Samuel - Procurement Specialist - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Oscar Samuel

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Procurement Specialist


Localise components in for local and export markets, Achieve cost parity targets, Analyse supplier quotations, Perform ROI analysis, Manage cross-functional teams, Conduct supplier compliance audits, Sign-off tooling, Resolution of quality problems
Align Angolan Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes to the global SCM strategy, Supervise subsea project buyers
Mentor and develop Angolan nationals with a career path for management positions

Work History

Senior Procurement Supervisor

Subsea 7 Angola

April 2013 - August 2013

Responsible for developing and implementing local plans and on-going improvements to support the global SCM aims, Angolan representative to global SCM for SAP, SCM processes and systems in the Business Management System, Ensure internal customer satisfaction and support, e.g. tenders, offshore resources, contracts, project and operations management, Assist and coordinate the implementation of the project procurement plan, Mentor, develop and train junior team members, Comply with the code of ethics and compliance, Establish and monitor performance metrics, Produce analysis and reports for internal parties to proactively identify risks and failures, Create a positive HSEQ culture, Ensure compliance with SCM policies, process and procedures
Capitalise from lessons learnt and adopt best practice strategies to mitigate risk, improve safety and integrity, Contribute to the selection, auditing, management and monitoring of vendors
Value Added
Compiled an Angolan nationals' SCM career development plan aligned to the SCM body of knowledge and the organisations strategic intent (Determine individual life & work ambitions, Develop an individual success journey for life & work, Define generic skills for SCM roles, Compile a SCM training needs analysis, Compile a SCM training plan, Compile an individual career path with cash flow analysis)
Compiled local SAP purchase requisition and purchase order processes and added the process of attaching key artefacts, e.g. copy of vendor quotation and material request form into the SAP database

Master Data Management Business Analyst

IP Address Changes

January 2013 - March 2013

(Client: BHP Billiton)
January 2013 - March 2013 (3 Months)
Customer migrating devices at sites in South Africa to a new IP address range, Dynamic and static IP addresses will be changed, Determine level of impact, Determine potential effort required for remediation, Identify applications using IP addresses which would need to be re-configured (mails, alerts, status communications), Contact vendors to determine impact of changes to devices/ applications and time and costs involved
Master Data Management Business Analyst (Client: Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality)

Senior Business Consultant

New Business Development Management

July 2011 - December 2012

Perform data analysis of 7 IT applications and consolidate into a single source of truth master database, Analyse and optimise business processes to provide information regarding business parties, roles and products, Develop and agree data governance/ stewardship policies, Develop policies regarding duplication and data integrity standards, Develop data management processes
Identify business rules and data standards, Consolidate data flow and rules, Cleanse data and populate the master database
New Business Development Management (Client: BHP Billiton)

Senior Business Consultant

Business Connexion

May 2010 - June 2011

May 2010 -June 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Manage the Business Requirement Specification and Proposals process and presentation to the client, Prepare a Business Requirement Specification from the Request for Solution, Compile end-to-end proposals with input from internal and external parties, Conduct intensive costing analysis regarding hardware, software, licences, logistics, labour, travel, accommodation and on-going support, Manage service level agreements between client and third party contractors, Arrange and provide labour resources to clients, Procurement of hardware and software, including licences and telecommunications equipment
Conduct due diligence, provide an end-to-end solution involving third party contractors, installation, configuration, testing, training and on-going support of the installed solution
Senior Business Consultant at Business Connexion

IT Project Management

Reserve Bank

February 2010 - April 2010

February 2010 - April 2010 (3 months)
Conduct data analysis and a business requirement specification for a national civil aviation authority, Search for consulting opportunities for the company, Configure an Operating Model for a Reserve Bank, Conduct competitor analysis within the Retail sector, Assess a Project Initiation Document (PID) for a Financial Institution
IT Project Management (Client: BHP Billiton)

