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8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco WieseJaco WieseJaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release4/23/2014 10:35 AMSive RavukuERP in the Supply Chain4/23/2014 10:38 AM
ERP in the Supply Chain
ERP in the Supply Chain
ERP in the Supply Chain

Recent Gartner research indicates that ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems are showing their age and that, by 2016, it will be 'common practice' to refer to ERP as 'legacy software'.

Increasing supply chain complexity, driven by globalisation, competition, outsourcing and widely distributed partner networks, has created challenges that current ERP systems cannot fully address, Tech-Pro Personnel tells SmartProcurement.


Defined as 'comprehensive transaction management systems that integrate many kinds of information processing abilities and place data into a single database', ERP systems can 'potentially enhance transparency across the supply chain, leading to significant gains in supply chain effectiveness'.

Yet, while ERP software has delivered 'transactional efficiency'³, many believe that 'monolithic, all-in-one and highly customized'¹ ERP systems will not be able to meet future SCM needs.

Future Supply Chain Management Needs

SCM experts agree that the key issues facing supply chain management over the next decade will be:²

  • Increasing collaboration between multiple, disparate parties in the supply chain will require deeper, cross-enterprise integration of systems.
  • The need for more flexible IT systems able to handle rapidly changing SCM needs.
  • Consumer demand for 'mass customisation' which, while increasing product and service offerings, will simultaneously place downward pressure on lead times and inventory.
  • Shifting balance of power and ownership, as standard structures can't be applied across a network of supply chain partners.

Limitations of Current ERP Systems

Research from Insead predicts that 'on-premises' solutions will play 'only a modest role in improving future supply chain effectiveness' and that there is a 'clear risk of ERP actually limiting progress in SCM'.

Limitations include:

  • On-premise ERP systems are closed applications that were not historically designed to facilitate cross-enterprise collaboration, with the result that data needed for decision-making is frequently out of reach.
  • Inflexibility. Extensive customisation has made ERP 'arthritic, slow and unresponsive' to dynamic SCM needs.
  • Traditional ERP lacks functionality beyond transaction management and was not designed to offer planning solutions. According to Lora Cecere, 'only 8% of companies are satisfied with the 'what-if' capabilities of their ERP software and only 22% can get cost data in making planning decisions'.
  • User expectations have evolved. Generic, 'one-size-fits-all' ERP systems are no longer acceptable to second and third generation ERP buyers, who want to access and arrange information from multiple sources in a manner that suits them.

Despite these limitations, ERP software is set to make a positive contribution to four key issues currently facing SCM, namely standardisation of processes and information, customisation of products and services, globalisation of IT systems and transparency.

The Future
Experts suggest that ERP should be considered a 'partial solution to enterprise and cross enterprise integration, working in conjunction with 'best of breed' niche software' – and that the areas to watch include:

  • Enterprise Application Integration (EAI): An 'emerging generation of integration software that addresses more effectively the need to integrate both intra and inter-organisational systems which, in doing so, securely incorporates functionality from disparate applications, combining traditional integration methodologies with new EAI technologies to support the efficient incorporation of information systems'.
  • SaaS (Software as a Service): A 'software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud, reducing IT support costs'.

Kimberly Knickle, Practice Director at IDC suggests that, with SaaS and mobile computing moving confidently into the supply chain arena, 'cloud-based options provide a more flexible way to beef up supply chain software coffers without having to give up ERPs'.

Capgemini's Ben Pivar believes that the 'ERP of the future will largely be shaped by the customers that are using it'.

Is ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software effectively meeting your SCM needs? What role do you think ERP will play in supply chain management over the next decade? We'd like to hear your views – join our discussions on LinkedIn, Twitter or GooglePlus.

