Values and Principles
AEC operates on a strong value system based on integrity and respect. We believe in employing the right calibre staff and are passionate as we are about giving our best to our staff, our work and our customers.
Our staff are empowered to take the initiative and are encouraged to take ownership for their own growth and development.
We have a strong commitment to service excellence within our organisation and focus on being efficient and effective in our approach to providing innovative solutions to our customers that enable them to not only run their business more efficiently, but also grow and transform their organisation.
At AEC we acknowledge that Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading.
Our leadership approach can probably best be described as a balance between coaching and democratic leadership. We believe in developing individuals, showing them how to improve their performance, and helping to connect their goals to the goals of the organization. We focus on drawing on people’s knowledge and skills, to achieve our objectives.
AEC is backed by strong management team that not only has an extensive SAP experience in a number of SAP implementations, upgrades and migrations but also a many years of management experience.
Stephen Lathe is a Senior SAP FI/CO Consultant at AEC.
Stephen Lathe is the founder and Co-Owner of AEC. He K6 consultant and is experienced in SAP FI/CO, SAP MM, SAP Basis, Archiving and ABAP across a number of industries including Banking, FMCG, Manufacturing and Fast Foods/Franchising industries. Stephen has extensive management experience. He has worked as the SAP Systems Manager for Burger King Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA), reporting to the EMA Vice President of Finance & Strategy, as well as the SAP Support & Operations Manager at Nedbank Ltd where he was responsible for all R3 Functional Support, daily operations management and Basis Management.
Stephen has over 16 years of SAP experience including data migrations, SAP banking, implementations and upgrades. He has extensive experience as a project manager and has been involved with multiple key clients, including Robertsons, Unilever, Burger King Europe, BoE, Nedbank Corporate, SANRAL, AVI, Vector Logistics and Rainbow Chickens. Stephen was the principle FI / CO Consultant on the Rainbow Chickens SDS implementation which won gold and silver SAP quality awards both locally and internationally.
More recently he was Principle MM Consultant for full Re-Implementation of Consumables and Services Purchasing for Vector Logistics , the FI/CO Consultant & Treasury for the TTAF upgrade in Durban, Vector Fleet Visibility implementation at Vector and is responsible for ongoing FI/CO & MM Support SPAR Group, RCL Group, Rainbow Chickens and Vector Logistics.za.linkedin.com/pub/stephen-lathe/26/647/67
Debbie Thackray is a Certified SAP Project Manager at AEC.
Debbie Thackray is the founder and Co-Owner of AEC. Debbie has Bcomm degree in Accounting and Business Management and is a PMBOK Certified Project Manager. She is K6 Consultant and has over 14 years SAP experience which includes SAP Project Management, SAP FI/CO and SAP CFM. Debbie has managed various SAP projects including Nedbank's upgrade to EEC6 as a ramp up client, SAP Client and General Ledger Migration for Nedbank & BoE Private Clients, Treasury Implementation for SANRAL and Pegasus SAP Migration for Nedbank and numerous other upgrade projects. Debbie performed the role of internal project manager responsible for Project Governance and Training on the Rainbow Chickens SAP RDS implementation which won gold and silver SAP quality awards both locally and internationally.
Debbie is has been responsible for a number a key IT and Business projects at Vector Logistics including the following: Sap Re-Implementation of Consumables and Services Purchasing, SAP GRC implementation, Call Centre upgrade and implementation of Avaya Telephony Solution, Set up and Implementation of a new Sales Division : Vector Trade Solutions, and the Implementation of the Trackmatic vehicle management solution.
Debbie was the 2014 Winner of the Business Women Association of South Africa, Regional Business Achiever Awards for the Emerging Entrepreneur Category.za.linkedin.com/pub/debbie-thackray/15/b39/b46
Maria is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). She has over 13 years business experience gained in the banking, manufacturing and IT sectors with a wealth of experience in finance, treasury and project management. She holds PRINCE 2 certification and Financial Markets Dealing certificate amongst other qualifications. Maria joined AEC in June 2014 as a project manager and FI Treasury support consultant.
