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Work History

Work History
Nov 2014 - Present

Consultant

Private
Consultant Bring specific expertise to the design, instruction, or operations of technical solutions. Work in an instructional capacity with clients, training end users. Perform other work in manufacturing operations as a technical support person within a production capacity. Resolve problems at operations.
Nov 2011 - Sep 2014

Laboratory Manager

SGS-Tanzania

Verification, testing and Certification Company. Assigned to do and improve the overall operation of various laboratory activities, in accordance with SGS policies, principles and procedures. Rendered technical assistance to many plant and mining activity to solve practical problems and dealt with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exist The company had contractual agreements with various mines in East Africa.-Golden Pride Mine Site(Australian Company); Geita Mine(Anglo American); Bulyanhulu Mine Site(Barrick Group); Tulawaka Mine. Canadian Company); Twangiza Mine in the DRC(Canadian Company); etc. Instrumentation Skills enhanced: Spectrophotometry-AA, ICP.

Sep 2007 - Aug 2011

Laboratory Superintendent

Assmang-Manganese Works-Refinery

Producing Ferromanganese. Accomplished successfully to manage the operation of the analytical laboratory and sewerage works. Coached and trained employed to operate the following Instrumentation:-ICP OES; XRF; Graphite Furnace Analyzer; Thermal Analyzer; Automatic Titrations'; Ion Chromatography.

Jan 1999 - Aug 2007

Chief Chemist

Northam Platinum Mine-Platinum Mine

Producing Copper, Nickel, Cobalt and precious metals Succeeded to administer and manage the functions in the laboratory to provide an efficient timorous, accurate precise and cost effective analytical service to all relevant sections of the company. With the utilizing of various change management techniques production records were broken three times. Staff compliment of lab was: 43 Employees qualifications varied from BSc. Honors, BTech degrees in chemistry, Assayers Tickets, National Diplomas in Analytical Chemistry, Matriculants with Maths and Science, Grade 10 Abet level 1 to 4 etc.

Oct 1996 - Dec 1998

Senior Chemist

Impala Platinum Mine

Producing Copper, Nickel, Cobalt and precious metals.Co-ordinate all tasks in the Fire Assay Section with respect to work or complexity-Budgeting; reporting; Staff selection etc. Improved the turnaround time for the analysis of many critical samples by using an Atomic Emission technique named-Aztec. 

Sep 1988 - Sep 1996

Assistant Chief Assayer.

Gold Fields - West Driefontein  and Libanon Gold Mine Laboratories.
  • Co-ordinate all tasks in the laboratory with respect to work or complexity.
  • Perform the more complex analysis using considerable experience intervention of material from gold diamond branch of the SAP; validate 213 of the Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 by Signature.
  • Improved the analysis of various environmental control samples including oil samples of machinery.
  • Assigned to do all water treatment analysis; analysis of cyanide solutions; determination of base metals in ores (Cu, Fe, Al, Zn, etc.) and related materials; analysis of miscellaneous mine materials; Physical and chemical analysis of uranium; Assay of gold bullion; quality controlling of acid plant; assayed complex Copper containing materials and geological prospecting samples.
  • Instrumentation : AA ; XRF ; GC; ICP-OES.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE WILL BE DISCUSSED DURING A INTERVIEW.

Additional Accomplishments.

  • Customer Relations: Earned highest marks for customer satisfaction, company-wide in various organizations. Always made it a priority to established good working relationships with customers/clients. Improved support service level by 20%..
  • Workflow Planning: Implemented new work process flow which increased department productivity in terms of the amount of samples assayed.
  • Design: Responsible for creative design for prominent analytical laboratories and Lim Systems. Formed mission directive work teams. Implemented 5S. 
  • Budgeting: Generally maintained budgetary expenditure 10% below budget on a monthly basis. Improved the accuracy of budget forecasts. - Achieved generally at all the organizations employed.
  • Process Improvement: Created new departmental procedures manual. Assessed organizational training needs. Developed Laboratory training modules.
  •  Kaizen Projects. Replaced quite a few wet chemical methods with spectroscopic analytical methods.
  • Quality Control .Developed the product troubleshooting procedure for various companies with strong attention to detail. Continuously reviewed quality standards for better quality performance and reliability
  • Operational cost: Reduced operational cost in much organization by up to 25% by using the cost aware business management process.
  • Project Management: Managed projects with a pre-allocated annual budget of 8-10 million and achieved project goals.

