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Director, Ref: 61847

  • Anywhere
  • Posted 4 years ago

Total years experience: Years


Current / most recent job title?


1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Establishment of a Joint Venture agreement with a top Fortune Global 500 Automotive leader, to develop a regional presence. Business start-up, business strategy development, market development and penetration to a R21 bn industry.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Entrepreneurial, Innovative, dynamic and visionary leadership. An organisation that strives on; integrity, passion, honesty, collective growth. Pursuit of green / sustainable economy.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

Visionary, entrepreneurial, creative, strategic thinker, strategic execution and organisational alignment. Trouble shooter and developer of innovative ideas and solutions. Visualising concepts, seeing relationships, patterns and structure. Understanding the relationship between activities, behaviours and patterns in the context of the bigger picture. Synthesising, integrating disparate parts into a cohesive whole. Anticipating or predicting problems and needs. The use of lead indicators to predict trends and giving guidance for preventative action. Ability to identify inefficiencies and leading in the resolution thereof. Strategic skills complemented by outstanding implementation and execution skills in the business environment. Establishing priorities among competing requirements. Achieving objectives, producing results. Ability to leverage the collective intelligence of cross-functional teams to develop, or substantially improve solutions to cross-disciplinary problems. Passionate about: o Social and environmental sustainability / climate change, water, food and energy security and green economies, energy efficient / positive buildings and ecological design. o Sustainable community development and urban planning. o Biomimicry

4. Ideal business title: 

Chief Executive, Officer Chief Operations Officer, Director, GM Projects (Capital & Infrastructure), Engineering Project Manager, General Management

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Having managed various teams of professionals and non professionals within various engineering, operations and professional service industries, my preference would be to focus on leadership in a continuous learning and innovative fields.

6. Skill area of competence:

Strong business acumen, Business Strategy & Execution, Marketing & Sales, Operations, Finance, Business Analysis / Diagnosis, Business process re-engineering / design, Process Improvement, Transformation, Business Programme / Project mgmt., Organisational design & alignment, Business case, Due diligence, Change mgmt. delivery, Business Executive coaching, Vendor mgmt. & contract negotiations, Shared service & outsourcing, Interim mgmt. Developing / tracking Budgets, Coaching, Supervision, Staffing, Programme / Project Management, Self-Development planning, Performance Management, Relationship development, Technically strong maintenance, Self-starter, Versatile pro-active working style, Excellent written / verbal communication and interpersonal skills Experience gained from having worked in; Australia, South Africa, UK, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Tanzania.

7. Career summary:

Collective 20+ years of leadership and operational management experience in; business management, execution of strategy & operational objectives, P&L accountability, budgetary (large Ops & Capex), in a geographically dispersed organisation. This includes; 20+ years experience in programme and project management (large green & brown capital / infrastructure and continuous improvement). 16 years of international advisory / optimisation experience in private / public sector engagement, implementing world class management principles and techniques (continuous improvement and change management). 11+ years of business development, 10+ years in a start-up environment.

8. Achievements: 

As Operations Director (and shareholder) reporting to the Managing Director, provided strategic direction, jointly managed P&L, built capability and expertise, managed operations, overall project delivery, and built enduring relationships with key customers and business development. Contributed to the delivery of a seven-fold increase in revenue over a five year period.
Through the various leadership roles, P&L accountabilities were held and advice was also given to various organisations in accordance with their profitability strategies.
Led a team of professionals in the generation of strategic turnaround alternatives, incorporating an income statement and associated business plans – as a reasonable target (as workable turnaround alternative), to be achieved within a period of a year.
Led clients through initiatives including; strategy (development, implementation / execution), formulation of business plans, ready for operation, operational effectiveness, throughput enhancement, supply chain (strategic sourcing & shared services), cost reduction, performance alignment & improvement (business & people), business process re-engineering, NTI&D, risk mitigation and issue resolution in developed and emerging countries.
Led a team of professionals of a technical engineering unit, as part of the largest BPR project executed in South Africa at the time, through the identification of organisational effectiveness opportunities in the application of business process re-engineering. Identified restructuring opportunities, which contributed to a combined to significant benefits.
Developed and implemented jointly with line management, a full business performance process (across all disciplines and management levels), incorporating scorecards and review mechanisms. Enabling all aspects of the business to take full control of business performance (progress & direction) at the appropriate levels of authority.
Significant experience in international business operations across diverse cultures, through contribution to numerous major business interventions across several industries in; Australia, the UK, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Tanzania.
In the execution and delivery of over 30 national, regional and international analyses & projects, advisory / optimisation delivery track record has included experience in; analysis (business case development), project design, piloting and implementation of industry specific solutions and quality management mechanisms. Focus areas have included; strategy (development, implementation / execution), formulation of business plans, operation readiness, operational effectiveness, throughput enhancement, supply chain (strategic sourcing & shared services), cost reduction, performance alignment & improvement (business & people), business process re-engineering, NTI&D, risk mitigation and issue resolution in developed and emerging countries.
Management and operational delivery of project and major components thereof, of numerous multi-million brown and green field mining related capital infrastructure projects.
Management of all phases of a tender development process in response to a request for a proposal for engineering consultancy EPC (Fixed Price Lump Sum Contract) services for a $2.8 bn Magnetite Project in Western Australia. Preparation, coordination and revision of inputs from; technical, contracts and finance departments and managed interaction with international JV partner, as well as internal reviews with upper management and final submission
Managed various contractors (mechanical, electrical, civil and specialised services) with respect to scope, schedule and deliverable creep. Together with pre-commissioning and commissioning of facilities. Result – successful project execution.
Managed multi-disciplinary professionals and teams / resource pools including; efficient man-loading, relevance and allocation of skills, development / training, performance management and safety.
Develop, implement and execute professional services sales and marketing processes, by obtaining clarity on product offering and market / customer segmentation and in turn the development of business opportunities. Result – profitable delivery of contracted professional services to a range of resource industry clientele.
Through the identification and understanding of client needs, proposals and presentations addressing such needs were compiled around which professional services were negotiated and contracted. Result – ability to identify and convert client business goals and objectives into solutions.
Through strong analytical / evaluation and research tools, have structured / compiled and presented situational information aimed at motivating participation and the decision-making process of numerous executive teams.
Have identified and assessed the strategic importance of stakeholders to initiatives, in determining relevant engagement strategies.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Dealing with high performance individuals in the pursuit of innovative ideas and solutions. Pursuing high growth opportunities, contributing to the establishment of new ventures, researching new and innovative ideas to today’s challenges. To make a difference to sustainability of this world.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

Preference would be to party with an astute, high-performance and progressive team, involved in leading edge projects / initiatives around the world. Contributing to; the establishment of new projects / ventures, the establishment of a continuous learning environment in new and innovative fields, strategic planning and the competitive positioning of an organisation through the delivery of results. I would be seeking a challenging and stimulating environment with a rapidly growing successful and prestigious global player.

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