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Summary

I am a performance driven individual capable of surpassing expectations. While I am 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.

I excel at identifying REAL customer needs (from ground level up). My aim is to create and satisfy future customer needs as a core foundation towards successful future product planning.

Work experience

Apr 2017Current

AMI LCV Segment RPM

Nissan Global
  • Represent total AMI LCV market with CPS (Chief Product Specialist) in Japan.
  • Responsible for future LCV product line-up in AMI.
  • Support CMM (Marketing team) with optimization of current LCV products.
  • Identify specific customer requirements related to all Nissan Light Commercial vehicles within AMI (Africa, Middle East and India).
  • Actively monitor and capture automotive styling / technology / market / power train trends, with the aim of offering future customers the right products at the right price and at the right time.
Apr 2012April 2017

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.

Education

20072008

M.B.A, Business management

University of Pretoria

Masters degree in Business administration.

20112012

NPW (Nissan Project Way)

5 months training on NPW in Japan
19972000

B.Eng, Electronic

University of Pretoria

Light current electronic engineering.

References

Kabelo Rabotho : +27 12 529 5064

Nissan South Africa : Director: Product Marketing

Xavier Gobille : +27 12 529 6600

Nissan South Africa : Managing Director: Marketing and Sales