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¹: 'Gartner: Today's On-Premises ERP Systems Will Soon Get the 'Legacy' Label, Chris

     Kanaracus writing for IDG, January 2014  

²: 'The Impact of ERP on Supply Chain Management: Exploratory Findings from a

     European Delphi Study', Akkermans, H.A; Bogerd, P; Yucesan, E; van Wassenhove,


³: 'Piece Parts', Lora Cecere, February 2014

⁴: 'Supply Chains and ERP Systems: Not Answer for Today's Global Company', Greg

     Kefer writing for GT Nexus, February 2014

⁵: 'Supply Chain ERP: The Ins and Outs of ERP', Business Excellence Magazine, August


Б: 'Enterprise Application Integration: An Emerging Technology for Integrating ERP and

    Supply Chains', Themistocleous, M; Irani, Z; Love, P.E.D

⁷: Wikipedia

⁸: 'Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: ERP vs. Best of Breed', Bridget McCrea

     writing for Logistics Management Magazine, July 2013

8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco Wiese
Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release12/9/2014 10:41 AMSive RavukuPerfect Storm Brewing for South African Supply Chain Talent12/9/2014 10:42 AM
Perfect Storm Brewing for South African Supply Chain Talent
Perfect Storm Brewing for South African Supply Chain Talent
Perfect Storm Brewing for South African Supply Chain Talent

Recently, researchers Ruamsook and Craighead detailed what they believe is a ‘perfect storm’ brewing in US supply chain management that will ‘contract the pool for supply chain talent’.¹ A similar set of circumstances exists in South Africa, Tech-Pro tells SmartProcurement.

The American ‘Storm’

Ruamsook and Craighead’s research found key emerging trends that ‘individually create tension and potential disruptions in the supply chain talent pool’. The prospect that these trends may collide creates the spectre of a supply chain talent ‘perfect storm’.¹

These trends are:¹

1. Industry Demand for New Supply Chain Talent:
Despite economic uncertainty, the US Bureau for Labor Statistics projects that Logistics jobs will grow by 26% between 2010 and 2020 – twice as fast as the 14% growth estimated for other key occupations.
Author, R.J. Bowman found that ‘demand is estimated to exceed supply by a ratio of 6 to 1’.
2. Supply Chain Talent Gaps:
The gap between demand and availability continues to grow.
The US Census Bureau estimates that 60 million ‘Baby Boomers’ will exit – and only 40 million ‘Generation X’ers’ will enter – the workforce by 2025.

3. Supply Chain Profession Dynamics:
This growing skills gap is intensified by the US’s ‘transition from ‘industrial’ to ‘information/ service’ economy, changing the profession’s dynamics.
Projections suggest that ‘three out of four jobs in supply chain will change by 2015 and that 60% of all new jobs will require skills that only 20% of the workforce possesses’.

4. Potential Business Faculty Shortages
The capacity of academia to create new talent is in question.
The Doctoral Faculty Commission estimates a shortfall of 2500 new business doctorates by 2014. Contributing factors include budget pressures, low completion rates and the fact that many new graduates choose industry positions over academic.

The South African ‘Storm’

Key trends appearing in the US are mirrored in South Africa, albeit for slightly different reasons.

1. Industry Demand for New Supply Chain Talent:
Demand for ‘highly-skilled individuals’ is high.
Adcorp’s Skills Index reported that 86% of an estimated 470 000 private sector vacancies are for individuals earning above R400 000 per annum², while 63% of respondents to Barloworld’s 2014 supplychainforesight Survey ranked ‘Lack of Relevant Skills and Talent’ as a top current strategic business constraint.³

2. Supply Chain Talent Gaps:⁴
The ‘2012 Supply Chain Skills Gap Survey’ found that the ‘skills gap has widened considerably, severely impacting the competitiveness of the South African economy’.
65% of respondents indicated difficulty in filling tactical positions, while 66% battle to fill strategic jobs.

3. Supply Chain Profession Dynamics:
South Africa’s growing skills gap is intensified by an inability to properly develop new supply chain talent, primarily due to a failing government Education system.
Unions successfully fought to prevent the introduction of performance standards, resulting in South Africa ranking 133rd in ‘Quality of Primary Education’ and 146th in ‘Quality of Higher Education’ in the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index.⁵

4. Potential Business Faculty Shortages
Low enrolment and pass rates affect South Africa’s capacity to create the academic talent needed to develop supply chain skills.
Suellen Shay estimates that 25% of students enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree do not pass first year, while only a third will graduate within three years and half will not graduate at all.Б

Suggested Strategies to ‘Weather the Storm’¹

Ruamsook and Craighead found that ‘future-focused, integrated talent management programs that are aligned with corporate strategy’ and underpinned by the following five strategies ensure that supply chains are prepared for the ‘perfect storm’…

1. Create a Personalised Employee Value Proposition (EVP):
Structured EVP’s span ‘opportunity, work, rewards, people and organisation’ and should be personalised, measurable and regularly updated.

