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Program Manager: Commercial Projects – Corporate Development

  • Degree or Higher
  • Anywhere
  • Posted 6 years ago

Ref: 696743

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: Masters in Engineering Management (MEM - Engineering-focused MBA curriculum)
Other Formal Qualification: B.Eng Mechanical Engineering
Professional Registration: PMP - Project Management Professional
Total years experience: 11-15 Years

Program Manager Commercial Projects

Program Manager: Commercial Projects – Corporate Development, Ref: 696743

Interested in strategic/executive roles such as Director/General Manager in areas of Program Management, New Business Development, Engineering Management, Technical and/or Commercial Management.

Qualifications: Masters in Engineering Management (MEM – Engineering-focused MBA curriculum), B.Eng Mechanical Engineering & PMP – Project Management Professional. Industry in: Capital Equipment (earth moving, agricultural, mineral processing & material handling (manufacture or supply) & Equipment general (industrial, construction, earth moving, agricultural, mineral processing & material handling (manufacture or supply). Years of experience range: 11 to 15 years. Gender: Male. Ethnicity: Caucasian/White. Nationality: South African.

Technically-astute business leader with more than 14 years extensive experience as an Engineering Specialist of which 10 years have been in a leadership capacity and the past 5 years focusing on more senior business leadership roles. Having completed his Mechanical engineering degree in 2002 with a 1st Class pass, he went on to complete an Engineering-focussed MBA (Master’s Degree in Engineering Management (MEM)) in 2006 and is professionally accredited with the Project Management Institute.

His extensive career history includes pure engineering, engineering development processes, strategic procurement, budget planning and financial analysis, new facilities development and construction, project and program management, implementation of new technologies to improve business process efficiency and profitability.

More recently he has been focused on applying acquired skills and knowledge at strategic focus areas within business to identify areas for cost optimisation, reducing costs, driving strategic initiatives to investigate business opportunities to diversify and augment companies to increase their revenue base and thereby reducing risk of over exposure to one particular industry & revenue stream.

His exposure to a wide array of businesses and people from multiple cultures, languages and at all levels across the business both locally and internationally, dealing with new business development, negotiations and optimisation in order to improve business relations, profitability and sustainability, makes him a professional and likeable individual adaptable in most circumstances. With achievement at a personal and professional level, he enjoys a balance of team and individually-focussed work and enjoys at times getting his hands into it.

Candidate location: South Africa, KZN

Home & other languages: English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa,

Designation: Programme Manager

Highest qualification type: Masters

University: University of Pretoria

Company size: ‘1001 – 5000

Division: Programme / Project Management

Seniority level: Regional / Country / Area / General / Project Manager / Department Head

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian/White

Nationality: South African

Highest Formal Qualification: Masters In Engineering Management (MEM) Egineering Focused MBA curriculum

Other Formal Qualification: B.Eng Mechanical Engineering

Current / most recent job title?

Program Manager: Commercial Projects – Corporate Development

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Manage a portfolio of strategic projects to increase the efficiency of the manufacturing facilities, reduce the cost of raw materials and the installation of new facilities and operations.
Take responsibility for the execution of directives by the immedate reporting Director.
Support the Line Director with information gathering and analysis for executive level initiatives & critical business decisions

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

High-level management and coordination of multiple projects.
Implement projects.
Technical and commercial investigation and compilation of business cases and project charters.
Customer, supplier, stakeholder engagement & change management.

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I am highly motivated, purpose-driven and full and energy and enthusiasm.
I am meticulous and a bit of a perfectionist.
I like to lead from and be an encouragement from the front.
I am an extrovert.
I am deeply analytical and mechanically-minded.
I love challenges and thinking out of the box.

Ideal business title: 

Director/GM Program Management/New Business Development
Engineering Manager
GM: Commercial Projects
Director/GM: Technical

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Creation and implementation of new ideas, products, businesses.
I enjoy creating a solution and a tangible physical result.
Fining solutions to problems.

Skill area of competence:

Project/Program Management
Supply Chain Management & Optimisation
Business Project Charter Compilation & Financial Analysis
Mechanical Design & Engineering
Mechanical Test Engineering
Team Setup & Performance Management
Change Management and Facilitation
Commercial Integration and Supplier Management
Contract Negotiations & Management
Budget Compilation and Management
Business Process Analysis & Development
Business case development
Commercial Projects
Product Lifecycle process development & implementation

Career summary:

Program Manager: Commercial Projects – Global Engineering and Manufacturing, 1 year
Program Manager: Commercial Projects – Supply Chain Management, 1 year
Engineer – Strategic Sourcing, 1.5 years
Project Manager & Business Process Specialist – Engineering, 4.5years
Mechanical Engineer, 2.5 years


New logistics warehouse for imported parts & de-grouping of containers – dedicated facilities, created more space for manufacturing
New safe earthmoving tire assembly facilities – improved safety, less tire damage of new tire during assembly onto rims
Refurbished tire stockyard and container docking bay for offloading of containers – improved factory logistics, safe offloading area
New tire handling machines – improved tire handling, offloading times and logistics around factory
Warehouse barcoding scanners and MRP – reduction in processing of inbound part for the factory from receiving to the production lines
Implementation of the latest CAD systems and configuration management systems for design of new products – enhanced design capabilities, improved design time and products to market, risk reduction
Direct importation and processing of steel for the factory – efficiency and cost savings

What do you absolutely love doing?

I love taking the leading role in new opportunities
I like to see the physical result of my work
I enjoy interacting with people and sharing ideas, concepts and business ideas
I love making things happen
I like taking action and getting physically involved and moving about, not being behind a desk all day
I like being actively involved in my work and getting my hands dirty both physically and mentally

Ideal company (culture and values):

Dynamic company at the cutting edge of business and technology.
Must have a great sense of family values and morals.

Motivation to move (please select): New opportunities

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

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Program Manager Commercial Projects