Sat Aug 23 17:20:04 SAST 2014

Big wheel turning

Dec 10, 2012 | AMOS MANANYETSO |

THIS week we chat to mechanical engineer Aubrey Bahula (38) who has climbed the corporate ladder to become executive director at a leading engineering equipment company.

HANDLING THE OVERLOAD: Executive director Aubrey Bahula heads Toolquip & Allied's strategic division. Picture by Tsheko Kabasia

What do you do?

I am an executive director at Allied Putziger trading as Toolquip and Allied.

I have been overloaded at work over the past two years because I have been studying towards my MBA degree.

My responsibilities as the head of the strategic division include leading the human resources and branch networks.

My objective is to deliver sustainable growth, create value for the shareholders and expand the business.

I serve as chairman on a number of internal committees including those concerned with the following: transformation, the union and management, socioeconomic development and the workplace forum.

What does your company do?

We are a leading supplier of engineering and industrial equipment and our market includes the mining sector, state-owned companies, private-sector industries, education and training institutions, and export markets.

What has been your highlight since joining Allied Putziger?

It was to successfully help open our inland branches of Steelpoort, Middelburg and Rustenburg as part of our long-term growth strategies.

What did you do before?

I started as a trainee technician at Mechem Consultants, a division of Denel at that time.

I then joined Mercedes-Benz South Africa as a process engineer in 1999.

In 2006, I joined Transnet as centre business manager at their rail wagon maintenance facility in Germiston. My responsibilities covered delivery of the expected budget, effective management of resources, and ensuring improved reliability and availability of the fleet.

What did you study?

I started with a national diploma in mechanical engineering at the former Pretoria Technikon, now the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and graduated in 1997.

I pursued a BTech at TUT and later completed it through Unisa.

I enrolled for an MBA at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science last year and I've just completed my final exams.

How do you balance work and family?

I believe in love of family. Often I take time off from my busy schedule to make time for my family.

What advice do you have for young people who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Hard work and dedication pay great dividends. There are no short cuts in life.

Always go after your heart's desire and focus on your strengths to make your goals become a reality.

mananyetsoa@sundayworld.co.za or Twitter @Mezosti

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