Volkswagen: Industrial Engineer

Job Title: Industrial Engineer
Job Type: Strategic Talent Pool
Location - Town / City: Uitenhage

What is the Strategic Talent Pool?

Volkswagen Group South Africa is continuously looking for individuals with expertise in the Engineering field.

The aim of the strategic talent pool is to build a database of skilled individuals in the Engineering field.

Please note that there may not currently be positions available and screening will only commence once positions do become available. Individuals will be notified via email once positions become available.

Job Description and Responsibilities:
-Establishing and analysing all manpower needs for existing and new operations
-Providing Production with a quality Industrial Engineering service with regard to:
- Optimum operation and machine loading
- Maintaining an accurate standards base
- Assistance in reducing off-standard performances
-Performing Industrial Engineering-related activities i.e. work measurement and method studies
-Assisting Process Engineering in providing Production with optimum workplace layouts which conform to requirements
-Investigating process-related problems and recommending and implementing improvements to ensure smooth operation of all processes
-Conducting capacity studies for future planning strategies
-Evaluating facilities and services in order to upgrade where necessary
-Be flexible within Industrial Engineering to assist in problem areas, if required

Education and Experience:

-Must possess an Industrial Engineering or equivalent qualification
-A minimum of 2 years Production experience would be advantageous
-Must be computer literate, Microsoft Office Package (Excel advanced & PowerPoint advanced)
-Must have basic engineering design knowledge
-Must be familiar with continuous improvement processes

Skills, Attributes & Other requirements:

-Must be analytical
-Must be pro-active in terms of problem solving
-Must have the ability to communicate well at all levels

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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