She has been involved in the management of SAP upgrade of a manufacturing company and resourcing for a SAP rollout project across 4 countries.https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=57766693
We are exceptionally fortunate that we have a number of multi skills resources with strong cross functional experience and are therefore able to cover a large cross section of the SAP functional and technical areas. This is of huge benefit as it enables us to offer a more complete service offering to our clients.
Sandy Lutchman, SAP FI Consultant
Sandy Lutchman is a SAP FI Consultant with over 12 years' experience, including full life cycle implementations, EDI rollouts, Projects & Project Management, SAP support, SAP upgrades and Interfaces in the FMCG Industry. Sandy also has experience in SD – Order to cash, credit management, EDI rollouts, rebates & pricing, ABAP Query, BW reporting & Data Migration. Sandy has a BSc Computer Science, as well as training in System Analysis & Design, Project Management (PMBOK), SAP Configuration, ABAP Query, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, & BW Reporting.
Sandy worked at Robertson / Unilever for 23 years as a Programmer and SAP Business Analyst before joining AEC in March 2013.
Sandy was the MM Consultant responsible for master data on the full Re-Implementation of Consumables and Services Purchasing for Vector Logistics, the FI/CO Consultant for the TTAF upgrade in Durban, and is currently responsible for ongoing FI/CO & MM Support SPAR Group.
Muhammad matriculated in 2008 and has furthered his studies, while working in the family business, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting Science. He has put himself through the SAP FI Academy in Woodmead. Muhammad joined the AEC Team in August 2014 as a graduate FI Consultantza.linkedin.com/pub/muhammad-bassa/a1/9/ab4/
Siphelele matriculated in 2002 and went on to study at UKZN in 2004, graduating in 2009 with a BCom Degree in Accounting & Auditing. He has since been working in the banking industry. Siphelele has joined the AEC team in August 2014 as a graduate FI/CO Consultantza.linkedin.com/pub/siphelele-nxele/16/66b/5b7
Heather Powell is an SAP FI/CO Consultant at AEC. She is at a K4 level, has a BComm Honors in Finance and is certified in SAP FI/CO. Heather has 4 years of strong SAP experience which includes a full cycle implementation project for the BoE General Ledger Client Migration project, SAP RDS implementation with Rainbow, as well as SAP FI support work for multiple clients including Nedbank, BoE Bank, Vector Logistics and AVI. Heather is currently the principal consultant responsible for ongoing FI/CO & MM Support at Vector Logistics and the SPAR Group.
Heather also has significant experience in SPP and SAP Training delivery.za.linkedin.com/pub/heather-conway/1a/483/345
Jason Mgabhi completed his Matric in 2005 and went on to study Business Science at UKZN, graduating in 2009 with majors in Finance and Economics. Jason worked for just under a year as a Cashier for Edcon in 2011. Jason joined the AEC graduate program in March 2012 focusing on SAP FI : GL, AP, AR, Fixed Assets, Bank Accounts and reporting. Jason was involved in the Rainbow SAP RDS implementation project where he has worked closely with the business leads and principle consultants in his area, as well as significant involvement in SPP training development and training delivery, on-site support and post go-live support.
Jason currently forms part of the part of the SAP support Team at Rainbow responsible for first and second line support and training.
Jason completed his SAP FI certification in April 25, 2014.za.linkedin.com/pub/jason-simphiwe-mgabhi/18/4a1/9ba
Busi Geza matriculated in 2004 and furthered her studies at DUT by obtaining a BTECH in Cost and Management Accounting. Busi completed 6 months of the Work Readiness Program with Guarantee Trust and went on to do a year's training in Finance with McGough & Associates. Busi joined the AEC graduate program in March 2012 focusing on SAP PP. Throughout 2012, Busi has worked on the Rainbow SAP RDS implementation project where she has worked closely with the business leads and principle consultants in his area, as well as significant involvement in SPP training development and training delivery, go-live on-site support and post go-live support. Busi currently forms part of the part of the SAP support Team at Rainbow responsible for first and second line support and training.
