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Kenafric Industries Limited

Research Assistant
Job Brief
As the company continues to expand its portfolio , there is a need to have extra research personnel. Therefore the research assistant should assist with inhouse research.
This will one enable the company to focus on the Observation to idea concept that is our path to innovation and new product development and two should aid Kenafric to move with the desired speed .

Market Research assistant will help assess consumer preferences in order to help organizations decide how to shape, advertise, and market their products .
The successful market researcher will be able to conduct consumer preference tests, analyze autonomously qualitative data, trends, strategies and competition aiming at increasing competitiveness.
Market research assistant should evaluate data using statistical techniques and software. They must interpret what the data means for the business. They should make charts, graphs, and other visual aids to present the results of their research.
Overall Responsibilities
·         Collecting data on consumers, competitors and the market place and consolidating information into actionable items, reports and presentations
·         Understanding business objectives and designing surveys to discover prospective customers’ preferences
·         Design Research Methodology.Develop and Implement Sampling Plans
·         Devise and evaluate methods for collecting data, such as surveys, questionnaires, and opinion polls
·         Conduct market research through focus groups, trade interviews and structured questionnaires
·         Gather data about consumers, competitors, and market conditions.Collect and analyze the data through modern and traditional methods on consumers, competitors and the marketplace .Analyze Data to Draw Both Qualitative and Quantitative Conclusions
·         Compiling and analyzing statistical data using modern and traditional methods to collect it.Analyze data using statistical software
·         Analyze Consumer Demographics, Preferences, Needs, and Buying Habits
·         Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports and produce substantiated recommendations.
·         Prepare reports and present results to management
·         Devise and design qualitative and quantitative custom market research projects
·         Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to identify opportunities for product expansion
·         Develop strong partnerships with cross-functional teams
·         Advise management on new innovations in the area of market research, and create new ways to meet the needs of a changing marketplace
Education and Training
·         A research assistant needs at least a bachelor’s degree. -A Market researcher typically need a bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field. May have degrees in fields such as statistics, math, and computer science. Others with backgrounds in business administration, social sciences, or communications can be considered
·         A background in food science is an added advantage .
·         However, courses in statistics, research methods, and marketing are essential.
·         Good organisational skills
·         Excellent (spoken and written) communication skills. Needs to be able to easily talk to people of all backgrounds and ages, and gain their trust to gather accurate information
·         Strong math and analytical skills are essential.Strong attention to detail and a strong analytical mind.
·         Outstanding communication, interpersonal and skills
·         Confident presentation skills
·         Sound Understanding of Statistical Concepts, Research Methods, and Design
·         Hands on experience with statistical software
·         Excellent organizational and time management skills
·         Ability to cope with fast-paced and pressured work
Technical Proficiencies
·         Experience with Microsoft PowerPoint and Word
·         Experience with Statistical Software Platforms
·         Familiar with Social Media, Online, and Mobile Research Techniques
·         Use Statistical Software to Analyze Data

Job Vacancy: Print Operator
Main Purpose of this Position: Achieve regional direct sales targets to deliver growth, profitability and cash flow objectives as per the business objectives.
Key Deliverables for this Position
·         Achieve high standard labelling to maximize sales.
·         Ensure quality printing to achieve competition in the market.
·         Achieve Customer Satisfaction
Key Responsibilities
·         Ability to Operate flexographic non-woven printing machine, run different size and color capacities.
·         Install the printing plate with the images to be printed, ensure that the ink meet the required specifications while adjusting the flow of ink to the inking rollers accordingly.
·         Guide non-woven through the press cylinders, adjust feed and tension control
·         Adjust manage ink distribution, speed, and temperature in the drying chamber.
·         Search root cause of not proper printing and take corrective action.
·         Increase efficiency of plant at low energy cost.
·         Make quick corrections to avoid expensive losses of non-woven and ink.
·         Set up, monitor, and adjust the printing process on a control panel.
·         Oil and clean the roller plate and make minor repairs.
·         Perform preventive maintenance
·         Operate flexographic non woven printing machine.
·         Run different size and color capacities.
·         Prepare machines for printing.
·         Install the printing plate with the images to be printed.
·         operators prepare machines for printing.
·         Ink the presses, load nonwoven, and adjust the roller according to non woven bag size .
·         Ensure that nonwoven and ink meet specifications
·         Adjust the flow of ink to the inking rollers accordingly.
·         Guide non woven through the press cylinders and adjust feed and tension control
·         Make adjustments to manage ink distribution, speed, and temperature in the drying chamber.
·         Search root cause of not proper printing and take corrective action .
·         Increase efficiency of plant at low energy cost .
·         Make quick corrections to avoid expensive losses of non woven and ink.
·         Set up, monitor, and adjust the printing process on a control panel .
·         Oil and clean the roller , plate and make minor repairs.
·         Perform preventive maintenance
Key Indicators
·         Minimize cost of energy while maximizing output / Achieve market sustainability
Direct Reports (Jobs reporting to this position)
·         Engineering Head
Financial Resources / Other Key Resources / Assets
·         Money
·         Finished Goods
Key Interfaces
·         Production
·         Supply Chain
·         Engineering
·         Distributors
·         Customers
Academic Qualifications
·         Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent
Job / Functional Skills
·         Reporting Skills
·         Communication Skills
·         Relationship Management Skills
·         Interpersonal skills
·         Decision Making Skills
General Skills
·         Teamwork
·         Communication Skills
·         Customer Service
·         Technical skills
·         Time Management
·         Customer centric
·         Ownership
·         Continuous improvement
·         Leadership
Relevant Experience
·         Minimum of 4- 5years experience in printing on flexography machine and 2years experience in non-woven printing by flexography machine

