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Head of Optimisation (Manufacturing; BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering from University of Cape Town), Ref: 1202260 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1202260

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: BSc (Hons) Chem Eng
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 951 000 - 1.1 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 3-5 Years

Head of Optimisation

Current / most recent job title?

Head of Optimisation

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

As Head of Optimisation: Leveraging data and process knowledge; involved in setting optimisation strategy across the entire business; assistance in all efficiency initiatives for operational excellence; driving process improvement initiatives to optimise speed and quality.

As Production Manager:Steer the array of functions encompassing development, performance and maintenance for casting and solids divisions. Consistently developing & implementing plans to ensure timely accomplishment of production targets; implementing measures to achieve reduction in cost and energy. Oversee preventive maintenance of mechanical equipment & utilities and conduct de-bottlenecking activities for plant capacity enhancement.

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

* Increase output for same/reduced input
* Strategize company direction to steer company growth
* Utilize best employees in best positions for maximum value add
* Identify critical areas and implement improvement program
* Create value to add to bottom line in all projects completed

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

Chemical engineer specialising in optimisation, continuous improvement and change management. I am a natural challenger of conventional wisdom, am driven by change, and get great satisfaction through implementing a solve to a very difficult challenge.

4. Ideal business title: 

Consultant (associate) or sustainability manager

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Strategy management
Sustainable development
Analysis and advisory

6. Skill area of competence:

Drive all operations and management strategy change and continuous improvement projects. Skilled at change management, process optimisation and strategy development.

7. Career summary:

4 years copper product manufacturing

8. Achievements: 

* Project manager for an equipment upgrade resulting in increase in output tonnage by 33%
* Cumulatively formulated & rolled out process quality program which increased plant yield by about 8%
* Proposed investigations for solar energy installation project covering 1.6 MW of electricity usage (about 35% of total). Successfully handed installation and commissioning over to electrical department
* Implemented turnaround strategy in casting department resulting in increase in daily production by 20% (no overhead increase), 40% increase in section skills and ZAR 2.5 mil annual saving in overtime costs
* Turnaround of a loss-making department into a profitable one through increasing production and decreasing overheads

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Solving problems, presenting ideas, change management

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

A high performance company that works at a fast pace with high expectations of its employees. A culture of sustainable development, honesty, authenticity and integrity.

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