Unilever Recruits Engineering Planner

Posted on :

13 Feb, 2014

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Engineering Jobs in South Africa


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The engineering planner works with the operations department, superintendents, and artisans to ensure an effective maintenance operation.  This person is responsible for maintaining a plant parts system that ensures the necessary parts are on hand to minimize production downtime and maintenance repair time while controlling the spare parts inventory value.  In addition to working with vendors and entering purchase orders and all other parts transactions, this includes learning systems, developing procedures, and training related personnel.  The maintenance planner also works with the superintendents and operations group to manage the work order log.  Specifically, the maintenance planner enters the work orders and provides the necessary reports to enable the efficient completion of all work orders.



Plant Support
Responsible for developing and managing the engineering maintenance schedules for the factory, ie WCM methodology.
Inputs and maintains the engineering master data on SAP PM.
Identifies and implements improvements to the maintenance processes on site.
Coaches and develops the SAP and engineering planning skills of the engineering staff.
Manage the parts inventory system.  This includes entering or supervising the entry of all parts transactions such as purchase orders, issues, returns, and inventory adjustments.  This also includes managing blocked invoices.
Maintain accurate inventory records and perform or manage periodic cycle counts and physical inventories.  Provide management with the required reports.
Work with maintenance group and vendors to ensure necessary parts are on hand while minimizing overall inventory value.
Help develop and maintain procedures for parts and work orders and ensure the plant compliance with these procedures.
Manage the work order system.  This includes entering or supervising the entry of all work order transactions and providing the required reports to management and maintenance.
Utilises WCM/TPM to deliver the maintenance initiatives on site.
Assist and recommend new projects and methods to minimize costs while ensuring accurate systems.
People Development
Identify training gaps for subordinates and interface with HR/Training to close them
Develop Personal Development Plans for subordinates and monitor progress
Assist in the selection of new personnel to fill vacancies or replacements
Recommends change to procedures and develops performance standards.
Work according to HR policies and procedures; adhere to quality and safety standards
Coaches and counsels employees to ensure that they meet agreed performance standards.  Conducts employees’ performance appraisals.
Industrial Relations
Initiates disciplinary actions/enquiries and recommends sanctions
Work with Peoplelink to recruit for any permanent vacancies
Interview and agree with Manager and HR on suitable candidates


National Diploma in Engineering is essential.
3 years relevant experience in the FMCG industry.
Technical experience preferable (operations artisan experience).
TPM (PM Pillar) experience.
SAP PM Module Skills.
General PC skills (Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word).


Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment. Completion of the assessment is mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and assessment. If the assessment is filled out partially or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the assessment at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

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For further information about this position please call 0800980612.

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