Busi is currently also provides support on the Rainbow shopfloor system Smartech, working closely with the system owners, doing reconciliations between SAP and Smartech and working on documenting the processes for all users.Busi completed her SAP PP certification in September 30, 2013 za.linkedin.com/pub/busi-geza/55/389/772
Jongi Gumede completed his Matric in 2005 and continued his studies at UKZN; Graduating in 2009 with a BA in Media Communication and BCOM Honours in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Jongi then went on to work as a Research Assistant and QA of the National Database at the university. Jongi joined the AEC graduate program in March 2012 focusing on SAP MM with integration into QM. Throughout 2012, Jongi has worked on the Rainbow SAP RDS implementation project where he has worked closely with the business leads and principle consultants in his area, as well as significant involvement in SPP training development and training delivery, go-live on-site support and post go-live support.
Jongi currently forms part of the part of the SAP support Team at Rainbow responsible for first and second line support and training.
Jongi completed his SAP MM certification in May 30, 2014za.linkedin.com/pub/jongikhaya-gumede/37/a51/45b
Dot O'Leary is a SAP FI/CO Consultant at AEC. She joined our team in June 2014.She comes with 20 years SAP ( FI/CO) experience which has been gained while working as a project team member for a number of SAP implementations and supporting multiple clients who run SAP. Dot also comes from a teaching background.www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=14620175
Megan Eckert is a SAP Recruitment Consultant & Business Development officer at AEC. She joined our team in June 2014 and will form part of our admin and office based team. She comes with 6 years SAP recruitment experience which has been gained while working with multiple SAP projects and clients both locally and internationally. Megan comes from an admin based background with most of her career being in the SAP Market.www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=47651757
Shane Lester matriculated in 2005 and furthered his studies at UKZN, graduating in 2009 with a BCOM Honours degree in Marketing Management. For the majority of 2011, he worked at LEC Group in Professional Services and Marketing and then went on to join the AEC graduate program in March 2012 focusing on SAP Sales & Distribution. Shane was involved with the Rainbow SAP RDS implementation project where he worked closely with the business leads and principle consultants in the SD area. Shane was also significantly involved in SPP training development and training delivery during the project, as well as go-live on-site support and post go-live support and training.
Shane currently forms part of the part of the SAP support Team at Rainbow responsible for first and second line support and training.
Shane completed his SAP SD certification in April 26, 2013.www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=90861905
While it is AEC is primary focus to employ consultants as full time employees we do make use of independent consultants to fill gaps where we have skills shortage or where we don’t have sufficient resources to meet demand. Where contractors are used we aim to get them consulting exclusively through AEC.
Keenan Jones is an SAP ABAP Consultant at AEC. He has over 13 years of SAP experience specializing in SAP ABAP Programming including interactive reporting, dialog programming, interfaces to other systems (specifically web based). Keenan also possesses extensive SAP experience in the logistics chain including the sales and distribution, production planning, materials management and warehouse management.
Ryan Roelofse is an SAP ABAP Consultant at AEC. He is certified in SAP ABAB and Basis Technologies add-on software modules for SAP systems. Ryan has over 10 years SAP experience including SAP All in One Implementations full cycle implementations. Ryan has worked at many local and international companies including Basis Technologies, UK, AGRI Bank Windhoek, AFRGI, LAAD KIami Florisa, Albert Luthili Hospital, SA Port Operations Durban, South Africa, Toyota SA Durban.uk.linkedin.com/pub/ryan-roelofse/7/a20/1b1
Alistair Rooney is a SAP Technical Consultant at AEC. He joined our team in May 2013. Alastair has over 30 years' experience in corporate IT, IT Management, Project Management and Development. Alistair has been involved in 12+ SAP projects, is the Author of "Java for ABAP Programmers" published by Apress, CA, USA, Java, ABAP and Process Integration Lecturer for SAP global. Helicopter and fixed-wing Pilot. Ex-Air force, NRA Member. Passionate about Sustainability, Conservation and Software Development. Alistair has a wide range of skills as a result of his 27+ years in the industry and specialises in Data Migration, Service Oriented Architecture, ABAP Objects, Java, Development, Encryption & Technical Management. he is an accredited member of the Institute of Management of Information Systems, a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society, holds a number of Technical Certifications and is an accredited Architect (TOGAF). Alastair is currently the SAP Data Lead at Nedbank 4321 project.www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23031890