This month SmartProcurement profiles Nicholas Rhoda from Metropolitan Holdings Limited.
Full name: Nicholas Rhoda
Position: Head: Group Procurement
Your organisations’ procurement spend: R1 billion
Who does P & SM report to: Executive Manager: Group Services
Private sector OR Public sector: Private Sector
Core business activity of the enterprise: Financial
Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 8 P & SM staff (7,000 people in organisation)
Management motto: ‘Together We Buy Better.’
Membership of professional bodies: The Institute of Purchasing & Supply South Africa (IPSA)
What is your vision for P & SM: Getting best value underpinned by corporate governance.
Personal best achievement: Establishing and re-enforcing the governance around procurement.
Most important commodities: All commodities are important.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: Jesus Christ, after which comes my wife, Zelna.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Jesus Christ, after which comes my boss, Ilse Coetzee.
Person you would most like to meet: Nelson Mandela
Businessperson who has impressed you most: Bill Gates
Your favourite South African organisation: ABSA
Your favourite global organisation: W.H.O.
Your philosophy about life: ‘Nothing is what it seems.’
Favourite reading: Fiction: Left Behind Series
Favourite music: Golden Oldie Classics
Favourite sport: Soccer
Favourite website: Google
Hobbies: Reading, theorising & contemplating about mysteries & the unexplained.
Car: Toyota Corolla
Married: Zelna – happily married for a looong time!
Children: Kaylin (16), Courtney (12), Brittany (11) and Jordyn (5).