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Pieter Pottas

Operations Executive with a demonstrated record of exceeding profitability goals, turn around underperforming units and driving increased revenues and market share

Work experience

2014Present

Group General Manager

Australia Mining Resources Sdn Bhd
  • Manage the Malaysian operations and mineral reserves representing over $65 million dollar.
  • Total financial and P&L responsibility inclusive of Working Capital
  • Establish new businesses through acquisitions.
  • Monitor and grow iron ore trading business by 17% annually.
  • Logistic control - Negotiate reduced shipping rates which contribute $550 k saving per shipment
  • Create and maintain operational harmony and team spirit among all employees through effective communication and participation.
  • Develop improved operating policies and procedures to drive operational improvements in key emphasis areas.
  • Design/implement measurements to communicate overall performance and leverage opportunities for improvements
  • Restructuring of operation to become financially competitive by reducing operating cost 7% and increase sales by 11%
  • Establish a supply chain to reduce road transport cost by $ 5.8 per km.
  • Restructuring business process and manufacturing concept, implementing strategic plans to take advantage of an immense opportunity for worldwide product distribution.
  • Increased profits by 7% by spearheading a waste reduction program
  • Boosted gross yearly sales from $ 15 million to $28 million in 12 months.
  • Reduced and controlled company expenses by 4.8% by improving operations.
  • Prepared program operating budgets, budget reports and other financial performance reports.
  • Analysed contract performance for bids, budgets and forecasts.
August 2011August 2014

Director Operations

Ho Wah Genting Bhd
  • Holding a double portfolio as Director Operations for the Mining and minerals benefaction operations as well as Group General Manager for the magnesium processing operations.
  •  With full P&L responsibility inclusive of Plant operations, engineering, project management, support functions, EHS, business acquisitions, manufacturing and development, with focus on expanding Asia markets.
  • Monitor and grow minerals trading business by 27% annually.
  • Establish new low cost magnesium products for the Asian market, generating $8 million in additional revenue.
  • Create and maintain operational harmony and team spirit among all employees through effective communication and participation.
  • Develop improved operating policies and procedures to drive operational improvements in key emphasis areas.
  • Restructuring of operation to become financially competitive by automate processes and improve internal logistics
  • Restructuring business process and manufacturing concept, implementing strategic plans to increase stakeholder margins., Increased profits by 4% in the second year of operations by spearheading cost reduction programs.
  • Drove the short-term and advanced promotional planning processes.

 

Group General Manager

CVM Minerals

Managing and developing the mining reserves as well as the processing operations for CVM Minerals Sdn Bhd,  ("CVMSB", formerly known as Commerce Venture Magnesium Sdn Bhd), and part of the Ho Wah Genting group of Companies. CVM is operating a magnesium smelter located in the State of Perak in Malaysia. The magnesium smelter namely Perak Magnesium Smelter occupies an area of 65 acres in the Kamunting Industrial Park in the State of Perak and has plans to employ more than 300 employees.

September 2008 July 2011

Director

UD. IAGO, Indonesia

Overview: UD. IAGO also known as Indonesia Agricultural generated Oils, was formed in June 2009, as a executive and project management outsource company and operational management consulting.  With a strong engagement in trading, marketing, sales, operations management, project management, agriculture, renewable energy, bio-fuels, engineering and manufacturing, I provide business solution , outsource and project management as well as solutions for sustainable agricultural and renewable energy, by a highly skilled, seasoned expatriate . Specialized in providing expertise to a strategic project or to fill a mission-critical skills gap.

  • Provide specialized expertise to strategic projects and fill mission-critical skills gaps.
  • Evaluate business profile and implement cost effective programs to increase revenue and decrease cost.
  • Provide short term executive management support.
  • Defined Company's business strategy, too support the primary supply chain and sales.
  • Inject specialized expertise for a strategic or change management project.
  • Provide experienced executive support during the start-up phase of a new company.
  • Project Management for Companies that undertake major strategic projects
  • Source and negotiate new investments growing business by acquisition.
  • Crisis Management, preparing succession plans and successors into executive positions
  • Mergers and Acquisition engagement.
  • Provide Market and manufacturing forecasting to meet demand and reduce cost as high as 4%.
  • Establish and develop Strategic planning and expansion with a focus on business growth.
  • Identify opportunities to grow and expand businesses.
  • Expand companies market share and establish product as a household name
  • Analyse contract performance for bids, budgets and forecasts.
  • Design financial model and budget for new business unit.
  • Coordinated and represent upper management's market visits and key account calls.
Nov 2003Nov 2008

