Mechanical Foreman – Sasol

Purpose of Job


Accountable for first line leadership and management of team members to enable the work of self and team members and building their expertise and skills, and deliver frontline team results such as Safety, Production, Maintenance, Quality, Cost and Motivation.



Recruitment Description / Key Accountabilities


Planning, control and management of operations/maintenance activity.

Ensure effective execution of operations/maintenance activities.

Ensure maximum task quality and efficiency, and overall effective use of equipment.

Manage and control costs.

During emergency situations, evaluate the abnormalities and take corrective action as to avoid downtime, equipment damage and/or SHERQ incidents.

Ensure own team adhere to operational/maintenance procedures and for people and plant.

Ensure maintenance planning is scheduled optimally to maximise production output.

Take action on first occurrence performance problems, misconduct, disciplinary and grievance cases.

Manage performance of own team.

Ensure sensitisation to diversity in the workplace.

Get results through empowering others to act.

Enable artisans to achieve competence for career progression.

Coaching and technical training of own staff.

Accountable for practical “declaration of competence” of employees to operate the plant.

Ensures team motivation and team wellness.

Lives company values and ensures compliance of team to the values.

Facilitate effective Communication up and down from management and also within own and other stakeholder teams.

Participate in selection of staff by being an active member on recruitment panels.

Ensure standard operating procedures are applied.

Ensure compliance to Process Safety Management.

Manage certain start-up and shutdown tasks.

Participate in potential deviation analysis (PDA), root cause analysis (RCA) and risk assessments.

Manage execution of work permit system.

Conduct Task Risk Assessments and ensure that team conducts.

Ensure compliancen to relevant Sasol procedure, policies, legislation and business processes.

Manages behaviour based safety programEnsure adherence to SHERQ legal standards and implement SHERQ processes for own area of responsibility.

Ensure that MOC process is followed, and that modified plant/maintenance procedures are implemented by artisans.

Ensure resources are available on site.

Understands customer requirement and ensures product/service meets customer requirements.

Ensure smooth transition of work from own shift to next shift.

Effective interaction with supporting activities.

Identifies and supports inter-dependencies with own and other departments within the value chain.

Give input into how to improve overall Equipment Effectiveness for the plant.

Continuously applies new ideas/work methods to improve results.

Deals with human resistance to change in own area.

Provide information/assist with projects with technical/support functions.

Avail staff for training and development required due to the change initiative.

Ensure implementation of organisational change initiatives within own team.



Formal Education

Grade 12 / N3 with Math’s, Science, and English

NQF 4 Occupational Trade Qualification (Section 13 / Section 26D Trade Test)


Min Experience

Minimum of 5 years’ post-trade test experience as a Maintenance Artisan

Strong leadership potential and competency are required and preference will be given to candidates with minimum 2 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity (maintenance supervisor or foreman or acting in a similar role)

This position requires experience in working on multi stage reciprocating compressors

Maintenance on single stage Centrifugal pumps, Centrifugal and fin fans, Various types of single- and multi-reduction gearbox’s

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