Feb 19, 2021

Production Manager

  • The Kuipers Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Polokwane, South Africa
Full time Management

Job Description

We are seeking a diligent, honest, reliable individual with a strong sense of commitment and leadership qualities to join LUND FARMS Pty (ltd). The individual should be a good communicator with the ability to show respect and awareness of different cultural backgrounds, must be persistent, resilient and can learn to apply quickly in a competent and thorough manner.

Duties & Responsibilities

Main Purpose:
Achieve maximum and consistent production and profitability in the respective Breeder, Rearing and Layers production sections within Lund Farms, inclusive of all maintenance related functions and requirements. Ensure that all set operational standards (Quality, Quantity, Cost and FLAWS), as well as all Company policies and procedures are implemented and executed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide overall leadership, thereby ensuring the long-term growth and viability of the Production Department. Foster a dynamic culture based on excellence in performance, teamwork, external and internal customer service and pride.
Using the Avihance system actively and regularly to monitor and track production performance and take the necessary corrective action.
Responsible for continually enhancing overall efficiencies, high standards of production, ensuring that only the highest quality products are consistently being delivered to customers (internal and external). Planning, coordinating and controlling of Production processes including culling.
Manage the day-to-day activities of the production and maintenance department, assuring that quality, safety and best practices are maximized.
Design, implement and improve of operational plans, systems and procedures to ensure the systematic and organized running of production, in all production facilities/units.
Conduct regular routine and unannounced inspections, focusing on safety, quality, housekeeping and compliance with standard operating procedures.
Pre-plan production and deploy a daily prioritized work schedule, with appropriate time deadline targets. Monitor and review production progress against set deadlines to ensure on time deliveries.
Ensure that all facilities and equipment is maintained and repaired by coordinating and implementation of a preventative maintenance system in all units/sites/ facilities. Manage and review all maintenance and washing schedules and work performed in connection with all machinery, equipment, buildings and infrastructure in accordance with set standards and regulations.
Implement and controlling of process modifications, in compliance with management of change principles, to improve operability and reliability.
Oversee the breeders, rearing and layer operations ensuring that all aspects are adequately managed and that the operational standards in terms of FLAWSS (feed, light, air, water, sanitation, space) and animal welfare are without exception being executed on and actively maintained.
Results achieved are to be regularly measured against the Avihance Performance Indicators, with expedient corrective action being taken to address any variances.
Proactively manage all aspects related to food quality, health and safety, bio-security and environmental compliance in accordance with the Company's policy, procedures, programs and relevant legislation. Creating a safe working environment for all staff, customers, contractors and visitors.
Monitor production activities to ensure that the appropriate methods are employed and that sufficient due care is taken in order to meet quality standards.
Ensure that rejected products/non- conformance is rectified as a high priority and that all work undertaken is performed in a manner which is in line with responsible and sound environmental management practices and standards.
Organize, planning and coordinating all production activities including culling and all materials needed are ready and available.
Ensure that the necessary stock takes are carried out to standard. Investigation and follow up action is taken where variances are identified.
Oversee people management by providing the necessary leadership to develop a high-performance workforce within the Production Department. Ensure that all HR Policies, Procedures and Practices are implemented and strictly adhered to on a day- by - day basis.
Implementing performance management systems, practices, tools and hold production meetings to plan and review performance, that employee performance is actively being managed and evaluated.
Actively implement the Succession Management Guide and Tools, ensuring that there are successors ready for all key leadership and technical critical positions.
Actively foster teamwork and constructive relationship with employees, based on principles of fairness, openness, honesty, mutual respect and equality.
Ensure that the required operational and administrative records and reports are generated, analyzed and acted upon, in order to continuously improve the efficiency of operations. Provide the General Manager with regular Operational updates and reports. Analyze previous shift results and implement the necessary changes to increase production.
Ensure that sound financial management practices and principles are in operation, with strict controls in place for cash management and costs/expenditures. Assist with the compiling of the annual budget, oversee monthly financial performance against budget. Manage day to day financial matters in line with established financial procedures, authority levels and standards.
Liaise with key external service /product suppliers to ensure the smooth operation of the Production Department. Ensure that all customers are satisfied, and any complaints are dealt with professionally and expediently with the primary aim of keeping the customer satisfied.

Desired Experience & Qualification


Relevant post Grade 12 qualification in Poultry Husbandry/ Agriculture.
Management/ Leadership related qualification.
Minimum 5 years operational experience in the Poultry Industry.
Minimum of 5 years managerial experience in a similar field.
Good understanding and experience in implementing OHSA and environmental regulations.
Sound Financial skills.
Strong leadership and people management skills.
Above average planning and organizing skills.
Ability to make sound decisions.
Excellent mastering of the Microsoft Office Suite.
Driver’s License is a must.

If you meet the required standards, and would like to apply, please submit a detailed CV/ Application to email, not later than the deadline date. Preference will be given to EE candidates. We appreciate you taking the time to apply for employment with the LUND FARMS (Pty)Ltd

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