Freelance Experience
Work Experience

December 2016 - present

Freelance Project Manager

Clients:

- FCB Africa

- Ince (Pty) Ltd

- iKineo (Pty) Ltd

- Precision Components

- Orange Babies (NPO)

  • Ongoing freelance project management/account handling billed hourly.
     

Phoenix House Addiction Rehabilitation Centre

February - December 2016

General Manager

 

  • All start-up operations for newly registered business, including:

    • Application for registration with the Department of Social Development, including ongoing liaison with various government departments;

    • Obtaining of all relevant supporting documents and certificates for registration of the business with the Department of Social Development;

    • Registration with SARS for VAT, PAYE and UIF;

    • Registration with Board of Healthcare Funders for practice number;

    • Practice registration with all medical aid service providers and administrators;

    • All other administration regarding essential operational requirements for the running of the business; e.g. CIPC, Telkom, ADT, Municipal accounts, IT infrastructure, insurance etc.

  • Full human resources function:

    • Management of 16 permanent employees;

    • Recruitment;

    • Employment contracts;

    • Corrective action and disciplinaries;

    • Liaison with HR consultants;

    • Ensuring effective communication and strategic alignment across all departments;

    • Policies and procedures;

    • Mediation and problem solving.

  • Marketing and advertising:

    • Development of full marketing plan;

    • Conceptualisation, content development and build of company website using WIX (www.phoenixhouse.co.za);

    • Design and development of all collateral and internal business templates;

    • Development of marketing material for each business service;

    • Conceptualisation, content development and briefs for all print and online advertising campaigns;

    • Securing and conducting of various once-off and regular radio interviews;

    • TV appearance on SABC Morning Live;

    • Full social media management: Facebook page and regular adverts;

    • Content development and execution of bi-monthly newsletters using Mailchimp;

    • Relationship building and networking;

    • Building of a business referral network.

  • Financial involvement:

    • Signatory as director on bank account;

    • Review of reports from bookkeeper;

    • Monthly financial planning with bookkeeper;

    • Monthly financial summaries for owner;

    • Escalations to medical aid schemes for unpaid claims.

  • Day-to-day running of business operations and decision making.

Greymatter & Finch

May 2014 - January 2016

Senior Project Manager

Clients: Barclays Africa Group Limited, Grindrod Limited, Growthpoint Properties Limited, Spar Group Limited, EOH Limited and other JSE listed companies

  • Projects consisted of annual reports and/or other investor relations jobs;

  • Complete overseeing and management of project from quoting to delivery stages;

  • Quotations;

  • Development of comprehensive timelines;

  • Writing, implementing and overseeing creative briefs;

  • Smooth co-ordination of production jobs;

  • Ongoing liaison with Clients regarding project progress;

  • Weekly recons for internal budget control;

  • Effective management of timelines;

  • Management of Client’s expectations;

  • Developing and maintaining good relationships;

  • Work in progress and weekly status reports;

  • Regular and productive Client contact;

  • Arranging and attending photographic shoots;

  • Full production function.

Pie Street Advertising

September 2011 - May 2014

Account Director

Clients: Roche Products (Accu-Chek® Diabetes Care:  Corporate, Retail, Consumer and Export channels); Sangari South Africa; Amka Products; Bosch Car Service and other ad hoc Clients

  • Writing, implementing and overseeing creative briefs;

  • Trafficking of jobs in Creative Studio;

  • Smooth co-ordination of production jobs (ATL/BTL);

  • Liaison with Clients regarding the planning of campaigns and management thereof;

  • Control of Client’s advertising budgets per brief;

  • Management of Client’s communications;

  • Developing and maintaining good relationships;

  • Work in progress and weekly status reports;

  • Regular and productive Client contact;

  • Effective management of timelines;

  • Arranging and attending photographic shoots;

  • Eventing on an ad hoc basis;

  • Production function on an ad hoc basis.

Ince

August 2009 - August 2011

Project Manager

Clients: Montecasino, Redefine Properties, Makro, Goldfields, McDonalds, Metrofile, Royal Canin, Phatisa Fund Managers, Deneys Reitz and other ad hoc Clients

  • Direct marketing;

  • Client research briefing sessions;

  • Configuration of detailed job quotations (on Configurator software);

  • Opening of jobs on Baan system;

  • Creation of Purchase Orders and GRVs on Baan system;

  • Internal design and production reviews;

  • Preparation of detailed job input sheets;

  • Planning of entire detailed project management of job;

  • Running with entire job from first to final proof;

  • Monitoring of budgets;

  • Pre-production meetings;

  • Monitoring of production process;

  • Work in progress and weekly status reports

blast communications

December 2007 - May 2009

Account Director

Clients: Subaru, L’Oréal (Matrix, Softsheen Carson, Mizani), Peregrine, CTM and other ad hoc accounts

  • Writing, implementing and overseeing creative briefs

  • Smooth co-ordination of production jobs (ATL/BTL);

  • Liaison with internal departments regarding the processing of advertising material;

  • Control of Client’s advertising budgets, including monthly activity reports;

  • Presentation and selling of work to Client;

  • Management of Client’s communications;

  • Developing and maintaining good relationships;

  • Work in progress and weekly status reports;

  • Regular and productive Client contact;

  • Effective management of timelines.