Senior Business Consultant

Organisational Change Management

April 2009 - January 2010

Project Manage VOIP Projects, viz. PABX, Integrated and Call Voice Recording, WLAN
Organisational Change Management (Client: BHP Billiton)

IM Management, Configure Training and Communication

Aluminium Group

March 2009 - January 2010

regarding a strategy migration from IT Management to IM Management, Configure Training and Communication deliverables for sites in Africa, South America and Australia
Managed the structure and rules of the Aluminium Documentum document management system, e.g. version control, user access levels and archiving rules, Project Manage OCM initiatives at the sites, including managing User Acceptance Testing (UAT) into series production, improvement, maintenance and disposal

IT Project Management

Business Process Management

January 2009 - March 2009

(Client: Sasol)
January 2009 - March 2009 (3 months)
Perform BPM using a Software package at Sasol Technologies' Operation, Profitability and Improvement (OPI) function
IT Project Management (Client: BHP Billiton)

Senior Business Consultant

Business Connexion

February 2008 - March 2013

Master Data Management (MDM) at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Business Process Mapping at SASOL, Business Development, IT Project Management and HR Consultant at BHP Billiton Limited

February 2008 - December 2008

February 2008 - December 2008 (11 months)
Identify the IT division's needs and submit Request for Proposals, Business Requirements Specifications and Project Briefs
Manage Projects, viz. Centralised Booking Mechanism with a developer, Printing Consolidation though print audits to determine locational usage, Telecommunications Infrastructure Assessment and a Disaster Recovery Plan by liaising with the internal divisions of BHP Billiton and within IT (Architecture, Networks, Call Centre, and other Service Providers)
Interact and negotiate with vendors regarding service level agreements and terms and conditions of contracts
Perform an accounting reconciliation with a vendor together with the client's legal counsel regarding the Service Level Agreement (SLA) non-compliance
Value Added
Configured, implemented and managed a centralised booking system for parking, meals, travel etc. together with a developer, Vendor accounting reconciliation with legal counsel, Determined individual printer usage using a print audit software tool to determine monthly cost centre charges, Compiled training and communications material for use in worldwide operations, Setup and managed an electronic document repository system, Compiled end-to-end IT solutions and project manage the rollout

Business Analyst

Cutting Edge Commerce

August 2007 - January 2008

Business Intelligence (Client: Anglo Platinum), Project manage a database clean-up project, Expedite Anglo Platinum service providers to provide source data for input into a master database, Ensure data integrity and maintain the single source of truth
Value Added
Was able to hit the ground running in performing HR data analysis and clean-up

Business Consultant in own Company

Lean Manufacturing

April 2007 - June 2007

at Hesto (Div. Toyota SA), Configure, introduce, manage and audit a production levelling and scheduling project (Heijunka) for a company delivering just-in-time (JIT) to Toyota, Train and manage a full-time cross-functional project team, Prove that the project is successful in a pilot production line and replicate on other production lines, Reduce work-in-progress and finished goods stock and labour
Value Added
Attained Toyota concept approval for the Heijunka process

Sales Planning and Market Research Manager

Mercedes Benz

January 2007 - February 2007

Manage 3 Sales Planners and 1 Market Researcher, This entailed providing the brand market centres with planned retail and wholesale forecasts for the forthcoming months based on current stock levels, stock movements, model run-in and run-out and the economic trends, Perform market sales forecasts for the Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge and Mitsubishi brands, Deliver monthly market economic review forums to top management, Manage a research house regarding customer sales and service quality surveys
Value Added
Provided executive management with market segment comparisons and economic trends and prognosis

