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Workshop Manager

Closing Date: 13.12.2019

The successful candidate should have an appreciation for and understanding of farming. He/she should be process driven and adopt a methodical approach to work, so as to develop effective engineering processes. He or she should also demonstrate an ability to effectively engage and collaborate with a dynamic group of people. The Workshop Manager will hold the second most senior position on-site and will assume primary responsibility in the absence of the Farm Manager. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include; identifying professional weaknesses of artisan subordinates and taking initiative to ensure the improvement and development of lacking skills, identifying and developing talent within the team, and managing the stock of the workshop’s parts and equipment. Furthermore, he/she will provide cross-functional support to 2 departments on the farm, namely; the store and the workshop. The successful candidate will also be required support and contribute to business decisions. He/she should be able to manage and maintain a machine park, which includes the following: a Claas Axion 850 tractor, a Claas Axion 950 tractor, a fleet of smaller 100hp Massey Furgesson tractors, a Claas Lexion maize harvester, a Vaanderstrad 8 row maize planter, Horsch tillage equipment, a Delivery Man, a Howo, a Mercedes Benz, Tata trucks, light vehicles, a Caterpillar Bulldozer D9, a Caterpillar Bulldozer D6, and a Volvo Excavator EC360. As part of the management team, the successful candidate will implement strategies that drive performance targets, so as to significantly increase the company’s current annual revenue, which is currently about US$ 15 – 16 million. Success in this role hinges on an ability to offer effective leadership to a team of artisans, appropriate delegation, necessary and useful skills and knowledge transfer, and on-going cross-functional support. The successful candidate will be expected to adopt a mature and professional approach to a position that requires a hands-on approach, exceptional work ethic, and personal ownership and accountability.

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