Kembo - Mechanical Engineer - Brazil

Macleod Kembo



Mechanical Engineer

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I am a qualified mechanical engineer with over 25 years experience in engineering.
I also have financial and management qualifications.
I am able to run plants and be accountable to profit and loss

Work History

business consultant

Lean manufacturing

From March 2013

in the following areas
*Business process Re engineering
*Quality systems
* Lean manufacturing
*Project appraisals
*Project management

Group Manufacturing Executive


January 2012 - February 2013

an 2012 to Feb 2013
Bain is a large diversified company whose principle business is sale and maintenance of tractors under the New Holland franchise .It is also involved in the sale of Iveco products as well as run three manufacturing units.

Position: Group Manufacturing Executive (reporting to the MD)

Responsibility: Bain Manufacturing Division (45 staff)
Responsible to p & l for this unit which manufacturers tractor
drawn implements
4 Jays foundry (44 staff)
Responsible for p & l for this cast iron foundry

SPC (60 staff)
Responsible to p & l for this steel foundry.

Reason for leaving Company downsizing manufacturing operations

Project management

Secondment to FRESE ZIMBABWE

Secondment to FRESE ZIMBABWE 1996 to 1998

FRESE ZIMBABWE (FRESE) was a joint venture between Frese Armatur of Denmark, NFDC and Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries(IFU)Denmark
The company employed 70 and manufactured plumbing fittings for the Danish market (95%).It was registered as the first EPZ in Norton

Project management including: feasibility studies
Plant inspections
Liaison with architect and site meeting attendances
Plant installation
Staff recruitment
Interim management of the company

Reason For Wanting To Leaving: Rightsizing of the business due to economic challenges

Managing Director


1993 to 2011

NFDC is a non ferrous foundry manufacturing plumbing brassware for the local and export market. It operates out of Norton and is currently employing 110 people.

Position: Managing Director (reporting to the Board)
Responsibilities Strategy Formulation
Quality Assurance
Financial Management
Sales and Marketing
Production Planning and Control
Corporate Governance

Direct Subordinates 4 departmental managers

Success stories

*part of 3man consortium which acquired the business in 1993
*changed business from a family run operation to a corporate entity
*increased exports from zero to 40% of sales
*accomplished ISO 9001:2008 accreditation with SAZ
*ZIMTRADE SME New Exporter of the year 2000

* ZNCC Runner up Exporter of the year 2001
* establishment of joint venture company FRESE Zimbabwe with Frese Armatur of Denmark
* secondment to this joint venture as Project Manager in addition to running NFDC
* managed to post profits for 15 of the 16 years in charge at NFDC

Research and Development Manager(started as Industrial Engineer before promotion)



IDC is a parastatal which has been operating since 1963 and is tasked with the development of industry through Greenfield projects as well as acquiring existing companies. It is a holding company with a large number of subsidiary and associate companies

Position Research and Development Manager(started as Industrial Engineer before promotion)

Reporting to Deputy GM PROJECTS
Direct Subordinates 2 Analysts

Responsibilities Carry out research for projects
Preparation and appraisal of bankable projects
Implementation of projects
Diagnostic studies of group companies

Projects undertaken Zimbabwe Pencil factory (pencil manufacture)
National Glass factory (sheet glass manufacturing)
Sino Zimbabwe Ltd (cement factory)
Quarrying Enterprises Ltd (black granite mining)
Sunway city Ltd (Industrial estate in Ruwa)
Zimglass Ltd (container glass manufacture)

Was also seconded as Operations Manager to National Glass and Quarrying Enterprises when there were problems in these companies

Success Stories
* managed to start Greenfield projects
* established 1st EPZ at Ruwa in 1992(Sunway City)
* second youngest manager at IDC
* was selected for further training in INDIA
* was appointed as an IDC director nominee for a number of companies

Reason for Leaving Had been offered a more challenging post with equity

Design Engineer

Ove Arup and Partners

Ove Arup and Partners are an engineering consultancy company operating in the construction sector. Their disciplines include mechanical, electrical, structural, civil and environmental trades

Title Design Engineer
Reporting to Head, Mechanical

Responsibilities Design of mechanical services
Water reticulation
Fire extinguisher, sprinklers reticulation
Air conditioning and ventilation

Reason For Leaving Wanted to be involved in Project work

Trainee Engineer

Mashonaland Holdings

Companies trained under Airflo ltd(Fan manufacture)
Relmo ltd(electic motor manufacture)
New Products ltd(plastic products)
Metcast ltd(ferrous foundry)

Reason For Leaving Completion Of Training


3.1 Short course attended

* Training Seminar on Industrial Project Preparation and Appraisal (UNIDO)(INDIA)
* Project Planning and Management (ZIPAM)
* Principles of Supervision (ZIM)
* Performance Management Workshop
* Performance Management and Productivity Improvement (ZIM)
* Outward bound course
* All Microsoft computer programs, word, excel, powerpoint, internet and e mail

3.2 Directorships(current & previous)

Company Business Status
Quarrying Enterprises Black granite quarrying previous
Zimbabwe Pencil Pencil manufacture previous
F. Issels Ferrous foundry
Rungano Enterprises Holding company current
Frese Zimbabwe Plumbing ware
NFDC(pvt)ltd Plumbing brassware previous
Fine Edge(pvt)ltd Investment company current
Paul Mkondo Life Assurance Insurance previous
Playtime Manufacturers Clothing current

3.3 Community involvement

I am a Trustee and past Chairman of Tsungirirai Organisation which is an private voluntary organization(PVO) in the field of HIV/AIDS.Current activities include

*Home based care
*Pre and post testing and counseling
*Orphan pre school
*Youth development
*ARV compliance centre
*PCPMT(prevention of mother to child infection)

3.4 Business involvement

Member of executive committee of Mashonaland Chamber of Industries (MCI) a component of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries(CZI) for more than 4 years

Qualifications & Certifications

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University


Swindon College


Swindon College

Swindon College

Nottingham Trent University

Highfield Secondary School

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