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General Manager/Plant Manager

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Sector: Mining / Petroleum
Posted: 12 December 2023

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Job Title: General Manager/Plant Manager

Location: Phalaborwa, South Africa


Job Summary:

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced General Manager/Plant Manager to oversee the overall performance of our client’s Magnetite Beneficiation plant. The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing plant operations, ensuring production efficiency, and driving the business interests of the registered company. This role requires a strategic thinker with strong leadership skills who can drive continuous improvement and growth.


Key Responsibilities:


1. Plant Operations Management:

  • Oversee day-to-day plant operations, including ore beneficiation processes, maintenance, and quality control.
  • Ensure compliance with safety, environmental, and regulatory standards.
  • Optimise production processes to achieve maximum efficiency and output.
  • Manage the plant’s budget and resources effectively.


2. Team Leadership:

  • Lead and mentor a diverse team of professionals, including engineers, technicians, and support staff.
  • Foster a culture of safety, teamwork, and continuous improvement.
  • Set clear performance expectations and provide regular feedback to staff.


3. Strategic Planning:

  • Develop and implement a strategic vision for the plant, aligned with the company’s overall goals.
  • Identify opportunities for expansion, cost reduction, and process improvement.
  • Monitor industry trends and competitor activities to stay competitive.


4. Financial Management:

  • Manage the plant’s financial performance, including budgeting, forecasting, and cost control.
  • Drive initiatives to optimise operational costs and maximise profitability.


5. Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure the plant consistently produces high-quality Magnetite products that meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Implement quality control processes and monitor product quality.


6. Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensure compliance with all local and international mining, beneficiation, and export regulations.
  • Consult with relevant authorities and stakeholders as necessary.


7. Reporting and Health and Safety Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the Regional Director for Operations in Phalaborwa.
  • Serve as a 16(2) Appointee by the Health and Safety Act.
  • Take responsibility for implementing and maintaining plant health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations and promote a safe working environment for all employees.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Production Management, Metallurgy, or a related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven experience (7+ years) in a managerial role within the mining or beneficiation industry, with a strong history of achieving production and financial targets.
  • Knowledge of Magnetite beneficiation processes and related technologies.
  • Strong understanding of safety, environmental, and regulatory compliance.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and people skills.
  • Strategic thinker with a results-oriented mindset.
  • Familiarity with South African mining regulations and export procedures is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop high-performing teams.