  • Dependability – Be reliable, responsible, and dependable and fulfil obligations.
  • Attention to detail – Be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Objective – Not being influenced by an individual’s personal viewpoint (unbiased).
  • Persistent – Persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptable and flexible – Be open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative – Willing to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance – Accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
  • Self-control – Maintaining composure, keep emotions in check, control anger and avoid aggressive behaviour, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation – Be pleasant with others on the job and display a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Communication – Excellent verbal and written communication. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Organise, plan and prioritising work – Develop specific goals and plans to prioritise, organise, and accomplish your work. Be focused, orderly and organized
  • Approach your work strategically.
  • Be enthusiastically productive.

This advert is being advertised in collaboration with our recruitment partner MCHIR.


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