Manager: Zambia Operations


Business Unit: Base Chemicals                                                  

Location: Kitwe, Zambia

Closing date:  20 July 2018

Base Chemicals

Base Chemicals markets a broad portfolio of commodity chemicals globally. The business consists of three key divisions: Polymers, Solvents, and Explosives & Fertilisers (E&F).

Our key products include:

  • polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride);
  • solvents (ketones, alcohols, acrylates), chlor-alkali chemicals (caustic soda, hydrochloric acid) and mining reagents (cyanide);
  • bulk and packaged explosives including specialised blasting accessories;
  • ammonium nitrate base products; and
  • sulphur derivatives.

To support our customers we operate a Polymer Technology Services Center that provides research and development relating to polymer-related applications.  We also provide agronomic and product support to our fertiliser customers as well as full blasting service and product support to our mining industry customers.

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  • To manage and lead the regional operations for maximizing short and medium term profitability of the company by:
  • Ensuring safe supply of raw materials and effective blasting practices and  technical support
  • Ensuring that customer requirements are achieved;
  • Building and sustaining sound business relationships.
  • Assisting with managing customer accounts and
  • Delivering frontline results such as safety, production, maintenance, quality, cost, and team motivation.


Business Results: Safety, Operational, Financial and Technical results

  • Manage and motivate the region’s Operations personnel as well as internal service providers
  • Manage team’s and self’s training needs
  • Production Planning and management of sites raw materials
  • Manage regional fleet of Mobile Manufacturing Units (MMUs)
  • Manage regional blasting operations
  • Establish Development Plans for sub ordinates
  • Meet Operations Production target in line with customer forecast and nominated quantity
  • Take accountability for the overall blasting operations
  • Ensure that self and team meet targets, due dates and Sasol  or mines’ quality standards whichever is applicable
  • Achieve agreed Budget up to a maximum of 100% current projected production forecast
  • Develop and implement the respective budget
  • Compile production budget in line with customer demands
  • Prioritise and optimize production opportunities consistently and reduce all non-value-adding work
  • Consistently improve regional productivity over blasting procedures and MMU optimizations
  • Seek improvements in blast tonnage.
  • Deliver compliance within the safety and environmental plan
  • Consistently seek to optimize the use of storage and products delivery systems
  • Ensure that silo and MMUs function technically as per design intent
  • Keep up with technological developments regarding Sasol Base Chemical Products as well as equipment
  • Lead on the Safety, Health, Environment and Emergency Response interventions
  • Ensure that HAZOP procedures are in place and team is trained to execute
  • Act as ER controller in the case of Emergency
  • Manages Incident reporting and investigation (ROOT Cause analysis)
  • Deliver timely results and compliance through control systems and measures
  • Produce quality decisions and find solutions to improve team results
  • Manage the legal compliance procedures for safety, health and environment on all production activities.
  • Ensure blasting procedures are according to design intent and legal requirements
  • Manage adherence/compliance to applicable OSH/Labour act ISO systems
  • Must consistently interact with customer operations to ensure resolution of customer needs timely and cost effectively
  • Produce periodic regional operations reports for Manager Operations Africa


  • NB: Must be a Zambian citizen


  • BSC Mining Engineering or relevant technical degree
  • Mine Managers Certificate (underground) – an advantage


  • Minimum of 8 years opencast/underground mining experience
  • Underground Blasting Certificate with minimum 4 years supervisory experience

Leadership Behavioral Competencies:

  • Self-Mastery – Takes accountability for driving own growth through developing self-awareness, reflecting, seeking feedback and self-correcting.
  • Business Leadership – Demonstrates commercial acumen, a global mind-set and exercises sound judgement.
  • Strategic Leadership – Leads organisational change, innovation and sustainability.
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