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Exciting Career Opportunities:Quality Supervisor
Job Purpose:Reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager the job holder will be responsible for implementing quality policies, guidelines and standards in the factory to ensure that non conforming products do not reach the consumer. 

Additionally, the jobholder will have responsibility of building quality culture and providing expert and effective quality advice to manufacturing team through continuous coaching, analysing quality performance and feed back for corrective actions. 

Key Deliverables
  • Support New Product Introductions (NPI's) by coordinating production in the factory and providing results and reports within expected timelines.
  • Carry out process audits to ensure compliance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures and ensure non conforming product do not go to the market and evaluate and communicate deviations from specification.
  • Perform gap analysis and process capability measurements for modules and put in place action plans to improve machine capabilities.
  • Carry out protocol runs after machine overhauls, installation and maintenance.
  • Recommend decisions about products, tobacco and wrapping materials that deviate from the prescribed quality standards, and take initiate corrective action to prevent recurrence.
  • Prepare, interpret and present detailed quality performance reports for the manufacturing team as required.
  • Perform Process Mode Effect Analysis (PFMEA) for key processes in SMD and put in place quality plans to mitigate identified risks.
  • Coordinate root cause analysis and trouble shooting using problem solving tools for non conformances and customer complaints.
  • Provide training for Quality and manufacturing staff as well as other employees who interact with the product.
Essential Requirements
  • Minimum Degree in analytical chemistry, Chemical or Process Engineering.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Advanced knowledge in Quality Management systems and knowledge in statistical process control (SPC). ISO 9001:2008 Lead auditor qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in Team leadership and influencing skills
  • Good analytical skills, paying attention to detail and having a logical and methodical approach to process and product Quality Assurance.
  • Have good time management skills with a focus on results.

Production Coordinator
Job Purpose: Reporting to the Production Services Supervisor, the incumbent will be required to maintain and manage accurate and up to date Factory Information Systems to facilitate informed decision making by managers which shall translate to process improvement.

Key Deliverables
  • Analyze and monitor process data and assist the manufacturing team to continuously improve their processes in the fields of operations target per shift, waste and housekeeping.
  • Compile performance reports on various process data and ensure accuracy and completeness of the reports before circulation to management.
  • Generate and maintain periodic backups for all information systems working within the factory.
  • Liaise with third parties supervisors on shift to ensure delivery of factory services such housekeeping, palletizing and waste recovery.
  • Accurately interpret production plan and timely escalation of production issues.
  • Coordinate with other Supply Chain parties involved in stocks management to ensure that stocks are well managed while ensuring that teams in the factory get accurate and timely feedback from analysis of process data.
  • Provide administrative support i.e mark attendance and crewing, prepare meals allowance and overtime request.
  • Accurately capture process data, interpret production plan, down time logs and ensure timely supply of production materials to the factory.
  • Obtain benchmarking information and encourage idea generation by the teams and participate in phasing out and implementation of viable innovations.
  • Provide leadership during the brand change process and ensure accurate completion of plan.
  • Manage the maintenance of the both electronic and paper data for the factory.
Essential Requirements
  • Graduate engineer, preferably Mechanical/Electrical/ Industrial Engineering.
  • At least two years of manufacturing experience.
  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing processing, quality measurements and specification procedures.
  • Critical analysis, problem solving and reporting skills.
  • Exposure to Lean methods and Analysis tools
  • Good communication and leadership skills

Process & Quality Executive
Job Purpose:Reporting to the Process Analyst the job holder will be responsible for driving process quality assurance and initiate corrective actions to ensure the manufacture of high quality tobacco. 

This will involve driving product integrity and traceability standards and a structured approach to Continual improvement through Quality performance measurement and reporting. 

Key Deliverables

  • Develop and complete Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (P-FMEA) for all key processes and put in place improvement plans to drive a structured approach to continual improvement
  • Carry out regular process audits to confirm compliance to applicable standard operating procedures and take actions to correct any deviations.
  • Perform Process & machine capability analysis on all key processes and machines and use it to drive improvements.
  • Sample and measure key parameters identified, analyse and generate reports and share with all stakeholders and follow up on corrections where necessary.
  • Carry out protocol runs after machine overhauls, installation and maintenance.
  • Support in past management and trigger control actions to ensure that its properly controlled.
  • Perform planned calibrations and cross-checks on quality assurance equipment in accordance with the requirements of BAT protocols.
  • Actively participate in Gap analysis and troubleshooting by using problem solving and improvement tools.
  • Training staff on work procedures and continual improvement tools.
  • Propose innovations and ideas that would improve performance and productivity to team leadership and management.
Essential Requirements
  • Minimum degree in Chemistry, Chemical or Process engineering
  • Two years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • The job holder need to have advanced knowledge in statistical process control (SPC) Six Sigma qualifications will be an added advantage.
  • The job holder needs to have good analytical skills, paying attention to detail and have a logical and methodical approach to process analysis.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems and technical report writing

Marketing Services Manager
Job Purpose: The incumbent will Lead the Marketing Services department for East Africa Markets which includes the Indian Ocean Islands, Horn of Africa and East Africa cluster (Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania).

Key Deliverables
  • To drive growth by leading the implementation of marketing plans to deliver overall Sales and Financial objectives
  • Support the annual Market planning process
  • Drive On-time delivery of Key Consumer and Trade Initiatives through effective project management and effective coordination of cross functional teams
  • Recommend appropriate retail/ customer dialogue strategy meet business objectives using consumer and trade research data
  • Support the brand Team in the development of effective consumer and Trade Programs and touch point infrastructure, by providing pertinent market insights
  • Oversee the execution of trade and consumer programmes in-Market in line with trade marketing & distribution strategy
  • Implement brand programmes in retail touch-points and validate the touch-point infrastructure (e.g., merchandising materials for brand and trade programmes, in-store hardware, non-branded materials)
  • Resource allocation and effective management of Brand support budget
  • For respective trade channels, assist in defining objectives, recommend approach (e.g., delivery frequency, call frequency etc).
  • Propose goals and key performance indicators for trade programme development and track ongoing results
  • Provide distribution directives to distributors, supporting them in their day-to-day distribution activities 
  • Monitor key distribution performance indicators and initiate actions to cover short-term “gaps” in performance and capability thereby maintaining distribution effectiveness.
  • Lead the tracking and evaluation of Key marketing initiatives to ensure that they meet business objectives and trade cluster requirements
  • Effectively utilise Market research information to drive width & depth of distribution of strategic brands to grow volume & value share.
  • Provide support for the demand review process, clarifying trade programmes objectives, activities and schedule
  • Oversee the management and coordination of marketing services processes and efficiency improvement initiatives to support the delivery of key organisational objectives.
  • Represent the Marketing services function at monthly Leadership Meetings
  • Drive the optimisation of an effective and efficient distribution system to meet business objectives
Essential Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience within the Marketing function in a FMCG category.
  • Comprehensive understanding of trade marketing, customer engagement, account management and trade programme development.
  • Proficiency in French is an added advantage.
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills and ability to facilitate and work through diverse teams
  • Be self driven and able to work with minimal supervision, on multiple tasks
  • Analytical skills and ability to translate market information into meaningful insights that can be leveraged improve business performance
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Applications close on 12th February 2015

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