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SABMiller's manufacturing and technical director works his way up the success ladder

By unknown | Dec 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Maryanne Maina

Maryanne Maina

You need a clear head to make it in the beer-making industry.

And SABMiller's manufacturing and technical director, Clifford Raphiri, pairs this quality with 15 years experience working for one of the largest breweries in the world.

Raphiri, who has been in this role since 2005, joined SABMiller in 1992 as a packaging technologist.

A qualified engineer, Raphiri said to work as manufacturing and technical director for the brewery one needed to be "well-versed in managing and improving performance in manufacturing operations".

"My areas of interest and strength include operational and corporate strategy design and implementation, human resources and change leadership, risk management and performance management."

Raphiri's passion and commitment saw him climb SABMiller's career ladder. I n May 2000 he was appointed technical international projects manager .

"Education enables you to link theory and experience as you interact with different people," he said

Raphiri said in his role "you need to have leadership skills to enable you to interact with internal and external stakeholders".

He added: "The organisation needs to be able to recruit people and develop them to contribute to the vision.

"Finding the right talent for the right job is always a challenge. We also have a skills shortage, and to curb this we have implemented staff development programmes.

"For those with leadership potential, we also develop their leadership skills.

"We also identify people outside the organisation and develop them through various mentorships programmes."

Identifying skills shortages is important to SABMiller to ensure growth and retention of talent.

"I have various achievements, such as my current role. I have also developed many young people in and out of the organisation by mentoring, encouragement and guidance."

To ensure he is up to date with what is happening in the industry, he reads widely, attends business workshops and visits other industries to learn from them.

Raphiri said joining peer groups and associations gave him access to further education, and knowledge on issues such as leadership, corporate governance and sustainable development.


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