Maintenance Planner – Financing – Gauteng, South Africa
02 Aug 2023
Southern Africa
South Africa
SolarAfrica Energy

Job Description:

As a Maintenance Planner with a minimum of 3 year’s experience, you will be expected to coordinate maintenance personnel and available resources while ensuring jobs get done on time. Your job will be to issue, update milestone statuses and close condition-based maintenance work orders and tickets. Issue scheduled maintenance work orders to technicians and the panel washing team. Collaborate with the O&M team to update the annual maintenance plans, update annual maintenance plans on the CMMS portal. Update maintenance reports on CMMS.

As a Maintenance Planner your primary focus is to optimise the asset performance through the panel washing team. You will plan, issue and close condition-based maintenance work orders, panel washing and scheduled maintenance work orders. You will lead, manage and be accountable for the panel washing team.

Principal Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate the team responsible for Solar PV washing and maintenance.
  • Plan, issue, and close all condition-based maintenance orders, panel washing, and scheduled maintenance orders.
  • Regularly update maintenance reports on the CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System).
  • Ensure the panel washing team implements Health & Safety measures to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Monitor all assets on our Scada platforms to optimise performance and promptly address issues.
  • Collaborate with maintenance managers to coordinate maintenance plans, enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Provide training and mentorship to junior staff, facilitating their growth and development within the team.
  • Undertake other necessary job duties to support the overall success of SolarAfrica’s operations and maintenance endeavours.



  • Proven experience as a scheduler/maintenance planner. Diploma in relevant vocational training.
  • Demonstrable ability to monitor Scada platforms and work on CMMS systems.
  • Able to plan and schedule maintenance tasks.
  • Thorough knowledge of safety procedures and legal regulations and guidelines.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving ability.
  • Able to effectively multitask, prioritise and meet strict deadlines.
  • Valid driver’s license and willing to travel.
  • Resourceful and comfortable working in a high pace and changing environment.
  • Computer literacy (MS Office).

Advantageous Skills Include:

Knowledge of:

  • Solar systems.
  • CMMS
  • Monitoring on monitoring platforms

Work Conditions:

  • Overtime may be required to meet required deadlines.
  • Working over weekends may be needed when high-priority sites have emergency callouts.
  • After-hour monitoring of the PV assets will be required.

Specific Attributes:

  • Passionate.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Dependable.
  • Team-orientated.

What Does Success Look Like?

By month 3:

  • I will be familiar with the monitoring and maintenance scheduling process and know how to utilise the monitoring platforms and CMMS systems.
  • Successfully manage and mentor the Solar PV asset monitoring and reporting team through monthly 1:1s and quarterly reviews.
  • Proficiently plan, issue, and close condition-based maintenance work orders, panel washing, and scheduled maintenance work orders.
  • Skilfully update maintenance reports on the CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System).
  • Efficiently handle Health & Safety management for the panel washing team.

By month 6:

  • I have mastered having the work order system and monitoring; by reducing the work order life cycle.
  • Expertly monitor all assets on all Scada platforms, ensuring optimal performance and addressing any issues promptly.
  • Coordinate maintenance plans with maintenance managers to streamline operations and improve efficiency.
  • Provide effective training and mentoring to junior staff, fostering their growth and development within the team.

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