Graduate Apprentice- Manufacturing Excellence (ManEx)

nairobi cityKE



4 months ago11/11/202312/11/2023

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The Graduate Apprentice - ManEX is responsible for the coherent application of WCM techniques across the sourcing unit. Working under the guidance of the site ManEx coordinator, she/he will apply rigorous cost deployment to convert losses to cost using loss trees and associated tools. This analysis will support the prioritisation of equipment, training and process interventions (4Ms) to eliminate those losses identified. The Graduate Apprentice - ManEx is the sourcing unit’s assistant practitioner for focussed Improvement activity and Kaizen. This involves the teaching of problem solving tools and their frameworks, as well as facilitating the application of best practice and sharing of lessons across the sourcing unit by teaching, coaching and mentoring on WCM issues for all leaders and operators within the sourcing unit.


  • Safety - Utilise all appropriate safety and environmental procedures relating to the Sourcing Unit and allocated equipment to ensure a safe working environment for the whole team. Understand the legal responsibility placed upon individuals. Ensure that WCM activities, learning and training are embedded in a positive SHE culture; support teams in assessing risks for Autonomous Activities and Preventative Maintenance including Task Hazard Analysis.
  • Work Place Hazards – Full knowledge of the workplace and hazards within it. Utilise all appropriate safety and environmental procedures for people, processes, materials, products and equipment relevant to the task.
  • Environment – Implement and support WCM issues that reduce environmental impacts and costs associated with utilities, chemicals and product and operational wastes through maximising eco-efficient operation.
  • WCM Facilitation – Full Operating knowledge of WCM pillar structure and how pillars inter-link to deliver and sustain real business improvements. Inculcates the WCM philosophy of eliminating losses and waste across all factory personnel.
  • Facilitate WCM Training Workshops
  • Updating and Maintain Training Database and records
  • Facilitating External Services and payment
  • Updating Global data systems
  • Collating analysing and sharing of OEE analysis and reports
  • Updating of Commons KPI Boards
  • Tracking of WCM activities
  • Serve as WCM Champion
  • Continuous Improvement - Use performance measures to identify and prioritize losses in production area. Apply rigorous Cost Deployment and the Zero loss concept to eliminate losses. Use routine improvements and problem analysis to trigger manufacturing innovation; this is an iterative process. Deploy these analytical skills across the factory.
  • Quality – Support the Quality Manager with the application of Quality Improvement tools across the sourcing unit. Ensure
  • Quality Maintenance tools are also utilized including analysis of Quality losses.
  • Personal Leadership –Provide clear guidance through clear communication and logical thinking.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies, prioritizes and addresses problems using the full range of improvement tools and techniques that eliminate recurrence. Capable and confident of leading teams using Kaizen and other improvement tools.
  • Innovation- Apply a critical mind to innovate efficient processes and embrace new technologies to drive Competitive Advantage.
  • Business Awareness - Understanding of the need to meet changing demands and the role of marketing and product innovation in growing the business and increasing the company's share.
  • In addition to WCM issues the ManEx coordinator may be required to champion additional performance areas within the Sourcing Unit eg Eco-efficiency or diversity.


  • Undergraduate degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) courses
  • Looking for fresh graduates looking for real working experience as opposed to traditional internships.

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