Plant Supervisor – Industrial Waste Water Treatment – Government Job Vacancies in Ekurhuleni (East Rand)

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Duties & Responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY:              

This person will be responsible for the management and control of day to day operation and maintenance of an industrial wastewater treatment plant; will liaise with the maintenance personnel for the planning of maintenance intervention and to mitigate the impact on the plant operation; will liaise with the plant operators to operate the plant and with remote technical support to ensure process adjustments are implemented; while striving to optimize the annual cost of operations of the plant.


  1. Primary goal: To supervise and manage the performance of the plant operators, equipment and processes according to the operating plan and procedures
  2. Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for plant operations and maintenance
  3. Establish schedules and methods for providing plant services, maintaining and updating all operating and maintenance documentation and manuals – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  4. Identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly.
  5. Participate in the development of policies and procedures; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager.
  6. Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives.
  7. Perform the more technical and complex tasks of the work unit including implementing changes to improve efficiency and plant operation cost effectiveness – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  8. Coordinate laboratory sampling and analysis and ensure plant compliance with feed, product and waste requirements.
  9. Manage consumables inventory and chemical stock levels.
  10. Operations troubleshooting, data evaluation and interpretation – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  11. Respond appropriately and decisively during plant emergencies – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  12. Compiling and preparing daily plant operational data, managing the daily logbook, measurement and reporting of results. Writing of daily, weekly monthly O&M performance summaries and reports – senior manager responsibility, but information will be compiled by the supervisor
  13. Submit justification for system or facilities repair or expansion – this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  14. Coordinate activities of third party contractors to minimize disruption of plant processes – please take note of the safety requirements when a contractor performs work on the facility, the safety file review and compliance falls under a qualified safety office or senior manager with experience in safety to minimize risk
  15. Monitor and adjust computerized SCADA system and process control software – only with process engineer approval or senior management a major change can be implemented, normal day to day adjustments to maintain water quality is within the scope of a supervisor and operators.
  16. Participate in the selection of plant operations staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures– this will be done with inputs from a senior manager
  17. Participate in the preparation and administration of the plant operations budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.
  18. Represent the company during meetings with Clients, vendors and subcontractors – normally this function will fall under senior management, but the supervisor normally does have a daily working relationship with the clients.
  19. Ensure health and safety legislation and contractual obligations pertaining to health & safety are adhered to – safety systems can be maintained (after implementation) by the supervisor, but implementation of changes and continuous improvement should be done in partnership with the SHE Manager.
  20. Ensure total confidentiality of all information, internal and external, pertaining to the business of the Company.
  21. Manage overtime claims from operating personnel
  22. Enforce strict control and adherence to critical spares inventory as determined by the Mechanical Engineer and Maintenance Manager
  23. Prepare monthly invoice to the Client
  24. Ensure that equipment are always operated as per the Original Equipment Suppliers’ operating instructions and recommendations.

Desired Experience & Qualification

  1. NQF level 5 qualification or Level 4 Process Controller qualification, or a technical, engineering qualification or similar is preferred.
  2. Five or more years of experience in water treatment, wastewater treatment and/or biogas plant operation or similar industrial process operation is preferred.
  3. Experience in supervising and managing operations and maintenance activities and staff.
  4. Ability to prepare and submit operational reports.
  5. Required to work outside normal working hours, shifts, during emergencies and planned overtime.
  6. Be responsible, reliable and work independently.
  7. Good communication and organizational skills.
  8. Good verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Computer literacy.
  10. Valid Drivers’ Licence (code EB) .
  11. Forklift license would be an advantage.



Package & Remuneration

R30 000 – R40 000CTC


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