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Lead Production Manager - Lagos, Nigeria

Location: Lagos, ., Nigeria

Date Posted: 18-12-2017
Lead Production Manager
Lagos, Nigeria
For expat, the job is on day rate at USD400 per day, working on rotation.
For a Nigerian, the job is full-time – N1.5m pcm.
Preference is for French speaking candidate

A newly formed ship repair, maintenance, fabrication and integration yard in West Africa requires a Lead Production Manager.
The Manager’s main responsibilities will include setting up, leading and guiding the teams engaged in repairs, maintenance, fabrication and integration in the Yard. The Manager will also be responsible for coordinating the activities of setting-up the yard with a new management team. The initially work in the Yard will be focused on ship and rig repairs, however the Yard also has a capacity to fabricate 1,000 ton / month of new steel works. The Manager will also be asked to assist in identifying and developing new business opportunities.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
• Manage execution of ship repairs, maintenance, fabrication and related operations in the
Yard. Oversee all work programs, ensure work is being done on time and to the quality
• Due to the start-up nature of this organisation the Manager will be required to work at all
levels and cover positions which will not be filled until the Yard is more established.
• Manager must have the ability to carry out and teach welding.
• Work done in the Yard will include the use of a range of advanced machines, such as CNG
welding machines and modern welding technology including usage of Submerged Arc
Welding (SAW) automatic welding machines.
• Implement and maintain international standards such as ASTM, ASME, ANSI, API etc.,
governing all aspects of fabrication as well as the certification and handling of production
machinery, equipment and machine tools.
• Implement an electronic tracking and material management systems in the Yard, which will
include material traceability systems and inventory management.
• Conduct periodical production review meetings and prepare weekly reports for the COO.
• Put in place organization chart(s) for the Ship Repair and Fabrication Business Unit and
develop roles and responsibilities for each employee in the Unit.
• Meet Company production targets.
• Monitor and control costs as per the approved budget to achieve profitability targets.
• Review the present documents relating to production processes, procedures and policies
and amend them as necessary to enhance the overall efficiency and profitability of the
• Propose and implement new policies, procedures and work instructions to improve
production processes, minimise waste, reworks and defects and maintain the Company’s
high-quality standards.
• Implement Safety Policies of the company and provide safety training for all employees.
• Coordinate with QA & QC department in assessing the quality issues, conduct root-cause
analysis and implement preventive and corrective actions.
• Implement factory maintenance program covering preventive, shut down & predictive
maintenance of all Yard equipment and machines to achieve maximum production
• Be responsible for the Balance Sheet of the Fabrication Business Unit (FBU) including
preparation of operational & development budgets.
• Work with the Finance Team to prepare a five-year long-term strategic plan and be
responsible for achieving top and bottom lines particularly the production targets set by the
• Assist the Business Development and Finance Teams by calculating accurate production
costs for all processes to arrive at accurate estimates for both internal and external use.
• Leading the Business Development Team when it comes to the preparation of production
related tender responses, offers and quotations to clients and following up on enquiries to
convert them into work orders.
• Consistently motivate, train and develop employees at the Company.
• BSC or BE or B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering or Production
• Engineering or Industrial Engineering plus an MBA or Post-Graduate degree (preferable)
• Extensive experience (ideally including relevant qualifications) in Naval Architecture /
• Relevant Professional Qualification
• Additional education may include specialized training, professional certifications, workshops and seminars relevant to industry.
• At least 15 years’ experience working at or above a Supervisor level role for a leading
offshore fabrication / ship repairs and maintenance and engineering Company.
• Possess technical proficiency as well as a business acumen & commercial judgment.
• Strategic mindset, able to take a long-term view.
• Capable of problem solving, decision making and failure analysis.
• A self-motivated leader & a team player.
• Familiar with modern production technologies and prepared to learn and master new
technologies and concepts, with a track record of having remained fully abreast of the new
developments in the industry over the last 15 years.
• Exceptional inter-personal & communication skills (both verbal & written), including
negotiating, persuasive and presentation skills.
• Excellent marketing skills and business sense for achieving results.
• Skills in dealing with and developing potential clients from international Oil Companies, to
industrial manufacturers.
• Practical application of HR, Finance, Operations and Strategic Management in the day to
day business.
Craig Bell
Swan Recruitment Ltd.

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