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Travis Rowe

Travis Rowe

Production Manager
Cape Town, City of Cape Town

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About Travis Rowe:

I am someone who thrives on fast paced, challenging and diverse work. I thoroughly enjoy getting my hands dirty and being involved in with finding solutions to problems or more effective procedures for doing tasks.

I love working with people and doing everything I can to develop both my skills and the skills of those I lead. 

I also believe in putting in all my effort and serving as well as I possibly can in any job I find myself.

Experience

Production Manager at LEDwise Lighting, Cape Town

August 2017 - Present

  • Lead entire production facility in every day-to-day aspect from orders received and stock ordering to peoples/resource management, technical decisions making and dispatch
  • Daily production updates with Director including forecast planning discussions
  • Implemented/Maintained ISO 9001 QMS procedures as well as SABS requirements as specified for certification
  • Management representative for ISO and SABS audits
  • Continually driving development of staff capabilities
  • Introduced and fostered a "what benefits the company benefits all" mentality to production floor
  • With a reshuffle and minimal but strategic increase in human resources I achieved a 30% increase in Production output
  • Achieved record monthly outputs and record yearly invoicing with a 33% improvement in 2021 over our highest recorded yearly invoicing to date
  • Anticipate another 30% increase in production output (invoicing capability) for 2022 should sales remain consistent, with a smaller staff compliment
  • Direct relations with customers with regards to order status/complaints/enquiries
  • Instituted product design changes responsible for reducing production time on multiple product lines
  • Employ engineering design and manufacturing experience to provide the link between production ability and sales team requirements to assist design engineers in design of highly customisable, client-specified products.
  • Coaching production controller on system utilization and accurate procedure adherence
  • Continually provide input to design team regarding possible product improvements/requirements
  • Maintain supplier relationships and evaluate supplier offerings and alternatives for efficient and cost effective resource supply
  • Managed staff relations, conflict resolution and all leave requests for production team

 

Engineering Project Manager at MST Specialized Vehicles, Cape Town

March 2015 - July 2017

  • Coordinated multi-disciplinary teams (engineering, design, procurement, HR) through the full project life cycle of manufacturing specialized mobile vehicles (mobile clinic/dentistry/optometry vehicles, office vehicles, IT training vehicles)
  • Built and managed BOM's
  • Worked closely with other engineers to design innovative technological solutions to typical mobile platform challenges
  • Managed project from start to finish, including purchasing of equipment and stock, manufacturing, assembly and project hand over.
  • Led a team of skilled artisans in supplying world class quality, project specific, mobile solutions for both the private and public enterprises sector
  • Worked alongside production staff on countless jobs to both learn some of the skills used as well as assist in pushing production.

 

Mechanical Design Engineer at Triz Engineering, Cape Town

July 2013 - February 2015

  • Was directly involved in design on the power-train portion of medium-duty trucks for sister company in the USA
  • Went to the US for installation and testing of product design on prototype build before implementation on production line (many parts of which are still in use to this day)
  • Worked closely with many engineers on CAD design and development of solutions for vehicle harnessing and power-train assembly
  • Learnt the importance of BOM management, product naming and design conventions, and communication between multi-level business entities

Education

BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

January 2009  - June 2013

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