Manager, Engineering

at Agro-Chemical and Food Company
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 23, 2021
Category Engineering
Job Type Full-time
Currency KES


Agro-Chemical and Food Company Limited (ACFC) was established in 1978 to produce power alcohol from sugarcane molasses. This was to be blended with petrol to make gasohol as a national strategy for reducing foreign exchange used to purchase petroleum oil. This programme did not succeed due to non-cooperation of oil companies and the company, through research and development efforts, shifted to producing various grades of spirits and yeast. Subsequently, the mandate of the company was changed as follows: To produce and sell various grades of Spirits and Yeast of very high quality from sugar cane molasses. To create employment and to generate economic gains for the Government and the Shareholders. Upon inception the Company was under the Ministry of Energy, however, from 1996, the Company was placed under the Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, the company has faced many obstacles due to the ever-changing business environment necessitating constant modernization of technology in production process and systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaise and coordinate with the Heads of Sections of Electrical, Instrument, Civil and Mechanical Engineering on the day to day running of the department.
  • Advice the General Manager on changes in Engineering and additional equipment which may be necessary for optimisation of production of baker’s yeast and alcohol.
  • Ensure that proper equipment and machinery availability and utilization are achieved.
  • Ensure that proper maintenance schedules are affected to improve on plant and equipment availability and efficiency.
  • Prepare detailed maintenance capital budgets for the department and all ongoing projects.
  • Ensure that expenditure in the division is controlled and remain within agreed budgets.
  • Authorise and approve the purchase of materials, chemicals and spare parts in the electrical, instruments, civil and mechanical sections needed for efficient production of baker’s yeast and alcohol.
  • Plan for modifications, upgrading, rehabilitation and improvement in the plant as necessary.
  • Ensure that all safety regulations are put in place and adhered to and that environmental control is effected and observed.
  • Provide technical leadership to multidisciplinary teams to enable them develop,
    implement and evaluate strategic management plans and budgets aimed at improving performance standards and organisational effectiveness.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of staff in order to ensure that the candidates selected have the required job competencies and are provided with orientation and induction programme necessary for effective job performance.
  • Review incidents of violations against organizational policy and regulations as well as handle employee disputes and take appropriate action in line with approved policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Conduct training needs assessment, design and implement training programmes aimed at equipping staff with appropriate job competencies in order to improve the design and delivery of high quality services.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the performance of staff against set targets and objectives and implementing development action plans aimed at building the capacity of individuals and multi-disciplinary teams.

Person Specification

For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:

  • At least twelve (12) years working experience, five (5) of which should be in a management position.
  • Master’s Degree in any of the following engineering disciplines: Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
    Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Industrial Technology.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following engineering disciplines: Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
    Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Industrial Technology.
  • Registered with Engineers Registration Board of Kenya (EBK) or KETRB.
  • Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks.
  • Proficiency in computer applications and Computerized Engineering/Management System.
  • Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya.

Key Competencies and Skills

  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strategic and innovative thinking.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to mobilize resources.
  • Negotiation skills.

Applying Instructions

Submit your CV, copies of relevant documents, two coloured passport size photos and a copy of National Identity Card and Application to :

Resident Director & Chief Executive
Agro Chemical & Food Company Limited
P.O Box 18-40107

Closing Date : 1 October. 2021

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