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Senior Manager – Materials Management, Logistics & Procurement, Ref: 719883

Ref: 719883

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: Diploma in Materials Management/Procurement.
Annual Package Range: (ZAR) 751 000 - 850 000
Total years experience: 16--20 Years

Current/recent job title: Logistics Manager

Discipline: Materials Handling (Diplomas in Materials Management/Procurement.) Industry experience: Manufacturing, Mining, Commercial Construction, Oil & Gas. Years of experience range: 16 to 20 years. Annual package range: South African Rand – (ZAR) 751 000 – 850 000, per annum. Gender: Male. Ethnicity: Caucasian/White. Nationality: South African.

We have great pleasure in introducing a seasoned Transport/Logistics/Materials Manager, who has operated in different industries across the African Continent. He has learnt, mastered and developed various methods to overcome the challenges Africa has to offer. He has business acumen and has managed budgets, targets and profits; he understands the various ethnical groups and their cultures and with his open door management style, always achieves the desired results required for the success of the operation.

He loves to manage and plan improvement of costs, time delays, new ventures and overall efficiency in terms of support. 

International experience includes: DRCongo/Zambia – 2 years, Zimbabwe/Malawi – 3 years, Republic of Congo – 16 months, Nigeria – 2 years, Mozambique – 2 years, Liberia – 7 months, Sudan – 18 months, Botswana/Namibia/Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda/Rwanda/Mauritania – 8 months.

Description of self: “I am passionate, dedicated and very committed. I love being a Manager and through the years have managed small, medium and large teams with success. I have strong work ethics and a desire to succeed. Over the years I have equipped myself with various aspects of businesses to improve myself and my staff. I am always the first one at the workplace and the last to leave. Success has and will always be my biggest joy and the sense of achievement obtained by that is priceless. I believe in skills transfer and to create opportunities for others to excel. In the past I have been chosen to do out of the norm activities, due to my commitment, ability and passion for the task at hand.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: Afrikaans, Afrikaans, English, French

Designation: Materials Manager

Highest qualification type: j. Diploma

Company size: ‘1001 – 5000

Division: Procurement / Planning / Supply Chain Management / Logistics (in/outbound) / Warehouse / Transportation

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

Gender:                                    Male

Ethnicity:                                 Caucasian/White

Nationality:                              South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  Diploma in Materials Management/Procurement.

Current / most recent job title?

Logistics Manager

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

The primary goal/function was to manage the project materials received,(over 140 million dollars) account for materials, distributions of materials, staff management and end user satisfaction.

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

1. Staff motivation was critical and regular site visits, training, guidance and communication was top priority.
2. Communication in the form of reports, emails, telephone, site visits, meetings and training was critical. 3. Planning, forecasting, stock taking, actuals versus planned, targets and goals. 4. Ensuring the required equipment, (tonnage versus demand) was sufficient and capable to achieve delivery targets, contracts and sub-contracts negotiated within budget, rental and purchasing plans versus requirements and needs. 5. CFCO (rail) agreements, train schedules and capacity, strategy and planning were key to the success of this, establishing of new/additional laydown areas over a 930 kilometre distance, security and materials control, continuous liaison with contractors, monitoring of progress versus planned and actuals.

Ideal business title: 

Manager, Senior Manager, General Manager, Group Manager, Divisional Manager

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Planning, forecasting, negotiating, actuals versus targets, staff selection and training, finding new business, start-up of business, designing and draught of procedures, costs and reductions, site visits and motivation, implementation of cost savers, operational outputs and increase production.

Skill area of competence:

Financial – Change over from Quick Book to Pastel, and later to Evolution. Marketing/Sales – With Sherwood International I covered Africa and has expanded their footprint into Africa with various key accounts. I have opened new operations in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and was instrumental in partnering with local existing organizations. I have done a 13 port study, over a 3 month period, stretching from Kenya through to Angola.

Career summary:

6 years heavy manufacturing, 4 years mining, 2 years commercial construction, 2 year oil & gas

Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

I would like for the next 6 years to be in a stable environment, where I can take a department and grow it into an ideal operation. With that I would like to select and groom prospective staff for the Manager’s position to take over from me on my retirement.


On a Port visit I discovered 210 X 20′ containers that had been in the port for over a year. Documentation got misplaced, and demurrage bills accumulated. This was due to a third party sub-contractor not adhering to procedures. I took over the Port Material Management and started negotiations – new bank letters, documentation from origin and manufactures, proof of paid taxes and duties were obtained – and after negotiations, 60% of the total demurrage bill was voided, with conditions off coarse, and goods were cleared and released.

What do you absolutely love doing?

I love to manage, I love to be creative, I love to come up with suggestions and if permitted, plans of improvement of costs, time delays, new ventures and overall efficiency in terms of support. I love to initiate, to be in the front line, to experience and then return to the drawing table to adjust.

Ideal company (culture and values):

The ideal company would be one that value their staff as an asset, and not an overhead. It is not the amount of signed contracts that makes the company successful, but rather the commitment and dedication from their staff. A company that’s supportive, motivational, very team-oriented, and strict adherence to company principles. I am a believer of freedom of speech and in a company scenario workers must have the freedom to express their opinions, concerns without overstepping the boundaries of the companies values and principals. A company that promote surrounding communities by actively engage in development and sustainable programs

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

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