Project Procurement and Quality Engineer


December 2002 - December 2006

Achieve cost parity targets through the identification of cost savings, Localise components in conjunction with BMW Design Engineers in Germany and European suppliers with joint ventures with South African suppliers, Analyse supplier quotations
Perform ROI analysis, Manage cross-functional teams, viz. production, process, logistics, quality, engineering change control, finance and the supplier and his international joint venture/ technical agreement partner, Project manage component supply in SAP (MM) throughout its life cycle, Responsible for the quality of engines and imported mechanical parts, Quality management system representative and advisor within the department: VDA 6, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2000, Conducted product and process compliance audits at suppliers, Tooling sign-off and as per drawing, specifications, functionality and first-off samples
Delivered departmental training in line with BMW standards, Liaison with BMW plants on quality issues, Resolution of quality problems with internal departments & external suppliers, Departmental representative for all IT issues: server maintenance and intranet structure, Regular visits to the BMW headquarters and suppliers in Germany (with joint ventures with South African suppliers) and to suppliers in England, Switzerland and Austria
Value Added
Achieved cost parity targets for components, Achieved annual cost reduction targets, Maintained engine quality and delivery targets

Continuous Improvement & Quality Project Engineer

Mercedes Benz

September 1999 - November 2002

Quality Assurance lead in the Mercedes Benz Best Practice Division, Configured a Quality Assurance Model for the Mercedes Benz East London Plant, Compiled Training Materials for the Shop floor and Management, Conducted Continuous Improvement Workshops, Custodian of the Final Product Audit for the Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi Brands, Custodian of the Torque Audit for the Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi Brands, Custodian of the Process Audits on the Mercedes-Benz axle line, Trained auditors on final product, process & torque audits, Accountable for the rear wheel alignment setting machine, Trained at Mercedes Benz India on Vehicle Final Product Audit
Value Added
Configured, implemented and managed the final product and torque audit for a new Mercedes-Benz model, Configured a Quality Assurance Model for the Mercedes Benz East London Plant, Compiled Training Materials for the Shop floor and Management and conducted training

Quality Assurance Manager

Tridelta Magnets

June 1999 - August 1999

Maintenance of the quality management system to ISO 9002, Monitor the quality of manufactured products and feedback to management, Manage a staff compliment of ten employees on a 24/7 basis, Apply problem solving techniques, Interface with suppliers, customers and certification authorities, Sign-off component drawings and processes, Perform product, process and system audits, Ensure the quality documentation is in-line with the company's operating system and ISO 9002, Responsible for the training department, Compile training schedules, Determine training needs, Set-up training records
Value Added
Managed to retain the company's ISO 9001 certification after a TUV audit after one month of starting at the company

Quality Foreman to Quality Manager


June 1990 - May 1999

Quality Foreman to Quality Manager at Hesto Harnesses, Implementation and maintenance of a quality management system to ISO 9002 and to Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Opel, Porsche and Toyota standards, Oversee the quality assurance, quality control, and supplier & customer quality assurance functions, Manage a compliment of eight monthly and forty hourly paid employees based in two plants, 40 km apart on 24 hour basis, Responsible for the development of sub ordinates, Perform supplier audits, Visit customers, attend to customer problems, Compile reports to management for presentation to the board, Apply Japanese manufacturing techniques to the manufacturing set-up, Member of the design team for wiring harnesses for Toyota vehicles, Project member for various new vehicle projects, including BMW, Ford/ Mazda, Toyota & VW, Sign-off specifications, drawings, deviations, procedures etc. Sign-off machinery and equipment, product lines and processes, Advisor to top management regarding external factors that affect the business by following up with the latest technology, business, political, social issues, Responsible for the preparation of an annual budget and the monitoring of expenditure, Represent management in wage negotiations with the labour union, Trained in Japan (Yazaki Corporation) on the programming and testing of wire harnesses

Value Added
Progressed from foreman to engineer to manager, Implemented lean manufacturing methodologies, Developed and managed career paths for subordinates, Configured, implemented, managed and audited quality management systems quality management system to ISO 9002 and to Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Opel, Porsche and Toyota standards, Ensured the quality requirements were in place during new vehicle development and manufacturing

Qualifications & Certifications

BSc (Hons) Operations Management

Human Resources & Labour Relations University of Hertfordshire

Stanger Secondary School


Rhodes University

Operations Management

University of Hertfordshire



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