Operations Manager (Experience in engineering, project management and operations), Ref: 661818 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 661818

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: B.Eng: Civil Engineering, Candidate Engineer (ECSA) Discipline: Civil Engineering
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 751 000 - 850 000, per annum
Total years experience: Years

Operations Manager

Current / most recent job title?

Head of Smart Projects

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

I am currently responsible for fulfilling 3 roles. Firstly, I project manage our largest account from beginning to end. This includes forecasting stock, freight, warehousing, local logistics and managing the install of all fittings. I also oversee the operations of the business. This involves managing the administration clerks, forecasting of stock, managing our freight forwarders, managing the warehouse, managing our local couriers and reporting to the group EXCO. I have recently also been appointed to head up and launch a new technology product in South Africa. At present this resembles a startup business. Everything needs attention from finding clients and pricing models to company structure, organisational structure and implementation.

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

Operations management involves planning, organizing, and supervising processes and making necessary improvements for higher profitability. The adjustments in the everyday operations have to support the company’s strategic goals, so they are preceded by deep analysis and measurement of the current processes.

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

I am a business-minded Engineer with the drive and ability to learn new tasks quickly and with great ease. I am analytical and precise. I collaborate well with small or large teams to implement successful problem-solving strategies. I have achieved highest awards academically and believe exercise is crucial to remain focused as a professional and to stimulate drive for success.

4. Ideal business title: 

Head of Projects/Operations

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Overseeing the operations of a business. This includes driving efficiencies, improving service delivery, cost reduction and overall business performance.

6. Skill area of competence:

Critical and creative thinking
Natural leader
High level of business acumen
Self-motivated
Task and Results oriented
Flexible
Energetic and enthusiastic
Logical
Strive for excellence
Analytical
Maximiser
Competition
Ideation
Activator
Relator
Strategic thinker
Complex problem solving

7. Career summary:

Head of Operations – 3 years
Project Manager – 3.5 years
Engineer – 8 years

8. Achievements: 

Full Colours for Academics at Pretoria Boys High School.
Student of the year: Academic Achievement Award in final year of engineering degree for highest overall academic results.
Successfully ran numerous engineering projects from inception through to completion. Many of these projects running simultaneously.
Opened a carwash as a side line business and sold the business within 9 months for a 100% return on investment.
Started a property investment company that owns 5 residential homes.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Complex problem solving. I enjoy analysing data and finding trends that drive efficiencies and overall performance.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

I’m open to both larger corporates as well as smaller businesses. Culture should be one that values teamwork and strives for improvement. A company that celebrates performance.

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