Team Leader: Acid Plant

Swakop Uranium

Erongo Region, Namibia


Oct 8

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB:To coordinate and control operational activities of the Acid Plant on a shift basis to achieve sulphuric acid loading efficiencies and throughput quality targets. Key Performance Areas:Co-ordinate and control Acid Plant operations on a shift basis to achieve throughput efficiency and production targets.Plan and coordinate routine maintenance priorities for the shift, in conjunction with engineering maintenance section, to ensure that plant and equipment availability objectives are achieved.Ensure optimum throughput by checking equipment at regular intervals during shift.Monitor plant production performance and initiates changes to balance and optimize process throughput as per schedule.Adjust settings continuously to maintain optimal operation of the plant, paying attention to equipment pressures, temperatures, flows, timers, opening and closing valves.Ensure that all team members are briefed, understand and adhere to safety, risks and all relevant operating procedures and initiate corrective action when disregarded.Coordinate implementation of emergency actions and ensure that correct procedures are followed.Ensure that Sulphur Melting Section operates optimally to support Acid Production.Ensure that all operating and safety procedures are followed during plant start-up / shut down and initiate appropriate action in the case of abnormal plant conditions.Conduct troubleshooting and problem-solving duties on shift to prevent delays and maintain throughput targets, by effective involvement in plant breakdowns.Constantly monitor the plant/system readings and data to ensure potential problems are detected in good time.Plan and ensure correct preparation of plant equipment and processes for scheduled maintenance.Identify and assess production problems and recommend/implement corrective measures to optimize plant utilization and efficiencies.Monitor production of sulphuric acid and implement corrective action to maintain process efficiencies within set parameters.Co-ordinate all shift functions, plans and handovers.Coordinate Acid Plant shuts.Liaise with Superintendent for planned and unplanned maintenance of the respective plant areas.Ensure adherence to safety rules and regulations during shutdowns and planned maintenance.Draw up a maintenance schedule and liaise with the relevant sections to ensure optimization of resources.Interface with the Engineering Maintenance section and ensure maximum plant availability.Assists line management with testing and commissioning of equipment / processes.Complete detailed report on plant operations and status of each shift and ensure effective handovers take place at shift changes.Identify plant deficiencies and generate job cards to rectify; follow up on completion status.Complete shift performance reports and submit to management.Ensure effective handover take place at shift changes.Keep record of time and attendance and ensure submission to the Human Resources department.Provide input with the preparation of annual budget and budget revisions as and when required.Prepare daily production target reports and identify shortcomings.Compile month reports as and when required by the management team.Update and maintain all relevant work instructions and standard operating procedures.

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