Role: Assistant Engineering & Production Manager


Reporting to: Engineering & Maintenance Manager


Department: Maintenance & Engineering


Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya.


Industry: Plastic Manufacturing


Job Objective:

  • To optimize equipment and utilities through maintainability, reliability, availability, OEE, and infrastructure to support the achievement of the business goals.
  • Oversee new projects and develop and monitor the implementation based on agreed timelines as per the Project charter.


Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Engineering, Maintenance & Project:

  • Develop Department’s short, medium- and long-term strategies to align them to the production and corporate objectives;
  • Budget: Prepare budgets and control costs within the approved limits.
  • Liaise with marketing/commercial team to develop /design market-appropriate products aligning with manufacturing capabilities to meet the business requirements and ensure compliance with the manufacturing standard. Collaborate with the sales, production, and planning team to institute an integrated planning and control process that will achieve the targeted budget numbers (OEE)
  • Project Management: ​Plan and manage the Dept.’s CAPEX investment projects within the approved budget with respect to cost, quality, and time; Develop plans and coordinate projects and drive the planning, installation, and commissioning of new production lines
  • Develop and execute maintenance plans to ensure effective utilization, efficiency, and optimization of the Plant, Equipment, facilities, and utilities to meet set standards.
  • Track and optimize the productivity of machinery and utilities to ensure effective return on assets while adhering to lean manufacturing principles.
  • Interact with, research, and recommend adoption of relevant, best-in-class systems and technology, draw and implement appropriate training plans to up skill staff to operate efficiently with new technology.
  • Design Preventive, Predictive maintenance strategies, procedures, and methods to ensure operational reliability and availability of the plant and ensure optimal machine, mold, and utilities are available for achieving 95% efficiency
  • Provide technical advice, mentorship, coaching, and instructions to the engineering team; Lead and coordinate the teamwork in order to ensure they have the resources and skills to quickly and effectively respond to downtimes.
  • Reports: Oversee preparation of reports, such as statistical and data analysis reports, for all engineering processes and key machines and to identify places of waste, downtime, overtime, cost outruns, and implement ways of controlling it.
  • Equipment: Blow & Injection Moulding equipment’s and Utilities namely Netstal, Ferromatik Milacron, Engel, Husky, Kautex, Atlas Copco, Piovan Chillers, ABB HT
  • Transformers, UPS



  • Continuously review daily, weekly, and monthly production schedules, consumption reports, and demand forecasts to estimate peak and delivery timings.
  • Monitor and recommend necessary changes to the layout of the plant, machinery, and production processes and methods for any new equipment, materials or components
  • Make decisions about equipment use, maintenance, modification, and organizing the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment.
  • Manage safety by addressing both physical and employee behavioral-related safety issues to ensure minimum unsafe incidents at the workplace and compliance with legislation.
  • Develop and maintain production metrics for quality, delivery, and safety and ensure strict adherence to expected metrics by the manufacturing team.
  • Monitor product standards at various levels of production so that the cost of rework is reduced.
  • Review production practices and equipment; make proposals for improvements to ensure that they are maximally effective.


Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  • At least 7 years of proven hands-on experience in Maintenance & Engineering in a top tier Plastics Manufacturing based in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in plastic processing industry as Engineering / Maintenance Department Knowledge center.



  Engineering and Technical knowledge of

  • European origin Injection and Blow Moulding equipment PLC programming
  • Equipment Software’s Robotic control systems Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems VFD,
  • Chillers, Air compressors, Electrical (HT & LT)
  • Mold design and applications.
  • PM module with any ERP based system (SAP R3 is advantageous)
  • Plastics manufacturing processes
  • Sound experience in Lean / Six Sigma manufacturing environment



  • Strong leadership and excellent communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint both as a working and reporting tool.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate ambiguity and comfort with continually adapting plans
  • ISO 22000: HACCP, Kaizen, and Quality Systems (ISO, CMMI, etc.)


Other Certifications:

  • PMP, Lean/Six Sigma Certification (Black Belt is an advantage)
  • Working knowledge in ERP systems (SAP knowledge is an added advantage)
  • Foundational Course in Mechanical AutoCAD 2000i
  • Certified Automation Engineer (PLC, SCADA & HMI)
  • Competence in MS Office Suite, Internet Applications, AutoCAD, MFG-PRO, etc.


Functional Skills:

  • Equipment Engineering, Technical, Preventive, Breakdown, Predictive, and Spare Parts management.
  • Installation / Erection & Commissioning of new/up gradating projects.
  • Continuous Improvement programs.
  • Health and Safety Management.
  • Maintenance of molds & tools.
  • Energy Conservation Management.
  • Clearly focused on high quality and business profit.
  • Compliance, process development, and improvement.
  • Good Analytical Skills, innovation, combined with an understanding of new technologies and cutting-edge methods in the plastics and packaging field.


Personal Qualities:

  • Strong interpersonal, communication & presentation skills (verbal, written) and the ability to build effective internal and external client relationships.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • A willingness to embrace diversity, integrity, and empathy.
  • Ownership and Continuous Improvement
  • A collaborative spirit.



Job Details

Level : Mid level
Industry : Engineering
Salary : Confidential
Experience : 7 Years
Applications : 27
Locality : Nairobi, Kenya
Eligibility : Bachelor
Company : Nft consult
Posted By Nft consult / 29 Mar 2021

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