2. Map Talent Needs:
Identify ‘must have’ supply chain competencies, assess gaps between existing and needed skills sets and continuously update a ‘supply chain competency framework’ to ensure that future needs can be met.

3. Focus on Retention:
Despite economic uncertainty, ‘voluntary’ turnover remains high – and is set to increase in Generation X and Y, necessitating a strong focus on retention.

4. Invest in Talent and Leadership Development:
‘Professional development plans’ are a solid defence.
Good plans balance formal (university courses and certifications) with informal (on-boarding and on-the-job-training) programmes, make the shift from ‘training to learning’ and include global mobility and job rotation in areas outside of supply chain.

5. Land Top New Talent Early:
Create a talent pipeline, particularly for ‘positions that are typically difficult to acquire, by collaborating with colleges, universities and even high schools’.

It’s likely that the ‘perfect storm’ will have a global effect. What is your supply chain doing to weather the storm? Share your thoughts by joining our discussion on LinkedIn.

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1: ‘A Supply Chain Talent’, Kusumal Ruamsook and Christopher Craighead published in
     Supply Chain Management Review, January/ February 2014
2: Adcorp Employment Index, January 2014
3: 2014 supplychainforesight, Barloworld
4: ‘An Update of the Supply Chain Skills Gap Survey in South Africa’, Institute of
    Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa), University of Johannesburg
5: ‘Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014’, World Economic Forum
6: ‘Education in South Africa: Problems and Future Possibilities’, SA Booksellers, March

'This article was written by Tech-Pro and first appeared on the SmartProcurement website'

8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco Wiese
Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release12/9/2014 10:45 AMSive RavukuWhat Will Supply Chain Professionals Earn in 201512/9/2014 10:46 AM
What Will Supply Chain Professionals Earn in 2015
What Will Supply Chain Professionals Earn in
What Will Supply Chain Professionals Earn in 2015

​Salary increases are determined – and influenced – by a range of factors, including company size and profitability, geographic location, employment equity policies, union relationship and, most importantly, supply of, and demand for, Supply Chain professionals. It's likely that 'higher than average' salary increases will be awarded to key, 'in demand' staff in 2015, Tech-Pro tells SmartProcurement.

Tech-Pro defines salary increases as either formal or informal.

'Formal' increases refer to increases that are offered to all employees at a set time in the year, based upon performance or fixed criteria.

'Informal' increases are those earned either through job change or through payment of a 'scarce skill' premium. 

'Formal' Increases in 2015¹

PE Corporate Services publishes a national, twice-yearly 'General Staff Survey', covering salaries earned by over 500 benchmark jobs, including some in Supply Chain Management.

According to their National Business Development Manager, Deirdre van Greunen, the average annual increase in basic salary, across all staff categories, for the period to July 2014, was 7.4%.

This is up from the 6.9% offered to July 2013 – and is the highest increase percentage reported since 2010.

Highlighting the fact that many employers use 'higher than average' increases to retain key staff, 24% of respondents increased salaries between 8% and 11%, with the majority – 14% - increasing salaries between 9.1% and 10%.

Each year, respondents are asked to predict overall average increases for the next 12 months. The overall average predicted increase in basic salary across all staff categories for 2014/ 2015 is 7.2%.

It will be interesting to see how this moves – as the overall predicted increase for 2013/ 2014 was 6.7%, while the actual was 7.4%.

'Informal' Increases in 2015

Over the past 6 months, Tech-Pro has seen a marked rise in 'informal' increases earned by high demand supply chain staff, primarily as a result of job change.

Says Greeff Moolman, Team Leader at Tech-Pro, 'Recently, we have had quite a few instances where our candidates have been offered large increases to join a new employer. For example, in July, one of our Supply Chain Manager candidates received an offer of employment that was 35% more than he was currently earning. And, in August, a Consultant accepted an unprecedented 136% increase in salary.

While large, 'informal' increases are still fairly uncommon, ongoing demand for highly skilled supply chain professionals is bound to have a long-term impact on earnings and increases'.  

