Technical Manager (Automotive Engineering)

Posted 1 year ago

Our automotive engineering client in Sandton is looking to employ an experienced and qualified Technical Manager with below skills and experience.


The ideal applicant will possess the following:

  • Qualified – In any of the following Automotive Trades : Diesel Mechanic or Automotive Machinist (Fuel Injection experience will be an advantage)
  • A tertiary technical qualification will be an advantage.
  • A tertiary qualification in Road Transport Management will be an advantage.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the Automotive Engineering Industry as Technical, Production or Plant Manager.
  • Proven track record in automotive component remanufacturing processes.


  • Manage and Control all Engineering functions in the Business Unit.
  • Manage a staff complement of 95 people.
  • Manage the maintenance of the facilities, tools, equipment and service vehicles. (Engineering and Tyre Plant)
  • Manage and develop Technical Personnel.
  • Manage unit costing, pricing and profit margins.
  • Compile and manage the budget, monthly reports and presentations.
  • Ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the Workshop.
  • Ensure compliance with the SABS ISO 9001 processes, procedures and audits.
  • Monitor the asset register.
  • Monitor Engineering component testing programmes.
  • Inter-Departmental liaison and communication between Procurement, Stores and Customers to ensure optimal service delivery.
  • Assess and finalize claims.
  • Approve quotations.


  • Will be required to travel to Internal & External Customers.
  • Will be required to work long and late hours and sometimes over weekends and standby.




Knowledge of machining and manufacturing environment. (Engines; Gearboxes; Axles, Tyre Retreading etc.)

-Background to the automotive remanufacturing industry structures and best practices.

Knowledge of the Technical / Engineering practices and procedures as they relate to the operation and maintenance of large bus & truck fleets.

Understanding of the bus operations and the inter-relationship with the Technical department.

–        Knowledge of the Key financial management Principles & Procedures, especially budget development and management.

–          Knowledge of Human Resources practices and procedures and related legislation.

–          Knowledge of the Labour Relations Act and associated company disciplinary and grievance procedures.

–          Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

–          Knowledge of stock management procedures and Stores Management.

–          Financial Management and  procedures


Good Analytic thinking & problem solving skills.

–          Good planning and organizing skills.

–          Ability to present and display sound judgement.

–          Attention to detail.

–          Diagnostic Ability

–          Good Verbal / Written Communication skills.

–          Good report writing skills

–          Good Project Management skills.

–          Ability to build relationships with external parties

–          Negotiation skills

–          Leadership skills

–          People Management skills

–          Excellent time management skills.

–          Project Management skills

–          Quality Management skills

–          Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Embrace & other)


–          Sharp business acumen

–          Must have a hands-on approach

–          Results orientation

–          Quality orientated

–          Service orientated

–          Deadline driven

–          People orientated

–          Assertive

–          Profit orientation

–          Assertive and not easily swayed

–          Willing to work long hours when necessary.

–          Attention to detail.

–          Decisiveness

–          Commitment

–          Integrity

–          Tolerance for Diversity

–          Fairness in handling employees

–          Honesty, reliability and punctuality.

–          Good work ethics.

–          Safety conscious.

–          Proactive.

–          Ability to work independently.

–          Ability to work under pressure.

–          Stress tolerance.


Job Features

SalaryR50 000 + benefits

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