Ref: 511951 – Enshrine Candidate Marketing

Qualifications: Masters Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering; Masters Business Administration (MBA). Years of experience: More than 30 years. Annual Cost to Company: ZAR1.2M. Geographical Location: Preference Natal. Industry Experience: Technical expertise lie within the metals domain (Manufacturing, welding failure analyses; welding procedures development; automotive components; mining, metallurgy) and plastics/ packaging.

Strategic thinking, business growth focused leader with broad experience and proven ability to grow turn-over and profitability at the same time; proven ability to step-change turn-over whilst improving margins in a sustainable manner. Thinking globally, acting locally to make a sustainable difference. Performing through people by leading and developing them, challenging their thinking regime. Generalist with demonstrable skills in business development and growth.

A cool-headed tenacious boundary pushing team developer who is performance driven and currently seeking an opportunity to lead an organisation requiring a dynamic, objective driven leader.

Achievements: A company was loss-making for 3 years. As Managing Director the business was salvaged by eliminating non-value adding activities and through a tough commercial drive. Current initiatives were to drive improved capacity utilisation. Rapid business growth at a company from US$28 Million to US$80 Million over a period of two years, whilst improving gross margin from 45% to 56%. Exceeding ROIC targets. Broadened the product range to reduce risk. Greatly improved supply credibility to customers.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: Afrikaans, English

Designation: Managing Director

Highest qualification type: c. Masters

University: Vaal University of Technology

Company size: ’11 – 50

Division: General and Operations Management

Seniority level: Owner / Partner / VP / CXO / Director / Group Manager

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian/White

Nationality: South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  MDT Metallurgical Engineering

University in another country: International Management Centre – UK – for MBA Columbia Business School – NYC – Strategic Marketing Course

Other Formal Qualification:    MBA

Current / most recent job title?

Managing Director

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Business turn-around and growth

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

Business rescue – critical review, restructure, reposition in the market.
Improved capacity utilisation
Turn-over growth
Maintenance and growth of profit margins
Achieve Free Cash Flow targets
Achieve ROIC targets
Increase market shares
Launching new products
Entering new geographies
Organisational development to achieve aggressive growth targets
Staff management and development
Development of strategic business plans for new investment
Identify potential acquisition targets
Achieve world-class customer service

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

Strategic thinking, business growth focused leader with broad experience and proven ability to grow turn-over and profitability at the same time. Thinking globally, acting locally to make a sustainable difference. Performing through people by leading and developing them, challenging their thinking regime. Currently seeking an opportunity to make a significant difference within an organisation that requires sustainable growth.

Ideal business title: 

Managing Director or General Manager

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Delivering shareholder value

Skill area of competence:

Generalist with demonstrable skills in business development and growth.
Successful turn-around of plastic packaging company.

Career summary:

National Service experience as an Operations Officer in Special Forces: 1 year
Plant metallurgist experience: 2 years
Welding failure analyses and welding procedures development: 1 year
Business development projects in Mining, metallurgy, sewerage treatment, food packaging: 2 years
Initial sales centre management experience: 3 years
Branch management experience: 2 years
Mining Industry supplier business management: 10 years
Regional Business Management: 5 years
Sales Manager: Africa experience 2 years
GM: Plastic Packaging material 1 year
MD: Fasteners in Automotive, other manufacturing

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

Ideally, I’m currently looking for a MD, GM, or Sales Director type role in the short term.
I plan to retire in 10 years’ time.

What do you absolutely love doing?

Problem solving. Stretching boundaries. Setting and achieving challenges. Negotiating business agreements. Developing people with compassion.

Ideal company (culture and values):

Manufacturer and distributor of high quality engineering products. Ethical business conduct. Professional. Respectful. Dynamic.

Motivation to move (please select): New opportunities

Location Preference: I am open to positions nationally (within my country).

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