Has rising demand for supply chain staff impacted salary increases offered by your company? Which of your staff are most affected? What others factors influence earnings?

For more information on PE Corporate Services' General Staff Survey, please contact Deirdre van Greunen on

Greeff Moolman can be contacted on

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1: PE Corporate Services' General Staff Survey 2014
'This article was written by Tech-Pro and first appeared on the SmartProcurement website'

8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco Wiese
Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release12/9/2014 10:47 AMSive RavukuSalary Trends in South African Supply Chain Management12/9/2014 10:48 AM
Salary Trends in South African Supply Chain Management
Salary Trends in South African Supply Chain Management
Salary Trends in South African Supply Chain Management

Tech-Pro’s Salary Survey 2014, published to coincide with the recent SAPICS Conference and Exhibition, highlights how growing demand for skilled Supply Chain practitioners is improving career and earnings prospects for Procurement, Logistics, Planning, Supply Chain and Consulting staff, Tech-Pro tells SmartProcurement.

Today, business success is heavily influenced by supply chain efficiency.
Having the right product in the right place at the right time is key to ensuring that companies – like Apple or Walmart – remain highly profitable.
As a result, skilled supply chain professionals are in demand, which impacts availability, improves career prospects – and drives earnings.

Factors that Influence Earnings

Several factors play a role in determining salary, including position, level of responsibility, education, location, gender, company size and industry.
Research also indicates that, the more mature the supply chain, the higher the salaries earned.

The 9th Annual Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Salary Survey (2014) found that the most significant of these factors are experience, education and gender.
According to the Survey:

• Experience:
Supply management professionals with 15 or more years of experience ‘can expect to earn 56% more than those with 4 or fewer years of experience’.¹
• Gender:
Male respondents earn, on average, 29% more than female.
• Education Level:
Professionals holding a Masters degree earn up to 24% more than those with a Bachelor’s degree – and salaries are ‘highest for respondents with a Technical or Engineering degree’.
The South African Story: The Tech-Pro Salary Survey 2014

Tech-Pro’s Salary Survey, which analysed salaries earned by 2901 supply chain professionals across various areas of specialisation, reflects the rising importance of South African supply chain skills.

Highlights of the 2014 Survey include:

• Procurement:
Sourcing Managers with between 3 and 6 years of experience earn an average of R518 335 per annum, while those with more than 6 years of experience earn up to R1, 012, 501.

• Logistics:
Senior Logistics Managers – with 6+ years of experience – earn up to R908 334 per annum, while their more junior counter-parts – with 3 to 6 years of experience – average R585 001 per annum. 

• Planning:
Mid-career Planning Managers – 3 to 6 years of experience – earn R555 001.
This rises to R1, 050, 001 for Senior Planning Managers with more than 6 years of experience.

• Supply Chain:
Supply Chain Optimisation Managers average between R600 001 at mid-career level and R1, 050, 001 at senior level.

• Consulting:
Senior Continuous Improvement Managers, with more than 6 years of experience, earn an average of R1, 056, 250, while mid-level staff, with between 3 and 6 years of experience, earn R568 215.

Is Salary the Biggest Draw Card for Skilled Supply Chain Talent?

According to the ISM’s 2014 Salary Survey, the answer is ‘yes’.
Respondents ranked ‘Amount of Pay’ as the most important feature to consider when looking for a new supply management job. ‘Likely Job Satisfaction’ placed second, followed by ‘Prospect of Improved Work/ Life Balance’ and ‘Benefits Package Offered’, which ranked third and fourth respectively.¹

Growing economic recovery, which improves job stability and drives demand for skills, is most likely responsible for the return to prominence of salary.
As recently as two years ago, the picture looked very different.

In ISM’s 2012 Survey, ‘Financial Stability of the Organisation’ was ranked the leading feature to consider when looking for a new supply management job. ‘Amount of Pay’ dropped into 5th place, behind ‘Prospect of Improved Work/ Life Balance’, ‘Benefits Package Offered’ and ‘Likely Job Satisfaction’, ranked 4th, 3rd and 2nd respectively.⁴

The full Tech-Pro Salary Survey 2014, which contains a breakdown of salaries earned by a range of Supply Chain staff across all areas of specialisation, is available. If you would like a copy, please email for further information.