Managing Director and Operations Manager

Imerys (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Total financial and P&L responsibility, managing and coordinating multiple sites in Malaysia and Thailand, India and with shared responsibility of Vietnam.
  • Evaluate newly acquired business, establishing operating procedure and develop budgets.
  • Monitor and grow minerals trading and speciality product business by 11% annually.
  • Create and maintain operational harmony and team spirit among all employees through effective communication and participation.
  • Design/implement measurements to communicate overall performance and leverage opportunities for improvements
  • Restructuring of operation to become financially competitive by reducing operating cost 4% and increase sales by 8%
  • Establish a logistical supply chain to reduce road transport cost by $ 1 per km.
  • Restructuring business process and manufacturing concept, implementing strategic plans to take advantage of an immense opportunity for worldwide product distribution.
  • Increased profits by 7% by spearheading a waste for cash program and reduce amount of low margin product, standardizing packaging.
  • Boosted gross yearly sales from $2, 2 million to $3.8 million in fewer than 12 months.
  • Establish and monitor sales plan that had a consistent 6.8% growth annually over 4-year period.
  • Maintain and exceed the corporate annual 8% net profit.
  • Reduced and controlled company expenses by 4.8% by renegotiating transport and contractor cost.
  • I improved the product development process by incorporating design for 5S and ISO.
  • I prepared shareholder program operating budgets, budget reports and other financial performance reports.
  • Developed metrics and measured success to further penetrate the marketplace.
  • Analysed key aspects of the business to evaluate the factors driving results and summarized results into presentations.
  • I analysed contract performance for bids, budgets and forecasts.
  • I created and developed market and customer-specific marketing solutions for managed brands.
Mar 2001Oct 2003

Operations Manager

Cargill (Pt Hindoli)

Responsible for all aspects of business development, with focus on expanding Indonesia markets. Manage all operations,, inclusive of manufacturing facility, shipping, planning, strategy implementation and execution of manufacturing strategies with focus on high value, major customers and exports.Manage and deveolp the Cargill Palm Oil Mill Installations each of 120-ton/hr and plantation infrastructure in Sumatra, Indonesia. Develop and upgrade existing installation complete with expansion. Project value US$ 26 million

Feb 1998Feb 2001

Chief Engineer/Group Mill Manager

Common Wealth Development Corporation, Pac Rim Plantations

Manage and develop the operations and infrastructure of 80000 hectare and 12000 Hectare small holders for Pacific Rim Plantations Palm Oil project, located on multiple sites, a Common Wealth Development Corporation initiative, with three supporting 60 mt/hr palm oil mill and 20 000 ha Cocoa operation in Papua New Guinea. Project value US$ 16 million

Jan 1994Jan 1998

Superintendent

PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper

Erection, Commissioning and Maintaining a Pulp and Paper project in Sumatra Indonesia for the RAPP ( APRIL) Garuda Mas group.

  • Plant erection and commissioning. (Fiber Line, Woodyard/Chipping, Boilers, Chemical Plant, Paper/Pulp Machines and Lime Kilns).
  • Monitor quality and build as per drawing
  • Liaise with contractors and locals and ensure safety awareness on site.
  • Monitor various erection projects and report on completion and status.
  • Plant maintenance and planning, control and set-up engineering projects
  • Long and short term maintenance planning and budget preparation.
  • Training
  • EHS development 
19901994

Maintenance Superintendent

Mondi Craft, Pulp & Paper

Mange the Maintenanceand engineering departments inclusive of project management for Pulp and Paper projects in South Africa and Swaziland.

  • Manage commissioning, upgrading and maintenance of all plants in multiple sites.
  • Monitor quality and daily Maintenance.
  • Control cost and manages budget.
  • Plan, Monitor and execute various erection projects and report on completion and status.
  • Plant maintenance and planning, control and set-up engineering projects and upgrading projects.
  • Maintain ISO 9000 and OSHA.
19851990

Project /Maintenance Foreman

Sasol Petrochemical, Secunda

Project planning execution, erection, commissioning and upgrading with total Maintenance and training responsibilities on project completion of the Petrochemical refinery in South Africa.

Planning and maintaining of Petro chemical installations and Oil Refinery inclusive of gas reactors, light oil separation, turnaround reactors, Oxygen plant, chemical separation, and ammonia plant.Monitor and supervise installation quality and safety standards. Manage safety systems and procedures.Maintain ISO 9000.1400, OSHA and ASME standards for pressure vessels Manage daily mechanical maintenance complete with all maintenance planning

19791981

Evaluator/surveyor & Miner

Harmony Gold Mine,

Mining evaluations in underground mining operation. Do sampling, surveying, geological inspections, mine planning and development, complete with cost efficient mining plans and recommendations. Budget control

19761979

Sergeant

South African Defense Force
19711975

Student

Technical Collage 

Education

1985

BSc. Engineering 

Trinity Collage 
1998

BSc. Business Administration

Washington University

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Motivators

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.Nelson Mandela

"If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances."

Julia Sorel

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."

Beverly Sills

"No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There's always a way... You just have to find it!"

Paul Briganti

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

Maya Angelou

"Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes."

Henry J. Kaiser