Education

Education
2009 - 2011

MASTERS DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.

MANCOSA (GSB) - General School of Business

The programme equips students with a solid working knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge management systems, approaches, practices and decision-making tools for ensuring business success.It equips you to do a doctoral research project at any recognized university in South Africa.


Some of the critical management skills and abilities acquired are crafting and implementing strategy, re-engineering business management systems and processes, marketing the organisation in a competitive economic environment, making sound financial and business decisions, managing and measuring performance, communicating clearly and leading teams across different functional areas of the organisation.





1991 - 1995

NHD Chemistry

Technikon Witwatersrand  now named University of Johannesburg.

•have an understanding and insight of the Chemistry discipline;

• able to provide evidence of the acquisition of sophisticated theoretical subject knowledge;•have developed competencies with respect to experimental procedures and techniques;

•illustrate a critical appreciation of literature;

•appreciate independent analysis of information and observed experimental data in support of conclusions and deductions.

Equipped to do a masters research project at any recognized university.
University of Johannesburg was placed within the top 4% of universities in the QS World University Rankings, and placed 61 in the 2013 QS BRICS University Rankings.. UJ is recognized as an international University of choice. Successful candidates is playing a significant role in nurturing UJ’s development as the Pan-African epicenter of critical intellectual inquiry and scholarships

1994 - 1994

Diploma in Computer Networking

Novelle Computer College

This course covers advanced topics in Computer Networking such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Data Center Networking and Content Distribution

1985 - 1985

Diploma in Production and Supervision

Damelin College

Introduction to Management Sciences.

1979 - 1981

B.Sc

University of Western Cape

The Programme in Biodiversity and Ecology aims to develop an understanding of the diversity, origin and function of organisms in relation to the environment. The three main streams of study are Functional Biology, Organismal and Environmental Biology, and Evolutionary Biology

SPECIALIZED TRAINING.

  • ICP Spectroscopy – Went to Germany to be trained as an ICP Specialist
  • XRF Spectroscopy – Trained as X-Ray Spectrometist by Panalytical Holland and Bruce Willes
  • Laboratory Information System Administrator – With the assistance of Mincom Australia, I developed and Installed a LIM System – CCLASS at Northam Platinum Limited I have also installed other laboratory information systems at two other laboratories for example Labware.
  • Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy –Thermo Scientific.
  • Thermal Analysis-Apollo

CERTIFICATION.

  • First Aid
  • GHSTC (General Safety, Health & Environmental Training)
  • HIRA (Risk AnalYsis)
  • SHREQ COP Basic Cour
  • Environmental - Occupational Hygiene
  • EnvironmentalAwareness.
  • Quality Awareness.
  • SHE-ReP
  • Basic Fire Fighting

Skills

Skills

Details:

