Agriculture Engineering Manager Fixed Term

Zambia Sugar Plc., a large agro-industry which is part of Illovo Sugar Ltd, is the leading sugar producer in Zambia. Its main activities are the growing of sugarcane, the production and marketing of sugar and other sugar downstream products. The Company has a permanent employee base of 1 700 employees and offers medical, educational, sport, recreation and other social facilities on the Estate in Mazabuka. The recently expanded Nakambala Sugar Mill area comprises approximately 28 000 hectares of irrigated sugarcane. An approximately 17 000 hectares of the planted area is owned by Zambia Sugar Plc.; and the balance of 11 000 hectares is owned by fourteen commercial Growers and three small-scale grower entities whose affairs are managed by the Estimated Recoverable Crystals (ERC) Committee comprising membership from Zambia Sugar Plc. and the Growers.

The Company now invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the following position;

Reporting to the Engineer- Irrigation & Operations Services, the Agriculture Engineering Manager will perform the following responsibilities:

  • To manage the Irrigation Workshop, Electrical Engineering team and Mechanical Engineering team and implement strategic operational and maintenance plans for all mechanical and electrical Irrigation equipment
  • To introduce and implement an effective and proactive maintenance management plan of all irrigation works on the estate including pumps, motors, MC C’s, pipelines, control gates. valves and centre pivots
  • To manage and plan the irrigation infrastructure maintenance in conjunction with irrigation operations to ensure that irrigation water demand is continuously met throughout the season with a controllable Lost Time Available (LTA) of less than 5%
  • To prepare and imple ment maintenance budget for all irrigation maintenance works and ensure that expenditure is within budget and on time
  • Ensuring that regular preventative maintenance inspections are planned and completed on schedule throughout the year
  • Planning for and ensuring that electrical, lubrication and mechanical checks are delivered to schedule in accordance with the Original Equipment Manufacturer Specification and Agriculture maintenance metric
  • Coordinate condition based monitoring to ensure pumping units remain operational within their design specification
  • Ensure operational budgets is controlled to within 5% of budget
  • Ensure CAPEX is utilized as per plan
  • To align the planning and maintenance teams by ensuring all works orders are raised and completed correctly for both planned and un planned maintenance works
  • To generate and maintain an acceptably high standard of maintenance works and infrastructure development within the agricultural department
  • Managng the preparation of contracttenders for maintenance and construction projects and other irrigation works within the required timelines and to the required standards

Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor of Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering
  • At least five years’ experience in Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering or at a senior supervisory or management level from a reputable organisation
  • At least 3 years ‘experience in irrigation and pump maintenance engineering
  • Thorough knowledge of plant preventative maintenance engineering and planning
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems and processes
  • Analytical engineering drawing and calculations, pipeline and pump design
  • Must be a member of Engineering Institution of Zambia
  • Essential skills:
  • Project management and planning skills
  • Leadership and Mentoring skills

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply, enclosing their detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of Educational and technical qualifications, contact address and phone numbers to the undersigned by 22nd February 2019

The Human Resources Director, Zambia Sugar Plc,

PO Box 670240,

Mazabuka.

Application deadline
22 Feb 15:00
Email applications to
careers@zamsugar.zm
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