is a chartered accountant, CA (SA), having qualified while still under
He also has both CPIM and CSCP qualifications from APICS and is also a
Since 1990 he has run his own business consultancy, MASC Associates,
offering business management, performance measurement, manufacturing
and financial management advice to a wide range of clients. Over the
last 20 years he has consulted to over 100 organisations ranging from
multinational corporations to sole traders.
Prior to setting up his own business
Eric had been involved as Systems Controller for a diamond mine,
running everything from the department store, through Engineering
control, Production Control, the Mine Store (over 70,000 line items) to
the airport and a CIA level security system. After that he was Systems
Development Manager for a Stainless Steel Mill where he was responsible
for the implementation of the CPIM programme and was developing a
Theory of Constraints model before there was even a name for the
After a two year period as a
principal consultant for one of the major international practices he
was poached by a client to become their group manufacturing consultant.
He had up to 57 companies reporting in to him. During this period he
was responsible for many successful MRPII implementations as well as
for introducing CPIM education to a number of group companies.
In 1990 he returned to Cape Town as
director of another international consultancy but again was approached
to join a manufacturing client as General Manager although still
maintaining his own practice. When he decided to break away from the
client he developed his own practice to where it is today, serving over
60 clients consistently. He has also served on the board of SAPICS as
well as being a member of the local committee for almost 20 years.
Among other assignments, he is actively responsible for the development
and distribution of the COMPETE©
productivity assessment programme.
He is widely experienced in the
production environment having been involved as systems development
manager, production manager and general manager as well as internal
manufacturing consultant to a wide variety of companies.
Eric has spoken at several
international conferences on subjects ranging from Computer Integrated
Manufacturing to Performance Measurement and has run several workshops
on Performance Measurement. He also lectures in Manufacturing subjects
for the CPIM and CSCP qualifications (he is listed as a recognised
APICS Instructor) and has guest lectured at UCT as well as running many
MRPII courses. Apart from lecturing all over South Africa he has also
lectured CPIM in Abu Dhabi. He also lectures on the Train the Trainer
and Learning Dynamics for Instructors courses required by APICS as part
of the Instructor Development Programme. Eric has also spoken at a
number of local conferences and seminars. He is responsible for
business and strategic planning as well as many aspects of Production
and Inventory Management as well as financial planning, budgeting and
cash flow forecasting.
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