Astrapak: It’s all about the team

Developing a capable, productive and passionate team starts with identifying and gathering a group of individuals who not only in their own right are specialists in their field of expertise, but also play a significant role in founding and forming the leadership team and extending this throughout the business.

It is fitting then, when one of our leadership team members is recognised by media and organisations outside the Group. Nawaaz Kalick, Astrapak Group Procurement and Supply Executive, is one such example when he was recently invited to be a speaker at the Smart Procurement Conference with a profile on his credentials being published online.

Kalick joined Astrapak three years ago and has been instrumental in transforming and forging our supply chain function, which involves co-ordinating customer service, warehouse and distribution, expediting, and Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP) Teams to ensure that customer demand is being met. As a senior member of the executive, Kalick offers strategic advice and provides plant managers at each production facility with valuable guidance and support. He is responsible for the Group’s procurement expenditure in excess of R1.4-billion per annum.

In the Leadership Profile* on, Kalick explained his vision for Procurement and Supply. “I would like to see procurement and supply chain professionalised at various levels across the supply chain, through relevant education, training and exposure. Ultimately though, all supply chain professionals should be licenced to practice.”

He listed his personal best achievement as being his “creation and management of a highly effective and successful centrally-managed procurement and supply chain process across the Astrapak Group.”

In May, Kalick was awarded the prestigious Fellowship at CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) in recognition of his time given back to the Procurement and Supply Chain community in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Kalick is only one of 35 FCIPS across Africa and one of only 11 in South Africa.