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Maintenance Superintendent

Sohar Aluminium


Ref: LP159-63

Job description / Role

• To lead the teams to safely deliver high-quality maintenance services to enable the smelter to achieve operational targets
• To lead the Area to a new level of capability and performance
• The Superintendent is accountable for: (1) delivering high-quality maintenance services; (2) planning and executing the preventative maintenance program. (3) Planning and executing reliability projects
• Take a leadership role in executing corporate strategy to deliver competitive advantage and safe, sustainable, profitable operations

Execute Corporate and Departmental strategies:
• Communicate the SA vision, values and purpose
• Interpret strategy and policy and translate into work plans that are actionable by the teams

Develop Area strategies:
• Lead the development of Area strategy and policy including:
• Long term equipment replacement projects
• Long term National workforce development plans
• Plan, organize and control Maintenance Area Operations to safely deliver high-quality maintenance services to enable the
• smelter to achieve its targets

Daily operations:
• Lead the Area teams to safely deliver high-quality services. Direct the Supervisors who action the daily work plans
• Inspect work; ensure high standards of quality and productivity
• Liaise closely with colleagues1 to maximize overall Plant outcomes
• Plan the Area work schedules. Re-plan to address contingencies (eg: changes in Departmental priorities). Consider upstream and downstream needs and impacts.
• Monitor performance (KPIs); report progress
• Execute Corporate and Departmental strategy:
• Understand and interpret strategy and policy
• Communicate the vision and purpose to the teams
• Translate the corporate strategy and policies into tasks and work plans that are actionable by the teams
• Lead and motivate the Area teams to achieve excellence in Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) performance
• Deliver a safe work environment

Lead a step up in EHS performance:
• Devise creative ways to motivate people to work safely and to embrace EHS
• Lead the necessary behavioural and operational changes to create an environment of EHS excellence
• Develop the EHS systems - lead the teams to: (1) undertake root cause analysis of accidents or near misses and take the
• necessary action to mitigate risk; (2) review the EHS plan and formulate proposals for improvement; (3) execute projects to drive excellence in EHS
• Lead the teams to execute programs to reduce resource usage (eg: energy, compressed air) and enhance environmental outcomes
• Apply innovation and leadership skills to lead and deliver continuous improvement and deliver improvement in performance.

Lead the Area teams to:
• Generate ideas for improvement
• Identify improvement opportunities, analyse opportunities and focus on those that deliver the greatest return on investment
• Develop new solutions and implement the improvements.
• Monitor and control Area resources to maximize efficiency and profits. Lead the teams to:
• Control costs (Build and propose budget, control and deliver)
• Optimize resource usage and minimize waste (eg: monitor PPE usage; conserve small tools)
• Control time and attendance while maintaining accurate SAP records
• Operate equipment and Plant systems to maximize efficiency and minimize waste
• Identify ways to decrease costs and increase productivity or resource-utilization
• Forecast funding for staff, materials, supplies and capital improvement projects. Submit and justify budgets.
• Analyse, monitor and control expenditure to ensure the Area achieves its financial target. Take action to correct budget variances. Work within delegated financial limits
• Participate as a member of the Departmental Leadership team to ensure the success of the team and the Department
• Contribute to the Development of Departmental policy and strategy
• Lead the Area teams to: (1) continually analyse performance, and, (2) generate and analyse ideas for improvement. Bring the best ideas forward for consideration by the Departmental leadership team
• Collaborate with Departmental colleagues to maximize Departmental performance
• Collaborate with Superintendents across all the Department and the Plant to optimize Smelter outcomes, drive continuous
• improvement and share best practice
• Lead People: Lead the Area teams to safely deliver production targets and maximize profits
• Set stretching team goals and improvement targets; create milestones; adjust style and communications to lead and motivate
• different people; align team and individual goals with the Departmental and SA business objectives
• Set individual performance objectives, action WPPs, manage performance, develop and motivate staff, deliver formal and informal feedback, deliver on-thejob coaching to maximize individual, team and Departmental performance.
• Action the disciplinary cycle if necessary. Ensure the teams manage time and attendance and maintain accurate SAP records.
• Empower the teams to function within defined limits (delegate action to the lowest possible level.
• Apply a participative management style to lead the teams to a new level of performance (engage the team in problem-solving and decision-making).Facilitate brain-storming to enable the best ideas to be expressed.
• Encourage inter-dependent problem-solving and full ownership of outcomes, removing barriers where necessary.

Celebrate accomplishments:
• Lead organizational change – plan and communicate proposed changes, ensuring the teams commitment to implementation
• Develop People: Develop the teams to deliver improvement in workforce capability and sustained levels of performance
• Execute the SA Omanisation strategy
• Build capability via recruitment, talent management, training and development(including secondments) and retention initiatives
• Create an Area training and development strategy to increase the teams’ leadership, technical and inter-personal skills.
• Leverage the SA training and development resources as well as Area and Departmental programs
• Action development initiatives (observe; coach; train; counsel under-performers)
• Take a leadership role in Departmental and Functional Talent management and succession planning to build Plant-wide capability.
• Create a Talent pipeline for the Department and the Plant


• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 8 years of relevant experience OR
• Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with 10 years of relevant experience.
• Supplemented by advanced technical training and leadership , At least 5 years of supervisory experience.

• Experience in Aluminum smelter
• Carbon plant experience
• Deep Area Maintenance operational experience.
• Well-developed leadership skills including the capacity to engage and motivate the shop floor and the capacity to achieve results through others

About the Company

Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman and is jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC - TAQA and Rio Tinto.

By implementing decades of industry insight in its design, specification and construction Sohar Aluminium has been created to ensure efficiency, environmental protection and the utmost safety of its workforce. The smelter has an annual production capacity of 375,000 tonnes of high quality Aluminium.

Omanisation, which currently stands at 72% of its workforce, is a driving force within the organisation. The development of its young employees is paramount and with that in mind, Sohar Aluminium has its own internationally recognised training centre which gives each and every employee the opportunity for further learning.

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