LLEWELLYN HEADS UP NDE PROCUREMENT.
ANDRIES HEADS UP NDE WESTERN CAPE.
September 2014 is the month for two important changes in NDE as part of the company's ongoing management of its 60-year success story.
Llewellyn Dollman, director and manager of the Cape Town branch of NDE for 25 years, will take over a new centralised function of global procurement for the NDE group.
"This is a full-time function for a senior director and Llewellyn's experience of management as well as day-to-day operations and customer needs will make a huge contribution to optimising our group buying," says Mike Campbell, managing director of NDE.
Andries Schreuder, the equally seasoned Cape-based NDE sales director who has worked with Llewellyn for 25 years, is the new Cape Town branch manager.
"Andries will bring a sales background and new approach to the role as well as linking NDE to technical opportunities to support our forward-looking restructuring of information systems for the group."
"This change of roles for two senior directors is pragmatic and seamless future-planning for the business, with added benefits for the company and for customers," says Campbell.
Llewellyn Dollman is optimistic about the contribution he will make to managing global procurement for NDE.
"Global supply of stainless steel has changed hugely over the decades with the East, India and Brazil stepping into the arena and it also no longer makes sense to retain our mainly branch-based buying structure," says Dollman.
"Streamlining our purchases and suppliers will bring cost benefits to everyone - company and customers – whether in bulk-buying or just rationalising transport and fuel costs," he says.
Llewellyn joined NDE Cape Town 27 years ago and became manager two years later with a staff of ten which has grown to a team of 50, many of whom have extensive years of service with NDE.
He credits the year-by-year growth in the Cape Town branch to the team of skilled and dedicated people around him.
"Without support, there's no business, so the support and buy-in of your team is the key to success."
He believes the key to gaining that support is enjoying what you do.
"People join you for what you do, not why you do it"
"This is a tough and challenging business – I guess, like most businesses. But this is a great product, recyclable, environmentally friendly and much-needed. Our management style and business practice are consistent. We pay attention to the details. We build relationships with our staff. We build relationships with our customers. We build relationships with our suppliers and are about to give that an added boost with the new procurement function."
After 25 years, he is going to miss the team and the day-to-day activity of branch operations but he recognises the importance of duplicating leadership into others who are then equipped to lead and grow and take responsibility.
On his new global journey for NDE he takes with him the knowledge of the contribution which he and his team and management colleagues have made.
"Back when I started at NDE we were seen as 'ankle-biters' and now we are known as one of the leading players in the industry," he says.
Andries Schreuder, new Western Cape manager, has worked with Llewellyn for 25 years, 11 of those years as Cape-based NDE sales director.
"It's a new management opportunity for me and the same NDE business style - with a new flavour - for customers and staff," says Andries.
He sees his primary goal to keep building on the foundations and the team which Llewellyn created during a 25-year leadership.
He is equally convinced that it is the team which is the key to NDE Cape's success and that a balance between work, home and play is crucial.
He believes in leading by example, treating everyone equally in the same fair and respectful way.
He is convinced that NDE's commitment to a set of core values that include sincerity, fairness, integrity and respect, has been one of the game-changers for the company.
"It establishes agreed rules for all aspects of staff, business, supplier and customer relationships," he says.
Of all Llewellyn's skills as manager, Andries is most admiring of his attention to detail and a 'do it now' approach.
As manager, Andries will continue to focus on professionalism and will continue to develop NDE's IT and technology systems, bringing his analytical mind and sales background into future strategies and planning for NDE Cape.
"When we have first-class information at hand through effective management information systems then we have a clear picture of who we are, which informs where to invest in our strengths and in market opportunities," he says.
Andries is a Namaqualander, a family man, a lover of golf and the Karoo, who started at NDE as a sales rep 24 years ago, then moved to sales manager, sales director and is stepping up to the next challenge as manager with optimism and determination.
His successor as sales manager is Craig Petersen who joined NDE Cape in the same year as Andries and who has already made a long and significant contribution to NDE sales.
"He's the backbone of our sales team," says Andries.