Heineken Is Hiring: Brewing

Immediate Superior: Brewing Team Leader
Job Grade: 6
Location: Sedibeng
Function: Supply Chain
Sub Function: Brewing
Type of Contract: Temp
Reference Number: 55132633
Closing Date: 11/12/2023

Role purpose: The operator is the first line process owner and is required to take full ownership of that specific (assigned) process to ensure on time, in full production according to the plan and at the best possible quality (aligned to specifications). The operator is also responsible for driving autonomous maintenance and continuous improvement in their perspective areas; applying their experience and expertise to drive sustainable performance improvement as directed through TPM initiatives

Key responsibilities:

Process Operations:

To ensure that the brewing or cider process areas are operated in and optimal manner in order to achieve production targets.
Adhere to the shift, daily and weekly brewing plan and raise the alarm if there is a deviation.
Utilities – raise the alarm if there are deviations.
Inspect the plant and equipment and ensure that it is available and set up for start up and production according to plan.
Start up, operate and shut down the plant according to the relevant SOP’s.
Clean and sanitise the plant and equipment according to the relevant SOP’s.
Conduct quality tests to ensure cleaning and sanitizing is done according to requirements.
Carry out walk about inspections and take action on deviations.
Measure and record process inputs, outputs and changes, and take appropriate action where required.

First Line Maintenance:

To ensure the effective maintenance of the brewing plant and equipment to meet brewing production targets.
Carry out maintenance tasks as per the schedules.
Carry out external cleaning of the plant and work area according to standard procedures.
Identify and communicate non-routine and breakdown maintenance tasks to relevant personnel.
Check and accept the plant as fit and safe for use after planned and/or breakdown maintenance.
Report deviances and equipment defects.

Quality Compliance:

To ensure compliance to the brewing product quality standards.
Must follow and maintain requirements and procedures as laid down in the Quality Systems Sedibeng Brewery subscribes to ( Laboratory Star System, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001)
Take samples, perform quality analysis and record data as required against laid down methods and procedures.
Perform and ensure adherence to reference sample analysis requirements and standards.
Perform calibration and maintenance of equipment as per laid down procedures.
Check production performance against quality standards.
Highlight defective raw materials and product.
Capture, trend, display and action brewhouse data, including short interval control data sheets, process monitoring data (inputs and outputs), QC data and downtime data.


To ensure that effective teamwork occurs within and across shifts and teams at different levels.
Participate in required shift and/or departmental SBU meetings and communicate problems and potential problems, also escalating to the next level of responsibility where applicable.
Handover to the Operator of the next shift communicating performance, problems, and changes that may impact the shift.
Identify and resolve conflict within the team.
Participate in team goal setting.
Participate in individual and team reviews and provide performance feedback.

Problem Solving:

To ensure that brewing operational problems are identified and resolved at the root cause level.
Use brewing problem identification triggers to identify efficiency, quality, and waste problems.
Follow up on progress made to resolve problems identified.
Participate in formal problem-solving.
Participate in developing loop-closing routines.
As an owner of the process area, utilise the brewery’s UPS system (tagging, BDA’s, RCFA’s etc.) to drive loop closure on problems experienced – essentially pushing towards eradicating the root cause of the problem.

Safety, Health & Environment

To ensure a safe working environment where all legal requirements are met in a socially responsible manner.
Ensure compliance with acts and procedures.
Use PPE.
Ensure correct storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous substances.
Report incidents.
Adhere to safety and housekeeping standards.
Participate in team risk management processes.
Ensure the department operates within company SHE standards and OHS Act, through continued education, training, and obtaining the co-operation and commitment of all staff to observe all safety rules, procedures, and processes to drive zero accident mentality.


Ensure that the plant and workstation are kept clean and tidy.
Clean, tidy, and organize workstations and areas of responsibility in the plant, as per 5S methodology.

Personal Attributes

Interpersonal skills
Highly assertive
High sense of urgency
Integrity and trust

Role attributes

The role is shift-based and will include a significant time of unsupervised work – the operators are suspected to drive their areas as owners; ensuring that process requirements are managed to reach business expectations
Ownership, a true sense of responsibility, and a drive for sustainable improvements
Analytical, process minded


The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply. Heineken Beverages (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd) is committed to an organisational culture that recognises, appreciates, and values inclusion and diversity. You must be fully eligible to live and work in South Africa to apply.