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Senior Engineer Mechanical Maintenance – Botswana Power Corporation

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Job Purpose

To plan, coordinate and control the activities of Mechanical Maintenance Department to ensure maximum availability and performance to agreed standards in terms of plant reliability, availability, technical efficiency, environmental impact and safety at an acceptable cost and risk. The role will oversee formulation of Mechanical Maintenance policies, codes and standards within the Power Station for adherence to safety and environmental compliance. Executions and / or coordination of (specialized) engineering works.

Autonomy – The job holder works autonomously and provides technical direction to technicians and other engineers.

Complexity – The job holder handles engineering tasks that are complex and implements innovative solutions.

Accountability – The job holder coordinates completion of projects within quality, budget and time constraints.


Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities


Delivers prescribed outcomes for a designated part of a research program by working within established research systems.


Safety, Health and Environment

Delivers own prescribed outcomes and/or provides support services by using the organization’s safety, health and environment systems and protocols.


Client & Customer Management (Internal)

Helps senior colleagues manage internal client and customer relationships by using sales/client systems and protocols.


Client & Customer Management (External)

Manages relationships with clients to ensure their needs are met while supporting senior colleagues in managing more important client and customer relationships.


Solutions Analysis

Analyzes specified problems and issues to find the best technical and/or professional solutions.


Strategic Planning

Develops and/or delivers elements of a strategic planning system with guidance from management.



Delivers prescribed outcomes for area of responsibility by improving and/or working within established procurement procedures.

Performance Management

Improves personal performance and coaches others when required using performance management systems and protocols.


Operational Management

Provides operational support services and sometimes acts as first-line supervisors of a transactional operations area while using existing systems and protocols.


Leadership and Direction

Develops and/or delivers a plan for a specific area of responsibility by managing others.


Data Collection & Analysis

Analyzes key themes using data from a wide range of sources and identifies possible impacts on the business.



Identifies shortcomings, suggests improvements and implements approved revisions to current compliance processes, systems and procedures within assigned unit and/or discipline.


Budgeting & Costing

Develops and/or delivers budget plans for own area with guidance from senior colleagues.


Installation, Maintenance and Repair

Troubleshoots and diagnoses highly complex equipment and systems for emergency repairs, applies expertise to lead major equipment re-builds and guides planned installation of complex systems.

Contract Management

Manages and delivers required outcomes for a portfolio of contracts and negotiates service level agreements while planning, coordinating and supervising activities related to major contracts.


Improvement / Innovation

Identifies shortcomings, then suggests and implements improvements to existing business practices, while developing and delivering projects or a work stream within the organization’s change management program with guidance from senior colleagues.


Knowledge Management

Manages the development and/or operation of knowledge management system with guidance from senior colleagues.


Policy Development & Implementation

Develops procedures for area of expertise with guidance from senior colleagues, then monitors implementation of those procedures within the Power Station.


Product & Solution Development

Evaluates the feasibility/relevance of proposed solutions, then develops and/or delivers a plan for significant aspects of the development program with guidance from senior colleagues.


Project Management

Manages and delivers required outcomes for a portfolio of projects while reporting to senior colleagues.



General Education

A relevant degree in Mechanical Engineering or Equivalent. Membership of a professional engineering institution will be an advantage



Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years relevant post qualification experience of which, at least 2 years in a management capacity.

Knowledge and experience of the electricity industry in general, and power generation in particular will be an advantage. Fossil-fired power generation is required.

Experience in a maintenance environment required.


Managerial Experience

A minimum of 2 years experience in planning and managing resources to deliver predetermined objectives as specified by management


Analytical Thinking

Thinks through issues by separating out the parts of the problem or situation and thinking things through systematically. Applies judgement on the basis of evidence and reasoning. Specifically, identifies the root causes; for example, using analytical techniques to break a complex problem into component parts.


Business Perspective

Has an understanding of the business context in which they are operating that informs planning and decision making. Specifically, understands and acts on market trends; for example, is aware of emerging competitors or context risks and takes action.


Organizational Systems Thinking

Considers and addresses the organization as a set of interacting systems so as to structure and align organizational ways of working to the strategy or organizational purpose. This is about changing structure, systems, processes (the ‘plumbing’ of the organization) – it is not the interpersonal aspects of leading change. Specifically, makes a change; for example, changing a single system at a time to align with the strategy or improve performance.


