Name: Louise le Roux (34)
Region: Northern Region
Job Title: Change & Integration Manager
Years in this position: 2
Company Name: Weir Minerals Africa (Pty) Ltd
Entry Category: Corporate
In 2006, Louise completed her BCOMPT Accounting degree and SAICA articles at the age of 22.
In 2008, she joined Weir Minerals Africa, which is part of the Weir Group PLC. Her contribution was acknowledged by promotion to financial manager at the age of 26. Over and above the traditional competencies in financial and management reporting, managing month-end deliverables. budgeting and general accounting responsibilities, she has contributed as the process owner of finance to the effective implementation of a new ERP; secured government grants for investments into the company’s South African operations; collaborated to deliver strategic and product plans; and supported local acquisitions. She has served as a director on the company’s Namibian board since 2014.
To complement her expanding skill set, she accepted the change and integration role, which was at first scoped to be a full-time involvement in the divisional implementation of SAP in Africa and the Middle East. In 2015, she was awarded the Regional Managing Director’s Award for Excellence.
In 2016 Louise started an initiative in business process management. She took up a challenge that was a cross-functional project and which no consulting firm had the appetite for. She has experienced unprecedented lessons through this exposure to interdependent contributors to their organisational eco-system. She was challenged beyond her personal limits and now believe that we do not know what we are capable of until we are pushed beyond our self-imposed limitations.
Louise is a firm believer in continuous development and because of this, she is currently in the second stage of her MBA at Henley Business School.
She is also involved in pay-it-forward initiatives in my personal, work and student life, participating in the work Weir does with supplier development. She is class captain of her MBA class, where she is leading a pay-it-forward project. She believes each one of us can make a difference in another person’s life, be that through coaching, mentoring, or contributing financially towards an initiative.
Her journey is a reflection of hard work and dedication and taking risks. Her objective is to a lead a company in the future. She has the courage to take on the unknown, challenging herself and others.