Good Administrator, Sales And Purchasing
From the age of 28 I was either running my own company or, more recently, have been in executive positions in another company. My own businesses taught me the importance of procurement for deliveries on set deadlines at the most beneficial price and terms. I also produced 90% of the sales of a cycle manufacturing company I owned in the UK despite having a sales manager and two sales representatives. I have lived and worked for the last 22 years in Zimbabwe and I have acquired much better skills in credit control and collecting money. I believe I am good with people on a one-to-one basis or as a group.
to Genesis Office Systems and associated companies, 126 Enterprise Road, Highlands, Harare. This involves overseeing the smooth running of several companies dealing in IT networking solutions, communications and refrigeration (Coldex) and reporting to the CEO who spends most of his time running manganese mining operations in Zambia. We also have offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lusaka and Kitwe which largely mirror the markets targeted in Zimbabwe but also include a 4 x 4 centre, fishing retail outlets, the agency for aluminium hulls imported from America and a safari lodge on the Zambezi. Mining has been explored in Zimbabwe, but has been put on the back-burner until the political situation resolves itself.
The position involves monitoring the operations in Zimbabwe and advising local directors on all aspects of business and how best it may be undertaken.
Director and shareholder
Bakesure (Pvt) Ltd
a company specialising in pre-mixes for the bakery trade. Bakesure provided baking solutions to large and small bakeries in Zimbabwe, including Lobels, TM, Spar DC and individual stores and to mill operators. We also exported to Zambia. This was a highly successful company that ultimately did not survive the hyper-inflationary Zim dollar disaster. My main role was purchasing, networking with customers and suppliers and managing the day-to-day operations - including an in-house bakery. Staff complement of 40, including three accounts staff and bakery, sales and a factory managers.
(1996-1999) Opened and ran Dean's Turbo Services in Harare from scratch. This was ultimately sold to a Bulawayo concern, Turbotech, in order for them to access a crowded Harare market place.
for Nyati Milling at Mbuyu Farms in Mazabuka, Zambia. This was 120-tonne Buhler mill. It was situated on a large farm which grew wheat under centre-pivot irrigation and the home-produced crop was processed through the mill as well as imported wheat. The undertaking grew from an original capacity of 60-tonnes. I was responsible for the good running of the mill, the procurement and sales and distribution and managing finances.
Zimbabwe National Cycling Coach
My responsibilities included grassroots development, organising races and training - including the All Africa Games cycling held in Zimbabwe and taking the national team to the Commonwealth Games in Canada.
North Lincolnshire, UK. Nigel Dean Cycles
employed 35 staff making around 7,500 high-quality frames and cycles each year for the UK and export markets. Sold the business and moved to Zimbabwe.
UK. Sold the shops and started cycle factory
Owned and operated cycle shops in Hertfordshire, UK. Sold the shops and started cycle factory.
Home Counties Group of Newspapers. I
was based in Hertfordshire.
(1972) Sub-editor for ICI Fibres newspaper. Involved talking to directors and shop-floor workers and reporting on new developments. I also took the pages through to production.
Falcon Cycles factory
in northern England.
Isle of Man Group of Newspapers
with various newspapers as reporter, sub-editor and editor including the Isle of Man Group of Newspapers, Cycling magazine and the Chorley Guardian.
As you will see from my resume, I have broad experience is manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and human resources. I am computer literate and hard-working.
Three times I have visualised and started companies from scratch. These were a retail chain of cycle shops, then a cycle factory - both in the UK - and then a Turbocharger sales and repair company in Zimbabwe. All three were projects I wished to do and the two UK projects involved gaining financial backing - which I managed by pledging my house to the bank to obtain loans. the first businesses ran for 10 years and then I made a step up by buying a factory building in a town renowned for its bicycle-making history. The factory building I bought was that of a previous concern that supplied over 1,000,000 bicycles a year to India earlier in the 20th century. They did not move with the times but the workforce was still available though unemployed.
It was a great jump for these people to move from low-quality mass-production to high-quality, high value frames and complete bicycles designed by me for the touring and racing market in the UK, Europe and USA. I had gained knowledge of frame design after spending 16 years as a professional racing cyclist in Europe and travelling also to the USA.
From the building shell, we built a mezzanine floor to house stocks of accessories which were fitted to the completed frames. I researched and acquired machinery to accommodate the proposed production of the factory and was up and running within 6 months. We employed 25 people who had previously worked as wheel-builders, frame-makers, spray-painters and assembly operatives and trained them on new standards.
As the company grew, it became more and more necessary to source good products at better prices to be competitive in the market place and, of course, to pay high bank interest rates. This was achieved and I only closed the factory to come and live in Zimbabwe in 1992.
Prior to that, a similar scenario was played out in the cycle retail business but the start-up costs were proportionately lower. I sold that business after 10 years to venture into manufacturing.
When I came to Zimbabwe, as well as being National Cycling Coach, I started up a turbocharger repair and sales business which I subsequently sold to go as a partner in a business providing baking solutions to stores inside the country and later to export the same products. This ended with the collapse of the Zim dollar and since then I have been working for Genesis Office Systems where I oversee three companies in Harare as well as co-operate with the other companies in the Genesis Group in South Africa and Zambia.
Qualifications & Certifications
King Williams College in the Isle of Man. Qualifications