Operations Manager

To manufacture and distribute Poultry Feed to the Gauteng Operations in accordance with the required quality and specifications. Systems implemented must ensure that feed produced support the farmers to achieve the Poultry KPI’s of the region. Production and delivery costs must drive down input costs of the region.
Operational and Cost requirements

Continuously apply recognized Good Manufacturing Practices for all feed milling and related operations
Manage feed production costs within budget constraints
Achieve targeted Feed Conversion and target live mass for poultry
Maintain milling losses to less than 0.3% of total production
Control raw material and feed wastage to less than 15 tons/month
Manage outsourced feed transport contract as per the Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Ensure that raw material stock levels do not drop below critical stocks
Ensure that no chickens stand without feed
Continuously improve plant OEE based on equipment availability and utilization and feed quality

Feed Production and Quality

Consistently produce and deliver quality feed to the required specifications as ordered, by ensuring that:

Raw materials are correctly stored and reclaimed without damage or contamination
Ground raw materials are produced to the correct specification
Raw materials are correctly batched and mixed to set formulations
Pelleting temperature are maintained above 75’C
Pellet durability exceeds 94% as per tumbler test
Sieved crumbles exceeds 80% above the screen
The moisture balance between formulated raw materials and finished feed is maintained

Manage the Feed Formulation System to ensure that only the latest approved formulas are produced
Manage production planning and plant capacity to meet orders
Ensure that feed is produced and delivered in the correct sequence, from youngest to oldest animals
Manage feedmill hygiene to eliminate cross-contamination and biological hazards
Empty, clean and disinfect all raw material and feed bins and silos at least once every 3 months to reconcile stock and reduce feed risks
Maintain an effective Non-Conformance Report system and Feed Return system

Repairs and Maintenance and Utilities

Implement and maintain a preventative maintenance program for all feed milling plant, equipment, buildings and site
Maintain unplanned plant downtime to less than 5% of planned time per month, including process control
Manage repairs and maintenance costs within budget constraints
Ensure adequate maintenance resources, tools and equipment are available and maintained
Formally address all plant and equipment breakdowns, maintenance call outs and rework
Manage outside contractors and project work
Research and implement means to reduce utilities consumption for feed production
Review and report on utilities bills monthly

Legal requirements and Biological Risk Control

Ensure that feedmill and related activities comply with legislated health, safety and environmental Acts, regulations and standards
Ensure that statutory inspections are performed as legislated and records maintained
Ensure that statutory appointments are up to date and training requirements are complied with
Ensure that feedmilling and related equipment is maintained and operated as per the requirements of the OHSAct
Comply with legislation related to compound animal feed production and distribution
Enforce Biological Risk Controls on site and during deliveries according to Standard Operating Procedures
Manage housekeeping standards through continuous improvement
Apply effective rodent and pest control on the premises


Maintain a highly motivated and effective team to operate the feedmill safely at the lowest cost
Ensure continuous training of personnel to achieve high levels of multi-skilling
Ensure that PPE is effective, used correctly and is well maintained
Maintain staff discipline and apply disciplinary and grievance procedures where required
Maintain staff facilities and hygiene
Ensure annual medical surveillance is complied with for staff exposed to dust and noise

A minimum of a 3 year post matric qualification in food/feed production, such as technical qualification with suitable experience, or a Degree/Diploma/Certificate in animal poultry sciences with production experience. A qualification in Compound Animal Feed Production from a recognized feed milling institution would be advantageous.
A minimum of 5 years hands on experience in compound animal feed production, of which 3 continuous years should be in a management position, combined with related plant maintenance experience. The incumbent must have a proven track record of driving efficiencies to improve production output, whilst controlling costs.


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