Wunderman SA (Y&R)

January - November 2007

Account Director

Clients: Volvo Cars South Africa, Ford Motor Company South Africa

  • Writing, implementing and overseeing creative briefs

  • Smooth co-ordination of production jobs (ATL/BTL);

  • Liaison with internal departments regarding the processing of advertising material;

  • Management and development of Account Executive;

  • Control of Client’s advertising budgets, including monthly activity reports;

  • Presentation and selling of work to Client;

  • Management of Client’s communications;

  • Developing and maintaining good relationships;

  • Work in progress and weekly status reports;

  • Regular and productive Client contact;

  • Effective management of timelines;

  • Attending radio and TV production sessions.

TBWA\G1

April 2005 - January 2006 (Temporary Assignment with Nissan SA)

January 2006 - December 2006 (Permanent Assignment with TBWA\G1)

Account Manager

Client: Nissan South Africa

  • Client Service for Retail Advertising (ATL/BTL) (2006)

    • Writing, implementing and overseeing creative briefs;

    • Smooth co-ordination of production jobs (ATL/BTL);

    • Liaison with internal departments regarding the processing of advertising material;

    • Presentation of creative campaigns in unison with strategic and creative representatives;

    • Management of timelines;

    • Developing and maintaining client relationships;

    • Weekly status reports.

  • Event Management (2005 - 2006)

    • Co-ordination and facilitation of events from commencement to completion;

    • Interpretation and implementation of client briefs;

    • Budgets – setting up, managing and reconciliation;

    • Investigation and negotiating with suppliers;

    • Guest list database management;

    • Invitations and RSVPs;

    • Venue logistics, research and reconnaissance;

    • Vehicle displays and logistics;

    • Running programmes;

    • Travel and accommodations co-ordination;

    • Catering.

  • Call Centre Management (2005 - 2006)

    • Liaison and briefing of contact centre;

    • Reporting on call centre duties.

  • Assistant to Product Manager: Niche Products (2005)

    • Communication with dealers regarding vehicle stock availability;

    • Initiation of ideas to promote vehicles;

    • Arranging events to promote vehicles;

    • SAP and processing of payments for Marketing Department (Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders, GRN);

    • Assisting with financial planning for vehicle budget;

    • New models waiting list;

    • Ensuring test drives are booked and confirming times, etc;

    • Communication to dealers regarding new model orders;

    • Communication with sales department to ensure new model orders are fulfilled;

    • Managing vehicle owners’ database, inviting to events, newsletters, etc.

TradeWorld (previously Johnnic Communications)

May 2001 - February 2005

Marketing/Secondary Sales/Research & Development/Project Management

  • Secondary Sales Partnerships

    • Development of training material;

    • Onsite training;

    • Visiting partners and identifying marketing opportunities (e.g. publications, events, databases, etc);

    • Campaign management for secondary sales events (e.g. golf days, breakfasts);

    • Monitoring and reporting of monthly sales commissions.

  • Internal Communication

    • Development and compilation of monthly staff newsletter.

  • External Communication

    • Development and compilation of quarterly newsletters for two separate divisions of the business (i.e. Suppliers and Buyers);

    • Content management for websites and sales material.

  • Online Advertising

    • Sales and project management of campaigns.

  • Research & Product Development

    • Research for new sources of information for development of new products, subscription models and pricing;

    • Client surveys;

    • Competitor analysis;

    • Research of potential clients.

  • Project Management

    • Assisting Operations Department with planning of projects such as the revamp of our website, the office relocation and the restructuring of our internal processes.

  • HIV/AIDS Peer Education

    • Co-ordination of the Johnnic Digital and [TSS] Peer Education HIV/AIDS training programme;

    • Monthly training of staff;

    • Development of presentations and training material;

    • Management and co-ordination of AIDS awareness campaigns;

    • Administration and reporting for management.

  • Sales Administration

    • Collation of sales data;

    • Compilation of reports per product, sales representative, region, etc;

    • Calculation of commission.

Temporary Experience
Bizznet

January 2001 - April 2001

Sales representative/Junior website developer (Lotus Notes)

 

Institute of International Research & Training (IIR)

September 2000 - December 2000

Training Operations Manager

Jo Borkett Fashions

July 1998 - September 2000

Stock controller/Production coordinator

Multimedia Warehouse

June 1997 - June 1998

Receptionist/Accounts Clerk

Instant Image

January 1997 - May 1997

Receptionist/Administration Assistant

WIPCo

June 1996 - December 1996

Receptionist/Girl Friday

  • Fixed-term projects billed at agreed fee (per month or per project period).