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Silo Operator Assistant

Short Summary: The main responsibility of this position is to assist on a shift basis the Silo operator to operate the Silo equipment and bagging plant. This position will assist the silo operator with the storage of oilcake, all oilcake bagging and stacking and loading activities related to silo operations. Responsible for the lead all personal reporting to him per shift and control the packing of oilcake into bags according to MRP requirements. This person will also assist the silo operator regarding general duties in silo complex and may also help with general duties related to seed handling department. This position will be groomed to stand in as replacement silo operator.


• This position will assist the silo operator to control and operate all machinery and their operation during his shift

• This person will assist the silo operator to stop and start all equipment within silo complexes, and must ensure all equipment and machinery are operated efficiently and safe. This will be in conjunction with all downstream production units

• All breakdowns and deviation and defects regarding equipment must be reported to Silo operator and maintenance supervisor on a continuous basis

• Must assist maintenance personnel with task during breakdowns to ensure efficient plant availability

• It can be expected from this position to assist the silo operator with functions at the seed storage facilities regarding, offloading, cleaning silos, drying seed, general cleaning of all silo facilities

• Be responsible to assist Silo operator to continuously monitor cake silo and its operations

• Will be assisting to recycle oilcake within cake silos on a continuous basis according program as instructed by Silo operator

• Will communicate with silo operator to ensure Holding bin for bagging units will be filled according planning schedule with the correct amount of product to be bagged

• Responsible to supervise and operate oil cake packaging equipment. This will include the 50kg bagging and bulk bag handling. The shift operator assistant will be responsible to pack and bag cake according production schedules from MRP as per instruction from silo operator

• Ensure continuous quality monitoring is performed according procedure

• Will assist the silo operator to complete all control documentation

• Will report all quality deviations to silo operator

• Will ensure all bagged product is stored according good storage practice

• Silo operator assistant in conjunction with silo operator and dispatch supervisor will ensure bagged and packed product is identified and loaded correctly from storage area

• The silo operator assistant shall always ensure good housekeeping practices and compliance to master cleaning schedules within a production area, storage areas, building and Silos complexes outside area and surroundings

• The silo operator assistant will be responsible to supervise his small team at all times

• The silo operator shall ensure his subordinates are controlled and will ensure at all times that they are efficiently performing task according plans and schedules. Will report all non-conforming actions to silo operator and silo supervisor

• Will ensure policy and procedure of Soill will be applied at all time and will assist silo operator with complying on floor level

• Will be available for all training as required and scheduled by management

• Will comply to safety, food safety, and environmental procedure and as per Soill Policy. It can be expected from all employees to be appointed with certain responsibilities as required by OSHact, food safety regulations and environmental regulations

• Any other reasonable relevant task allocated by silo supervisor as required by plant operations


Key competencies:

Education and skills:

• Grade 12

• Computer Literate

• Literate in Afrikaans or English

• Forklift license



• Preferably have worked previously in a similar environment

• Previous experience on grain handling and conveying equipment


Interpersonal skills:

• Leadership qualities

• Excellent work ethics

• Excellent time management

• Initiative and drive

• Be disciplined and reliable

• Must be focused

• Must take ownership and answerability


Shift requirement for this position:

It will be required to work a day configuration as per table below

It will be required to work overtime from time to time when:
• Operational requirements as determined by management
• Sick leave by other operators
• Special leave by other operators
• Training by other operators as arranged by management


We invite candidates to forward their comprehensive CV’s to the Human Resources Department via e-mail at or hand deliver by no later than Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

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