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Yaseelan Pillay
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Group Engineering Manager
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Group Engineering Manager

About our Client

Electrical Engineer with 20+ years’ experience in managing projects and improving performance of world-class manufacturing facilities. Specialised in reliability and asset integrity, and trained in Lean 6 Sigma. Proven leadership, communication and collaboration skills and qualified with a Master's in Engineering, specialising in Asset Integrity.


Technical Snapshot

  • Lean 6 Sigma
  • Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (SAP, dMS)
  • Mitsubishi PLC (ladder logic)
  • ReliaSoft (BlockSim, Weibull++)
  • Variable speed drives (installation and troubleshooting: ABB, Siemens)
  • High computer literacy (MS Suite, databases)

Professional Experience

Group Engineering Manager

Overview: Overall responsibility for the integrity of the engineering function in the business unit, to ensure the smooth running of the production process

  • Develop asset care practices and group sustainability targets
  • Manage the utilities plants to ensure availability and develop business continuity plans
  • Inventory management of the engineering stock
  • Root cause failure analysis for plant breakdowns and implementation of structured problem-solving techniques
  • Perform safety audits to ensure adherence to factory safety laws
  • Capital project evaluations to determine viability of projects
  • Conduct feasibility studies for major repairs and determine optimal replacement times
  • Acceptance testing of newly installed machinery (Hazard and operability studies, performance assessments and debottlenecking)

Maintenance Manager

Overview: Responsible for all maintenance activities in the mill (power and utilities, paper machines and finishing department) as the legally appointed competent person in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Plant maintenance (mechanical, electrical, automation and building civil work)

  • Ensured adherence to local factory laws and Group standards
  • Alignment of world-class manufacturing practices such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and development of best practices for the fine paper division
  • Managed planned shuts as well as annual turnaround
  • Inventory management and optimisation of stock holding
  • Continuous Improvement champion for site
  • Maintenance and capital project budgeting

Engineering Manager

  • Appointed as the competent person in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the two soft drink manufacturing facilities (glass and PET) to ensure equipment operates reliably and safely
  • Capital projects (scoping and execution); 5 Year capex plans and annual capital project execution in the province
  • Adhered to the Coca-Cola standards for manufacturing plants globally and development of practices (divisional leadership role).
  • Managed the utilities sections (boilers, compressed air, water treatment and refrigeration systems) and developed business continuity plans.
  • Six sigma projects to address effluent quality and utility efficiencies
  • Inventory management (engineering and production stock) and asset management practices (planned and unplanned maintenance


Master of Science: Asset Integrity Engineering Management

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Additional Training

  • Management Development Programme
  • Senior Leadership Development Programme
  • Electrical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency
  • Electrical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency
  • Advanced Project Management

Professional Memberships

  • Engineering New Zealand (Chartered Member)
  • Member of Golden Key International Honour Society



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