Johannesburg Central – Gauteng
Reporting to the CEO you will be expected to provide inspiration, motivation, and guidance to leaders and managers in a manufacturing facility. You will be required to oversee the directing of the company’s operations to make sure it achieves its objectives effectively and efficiently.
You will ideally be a strategist and a leader who can steer the Factory in the most profitable direction while also implementing its vision, mission, and long-term goals. Very strong crisis management skills and technological advancement of modern textile best practices. Essential that you have a proven track record with medium to large textile factories.
Would need to travel to Swaziland twice a month
Essential Experience and Skill Requirements for the Role:
- A general background in garment manufacturing in Southern Africa and increasingly more important other low-cost manufacturing regions around the world
- Knowledge of trade agreements and the developing and structuring of such agreements
- Raw Material Knowledge from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing, order placement, pricing and quality control and getting the finished product where it needs to be
- Understanding the different stages of fabric manufacture
- Cost drivers in the manufacturing of fabric
- Sources of fabric, regions which specialise in different types of fabrics
- Different duty/tax charges on different fabric qualities
- Ability to work with a client around their existing and potentially new products to either replicate existing or develop new product
- Understand the moving parts of the above to have a fair idea of the price points of potential product
- Ability to dissect and cost a product pre- production.
- Impact of Fabric consumption
- Cost of Labour and overheads
- Related Shipping Costs
- How to balance product mix with machine capability and with revenue, margin and market demand
- Knowing enough about machinery to relate to expected sewing and cutting efficiency, for utilization within the product mix being produced, and relative to cost and profitability of the product.
- Managing employees at all levels to ensure efficient utilization of manpower, interacting with all stakeholders including labour unions, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health
- Engaging government through different Ministries to secure future available benefits in whatever form they appear and protect the shareholder’s investment
- Understanding enough about all elements of the business to be able to relate to strengths and weaknesses and the impact of these on the management accounts, with an emphasis on working capital requirements, net margins, ROFE, exchange rate fluctuations and cash flows.