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End of an Era at the West Gate

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A couple of weeks ago we said goodbye to Port Taranaki CE Guy Roper. Nick and I have known Guy since his Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) days at Fonterra, and earlier this year we reconnected when he set the Port on the right tack towards a copper-bottomed outcome – before bailing and sailing into retirement!

Excuse the maritime puns, the jargon in the industry is just too good!

Great people and great systems lead to productivity improvement, and foremost great planning and execution. S&OP is still one of Guy’s passions – only this time applied in a different industry and possibly short for Shipping and Optimisation Planning.

Port Taranaki is the energy port of New Zealand and being the ‘West Gate’ has its fair share of disruption from an uncooperative Tasman Sea. Being the best in aligning and optimising demand and capacity – the purpose of an S&OP process – is essential to be successful in such a changeable environment.

“Planning has a fundamental purpose of ensuring you have the right portfolio of resources at your disposal to meet customer demand at the company level. Planning spans many horizons and for it to be effective it should reflect what occurs within the business – not just in totality but at the right level of granularity” says Guy.

We’re looking forward to continuing our work at the Port with new CE Simon Craddock and his team in New Plymouth.

Haere rā Guy, may you find fair winds and following seas.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People