Factory Manager (CR555)

Our client, a leading meat wholesale supplier based in Montague Gardens, Cape Town is looking for a Factory / Operational Manager to join their team.

The successful candidate will manage, plan, direct, coordinate and control the production at the main plant area according to required specifications and quality standards.



  • Ensure effective general management of all areas in the main plant and cold store.

  • Manage, motivate and control all the staff working in main plant and cold store area.

  • Ensure attainment and measurement of daily production and operational targets.

  • Check that staff are at work and report absentees timeously to Human Resources section.

  • Set and plan production goals and communicate it to key personnel.

  • Plan, document and measure the daily production output of all production lines and sections in the main plant and cold store area.

  • Organize, co-ordinate and control the daily production activities in the main plant area and cold store.

  • Plan daily production with all section managers taking into account worker capacity.

  • Ensure that line management and supervisors adhere to your instructions and perform their duties as per their job descriptions.

  • Coordinate and control issuing of raw materials.

  • Ensure finished product is checked for deviations from quality standards.

  • Ensure product is correctly weighed and labelled.

  • Ensure the correct and effective dispatch of orders from the quality control section.

  • Ensure good housekeeping practises in the chillers, freezers, cold store and dry stores plus monitor stock rotation in the chillers, freezers, cold store and dry stores.

  • Implement and maintain measures to reduce wastage of and damage to stock in freezers, chillers, dry stores and production area.

  • Ensure that temperature controls are adhered to and that the correct thawing procedures are followed.

  • Manage and evaluate machines and equipment to ensure productivity and minimal downtime.

  • Strive to reduce expenses and increase productivity across all product lines.

  • Communicate any problems or obstacles to senior and top management.

  • Communication effectively with other sections, managers and supervisors.

  • Process, organize and report to top and line management on operations and production information.

  • Engage in regular product development and continual improvement exercises.

  • Organizing the repair and routine maintenance of machinery and equipment in your area of responsibility.

  • Estimating costs and assist in preparing budgets.

  • Selecting and ordering of packaging materials.

  • Selecting and ordering of dry ingredients – spices etc.

  • Identify staff training needs and organising relevant training sessions.

  • Provide production progress report to line management as requested.

  • Process, organize and report to top and line management on operations and production information.

  • Perform administrative duties as per required job functions.

  • Establish and enforce work schedules.

  • Assist in recruitment and placement of staff, establishment of organisational structure, delegation of tasks and accountabilities.

  • Manage relationship and communication between management, Sales, Production and Logistics.

  • Evaluate work performance of staff in all sections.

  • Ensure that staff are wearing clean undamaged uniforms as per company policy.

  • Ensure that functions are delegated where necessary.

  • Assist sales personnel in all customer and sales related issues.

  • Identify problem areas and devise practical, measurable solutions.

  • Manage, control and measure wastage and damage to products.

  • Ensure the setting of production times of each product.

  • Ensure regular block and yield tests and cost and selling comparisons of all products in order to achieve gross profit margins as per target limit.

  • Ensure the execution of preventative and planned maintenance of the premises, plant, refrigeration and equipment.


  • Review financial statements, control and verify invoices.

  • Ensure the management and control of the company financial rules and procedures in all relevant sections.

  • Implement and maintain measures to improve profitability.

  • Ensure the costing control of products on a daily basis.


  • Manage, maintain and enforce food safety procedures and requirements.

  • Monitor, maintain and ensure that all personnel abide by specific conditions of employment and to all company rules, regulations, procedures and policies.

  • Ensure, manage and enforce good hygiene practices and housekeeping of all the areas in the plant, cold store included.

  • Manage, maintain and enforce quality standards, policies, procedures and requirements.

  • Manage, maintain and enforce health & safety legal requirements plus company health and safety procedures.


  • Manage the availability of raw materials.

  • Monitor and regulate daily, weekly and monthly stock levels in all sections and the cold store.

  • Ensure effective monthly stocktaking in all sections and the cold store.

  • Ensure the verification of stock levels in the cold store on a monthly basis.

  • Place orders for all consumables timeously.


  • Lead weekly management meeting with Section supervisors and managers.

  • Ensure weekly meeting with Operations Director.


  • 3-5 years’ experience in similar role


R40 000 per month

Please use the following reference number in the subject line of your email: CR555 when applying for this position. Please submit your CV in Word Format, salary expectation and notice period to info@cardosorecruitment.co.za Kindly consider your application unsuccessful should you not receive feedback within 1 week.


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