Estate Maintenance Supervisor – Civil

Website Zambia Sugar

a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty)


Zambia Sugar Plc. is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd Group and is the leading sugar producer in Zambia.  Its main activities are the growing of sugar cane, the production and marketing of sugar and other sugar downstream products.

The Company invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the following position in Human Resource Department:


The position reports to the Estate Maintenance Co-Ordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating construction, building and maintenance works to acceptable engineering standards at minimum costs. The operational performance covers the entire Nakambala Sugar Estate.


  • Provide input into Estate Support maintenance budgets and manage costs to ensure adherence to budgets and cost saving where possible.
  • To prepare and implement planned maintenance budget for all Civil related works within area of responsibility (both operational and Capex) and ensuring that expenditure is within the budget.
  • Reduce budget overrun to zero on planned maintenance works, drop overtime to emergencies only and 5% less than budget; ensuring only high-quality materials are bought by giving clear specs and usage.
  • Implements and maintains the requirements of the SABS-ISO 9001: 2000 Quality management systems.
  • Leverage available support from Factory Optimization, the Illovo group (HO and other countries).
  • Promote and adhere to Illovo’s procedures, policies and guidelines, including, without limitation, those relating to SHERQ, Competition Law and Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC).
  • Reduce the number of incidents in area of operation by 2% every year. Attend monthly SHE meeting and conduct daily safety talks in all the areas.
  • Carries out standby duties and callouts as and when instructed by the Estate Maintenance Coordinator or according to set roster.
  • Plan and supervise the daily work and performance of each employee / contractor and assign work activity to achieve team and company objectives safely.
  • Ensure Plant, Equipment and BOM information and WO’s are captured accurately within Maximo.
  • Identify and mitigate operational risks in area of responsibility and develop contingency and communication plans in the event of a breakdown.
  • Maintain records as required for reporting in area of responsibility.
  • Develop schedules for Civil maintenance / inspection according to area of responsibility and agree these with the relevant parties.
  • Identify areas where service and performance can be improved and manage the implementation of systems and processes to make improvements.
  • Monitor performance and support and advise teams in solving problems and/or taking corrective action.
  • Manage the performance of contractors against agreed SLAs to ensure completion of work to quality and safety standards.
  • Provide teams with necessary tools and equipment to perform work effectively and manage the use and maintenance of such equipment.
  • Identify and monitor KPIs to track performance and flag any issues.
  • Create and implement communication plan with estate residents regarding scheduled and unscheduled estate maintenance activities in area of responsibility.
  • Oversee effective talent and performance management within estate maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications / Requirements areas

  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role with a proven track record.
  • Sound computer skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytical ability; attention to detail.
  • Experience with Maximo is essential.

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