Have you noticed an improvement in supply chain salaries? Which factors do you believe have the most impact on earnings? What features do you consider most important when considering new job opportunities?
Share your thoughts by joining our discussion on LinkedIn.

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1: ‘ISM Salary Survey Suggests Experience Pays’, Patrick Burnson writing for the Supply
     Chain Management Review, May 2014
2: ISM’s Salary Survey 2014
3: Tech-Pro Salary Survey 2014

4: ‘Supply in Demand’ – Salary Survey 2012, Institute of Supply Management, 2012

'This article was written by Tech-Pro and first appeared on the SmartProcurement website'

8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco Wiese
Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release12/9/2014 10:52 AMSive RavukuDemand for Skills Makes Supply Chain a Good Career Choice12/9/2014 10:52 AM
Demand for Skills Makes Supply Chain a Good Career Choice
Demand for Skills Makes Supply Chain a Good Career Choice
Demand for Skills Makes Supply Chain a Good Career Choice

Barloworld’d supplychainforesight 2014 Survey ranked ‘availability of supply chain skills’ as one of the top five key Supply Chain and Logistics constraints over the next 5 – 10 years¹, highlighting concerns over a growing shortage of skilled staff. Supply chain professionals who actively align their skills set with demand will have the pick of challenging and rewarding career opportunities over the next decade, Tech-Pro tells SmartProcurement.

As the ‘logistics and supply chain sector underpins the entire global economy’², a shortage of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced supply chain professionals will impact economic growth.
And, as supply chain complexity increases, so too does the demand for more specific and specialised skills, which are harder to produce.

The mismatch between skills needed and produced is particularly high in South Africa.
The World Economic Forum ranks South Africa’s ‘inadequately educated workforce’ as a leading ‘most problematic factor for doing business’ – the outcome of very low rankings in ‘Quality of Primary Education’ (133rd out of 144 economies) and ‘Quality of Maths and Science Education’ (144th).

Public Sector Response to the Skills Shortage

In 2011, the government published the ‘National Skills Development Strategy III’, a blueprint for addressing South Africa’s skills shortages.
The aim of the strategy is to increase the number of appropriately skilled people, with priority skills, in order to meet demand and achieve accelerated economic growth targets.

Goals include:

• Identifying and quantifying shortages to enable better skills planning.
• An increased focus on ‘occupational training’, using FET/ Practical colleges, to ensure that graduates are more ‘work-ready’.
• Encouraging employers to improve workplace-based training.
• Improving career and vocational guidance in priority skill areas.

In May 2014, as one of the steps in the implementation of the NSDS III, the government released a ‘National Scarce Skills List’ for comment. The list, which was compiled in consultation with the public, private and academic sectors, includes supply chain roles like ‘Retail Buyer’ in 59th place, ‘Supply and Distribution Manager’ in 62nd and ‘Logistics’ in 90th place among the ‘Top 100 Occupations in Demand’.⁵

Private Sector Input
According to research conducted by UJ researchers at the SAPICS Conferences in 2011 and 2012, South Africa’s has many ‘difficult to fill’ supply chain positions across operational, tactical and strategic areas, including:Б

• Managers – at all levels, including Distribution, Inventory, Logistics, Procurement, Project, Supply Chain, Transport and Warehouse Managers
• Planners, including Demand, Inventory and Production Planners
• Supply Chain Strategist
• Business Analyst
• Buyers
• Procurement staff
• Logistics staff
• IT Supply Chain Specialist

Says Zachariah Mogotsi, Branch Manager at specialist SCM recruiter, Tech-Pro, ‘In 2014, we’re seeing strong demand for Commodity Managers and Strategic Sourcing Specialists. We believe that the reason behind this rise in demand is related to the fact that most businesses are paying more attention to optimising the Procurement value chain, creating cross-functional teams that can assist in driving efficient spend management. People who have a track record in negotiating consolidated contracts, reducing the total cost of ownership and forming strategic partnerships with suppliers, are in demand’.

What challenges does your company face as a result of skills shortages? Which supply chain jobs does your company find ‘difficult to fill’? Do you offer workplace-based training? If so, does it help to create the ‘in demand’ skills you need?