Customer Focus

Identifies and meets the needs of internal and external customers, being continually focused on outcomes for customers. Specifically, customizes solutions; for example, recommending or adapts products, services or solutions to address the customer’s real needs.


Understanding Others

Takes an active interest in other people. Seeks to understand their individual perspectives and concerns and accurately hears the unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings and concerns of others. Specifically, actively listens; for example, repeating what was heard to check understanding, particularly in difficult conversations.


Team Leadership

Builds a high performing team by ensuring that the team is focused, motivated and inspired to achieve team objectives. Specifically, inspires commitment; for example, generating excitement, enthusiasm and confidence in the group mission.



Responds to differences and changes in the internal or external context, taking a flexible approach to reach business outcomes. Specifically, adapts tactics; for example, while maintaining the same overall plan or strategy, changing how to accomplish goals in line with changing circumstances.


Holding People Accountable

Holds people accountable to standards of performance both in what and how they do it. Specifically, confronts performance issues; for example, speaking openly and directly about performance problems.


Attention to Detail

Manages, tracks and attends to multiple pieces of information, bringing order and clarity. Specifically, monitors data or projects; for example, monitoring progress of against milestones or deadlines.


Collaborative Influence

Win the hearts and minds of others across boundary collaborations and to do the right thing, regardless of formal authority. Specifically, facilitates short-term teaming; for example, pulling together individuals to team around a problem, crisis, or opportunity.


Conceptual Thinking

Thinks through issues by seeing the pattern or big picture, brings facts and ideas together, and develops innovative or creative insights. Specifically, applies models or theories; for example, using a theory to help understand a situation.


Drive for Results

Focuses on assessing, measuring and improving performance. Shows drive and determination to meet short- and long-term goals. Specifically, calculates return on investment; for example, analyzing costs and benefits to inform decisions.


Information Seeking

A desire to know more and seek information to inform decisions. Specifically, researches; for example, conducting debriefs following completed projects to understand what worked well and what did not.


Strategic Thinking

Focuses on the long-term business strategy and aligns their thinking and planning accordingly. Specifically, clarifies and refines the strategy; for example, translating the overall strategy into actionable local changes or innovations.

Technical Support

Works independently using comprehensive knowledge and skills to guide and train others on identifying and diagnosing technical problems, then resolving those problems by choosing the best authorized solution.


Review and Reporting

Applies comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on reviewing and creating relevant, lucid and effective reports.


Risk Management

Identifies, assesses, prioritizes and manages risks in a production process without supervision and provides technical guidance when required.


Performance Management

Works without supervision and provides technical guidance when required on building a high-performance culture by designing and delivering programs that accurately assess and recognize the skills and capabilities that the organization needs to achieve success.



Negotiates without supervision and provides technical guidance when required on how to help the organization by obtaining consensus between two or more internal or external parties who may have different interests.


Managing Change

Works without supervision and provides technical guidance when required on maintaining high performance while applying a change mindset to the planning, execution and monitoring of business activities during times of change.


Engineering Technology

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to act independently while guiding and training others on how to get results using new and advanced engineering technologies.


Engineering Technical Operations Support

Works without supervision and provides technical guidance when required on identifying and diagnosing operational problems, then developing engineering solutions to resolve those issues.

Engineering Implementation

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to act independently while guiding and training others on implementing engineering designs, evaluating outcomes and then making improvements as needed.


Action Planning

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on developing appropriate plans or performing necessary actions based on recommendations and requirements.


Commercial Acumen

Acts independently to apply comprehensive understanding of the business environment and objectives developing solutions while providing guidance and training to others.


Computer skills

Acts as the organization’s authority and established expert on understanding and using standard office equipment and standard software packages to support business processes.


Costing and Budgeting

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently on costing, budgeting and finance tasks while providing guidance and training to others.


Data Collection and analysis

Works independently and provides guidance and training to others on analyzing data trends for use in reports to help guide decision making.


Health and Safety

Applies comprehensive knowledge and skills to independently manage and apply safe systems of work while providing guidance and training to others.


Planning and Organizing

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on planning, organizing, prioritizing and overseeing activities to efficiently meet business objectives.


Policy and procedures

Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on developing, monitoring, interpreting and understanding policies and procedures, while making sure they match organizational strategies and objectives.


Policy and Regulation

Works independently and provides guidance and training to others while interpreting and applying comprehensive knowledge of laws, regulations and policies in area of expertise.




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