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15 Mar 2023

Workshop Foreman at Frankfurt Zoological Society

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Job Description

Organisation: Frankfurt Zoological Society
Location: Matambwe- Nyerere National Parks
Reports to: Operation Manager

FZS Vision in Tanzania:

FZS is committed to maintaining biodiversity and conserving wildlife and ecosystems in protected areas and outstanding wild places of the Serengeti, the Selous Ecosystem, and the Mahale ecosystems in partnership with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

Job Overview:

FZS is looking for a Workshop Foreman for the Nyerere National park. The Workshop Foreman will take the lead and be responsible for auto mechanics works at Matambwe Workshop. The position ensures that the garage is efficiently maintained, and that patrol and project vehicles are repaired and available for field duties.

Specific functions of the Workshop Foreman include: –

  • To inspect vehicle engines and mechanical components, simple electrical problems, to diagnose issues accurately, troubleshoot when a problem cannot immediately be resolved, repair as needed to high standards;
  • To conduct routine maintenance of vehicles to ensure vehicle functionality and longevity and advise project leadership accordingly;
  • To conduct preventative maintenance when needed;
  • To receive information on all field vehicles concerning maintenance or reports on any issues that arise;
  • To ensure smooth transfers of breakdowns, or vehicles that need maintenance;
  • To be able to fully overhaul Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover engines and fully repair/overhaul gearboxes to a high level of quality, and in clean conditions;
  • Prioritise, plan, and deploy garage staff to visit other sectors to conduct service/maintenance ensuring that routine maintenance schedules are adhered to;
  • Advise project management/leadership on long-term fleet viability, e.g. when vehicles need to be replaced;
  • Carefully plan expenditure of available project budget to ensure that quantities of spares in the workshop store are adequate to maintain routine works;
  • Work closely with Programme PL / Operation Manager toManager to maintain garage expenditure within available budgets and advise/develop future budgetary requirements;
  • Work with a high level of integrity, pride, and discipline;
  • Supervise the work of workshop employees including Mechanics, Auto electricians, and drivers to ensure that the work ethics of integrity, pride, and discipline are instilled in all team members;
  • To ensure the workshop working environment is kept clean and clear at all times, including the overhaul facility;
  • To ensure that all Project tools and equipment are well looked after, kept secure, and used responsibly;
  • To ensure that all safety regulations are adhered to and regularly remind the mechanics of the importance of safety;
  • To provide regular reports and feedback to the Operation Manager DPL for all maintenance works;
  • Provide technical advice on procurement of new patrol vehicles and spare parts;
  • Provide advice to Project Leadership about a reputable workshop or suitable technician when works are required that are beyond the capabilities of the Matambwe workshop;
  • To ensure job cards have been opened for all maintained and checked vehicles, to maintain proper records;
  • To ensure all vehicle records are maintained, and servicing is kept up to date;
  • To ensure the careful and correct use of all spare parts received from the spares store;
  • Maintain responsive, open, professional relationships with project leadership, employees, and partners.

Successful applicants must be reliable, team players, organized and of high integrity, capable of reasoning when handling pressure in technical problems.

The person holding the position of Workshop Foreman must have:

  • A minimum qualification on motor Vehicle Mechanics technician with a trade Test Grade One Certificate from VETA or equivalent qualification;
  • At least four certificates
  • At least five years experience working as a mechanic in a reputable garage or company and must have a proven knowledge of operating electronic Engine Diagnosis Machines;
  • A valid driving license;
  • The ability to work independently and rectify faults in various vehicle types;
  • Leadership ability and flexibility in working hours;
  • The ability to manage and motivate staff;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in Kiswahili and English language; and
    Computer literate – knowledge of Fleet Management Systems will be an added advantage.
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Method of Application

Interested applicants should send their applications with all required supporting documents in one PDF format to be received before or by the 31st of March 2023 at 16.30 hours to the following address: [email protected]

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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