about me

Passionate & driven project manager with over 10 years experience in various areas of project management. Specializing in packaging design & artwork coordination, production workflow & print production management.

A confident self starter. Strategically influential who takes initiative as team leader. I enjoy working independently but am equality comfortable as part of a team. Think on my feet, am practically  creative and detail orientated. A problem solver & extremely fast learner who enjoys jumping in with both feet with a results driven approach.

work history

Work History
Nov 2013 - Present

Graphic Designer

Freelance - Self Employed

Graphic design of both Print and Digital communication material. Portfolio on request.

Jul 2013 - Oct 2013

Project Leader / Account Manager

Stratcom Design Agency

Project leader managing large key FMCG accounts with global specialist packaging design agency. Portfolio included: Nestle, Entyce, Snackworks, Incolabs, Tiger Brands & Pick & Pay.

For a detailed role description, please visit my LinkedIn profile. The link is provided in the top section of this CV  document.

Reason for leaving: Seeking the flexibility of freelance to support a family member with terminal illness.

Aug 2011 - Jun 2013

Artwork Production Specialist

Unilever

The bridge between concept design and final commercially produced printed packaging for Unilever (Regionally). Cross category brands included: OMO, Surf, Handy Andy, Comfort, Sunlight, Close up, Dove, Shield, Axe, Joko, Magnum, Lipton, Ola.

For a detailed role description, please visit my LinkedIn profile. The link is provided in the top section of this CV document.

Reason for leaving: To relocate to JHB. Family member fell very ill and needed support.

Oct 2009 - Jul 2011

Freelance Creative / Arts Manager

ARTconsulate

Managing theatre and music groups & undertaking a variety of artist management /creative strategy/photography/graphic design projects for both corporate & small business clients across South Africa.

For a detailed role description, please visit my LinkedIn profile. The link is provided in the top section of this CV document.

Reason for leaving: Opportunity presented itself that offered more stability and career progression. 

May 2005 - Oct 2009

Digital Printroom Manager

Nashua    

The overall management of the digital print unit located on a University Campus. Providing all high volume print requirements for the university and print service to students.

For a detailed role description, please visit my LinkedIn profile. The link is provided in the top section of this CV document.

Reason for leaving: Seeking career progression and more Graphic Design opportunities.

Jun 2004 - Sep 2005

Graphic Designer / Office Manager

Nashua

Overall Management of student print and copy cente. Financial recons. Junior Graphic Designer..

Reason for leaving: Promoted to Printroom Manager at diffirent branch

education

Education
Feb 2013 - Present

Diploma in Packaging Technology

South African Packaging Institute
Feb 2006 - Oct 2007

Diploma in Photography

University of the North West
Feb 2004 - Oct 2006

Professional Diploma in Graphic Design 

University of the North West 

software skills

  • BLUE Artwork Management
  • Microsoft Projects
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Power Point
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ARIBA
  • Freehand Corel Draw
  • Outlook
  • *Proficient at learning new software

awards & accolades

Highest Performer

Unilever 2012 -  Highest rated Artwork Production Specialist in the AMET region (AMET: China, Japan, Turkey, Dubai, Australia, Russia, Africa & India).

U make a difference award

Unilever October 2011 - Leadership, project management, Agency management and personal dedication driving the Artwork Excellence model that lead to setting a record project turnaround in the personal care category

hobbies & interests

I enjoy pottering  around the garden. Catch a yoga session whenever I can and am a keen trail runner.