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Procurement & Management Information Systems (MIS)
The General Manager Procurement and MIS reports to the Managing Director & CEO.
Responsibilities of this portfolio includes:
5. Optimising total cost of (TCO) materials consumed by the plant.
7. Preparing and tracking annual budget for the Procurement and MIS departments.
8. Ensure implementation of corporate guidelines, goals and policies in the procurement
process, MIS function as well as health and safety.
9. Managing the execution of the department's Performance Management System for all staff.
10. Ensuring accuracy of SAP and other MIS systems information tools across the business.
Qualifications & Experience
1. Minimum B.Sc. Engineering
2. Post-graduate certification in Business Administration.
3. Minimum 5 years Industrial experience and understanding of the Global Steel Business.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Excellent command of computer technology and all related Microsoft applications.
2. Expert command of SAP Management Systems.
3. Demonstrated competence in Negotiations and Contracts Management.
4. Demonstrated competence in Corporate Strategy Management and Project Management.
Applications with full resumes and contact details should be labelled as follows and submitted to:
'General Manager - Procurement & Management Information Systems (MIS)'
The Manager - Human Resources
ArcelorMittal Point Lisas Limited
P.O. Bag 476
The Chief Manpower Officer
Ministry of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development
Level 11 Riverside Plaza
Port of Spain
Receipt of applications will cease on August 7, 2013. Unsuitable applications will not be
I was waiting in the never-ending
line at the bank recently, and began
people-watching in an effort to pass
the time. I observed two young
teenagers, maybe about 13 or 14 years
of age, who were sitting nearby.
Ferociously typing on their black-
berries, they were oblivious to the
goings on around them; oblivious
to the fashion faux pas in the line;
oblivious to the heated discussion
at the counter; oblivious to the eld-
erly lady who wanted a seat.
It seemed as if they were partic-
ipating in a competition to see who
could type the fastest. Their thumbs
were working at lightning speed, as
they slouched over their phones, pro-
fessionals absorbed in their anti-social
sport of smartphone finger dexteri-
ty.Apart from discouraging the devel-
opment of social skills, as exemplified
by their ignorance of the elderly lady,
smartphones are also the culprits
behind many technology-related
injuries. One of these is BlackBerry
thumb, which is an overuse injury of
the tendons of the thumb caused by
repetitive pressing of the buttons on
the phone. These teenagers are def-
initely at risk!
You think I am joking? Symptoms
of BlackBerry thumb include aching
and throbbing in the thumb and even
in other fingers, as well as in the wrist.
This leads to disability of the hands.
Treatment can be very lengthy and
involve curtailing or eliminating the
use of the phone, which can be a life-
altering event sent from Hell for many
addicted people! In extreme cases,
surgery may be warranted, and can
involve a tendon transfer, which has
a long and debilitating recovery period.
In addition to these youngsters, I
could not help but notice the high
noise level in the bank. However, the
noise was not due to music, nor to
bank-related business transactions,
nor to the customers speaking with
each other. Rather, the noise was a
result of people speaking on their
Some conversations were obnox-
iously loud. One woman was airing
someone s dirty laundry for the entire
bank to hear, while another man
informed the bank customers of how
much money it was costing to fix his
car. Both were completely unaware
about how offensive they were, and
about how much unnecessary infor-
mation they were revealing in a public
place...or as they say in smartphone
Apart from the social nuisance these
ubiquitous phones encourage, they
can also lead to another repetitive
strain injury called, smartphone neck.
We are all guilty of holding the phone
between our shoulder and ear as we
attempt to multitask and use our
hands to accomplish another activity
simultaneously. However, the con-
venience of smartphones has allowed
us to do this more frequently and for
longer periods. The phones encourage
a forward head posture and put
increased pressure on the structures
in the cervical spine, such as the discs
and muscles. In fact, a recent study
showed that the forward head position
triples the amount of pressure on the
Symptoms of smartphone neck
include headaches, occasional pain
or numbness and tingling radiating
down the arm or into the shoulder
blade, and a stiff neck in the mornings.
Patients usually receive a diagnosis
of cervical spondylosis, but further
inquiry into the activities and habits
of the patients often reveals frequent
and extended use of the telephone.
The good news is that these symp-
toms can usually be completely
relieved through physical therapy.
However, the bad news is that these
repetitive postures and activities can
accelerate degeneration in the spine,
making the user more prone to exac-
erbations of smartphone neck symp-
The key here is really prevention.
A headset can help eliminate the
abnormal postures in which smart-
phone users usually find themselves.
As for BlackBerry thumb, it is rec-
ommended that the user varies the
fingers used to type, which will
encourage less use of the thumb.
However, I find it unlikely that
teenagers engulfed in a hot gossip on
their phone will be cognisant of such
preventative measures. It pays to be
smart about smartphone use...
because the phone may be smart, but
I can think of a few opposite descrip-
tions for the user, if it is allowed to
The not so
smart use of
Carla Rauseo, DPT, C.S.C.S. is a
Doctor of Physical Therapy and
Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist at Total Rehabilitation
Centre Limited in El Socorro.
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