  • Setting up product quality assurance systems. Advanced
  • Project management  skills Advanced
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods Intermediate
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services Advanced
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.Intermediate.
  • Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work Advanced
  • Systems Evaluation/Analysis - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. Intermediate
  • Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs and electrical and instrumentation fault finding. Intermediate
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Advanced
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their application. Use to solve problems. Intermediate
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. Advanced
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems Advanced
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming – Advanced
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. Intermediate
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. Intermediate
  • Statistics and method validation. Advanced Analytical thinking and Acumen , planning Advanced
  • SHEQ Standards, example ISO 17025; ISO 14001 Advanced Laboratory Auditing Advanced
  • Laboratory design and statutory experience Intermediate Power Point Presentation. Advanced
  • Time management and interpersonal communication skills Advanced
  • Strategic and creative thinking skills. Advanced Report writing and Budgeting Advanced
  • Conflict management and negotiations skills Advanced Environmental Control Intermediate
  • Managing Human and Financial resources Intermediate Accounting Advanced
  • Use of judgment and ability to solve problems efficiently. Advanced
  • Action Orientation and Continuous Improvement Advanced
  • Fire Assaying of all precious metals Advanced
  • International Business Acumen Advanced
  • X-Ray Florescence Spectroscopy Advanced
  • Graphic Furnace Analysis Intermediate
  • Effective listening and decision making skills. Advanced
  • Cross-Cultural Competence Advanced
  • Risk taking and problem solving skills. Intermediate
  • X-Ray Diffraction Spectroscopy Intermediate
  • ICP-OES Advanced
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Advanced ICP – MS Intermediate
  • Chromatography Intermediate
  • Thermal Analysis Advanced
  • AES and UVS Intermediate Process Control Intermediate
  • Marketing Intermediate Operational Management Advance
  • Managing of Lim Systems – Computer network Advance
  • SAP Intermediate
  • Microsoft Office – Advanced.
  • Cross Functional  and Commercial Awareness Advanced
  • SHEQ Advance Objective Setting and Control Advanced
  •    Action Orientation Advanced

Associations.

  • South African Chemical Institute
  • South African Business School Association (SABSA)
  • Business School Partners Network
  • European Foundation of Management Development.

INTEREST AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Swimming and Cycling.
  • Physical exercising and long distance running.
  • Biblical Studies.
  • Drivers License – Yes
  • Criminal Record – None
  • Valid Passport – Yes
  • Health – Good
  • Weight – 89 Kg.
  • Languages – English and Afrikaans.
  • Physical Address : 3 John Adams Road ,Waterfall , Durban 3610 

  • Postal Address : P.O.BOX 885 , Linkhills , Pinetown , 3652                 

  • +27317622574 Home

  • +27823699836 Work

  • +27823699836 Mobile

  • viril.de.kock  Skype Address

ADDITIONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Experienced working on a FIFO bases in remote areas of Africa. Can operate in a dynamic and complex domestic and global organizational environment.
  • Able to craft and implement business strategies.
  • Show initiative and use creativity to find solutions to problems and enjoying seeing projects through to a positive conclusion.
  • An experienced team leader with the ability to initiate/manage multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Apply integrative and critical thinking skills in the business environment. .
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work under extreme work pressure, heavy work load and deadlines.
  • A leader in managing cross company teams efforts through effective and motivating mentoring strategies.
  • Strong personal communications skills and a strong business anchorman









OBJECTIVES WITH NEW EMPLOYMENT

  • Create a healthy, safe, and productive workplace by effectively and appropriately hiring, training, supporting, and evaluating personnel.
  • Manage (plan, organize, and direct) the daily work activities of a company setting by working independently and as a member of a team, meeting job expectations, and adhering to organizational policies and goals.
  • Communicate thoughts orally and in writing in a clear, well-organized manner that effectively persuades, informs, and clarifies ideas, information, and lab techniques/procedures to staff, the scientific community, and the public.
  • Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness as a manager and professional.

OBTAIN CHARACTER REFERENCE 

Name: John Derbyshire
Company: Gold Field/Northam Platinum Mine
Position: Metallurgical Manager
Telephone: 082 651-2416
Email: j,derbyshire@absa.com

Name: Danie Minnaar
Company: Northam Platinum Mine
Position: Metallurgical Manager
Telephone: 082 321-2125
Email: daniel.minnaar@norplats.com

Name: Paul Botha
Company: Assmang Manganese Works
Position: Materials Manager
Telephone: 031 782 5000
Email: pbotha@assmang.com

Name: Kiki Gyan
Company: SGS-Tanzania
Position: Managing Director
Telephone: +255763 888 090
Email: kikig@sgs.com