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Factory Engineer (Pietermaritzburg) needed at Belgotex Floors

Job title : Factory Engineer (Pietermaritzburg)

Job Location : KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg

Deadline : April 08, 2024

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  • We are looking for an experienced, intelligent, adaptable and motivated individual to join our industry-leading team. To lead the engineering processes to ensure that Belgotex meets their customer’s needs while maintaining safety standards and achieving operational excellence targets. This role is responsible for the repair, maintenance of the engineering department, general machinery regulations compliance, energy management, site security & cleaning.


  • Lead the various engineering teams.
  • Develop and execute a proactive maintenance and repair program, in conjunction with relevant Operations teams, to keep all Belgotex production equipment, systems, utilities and facilities at a high level of serviceability.  Such a program must:
  • improve availability and reliability of the equipment.
  • minimize downtime.
  • reduce and stabilises the overall cost of production.

Lead and manage Engineering Projects:

  • Plan and direct the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities and equipment.
  • Develop cost estimates for projects and maintenance work.
  • Draw up project specifications.
  • Check technical accuracy of completed work.Ensure OEM standards are adhered to on all machinery.
  • Select outsourced services carefully to retain skills and competency in house and to compress costs.
  • Ensure detailed records are kept of all maintenance and repair work that is performed.
  • Monitor energy usage continuously to ensure energy consumption targets are maintained.
  • Ensure utilities meter readings are accurately recorded.
  • Identify and address excessive consumers of energy.
  • Implement programs to continuously reduce energy load and consumption and that speak to sustainability aspirations.
  • Oversee the outsourced Security, Cleaning and Gardening functions to ensure that the Pietermaritzburg facility is kept clean, presentable and secure at all times.
  • Be the point of contact for these outsourced functions on a day-to-day basis.
  • Define the scope of work for security, cleaning and gardening.
  • Perform regular site inspections to ensure work is being performed to the required standard.
  • Develop and update quarterly an Engineering Strategy that outlines the key focus areas of the function for the current financial year, and longer-term considerations.  Content and format to align to the agreed Operations Strategy Framework.
  • Document all planned major maintenance and repairs interventions and projects by quarter and year and monitor progress to this plan.
  • Report against agreed KPI’s including financial metrics to reflect the department’s performance and expenditure.
  • Develop clear short- and long-term action plans to address variances to achieve strategic business goals by using leading indicators and short interval control, monitoring and re correct techniques.
  • Ensure team members follow the most up to date SOPs and transactional documentation to ensure consistency of process.
  • Develop and implement continuous improvement processes to improve output, reduce variability and manage operational constraints.
  • Develop and update the financial budget for the function on an annual and quarterly basis.
  • Authorise expenditure and ensure adherence to Procurement policies.
  • Continuously seek financial optimisation opportunities and demonstrate an entrepreneurial outlook.
  • Analyse monthly financial performance, with corrective actions and commentary to support over and under spend.
  • Direct activities that ensure compliance with applicable safety, health and environment legislation and audit requirements.
  • Ensure General Machinery Regulations (GMR) are in place and adhered to.
  • Ensure waste management and recycling programs are in place for the engineering workshop and stores.
  • Ensure good housekeeping.
  • Proactively manage performance and team dynamics to ensure that a fair, professional, and high-performance environment, aligned to the company values is maintained. 
  • Develop individual and organisation capabilities to build bench strength while delivering results now and in the future.
  • Select, train, coach, develop, motivate, and measure the work performance of individuals within the department to encourage accountability and promote employee engagement.
  • Manage employees in a manner that maintains a healthy Industrial Relations climate exemplifies the Belgotex values and ensures a fair, productive climate that is engaging.
  • Ensure that all employees are conversant/compliant with relevant business information, policies, processes and procedures.
  • Stay abreast and relevant of current industry best practices to ensure processes are aligned to industry trends, legislative requirement and strategic business goals to ensure sustainability of Belgotex.


  • System and application knowledge e.g. CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System)
  • Significant technical knowledge and experience (minimum 8 years) in an engineering management role.
  • Previous experience managing a large team across 3 or more departments is also essential.
  • Analytical thinking / data interrogation with the ability to interpret and apply production-based data-driven decisions and to measure and analyze trends.
  • Experience working in a production/manufacturing environment.
  • Must have reliable means of transport.
  • Must be willing to work after hours.
  • Must live within proximity of the factory in Pietermaritzburg.


  • Better Together: We believe that people inspire greatness. It takes a team to achieve our world class standards and we can’t do any of this alone.
  • We Tread Softly: We are a recognised world leader for sustainability practices, asking less of the planet in all that we do.
  • Deep Focus: We are on a journey of vertical growth to deliver specialised flooring solutions to Africa and the world.
  • Curiosity: True innovation starts with a desire to explore and achieve the unimaginable.
  • Courage: We’re not afraid to ask big questions, even if it means asking more of ourselves.


  • Authenticity: Gaining people’s trust by demonstrating openness and honesty, behaving consistently, and acting in accordance with moral, ethical, professional, and organizational guidelines.
  • Emotional intelligence essentials: Establishing and sustaining trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others’ emotions and behaviour leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one’s behaviour matches one’s values and delivers intended results.
  • Establishing strategic direction: Establishing and committing to a long-term business direction based on an analysis of systemic information and consideration of resources, market drivers, organizational values, and emerging economic, technological, and regulatory conditions
  • Leadership Steadiness: Demonstrating poise, agility, and confidence that reassure  others, commands respect, and sustains momentum when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment (e.g., people, processes, structure, technology, or culture); adjusting quickly and effectively to constant change by focusing on the benefits and trying new approaches.  
  • Curiosity in action: Actively seeking new experiences to broaden perspectives and understand the digital world in all its complexity; experimenting with technology to find diverse ways to solve problems and seize opportunities that will magnify business impact.

Perseveres for results: 360 Degree Decision Making: Integrating information from multiple perspectives and data types to quickly understand complicated operational issues and form a holistic view of system connections, opportunities, and challenges; rapidly committing to the most practical solution after weighing alternatives against important decision criteria.

Bold empowerment: Sharing authority and responsibilities with others beyond traditional boundaries (e.g., job level, function, and location) to accelerate results, drive decision making and accountability downward through the organization, and stretch individual capabilities.

Cultivating networks and partnerships: Initiating and maintaining strategic relationships with stakeholders and potential partners inside and outside the organization (e.g., customers, peers, cross-functional partners, external vendors, alliance partners) who are willing and able to provide the information, ideas, expertise, and/or influence needed to advance understanding of business issues and achieve business goals.

Building organisational talent:

  • Energizing the organization: Motivating increased employee effort by communicating a compelling view of the organization’s purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
  • Preservers for results: Driving high standards for self and others to achieve complex and ambiguous goals; working relentlessly to meet or exceed challenging goals despite setbacks and encouraging others to do the same; proactively confronting difficult issues, removing barriers, making valiant choices, and taking bold action in the face of opposition or fear; encouraging others to take risks to achieve exceptional results and deliver greater value.


  • Grade 12 / Matric with a pass park for mathematics/literacy and English.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Valid Driver’s License is essential.
  • Bachelors/Honors Degree with a Govt certification/ticket in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering is essential.
  • At least 8 years relevant experience in engineering management.

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