What is your history/career path to Seaboard?
I am the Continual Improvement Manager at Unga Holdings Ltd.; a position I have held for the last two and a half years. I hold a MA Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. My career with Unga Group Plc started in November 1994 when I joined Elianto Kenya Limited (owned by Unga Group Plc) as a Management trainee. Since then, I have worked in various roles: Laboratory Technician for three years, Quality Assurance Assistant for three years, Quality Assurance Officer for seven years, Continual Improvement Coordinator for three years, Production Manager for one year and Plant Manager for three years at Nakuru Feeds before joining Unga. I worked for Manji Food Industries Limited as a Production Supervisor.
What are your current responsibilities?
My work involves influencing business performance by coaching and entrenching PaTaMu (Unga’s Continual Improvement model) culture. My key deliverables include:
• Developing and reviewing PaTaMu standards/guidelines
• Developing and overseeing the implementation of PaTaMu programs, including reward & recognition
• Developing PaTaMu training materials & templates
• Conducting PaTaMu trainings
• Developing and reviewing PaTaMu assessment worksheets
• Facilitating PaTaMu projects; short term projects that support achievement of corporate objectives
What do you enjoy most about working for Seaboard or Location?
I like working at Unga since I have the autonomy to execute my work, try out new ideas and gain mastery in my field of expertise. This has enabled me to actively contribute in transforming the organization and growing the Continual Improvement Culture. Getting the opportunity to mentor other organizations interested in adopting Continual Improvement gives me great satisfaction.
What’s your favorite story/memory about working for Seaboard?
I have fond memories of being a pioneer member in the implementation of PaTaMu and winning the award in May 2011 for the best case study from among the Kaizen practicing companies in Kenya at a competition organized by Kaizen Institute and the Keya Association of Manufacturers. This was a very important milestone as it was our first competition since adopting PaTaMu. Seeing Unga transform through PaTaMu journey has been very fulfilling.
What important values do you think Seaboard delivers on?
The best value that Unga Holdings Ltd. delivers on is Trust; Unga does not compromise on the quality of products even when there is scarcity of inputs. This has enabled customers to keep trusting Unga products. Internally the Human Resource department continually promotes trust as one of the core values.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
Being a Youth Patron, I spend most of my free time running various activities that support and empower the youth, including mentorship programs. I also enjoy taking nature walks at Karura forest which is located within Nairobi. This gives me an opportunity to experience the calmness and beauty of the created world.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
What most people do not know about me is my love for interior design work and organizing events. I find myself volunteering readily anytime there’s a social engagement that demands the service.