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I am a performance driven individual capable of surpassing your expectations. While fully capable of functioning individually, I am a team player who can motivate those around me by example. Faced with problems, I am resilient and creatively explore various solutions before isolating key success factors. Scenario making and strategy building lie at the core of how I approach problem resolution.

My engineering background and cost reduction experience allows me to move freely between the various disciplines involved in project management. My project management skills are enforced by the broader business knowledge and understanding obtained through studying a MBA.  

Work History

Apr 2012Present

Overseas Program Director

Nissan South Africa
  • Locally represent the Program Director (located in Japan), in South Africa.
  • Responsible for achievement of QCT (Quality, Cost, Time) project commitments through negotiation, interaction and management of Marketing and Sales, Purchasing, Engineering, Supply chain and Manufacturing teams.
  • In depth knowledge of individual team activities, as well as interaction between various team activities, in order to facilitate cross-functional project closure.
  • Strategic solution finding, while understanding the underlying business processes and impact of global economic changes.
  • Current main project:
    • Local production of Nissan 1 Ton.
    • Project budget @ R 1.2 billion.
    • Project lead-time @ 3 years.
    • Active stakeholders: Japan, Thailand, Europe, South Africa
  • Previous Main project:
    • Establishing profitable Nissan assembly plant in Nigeria.
    • Capitalize on updated automotive policy and corresponding import duty adjustment from the Nigerian government.
    • In conjunction with local partner in Nigeria, ensure sustainable business co-operation and expansion.

Mar 2011Mar 2012

Manager: Program Management

Nissan South Africa

Support Overseas Program Director in above mentioned activities.

Feb 2008Feb 2011

Manager: Engineering cost reduction + C-platform aCVE (assistant chief vehicle engineer)

Nissan South Africa
  • Locally represent CVE (Chief Vehicle Engineer, in Japan), in South Africa.
  • Responsible to ensure locally produced parts adhere to strict Nissan Design standards, while ensuring a cost benefit vs. imported parts
  • Responsible for QCT (Quality, Cost, Time) in relation to continuous localization and cost reduction activities.
  • Manage total engineering cost reduction activities (through section managers), to support annual cost reduction of around R 30 million.



M.B.A, Business management

University of Pretoria

Masters degree in Business administration.


B.Eng, Electronic

University of Pretoria

Light current electronic engineering.


NPW (Nissan Project Way)

5 months training on NPW in Japan


Project Management

Manage project team from project inception to final deliverable. Responsible for delivery of QCT (Quality, Cost and Time) commitments. Spent 5 months in Japan to receive intensive on the job training in NPW (Nissan Project Way).

Strategy development

Capable of identifying future opportunities/risks based on current trends. Formulation of action plans to support appropriate future actions in order to capture/mitigate opportunities/risks.

Business process analysis + optimisation

Due to involvement throughout the Automotive pipeline, the full scope of business processes are open to be explored and optimized based on experience and Tacit knowledge.

Continuous Improvement (Kaizen)

Every activity is an opportunity to learn something, or improve on something that is already existing. Core competency in Japanese Automotive climate that should be carried over to all business principals. 

Microsoft Office suite

Advanced Skill level: Excel, Word, Power-point, Outlook


Henry van der Westhuizen : +27 12 529 6511

Nissan South Africa : Deputy General Manager (retired) - NTCAF (Nissan Technical Centre Africa)

Stefan Haasbroek : +27 12 529 6593

Nissan South Africa : General Manager - Sales