Engineering Stores Controller

Engineering Stores Controller
AVI Limited
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal


Posted 10 August 2021 – Closing Date 24 August 2021

Job Details

Job Description

AVI Ltd. is known for its leading household brands across many categories including hot beverages, sweet and savory biscuits, and snacks, frozen convenience foods, personal care products, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, and fashion apparel.

NATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED operates 5 manufacturing sites, offering world-class manufacturing facilities in Isando (Johannesburg), Rosslyn (Pretoria), Westmead, and Durban (KZN). It is home to some of the best-known South African tea, coffee, and creamer brands, including our delicious range of much-loved savory and sweet biscuits, and our melt-in-your-mouth snack range.

A career opportunity exists for an Engineering Stores Controller to join our Snackworks factory based in Westmead. Reporting directly to the Engineering Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the engineering team in terms of sourcing and purchasing engineering equipment and services to ensure production continuity; and will be accountable for managing engineering stock requirements; spend transparency and engineering material master data accuracy.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Maintain store practices in line with relevant Health & Safety and Food Safety standards
  • Participate in site internal audits
  • Manage flammable liquid stores, gas stores, and hazardous waste areas in line with legislative requirements
  • Manage issuing and control of lock-out tag-out equipment
  • Manage issuing and replenishment of PPE
  • Manage storage and control of chemicals (cleaning and other) and ensure updating and control of site master MSDS file
  • Management and control of lifting equipment, ensuring compliance and testing in line with legislative requirements (slings, lifting tackle, chain blocks, etc.)
  • Maintain good housekeeping in the stores
  • Manage issuing and replenishment of consumables to the production teams to enable cleaning etc.
  • Manage storage and control in line with AIB and FSSC requirements (separation of food-safe and non-food safe lubricants etc.)
  • Request engineering goods and services, in line with engineering standards, to ensure acceptable supplier service levels
  • Facilitate review of slow-moving spares in line with business requirements in order to balance the capital impact of stock on hand
  • Manage allocation of spares to correct cost centers and GL accounts in order to facilitate control and monitoring of engineering budget
  • Manage the process of processing (GRN) invoices as executed by the storeman for all engineering-related purchasing
  • Manage and maintain material master data (SAP info records and source list and updating new stock items requests
  • Perform the following functions using SAP
  • Manage Stock Purchasing
  • Reviewing MRP generated PR’s and prioritising execution through buyers
  • Creating PR’s for consumables and other non-stock / fast-moving items
  • Manage inventory volume and value (Facilitate weekly / monthly/annual stock counts and champion discrepancy investigations)
  • Ensure development, updating, and implementation of stock management policies and procedures in order to ensure adequate control
  • Conduct internal audits in line with business requirements to test existing controls
  • Ensure all stock items are accurately captured in SAP, with BIN locations matching locations in field
  • Manage redundant stock (continuously checking obsolescence reports, stock movement reports, the validity of spares and descriptions, etc.)
  • Manage the SAP MRP requirements (continuously reviewing parameters for correctness, verifying minimum order quantities, minimum stock level, spare criticality classifications, etc.)
  • Current stock and stock value
  • Control of Rotable spares and Capital spares including relevant movement types (booking out capital spare, booking refurbished spares back into stock, ensuring relevant moving averages are applied, ensuring relevant stock return transactions are completed)


Minimum Requirements:

Experience required:

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ Store Controller / Store Supervisor experience gained in an Engineering Stores environment ideally within the FMCG / Manufacturing sector

Qualifications required:

  • Matric
  • Relevant completed tertiary qualification in Inventory Management, Warehousing or related
  • Completed a 2-year tertiary qualification

Additional Requirements:

  • Technical/ Engineering knowledge
  • Computer Literate – SAP and Excel proficiency
  • On-Key and Shopware
  • Technical/ Engineering knowledge
  • Stock Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Food Safety Regulations (FSSC 22000, AIB and ISO)
  • Staff supervision/management experience 


  • Planning and organizing
  • Thinking analytically
  • Attention to detail
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Setting directions
  • Making decisions
  • Staying composed
  • Working together