Led various business development and operational initiatives for a logistics & vessel agency company focused on the Oil & Gas industry in West-Africa. Guide Customer and Freight departments in achieving both sales and operational excellence. Serve as a key lead on cross-functional projects and manage various stakeholders to accelerate shipments/clearance for expedited project close-outs. Monitor vessel movements and offshore terminal operations, handling all types of ship and cargo logistics. Manage relationship with Nigeria Customs Services, train and mentor direct reports, and maintain adherence to all HSE policies and standards.
Directed all phases of USAN Project involving offshore installation of FPSO and Integration Structures for the USAN Deepwater Development. Achieved project completion 3 weeks ahead of schedule through continual engagement of stakeholders and proactive resolution of issues.
Contributed to a $0.7 million savings for the client as part of the cargo movement for the OKONO Project that Niger Offshore Services executed on behalf of SBM Offshore. Classified project cargoes using harmonized tariff of Customs to achieve savings.
Reduced trucking quote at an instance, from $19K to $13K by engaging 3rd party truck supplier in favorable negotiations. Coordinated movement of fabricated structures of chutes and steel structures from AMBER Resources in Port Harcourt to Lagos. Optimised balance between costs and services.
As Inbounds Freight Manager, planned and managed delivery of all materials, leaf, and spares while fostering a continuous improvement culture. Ensured safe, secure handling of all raw materials, finished goods, and spares at all times throughout the freight lifecycle (shipping, clearing, transportation, warehousing). Trained and developed talent, collaborated with distributors and customers, and maintained focus within Freight on performance measurement and continual improvement.
As Senior Procurement Buyer, purchased all direct goods, tobacco, wrapping materials, and strategic goods on a local and overseas basis. Turned approved requisitions into accurate documentation, ensuring proper OTIF delivery for required goods. Developed monthly reports, updated master data, and led implementation of change initiatives. Ensured optimal supply quantity, fulfillment of supplier commitments, world-class skill levels for procurement team, and full SAP deployment.
Reduced import lead time from 65 to 45 days for sea freight and 45 to 15 days for air freight by developing and implementing Import Planning tool within the supply chain.
Established database for tracking supplier performance that led to improved results from suppliers, including reduction in factory downtime to only 1 in 12 months.
Introduced practice of continuous improvement meetings with suppliers that drove decreases in inventory costs, maintained steady supply of materials, and reduced write-off costs by 23%.
As Distribution/Inventory/Shipping Manager, established and monitored stocking policies for XHS equipment and non-equipment items. Interacted with internal departments to identify and meet customer needs. Negotiated discounts with suppliers, reduced dependence on outsourcing, and maintained top fleet.
As Shipping Manager, led overall importation of XHS equipment, non-equipment, and paper order to meet customer demand. Evaluated and managed lead-time of orders, monitored local customs licensed clearing agents and shipping companies, and identified/reported discrepancies.
Led project team in achieving on-time delivery for Xerox equipment deployed to the National Open University of Nigeria. Ensured inexhaustible order pipeline for consumables, paper, and spare parts.
Spearheaded $125k savings to the company through development of export sludge system; negotiated $35k in discounts for XHS imports within 1 year.
Improved total turnaround times and company achievement by deploying tracking tool that reduced overall lead time on imports from record 75 to 45 days for air freight and 98 to 68 days for sea freight.
Supported export sales representatives through regular customer visits and reports on anticipated competitor exports. Assisted in analysing and following up on customer concerns at pre and post shipment stages. Reviewed competitors’ manifests, solicited for new customers, and deputized at weekly import/export cargo-sharing meeting at the National Maritime Authority, maintaining close contact with NMA officials.
Grew sales from 120TEU to 285TEU within 1 year.
Received clearance documents from inspection agents, maintained general import documentation, and ensured effective delivery of consignments from ports. Liaised with banks, NPA, Customs, and other members of the Churchgate Group. Filed claims with shipping companies and airline operators as needed.
Revolutionized the company’s import reporting system.