Job Vacancy: Mechanical Engineer
Skills and Knowledge
·         Reading & developing Engineering drawing.
·         Understanding criticality of machine spares assembling.
·         Understanding Engineering assemble drawing.
·         Understand machine functions.
·         Good in analytical skills.
Basic Qualification: – Diploma or degree in mechanical
Expectance: – Minimum 3years in Manufacturing industries.
Key Responsibilities / Focus
·         Using hand tools to perform maintenance on production machinery
·         Ensuring food safety and quality
·         Cleanliness and housekeeping
·         Responding calls from other departments (production, food safety, safety, etc) for maintenance related actions
·         Communicating with other departments and other maintenance shifts to ensure proper pass down of maintenance related issues to the next shift.
·         Documenting daily work assigned on paper and also in the maintenance management system (SAP)
·         Troubleshoot equipment with minimal supervision and communicate the status of the equipment to maintenance management and other departments
·         Ability to troubleshoot and isolate malfunctions on production equipment and show mechanical aptitude
·         Have basic computer skills and ability to use basic hand tools
·         Ability to identify and help correct safety hazards in the workplace
·         Able to perform all tasks with minimal supervision
·         Able to follow instructions verbally and written
·         Ability to follow maintenance job plans and work orders
·         Ability to perform preventative maintenance work on production equipment
Job / Functional Skills
·         Leadership skills
·         Analytical Skills
·         Quick troubleshooting Expertise.
·         Employee Relation Skills
·         Lean Management Skills
General Skills
·         Teamwork
·         Communication Skills
·         Customer Service
·         Time Management
·         Ownership
·         Continuous Improvement
·         Leadership

Job Vacancy: Electrical Engineer
Main Purpose of this Position: Ensuring electrical, instrumentation & programming engineering services are provided to production and projects while ensuring availability & safety of machines in order to deliver quality product in line with set standards.
Key Deliverables for this Position
·         Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
·         Ensure machine availability & Operational Efficiency
·         Achieve Quality targets
·         Achieve Cost targets
Key Responsibilities
·         Implementing the departmental strategy in line with the policies processes and procedures achieve the institutions objectives.
·         Implement processes and procedures to ensure compliance of the Integrated Management System (Quality, EMS, OHS) and regulatory standards.
·         Design and implement an advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
·         Analyze existing engineering and production procedures and suggest improvements
·         Assist in designing and implementing cost-effective equipment modifications to help improve safety and reliability
·         Design advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications.
·         Design, develop or implement control circuits or algorithms for electro mechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
·         Conduct studies to determine the feasibility, cost or performance benefits of new and existing Mechatronics equipment for CAPEX investments
·         Apply Mechatronics or automated solutions to the transfer of materials, components or finished goods.
·         Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures.
·         Monitor or calibrate automated systems, industrial control systems or system components to maximize efficiency of production.
·         Planning and monitoring respective technical projects by preparing budgets, cash flows and time schedules to ensure no cost overrun.
·         Identify and select materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs and upgrade the design of such devices by adding mechatronic elements.
·         Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
·         Provide training, consultation and guidance on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.
·         Benchmarking and Implementing best practices in manufacturing and respective areas of work Implementing product quality, customer & Service Excellence and Change initiatives to achieve desired business plans and culture.
Key Indicators
Financial Resources / Other key Resources / Assets
·         People
·         Machines
·         Spares
Direct Reports (Jobs reporting to this position)
·         Project Team
Key Interfaces
·         Production
·         Contractors
Academic Qualifications
·         Degree in Mechatronics Engineer/ Instrumentation Engineering or equivalent
Professional Qualifications
·         Member of a professional body
Job / Functional Skills
·         Leadership skills
·         Engineering Skills
·         Analytical Skills
·         Employee Relation Skills
·         Lean Management Skills
·         Programming (PLC, HMI)
General Skills
·         Teamwork
·         Communication Skills
·         IT skills
·         Customer Service
·         Time Management
·         Customer Centric
·         Ownership
·         Continuous Improvement
·         Leadership
Relevant Experience
·         At-least 5 year relevant experience in Manufacturing
How to Apply
All applications must go to
Deadline for applications is 22nd November 2019

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