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R500/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Warren
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Career Coaching
  • Professional Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Professional Transition
Levels
  • All Levels

Business executive with 17 years’ experience that support entrepreneurs and SMEs through the early and growth stages of their ventures to that of stable and healthy businesses

Methodology

In contrast to traditional incubators, accelerators or capital investors with “hands-off”​ approaches, I pride myself in the ability to provide strong foundational and operational support to entrepreneurs and business owners - services include coaching / Advisory (Leadership, Entrepreneur) and executive meetings (day-to-day / weekly operational support and risk management).

Background

Business executive with 17 years’ experience in financial and IT management, business development, sales management and has served in Executive positions for public multinational companies across industries. I find my greatest motivation in carrying companies through rapid and continuous growth by means of entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision. BCom, BCom (Hons), MBA)

Rates

Rate for online lessons : R500/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : R400
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : R300
Lessons offered by Warren
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Career Coaching
  • Professional Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Professional Transition
Levels
  • All Levels

Warren's CV

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Start To Stable Ventures , Stellenbosch, South Africa

July 2019 — Present

Key Activities

• Co-founded startup, Start 2 Stable Ventures, witch focuses on creating investment and venture opportunities by providing foundational and operational support to entrepreneurs and SME’s in early and growth stages.

• Formulated the company's vision, goals, and objectives; hired and on boarded new managing partners.

• Participated in all aspects of business development from market research and finance to operations and marketing, ensuring that the company's vision was followed.

• Build networks in search of new business opportunities, professional relationships with potential investors and partners; attended various startup and business events.

• Oversee the company’s financial performance, Investments and Ventures.

• Clients include Acumen Software, Hempsure, CCN Logistics, Moore CT Forensics Services, etc.

• Ventures and investments include Haastig Logistics, Kodee and TAG Technologies.

Managing Director at Open Forget Your Keys, Stellenbosch, South Africa

January 2019 — June 2019

Key Activities

• Initiated a coordinated approach for a startup business, Open Forget Your Keys, in the commercial smart access industry to insure scalable growth opportunities.

• Successfully integrated B2B business revenue streams through product and service diversification.

• Prepared and implemented comprehensive business plans to facilitate achievement by planning cost-effective operations and market development activities.

• Delegate responsibilities and supervise the work of executives providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance.

• Landed POC’s with Shoprite Checkers, RTT and Dimension Date, etc. Director Sales & New Business Development at Multi- Color Corporation, Paarl, South Africa

April 2016 — December 2018

Key Activities

• Analyzed and evaluated all factors that might have influenced the capital required for and the potential return on investment of new business opportunities (Mergers & Acquisitions included).

• Member of the executive committee with direct reporting to the President of African operations.

• Analyzed competitor’s business and the dynamic impact that they may have on new opportunities.

• Build networks in search of new business opportunities.

• Pursued new growth opportunities for Non Wine Labels in Southern Africa through a process of identification, evaluation, prioritization and implementation.

• Completed two successful new business acquisitions in Tanzania and Kenya.

• Successfully integrated new business revenue streams through product and service diversification.

• Initiated a marketing campaign for the rapid crowing craft spirit market. Obtained YOY revenue growth above 50% and increase market share from 10% to 50% over a period of 3 years.

• Initiated a coordinated (team and support) approach for the Revlon business in South Africa to insure world-class service to the client. Obtained YOY revenue growth above 15%.

• Continuous staff development and training for a department of 9 sales representatives and 7 customer support representatives.

Finance & IT Manager at Multi- Color Corporation, Paarl, South Africa

November 2010 — March 2016

Key Activities

• Managed the African financial, procurement, logistics and IT affairs.

• Member of the executive committee with direct reporting to the Unit President and group CFO.

• Maintained YOY revenue growth above GDP + 3%

• Maintained Gross Profit of 30% and NPBIT of 10%

• Successfully implemented a Business Intelligence software (Qlikview) to analyze and manage data related to the business operations. Benefits included rich visualization capabilities allowing businesses to monitor sales, inventory, variable costing, logistics and productivity.

• Project leader on upgrade of entire IT infrastructure for 10 000-sqm production facility.

• Continuous staff development and training for department of 9 team members.

Finance Controller at Morgan Stanley, London, UK

April 2007 — January 2010

Key Activities

• Responsible for the review and control of EMEA Payroll Hedging, and included ad-hoc project development.

• Prepared US annual tax reports for European entities,

• Monthly and annual hedging function. • Liaised with financial reporting groups, payroll administration teams and IT groups for adhoc project development and testing.

• Continuous staff development and training for department of 2 team members.

• Part of mentoring program for new starters and graduates.

• Project leader in designing and developing payroll modules with IT groups.

Finance Manager at Young & Rubicam, Cape Town, South Africa

April 2006 — February 2007

Key Activities

• Management of the financial affairs of the Cape Town agency, supervision of financial administration and preparation of management accounts and reports.

• Youngest ever member on the executive committee.

• Preparation and control of annual and quarterly budgets – billing, income & expenditure.

• Assistance in and preparation of remuneration structures for agency clients – CHEVRON, APPLE, AMERICAN SWISS, CONSOL.

• Project member in the design and layout of new offices and successful implementation of new IT infrastructure.

• Continuous staff development and training for department of 1 team member.

Finance Manager at Visual Impact , Cape Town, South Africa

November 2002 — March 2006

Key Activities

• Management of the financial affairs, supervision of financial administration and preparation of management accounts and reports.

• I began my employment as an entry-level accountant and was promoted to financial manager within two years.

• Initiated student payment terms with a discount incentive in order to boost cash flow and to broaden the customer base.

• Project member on building expansion and refurbishment that would include a studio and shop front.

• Continuous staff development and training for department of 2 team members.

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Bellville, South Africa

January 2020 — December 2020

• First South African business school cohort to complete MBA in real-time online.

• Focus areas: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Digital Transformation, Leadership.

• Research topic (Cum Laude): The Influence of Brand Image on the Perceived Tastiness of Artisanal Gin. The results revealed important implications for brand managers, suggesting that the packaging of an artisanal gin brand can influence consumers’ choices when selecting an artisanal gin.

Bachelor of Commerce in Cost Management (Honours), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

January 2006 — December 2008

• One of 12 students selected for the Honours Program.

• Subjects included Supply Chain Management, Target Costing, ABM Management, Value Chain Costing, and Management Accounting. Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Accounting, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

January 1999 — December 2001

Inter-varsity Committee Executive Member for 2 years.

Bachelor of Commerce in Law, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

January 1998 — December 1998

Completed the 1st year before deciding to change to Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Accounting

COURSES

Digital Film Course, Cape Technical College.

March 2003 — June 2003

Scotwork negotiation, Scotwork

May 2015 — May 2015

Computer programming for everyone, University of Leeds

March 2020 — April 2020

Creating a greater user experience for mobile apps, University of Leeds

March 2020 — April 2020

Learn to code for the web, University of Leeds

March 2020 — April 2020

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