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1: 2014 supplychainforesight, Barloworld
2: ‘Outlook on the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry 2012, World Economic Forum
3: ‘Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015’, World Economic Forum
4: ‘National Skills Development Strategy III’, Issued by the Department of Higher
     Education and Training, 2011
5: ‘Call for Comments on the National Scarce Skills List: Top 100 Occupations in
     Demand’, Published in the Government Gazette (Notice 380 of 2014) for the
     Department of Higher Education and Training, May 2014
6: ‘An Update of the Supply Chain Skills Gap Survey in South Africa’, Gert Heyns and
    Rose Luke for the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa), University of

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8/17/2017 10:10 PMJaco Wiese
Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutPress Release11/11/2015 12:04 PMOfentse OlunloyoPress Release ADVTECH appoints Roy Douglas as CEO with effect from November11/11/2015 12:07 PM
Press Release ADVTECH appoints Roy Douglas as CEO with effect from November

Johannesburg, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - The ADvTECH Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Roy Douglas as new group CEO and as an executive director of the Board effective 27 November 2015. He will take over from Frank Thompson who is retiring on that date. ​

Holding a Bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA, Roy brings 25 years of local and international senior management experience to the Group. Having joined ADvTECH in December 2012, he led the team responsible for the successful turnaround of the Group's tertiary division and served as a member of the Exco leadership in formulating Group strategy. Prior to joining ADvTECH he held senior executive roles in various industries that have honed his skills in strategy, marketing, business development and general management. His track record includes leadership positions in Nampak Limited, Deloitte (USA, Atlanta), House of Fraser Limited (UK) and Unilever SA.​​
The Board's unanimous choice follows a thorough selection process that incorporated best practices in recruitment and considered numerous internal, external and international candidates.

ADvTECH Board chairman Chris Boulle said: "The Board warmly welcomes Roy and wishes him well as he leads ADvTECH into its next phase of growth. We also want to thank Frank for stepping in and we also wish him well in his retirement. Frank leaves ADvTECH with a depth of quality management and in the best financial position for over a decade."

Frank Thompson said: "I am encouraged by what we have achieved over the past year and am confident that ADvTECH is in safe hands. As a member of the senior executive team, Roy has played a pivotal role in ADvTECH's accelerating growth and expansion. He has the track record to guide ADvTECH into becoming the leading education and recruitment group across the region."

Roy Douglas said: "I am privileged to take over at this exciting time. With shareholders showing strong support for ADvTECH's strategy and capital raising, we have the flexibility to pursue organic growth and judicious investment opportunities.

We have an excellent management team who work well together to implement our strategy while remaining responsive to a dynamic environment. I look forward to meeting as many of our staff and stakeholders as I can in the coming weeks and in the lead up to our results announcement  in March next year. Ultimately it is people who are at the heart of what we do and who have made ADvTECH so successful. Our priority will remain developing our people, an unrelenting focus on academic excellence, and creating value for all our stakeholders."


Roy Douglas (58) has had a successful international career with JSE-listed and Fortune 500 companies.  He has held senior executive positions at Nampak and Unilever (SA), Deloitte & Touche (US) and the House of Fraser (UK). He has a strong track record in sales and marketing, project management, strategic planning and general management. 

With strong leadership and team building skills, Roy has also led numerous successful M&A transactions, disposals, listings and organisational turnarounds. This included the House of Fraser listing on the LSE and the turnaround of Nampak Tissue, which resulted in the division achieving a leading position in this market segment.

Roy has been an ADvTECH group executive committee member since 2012. He has led the team responsible for the Tertiary division's turnaround. Comprising well-known brands like Vega, Varsity College and Rosebank College, the Tertiary division has expanded nationally, made significant technology and online learning investments, and delivered increased profits and margin growth to ADvTECH Group.

Roy has a Bachelor's degree in Economics (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and an MBA (UCT).​

Notes to Editors
The ADvTECH Group, a JSE Limited company, is a leader in quality education, training, skills development and placement services. See for more.
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8/17/2017 11:11 PMJaco WieseSusan RousseauJaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release6/6/2016 10:00 AMAkira RamrajAll hail SAPICS The Concert of Coordination6/6/2016 9:24 AM
All hail SAPICS The Concert of Coordination
All hail SAPICS The Concert of Coordination
All hail SAPICS The Concert of Coordination

For many industries, a large annual conference is little more than an opportunity to go away for a couple of days, eat too much and wander around looking at the same exhibits you looked at last year, or listen to a similar keynote presentation that you heard somewhere before, before gratefully returning home.

