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Job Ref:
BEE Position:
Durban, South Africa, Africa
Job type:
Full time

Commercial Manager - Manufacturing

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About this job

Our client is seeking an analytical business leader who can deliver in a challenging and dynamic commercial environment. It is essential that you are in possession of a CA or CIMA. An additional qualification in Supply Chain Management would be highly advantageous.

You will be required to analyse and re-engineer operations and procedures through formulating new strategies and procedures. Continuously strive to strategically expand, preserve or improve value adding service delivery and cost control processes while ensuring regulatory guidelines are adhered to.

Key Result Areas:

  • Overseeing financial KPIs
  • Responsible for the strategic input and negotiating best raw material prices to win new business
  • Retaining and grow existing business and achieving profit objectives.
  • Assess and manage working capital risk and negotiate and monitor service level and stock holding agreements with key customers and suppliers
  • Estimating - analysing pricing models against competitor pricing and align competitive estimating standards in conjunction with the Estimating team and Production performance capability
  • Costing - conduct analysis on throughput sales and material usage by product and press to identify strategic focus areas for improvement.
  • Procurement - responsible for strategic procurement to ensure budgeted material percentage is achieved
  • Raw Material Warehouse - management of raw material stock and WIP in line with budgets.      
  • Customer Service - Develop a high performing service team culture that prioritises the customer experience and focus on team work, service excellence and ownership for resolving customer issues.
  • Contracts and Tenders - review all contracts and negotiate key elements of current contracts and those being tendered for
  • Business Improvement - provides support to production management with researching business systems and proposing improvement strategies thereby improving productivity and efficiency within the project time frame allocated.
  • Practice Lean Management using Six Sigma by maximising the use of materials and reducing the cost of waste.                                    


Skills Required


  • CA or CIMA essential
  • Degree in Supply Chain Management would be highly advantageous



  • Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience on commercial management, financial analysis and business processes, reporting and documenting.
  • Previous work experience in a manufacturing environment is essential


  • Good broad understanding of business processes and controls
  • Good appreciation of IT Systems and implementation skills
  • Familiar with financial IT and software/computer platforms
  • Familiarity with database concepts, data structures, and the use of advanced reporting tools
  • Project Management
  • Strong people management skills


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