Plant Operator


It is the responsibility of the Plant Operator to batch as per the production schedule through the reclaim system to the point of mix. To ensure the consistent flow of production and that customer requirements are met on a daily basis. 


Complying with Health, Safety and Risk regulations

  • Ensure that all Health and Safety policies and regulations are adhered to within the plant and production

Implementing and management of Production schedule

  • The production schedule will be handed to the Plant Operator with all relevant information on the schedule. No changes will be made on the Production schedule, unless authorised by the Plant Manager.
  • The Plant Operator has the responsibility to follow the sequence of the schedule unless authorisations is given to do otherwise.
  • The Plant Operator will follow numerical order of mix numbers unless authorisation is given to do otherwise.
  • The Production log sheet must be kept up to date at all times with bin selections and routes, mix numbers that was produced; the production schedule must be kept up to date. The feed that was produced must have a neat line ruled through them to indicate completion. 
  • When the computer calls for the micros to be added, select the correct micro from your stock and scan the barcode into the computer. Add the micros into the scale, the scale will only release when the correct weight of micro is reached.
  • The batching into the scale must be closely monitored and set tolerance maintained. These tolerances must not be exceeded. If exceeded contact the Quality coordinator who will initiate a NCR.
  • Customer requirements must be routed and communicated correctly with the GW Micro Stores:
    I.    Pellet/ crumble requirements with the Pellet Mill Operator
    II.    Bag requirements with Storeman/ bagging team
    III.    Bulk requirements with the drivers/ sales & Customer
  • Finished product samples should be taken for each mixing number and finished product produced, by before- and after the truck has been loaded. These samples needs to be inspected for quality and are retained. It is the Plant Operator’s responsibility to ensure the quality of finished product is maintained and sampling is performed. 


  • Continually striving to improve through teamwork with other employees all related aspects of De Heus (Pty) Ltd business.
  • Using objective measurement, identifying problems within the company and subsequently identifying the “root cause” of problems.
  • Ensuring at all times that corrective actions taken to resolve problems are, ultimately, permanent and preventative.
  • Assisting, wherever possible, to ensure that all actions, functions and processes in De Heus’s business are conducted in a value added manner.
  • Complying, in line with the Policy Document, departmental procedures and practices.
  • Ensuring that any subordinates reporting to you are effectively communicated to with regards to their responsibilities and authorities.
  • Control of any company expenditure, which may be entrusted to you, in line with the overall company budget.
  • To comply with any other work related instruction which is relayed via a superior and which is deemed to be necessary and reasonable.
  • The duties and responsibilities in this letter of appointment may be revised, by mutual agreement, in line with the company’s overall Policy Document and the responsibilities matrix therein.
  • The company expects the employee to carry out his/her duties and responsibilities to the best of their ability and commits itself to empower the employee with the authority to meet these requirements.

Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience

  • Matric (Grade 12 Certificate)
  • Possession of a valid Code 08/EB drivers license
  • 2 Years’ experience in a similar position
  • Precious experience in a milling industry
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word
  • Mechanical knowledge would be an advantage
  • Operating the pelleter to a efficiency of higher than 80% would be an advantage


  • Ability to speak and understand English and a basic understanding of Zulu would be an advantage
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Conflict handling skills
  • Communication skills
  • Relationship building and team leadership skills
  • Computer skills (MS Office)
  • Written communication skills
  • Negotiation and Selling skills


  • Positive, pro-active, results-driven attitude
  • Innovative
  • Sense of urgency
  • Highly ethical and principle-driven
  • Committed, dedicated, motivated
  • Self-starter and follow-though
  • Energy, drive, courage and tenacity
  • Required to work with minimum supervision

Adverse Working Conditions

  • Overtime to meet Production demand or to conduct stock takes
  • Dust environment
  • Long hours

Applicants must submit a comprehensive CV, with work-related references to

Closing date:    18 March 2024

Please note that only applicants who meet the stipulated minimum requirements will be considered. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful. De Heus reserves the right not to make an appointment to the post as advertised.