And this is where the SAPICS conference is so different! The leading event in Africa for supply chain professionals is taking place at Sun City 12 – 14 June 2016. And the very apt title 'A Concert of Coordination' is befitting for an industry that moves, adapts and changes as swiftly as the times – staying abreast is not good enough, getting ahead is the only way to succeed in this competitive and fluid industry.

With more than 45 speakers and presentations, and 15 practical and exciting workshops, there is no excuse to come away anything less than more knowledgeable, more inspired and more valuable in your position than when you arrived. With diverse presentations from the biggest and most successful firms in the industry, delivered with passion and excitement by the best people in the business, you will be spoilt for choice – choose your itinerary carefully to get the most out of the SAPICS experience, including topics such as:

  • The dynamics of the Nandos supply chain in the casual dining restaurant business – a case study.
  • Smarter Supply Chains: Leveraging the Internet of Things and Big Data to Impact Growth and Performance
  • Network modelling at SAB – guiding strategy through the year
  • Environmental Economics – Supply Chain Solutions When Zero Counts
  • Environmental Economics – Supply Chain Solutions When Zero Counts
  • Cash is King: The South African Reserve Bank's Search for the Holy Grail of Supply Chain Management – Coordination

To get maximum impact out of your SAPICS 2016 experience, you should book and attend as many workshops as you can. These are hands on, specific and practical 3 hour workshops, designed to give you a beneficial skills boost in a short timeframe, by learning from the most highly regarded supply chain professionals from South Africa, USA, UK, Germany and Russia, amongst others. Supplement your skills with relevant workshops such as:

  • Negotiation Skills: Basic Strategies to Achieve Your Goals
  • Demand Driven Material Resource Planning (DDMRP) with Excel
  • Maximizing supply chain learning through simple patterning and sequencing
  • Supply Chain & Operational Metrics – Friend or Foe
  • A Supply Chain Manager's guide to the Internet of Things

    On top of the presentations and workshops is a simulated blended learning space that is a must-visit! In the Africa Café is The Fresh Connection – the chance to receive supply train training in a no risk environment. Using a fictitious, virtual fresh juice company, the online business simulation tool allows you to experience the power of alignment amongst departments and with partners within the supply chain. This is highly interactive, educational and fun!

    And last, but by no means least, Tech-Pro will be there too! Here we get to identify the up and coming stars of the supply chain world, and meet and greet the established ones! Here is an opportunity for you to find out what talent is available, for your business, or perhaps your personal career goals. Don't forget to pop by and say hi at stand M9 in Atrium 2, and also peruse our independent salary survey – we all need to know that we are getting what we are worth! See you there!

    Visit our website or call us on + 27 11 514 0463 to find out how we can help you!
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Jaco WieseBlog Page LayoutArticles, Press Release6/9/2016 9:30 AMAkira Ramraj5 Reasons to Attend the SAPICS Conference6/9/2016 8:25 AM
5 Reasons to attend the SAPICS Conference
Reasons to attend the SAPICS Conference
5 Reasons to attend the SAPICS Conference

How do you get ahead in the supply chain industry? The answer is simple – you stay abreast of the latest developments; and you network! And what better place to do this than the 38th annual SAPICS conference and exhibition, in its new venue at the SunSky Village at Sun City? Aptly named 'A Concert of Coordination' and taking place from the 12-14 June 2016, it is the supply chain event not to be missed. This premier event brings together the supply chain movers and shakers from all over Africa, so there is no reason for you not to be amongst them!

South Africa's top agency exhibiting once again

Tech-Pro, as the leaders in supply chain recruitment in South Africa, would not miss it. Our agency specialises in placing the highest quality candidates in the business; so the event is key for us. We look forward to meeting up with our future candidates, catching up with our contacts, learning from those around us and contributing to the industry as a whole.

What's in it for you?

The chance to discover everything that is happening in your industry, all in one place. Being exclusively targeted at the supply chain industry, you can gather all the information and contacts you need to take yourself further in your profession. The event is a great opportunity to access thought leadership and network with your fellows. Bringing together the supply chain professionals of Africa also means that our unique challenges as a country and continent can be discussed and addressed; while simultaneously accessing global experts and latest developments.

