Southern Oil Pty Ltd, an established company and market leader in the manufacturing of Canola oil and related products in the retail, food services and bulk sectors, have the following exciting career opportunity in Swellendam.

Short Summary: 

The main responsibility of this position is to ensure effective operation of the pressing plant.  This person will be responsible per shift for all activities within his plant area which can include: plant operation, cleaning, quality and autonomous maintenance.

  • Effective operation of pressing plant according operating procedures. This person will take responsibility of all equipment within his area of responsibility and will ensure effective operations during his shift period
  • This person needs to consider changing condition in raw materials supply to plant and effectively adjust process within parameters to ensure product quality is maintained within these parameters
  • Report all deviations to bulk production manager on a continuous basis
  • This person will take lead of his small team per shift and will ensure they are utilized effectively at all times
  • Ensure daily log sheets, quality sheet, master cleaning schedules are kept up to date per shift
  • Measurement of process chemicals, oil levels, cake production, screening production and ensure it is captured on control sheets per shift
  • Report maintenance issues to bulk production manager and maintenance team. It will be required from this position to ensure the necessary support is available to maintenance team at all times when working on equipment
  • Expect to assist maintenance teams during plant shutdown periods with general task and will also ensure plant equipment are cleaned when available during downtimes
  • It will be expected of this position to assist maintenance department with autonomous maintenance tasks (Autonomous maintenance definition: a maintenance strategy wherein machine adjustments and minor maintenance is performed by operators who are deemed to have unique knowledge about the equipment) 
  • This position will be responsible for effective housekeeping of the area of responsibility including:
    • Correct cleaning equipment are available
      • Reporting of all default cleaning equipment to the bulk production manager
      • Performing cleaning tasks according to correct procedure and work instruction
      • The correct type and amount of chemical is available and used to do the cleaning as prescribed in the work instruction
      • Safe handling of the cleaning chemicals used
      • All staff has the correct PPE to perform cleaning
      • Will be available for all training as required and scheduled by management
  • It will be expected from this person to assist the bulk production manager to train all personnel regarding their operational functions, equipment operation, quality requirements, food and safety requirements
  • Will comply to safety, food safety, and environmental procedure and as per Soill Policy.  It can be expected from all employees to be appointed with certain responsibilities as required by OHS act, food safety regulations and environmental regulations
  • Any other reasonable relevant task allocated by bulk production manager as required by plant operations.  It will be expected of this position to assist other plant operators during downtimes with tasks to ensure efficient downtime management

Key competencies:

Education and skills

  • Grade 12
  • Computer Literate (Excel capable)
  • Literate in Afrikaans of English
  • It would be to the applicant’s advantage if he is affluent in an African Language
  • Forklift license
  • Good pervious work record


  • Experience of the plant will be an advantage

Interpersonal skills

  • Proven track record of excellent leadership within small team
  • Proven track record of excellent work ethics
  • Proven track record of excellent time management
  • Proven track record of initiative and drive
  • Be disciplined and reliable
  • Must take ownership and accountability

We invite candidates to forward their comprehensive CV’s to the Human Resources Department via e-mail at careers@soill.co.za or hand deliver by no later than Wednesday, 20 March 2019.


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