RafiqueJassiem.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Mogamad Rafique Jassiem from the Oceana Group.

Full name: Mogamad Rafique Jassiem

Position: Executive: Group Procurement

Your organisation’s procurement expenditure: Approximately R5-billion p/annum

Who does P & SM report to: The CFO, who is currently also our acting CEO

Private sector or public sector: Private sector

Core business activity of the enterprise: Fishing

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 4 direct-reports and a total of 66 P & SM staff in the organisation

Management motto: Be the leading converter of fishing rights into value

Personal motto: Be yourself, enjoy the now and always try to strive for balance

Professional body memberships: CIPS

What is your vision for P & SM: To develop commercially astute procurement teams (divisional and central) working in a co-ordinated manner to achieve optimal balance between operational excellence, cost optimisation and risk mitigation

Personal best achievement: Being a husband and father

Most important commodities: Fishing gear, fuel, vessel repairs and maintenance as well as packaging and freight

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My Mother

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: There are too many to merely single out one

Person you would most like to meet: There are so many: Cyril Ramaphosa, Nicky Oppenheimer, Jürgen Klopp and Elon Musk would be those near the top of my list

What do you like most about your job: I mostly enjoy constant interaction with new people, solving new challenges every year and being able to influence and assist in Southern Africa’s economic transformation

Is there anything you dislike about your job: No, I am truly blessed to be in such a rewarding role surrounded by good people in a vibrant company. It is also a major bonus that I work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world

Businessperson who has impressed you the most: Once again, there are too many to merely single out one – in procurement you meet impressive businesspeople all the time

Favourite quote: Dimming someone else’s light won’t make yours shine any brighter

Your favourite South African organisation: Oceana

Your favourite global organisation: Tesla

Your philosophy about life: Don’t carry baggage; it’s not needed for the moment that has passed or the moment that is about to come. Rather live akin to a traveller, from moment to moment, enjoying each one as well as the pauses between them

Favourite reading: The Holy Quran

Favourite music: Jazz

Favourite sport: Football

Favourite website: www.google.co.za

Hobbies: Distance running

Car: My wife’s mini-van

Married: Yes, for 15 wonderfully blessed years and counting

Children: 2 boys and 2 girls

Twitter handle: With so little time these days, my social network ‘footprint’ is restricted to Linkedin.com

Facebook: As above