Operations · Durban, Jacobs
Department Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced



What is on offer?


Functionally responsible to the Site Foreman / Branch Manager for the management of the day-to-day operation within the AHK Durban Operations Department to ensure that operationally and managerially, an efficient and high-quality service is provided in order to meet reporting deadlines and priorities agreed with AHK Head Office and clients.



The primary functions of your role, in line with the Responsibilities are outlined below:


  • Ability to demonstrate literacy and be numerate
  • To be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate ability to lead
  • Can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal
  • Ability to work from own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Adaptable and flexible.
  • Demonstrate good attention to details.
  • To be able to work in a team.
  • Good timekeeping.
  • Energetic and a self-starter
  • Effective interpersonal skills





  • Inspecting and / or weighing of commodities and loading of containers at client’s premises / warehouse / mines.
  • Overseeing sampling of commodities at our premises or independent warehouses / mines.
  • Liaise with the Site Foreman / Branch Manager to ensure that the following contingencies are met: -Staff shortages as a consequence of leavers, illness, holidays, equipment malfunction / breakdown, peaking or growth of work volume within the operations, re-prioritizing of significant amounts of sampling work.
  • Ensuring that the workforce is sufficiently motivated, skilled, and properly trained to meet the operational needs of the business. It is the post holder’s responsibility to inform the Site Foreman / Branch Manager of continual resourcing difficulties and, or, operational problems.
  • Ensuring at all times that a high degree of accuracy and precision is applied to sampling/surveying through incorporating and promoting good sampling practice principles. And for ensuring that work throughput is followed in accordance to documented methods and procedures (SOP’s). It is the post holder’s responsibility to inform the Site Foreman / Branch Manager of any failure in compliance to documented methods.
  • Providing technical advice and support to the site staff as required, on technical or operational problems, acting in a ‘trouble shooting’ capacity to subordinates.
  • Advising the Site Foreman / Branch Manager of repetitive technical problems relating to day-to-day sampling procedures.
  • Communicate and report any staff issues to the Site Foreman / Branch Manager which may include punctuality, attendance and training issues.
  • Maintaining record keeping, such that work is clearly and easily auditable, and traceable within the guidelines of AHK.
  • Monitoring staff attendance and punctuality in consultation with the HR Department.
  • Preparation and / or completion of reports.
  • Delivery and / or completion of reports.
  • Reporting of updates on a regular basis and submitting tally sheets / shift sheets and photos on a daily basis.
  • Assist personnel in the prep area when not occupied with Sampling Related work
  • Assist with the storage and disposal of bulk reserve samples as necessary.
  • Follow instructions from your superiors.
  • Observe the features and marks of the commodities.
  • Record all information and discrepancies neatly and accurately, and report timeously in accordance with deadlines and client requirements.
  • Record dates, times and expenses accurately to assist in preparing invoices which are fair to you, the company and clients.
  • Assist senior staff, supervise junior staff and work with outside parties to the benefit of clients and the company.
  • Treat and / or maintain company equipment with appropriate care and attention.
  • Act in accordance with the standard procedures and professional integrity of the company.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality regarding clients, locations and commodities being handled.
  • Other ad hoc duties as may be requested by the Site Foreman, Branch Manager or General Manager from time to time.


About us



Alfred H Knight are an independent provider of inspection and testing services. Established in 1881, AHK operates in more than 40 countries with a well-earned reputation for providing reliable, professional services.


We provide specialist services for a wide range of commodities within base and minor metals, steel raw materials, ferroalloys, precious metals, platinum group metals, industrial minerals, solid fuels and fertilisers. Our clients include miners, smelters, refineries, traders, financial institutions and government bodies.


We maintain rigorous quality standards to ensure that our operations provide the highest level of services to our clients. We achieve this through compliance with industry standards and regulations for laboratory, inspection and quality management, including ISO: IEC 17025, 17020, 9001, 14001 and 45001.


Our people are our finest asset and as a truly global company, we value diversity, and respect people from all backgrounds.


Do you have what it takes?



To be successful at Alfred H Knight, you will need to display the following:


Required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours


  • Must be computer literate – Microsoft office suite
  • Able to manage own time effectively, whilst working to tight deadlines
  • Effective team working, networking skills and ability to work independently using own initiative
  • The ability to plan, prioritize and organize own workload and coordinate others.
  • Can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.


Required Work Experience


  • Knowledge of sampling methodology
  • Highly proficient in English (verbal and written)
  • Must be computer literate - Microsoft Office Suite
  • Commitment to safe work practices
  • Must have own transport and a valid driver’s license
  • Must have sober habits
  • No criminal record


Required Qualifications


  • Matric with Maths
  • Computer Literate - Microsoft Office Suite



Required Languages


  • Highly proficient in English (Verbal and written)




  • Will be required from time to time.


 What are the benefits?


We are offering an excellent opportunity with a salary and benefits package to match.



CLOSING DATE: 22 July 2022

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  • Location
    Durban, Jacobs
  • Department
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  • Minimum Experience