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Plant Manager – Finlar Fine Foods / Johannesburg

Plant Manager – Finlar Fine Foods / Johannesburg

Reporting line: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Johannesburg

Finlar Fine Foods, Johannesburg requires the services of a Plant Manager. The Plant Manager will be responsible for executing the strategy and supporting plans of the business.

Key Objectives of this Role

  • Ensure all operations are executed in an effective, efficient and cost-effective way.
  • Improve operational management systems, processes, and best practices.
  • Oversee the purchase of materials, plan inventory and oversee warehouse efficiency.
  • Manage operational budgets and forecasts.
  • Ensure quality control standards are met and monitor production KPIs.

People Responsibility

  • Develop, design, lead the management team, emphasizing accountability and people effectiveness.
  • Foster best practices, create a successful work culture, and build team morale and prosperity.
  • Plan structures, implement best practice scheduling, and optimize plant available hours.


  • Lead manufacturing, supply chain, and procurement teams towards achieving strategic targets.
  • Develop, design, and implement programs to build efficiencies, create capacities, and reduce costs
    and wastage.
  • Monitor, improve, and report on key performance metrics, asset health, people planning and
    development, operational opportunities, and efficiencies.
  • Asset care and maintenance of all plant and equipment.

Procurement and Supply Chain

  • Manage inventory Levels and ensure best practices on ordering and management of stock.
  • Lead and co-ordinate Procurement team to drive efficiency, cost savings and compliance.

Technical and Compliance

  • Ensure legislative and regulatory compliance, including but not limited to food safety, health & safety, quality control, environmental, and asset management.
  • Develop technical, analytical, monitoring, and reporting frameworks with related systems and

Financial Management

  • Manage all manufacturing costs to enable the lowest cost production and optimal asset utilization.
  • Conduct maintenance reviews, capex reviews, and cost of labor analysis.
  • Budgets and cost planning.

Business Planning

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Business Continuity
  • Insurance Reviews
  • Total Site Housekeeping
  • Waste Management

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Self-motivated with a strong passion for working in a factory setting.
  • Ability to drive change for improvement and motivate staff to embrace change.
  • Relationship building with staff within the factory and stakeholders.
  • Strong attention to detail, advanced documentation system orientation, and solid planning and
    organizational skills.
  • Focused, self-motivated, agile, and results-driven with high personal standards.
  • Clear and confident communication, providing feedback as required.

Key Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and leadership ability
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to influence others and use initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Must be deadline driven
  • Strong leadership ability
  • Outstanding organizational skills

Technical skills and experience:

  • Relevant Degree/Diploma in Operations Management, Engineering or another similar qualification will be required.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the FMCG industry.
  • At least 8 years’ experience in an Operations/Production management role, supplementary advanced training in Food Safety Systems would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of technical processes, procedures, and requirements of food manufacturing processes.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in Chicken and Beef products manufacturing advantageous
  • Knowledge of organizational effectiveness (OEE’s, waste reduction etc.) crucial


Qualifying and/or interested candidates should send their full Curriculum Vitae to Jenna Barnard at

Application deadline: 28 June 2024

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Plant Manager – Finlar Fine Foods / Johannesburg

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