Meet your future employer!

Whether you are just starting out in your supply chain career, a rising star or a seasoned pro looking for new challenges, this is the chance to nab the opportunity that is perfect for you. Here, you will find all the best-in-class companies and executives, eager to find the teams that will fulfil their objectives. And you can bet your bottom dollar they will be hanging out with us at the Tech-Pro exhibitor's stand!

Come and chat to us about what you would like your career to look like. We will be looking for and taking details for all those of you looking to take the next step in your career journey. It's a win-win situation!

As an industry service, Tech-Pro conduct and reveal the results of an industry-wide salary survey. So make sure you pop in to get the latest results, and help us out with data collection for the new survey. Gaining specific data helps us to make sure we can help you in getting the career boost and remuneration that you seek.

Rub shoulders with the heavy hitters

An exciting agenda of highly regarded local and international speakers will be sharing their knowledge and insight in various workshops and presentations. A knowledgeable, up to date candidate is a great candidate, so be sure to take advantage of the excellent minds available. This is a sure fire way to impress at your next interview!

Case studies are one of the best ways to bring learning to life. Catch Lara Haigh, South African Managing Director of Imperial Health Sciences. She will take you through the challenges faced when Imperial Heath Sciences client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International acquired vision care company Bausch & Lomb. The multi-layered products, service range and distribution channels made this transition potentially complex and difficult. So, how did Imperial Health Sciences successfully assist Bausch & Lomb with increases in sales volumes, call volumes and a service level of 99.97%?

Learn, learn and learn some more!

A successful career is based on the premise of lifelong learning – no matter how qualified you are or how much experience you have there is always room for more! Here is an opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from a large body of industry talent, through their workshops.

Perhaps Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University, USA, could help you out in his workshop: Critical Thinking – Developing the Key Skills for Becoming an effective Production and Inventory Control/Supply Chain Management Leader. He will workshop issues around the fact that a supply chain manager will oftentimes work at managing the symptoms of a problem, instead of finding the root of the issue and working at solving it from that standpoint. This methodology stops the symptoms recurring, and is an effective strategy for long-term leadership success.

We would love to see you at SAPICS 2016! Make sure you schedule a stop at stand M9 in Atrium 2 to have a chat about your future and the role we can play in it. You can also get the salary survey results hot off the press and tell us what SAPICS 2016 has done for you.

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​Tech-Pro's Salary Survey 2016, published to coincide with the recent SAPICS Conference and Exhibition, highlights how growing demand for skilled Supply Chain practitioners is improving career and earnings prospects for Procurement, Logistics, Planning, Supply Chain and Consulting staff.

Elements that impact earnings

As in every career and industry there are multiple factors and elements that influence one's salary. Experience, location, gender and qualification are some of the determining factors that impacts one's earnings.

South Africa's Salary Trends in the Supply Chain Industry for 2016

In 2016, a mid-level Supply Chain Optimization Manager that holds 3 – 6 years' experience can expect a salary of R712 501 compared to R600 001 in 2014. This has increased by 18.75% in just 2 years.

In 2014, an experienced Sourcing Manager that had 6 or more years of experience could earn up to R1 012.501. Today, this has increased by 9.31%, and these professionals can expect to earn R1 106 819.

An entry level Demand Planner with 0 – 3 years' experience can expect to earn R345 715 per annum while a senior Demand Planner with more than 6 years' experience can expect to earn R785 770.

Tech-Pro's Salary Survey 2016, which analysed salaries earned by Supply Chain professionals across various areas of specialisation, reflects the rising importance of South African supply chain skills.

Have you noticed an improvement in supply chain salaries? Which factors do you believe have the most impact on earnings? What features do you consider most important when considering new job opportunities? Share your thoughts by joining our discussion on LinkedIn.

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We are happy to announce that the results of the 2016 salary survey have been compiled and are now ready for you to peruse. As promised, here is your free copy of the completed industry salary survey.

Tech-Pro's Salary Survey 2016, highlights how growing demand for skilled Supply Chain practitioners is improving career and earnings prospects for Procurement, Logistics, Planning, Supply Chain and Consulting staff. is improving career and earnings prospects .

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