About Us

With over 60 years of experience we specialise in the sales and service of lifting and handling equipment throughout West Africa.
 

We are a smart, dynamic company of problem solvers who enjoy punching above our weight.

Head quartered in the UK, you will find us solving lifting problems throughout West Africa. 

With over 60 years of experience Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd. specialises in sales and service of lifting and handling equipment with a focus on the shipping, mining and construction industries in West Africa.

We represent a number of key manufacturers and all our sales come with a full working manufacturers warranty and are backed up by a first class service team based in subsidiary offices in the region. 

From engineers in the field, to sales teams, parts managers, admin assistants and logistics managers (and everyone in between) you'll find us passionate about solving your lifting problems.

Board of Directors: (L-R) STEVE BAKER: Financial Director, Group Finance HENRY LYNE: Chairman, Group Strategy, EDWARD LYNE: Non Executive Director, JOHN TRAYNOR: Managing Director, Group Sales and KWAKU OKOH: Managing Director Pasico Ghana Ltd., Ghana Subsidiary Oversight

Who we are

Who we are

We are a smart, dynamic company of problem solvers who enjoy punching above our weight.

Head quartered in the UK, you will find us solving lifting problems throughout West Africa. 

With over 60 years of experience Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd. specialises in sales and service of lifting and handling equipment with a focus on the shipping, mining and construction industries in West Africa.

We represent a number of key manufacturers and all our sales come with a full working manufacturers warranty and are backed up by a first class service team based in subsidiary offices in the region. 

From engineers in the field, to sales teams, parts managers, admin assistants and logistics managers (and everyone in between) you’ll find us passionate about solving your lifting problems.

Board of Directors: (L-R) STEVE BAKER: Financial Director, Group Finance HENRY LYNE: Chairman, Group Strategy, EDWARD LYNE: Non Executive Director, JOHN TRAYNOR: Managing Director, Group Sales and KWAKU OKOH: Managing Director Pasico Ghana Ltd., Ghana Subsidiary Oversight

History

The company’s history dates back to 1821 when Rawson, Holdsworth & Co. of London and Liverpool established their company in Singapore, yet grew in acclaim due to one of the company’s early founders, one William Ker who had fostered a strong personal relationship with Temenggong of Johore, and by 1853 he had been placed in charge of the Malay ruler’s finances. The relationship led to special business privileges for Ker and his partners, William Paterson and Henry Minchin Simons.

The company traded in a variety of commodities, including camphor, vanilla, cinnamon, sea slugs, shark fins, tin, coffee, and pearls. In its initial years, Paterson, Simons & Co. traded in a wide range of products. It exported to Europe and other countries in the world tropical produce of all descriptions ranging from rubber and copra to pineapples from Malaya, Borneo and the East Indies. In return, it imported merchandise such as cotton goods and other manufactured products from Europe.

Later, the company was active not only in the import and export trade but also acted as agents or representatives for a wide range of firms such as shipping lines, insurance companies and industrial enterprises as well as state governments. In 1888, the company’s agencies included the Johore Government, New Harbour Dock, the Ben Line, Gibb Line, Union Line, four insurance companies, and the Pahang Corporation.  By 1895, their agencies expanded to include the Mogul Line, the Nippon Yusen Kaisha, the Tata Line, and the Pahang Kabang. By the beginning of World War I, Paterson, Simons & Co. had become agents and secretaries for 16 planting and rubber companies and had branches in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Port Swettenham.

The partnership eventually adopted the name Patent Slip and Dock Company, but its name was changed to Paterson, Simons & Company in 1895, when Ker retired. The company re-established its port monopoly in Johore in 1899, following a merger with the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company. Six years later the port operation was expropriated by the British government, but the company retained its interests in shipping and in maritime and property insurance and continued to act as agents for the East India Coal Company and for a number of shipping lines. This company was eventually to become Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd and incorporated in 1948, a management buy-out in 1990 saw the company into the form it is in today – a UK-based Limited company specialising in the sales, rental and servicing of heavy lifting equipment throughout West Africa.

Paterson Simons History

Affiliate Companies

Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd.
Head quartered and registered in the UK, and is the parent company of a number of “on-the-ground” subsidiaries in West Africa.

Pasico Ghana Ltd.
The Ghana-based and majority-owned company that sells famous brand building materials: Naco louvred windows and Pasiguard® safety grilles. Pasico is also the Ghana-based service hub for all of the Paterson Simons lifting equipment brands with branches in Tema and Takoradi.

CIT Ghana Ltd.
The wholly owned certification, inspection and training arm of Paterson Simons & Co. Based in Ghana, CIT offers premier safety training and inspections for all lifting equipment and can certify equipment across all major safety regulations (LOLER, OSHA, Ghana Safety Regulator, ANSI and ASME).

Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Nigeria 
Wholly owned Nigeria-based (Apapa) subsidiary of Paterson Simons & Co. selling and servicing lifting equipment into Nigeria.

Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Togo
Opened in 2014, the company services the Lome Container Terminal, amongst others.

Recruitment

PARTS CO-ORDINATOR

Brighton

A highly organised and enthusiastic Administrator with experience of working in a manufacturing, engineering or similar environment is required to ensure an efficient service to customers owning all enquiries for spare parts for a major supplier of cranes, lifting and handling equipment.

Working for the market leader in heavy plant lifting equipment sales, rental and aftercare the Administrator will join an organisation with over 60 years’ experience supplying heavy lifting equipment to the shipping, mining and construction industries of West Africa.

The ideal Administrator will be technically minded with experience of managing customers, suppliers and manufacturers, preferably within the heavy lifting industry. A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritise their workload in a busy, pressured environment are key.

Responsibilities:

  • Deal with enquiries for spare parts received directly from customers deciphering machine malfunction to assess parts required or via Engineers working with clients
  • Build relationships with customers, suppliers, manufacturers and company Engineers
  • Prepare detailed parts quotations for customers using all resources including online resources, parts books, drawings, supplier pricing information
  • Determine replacement parts required, according to inspections of old parts, customer requests, or customers’ descriptions of malfunctions
  • Advise customers on substitution or modification of parts when identical replacements are not available
  • Update customers and answer queries including prices, lead times, technical issues
  • Upon receipt of sales order from customer, place purchase order with suppliers, ensure appropriate documentation is completed accurately and within timelines required by customer
  • Liaise daily with subsidiaries in Ghana and Nigeria regarding spare part stock and requirements
  • Follow up on all orders and update customer on progress

Skills & Experience:

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing, engineering or similar environment
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise own workload in a busy pressured environment
  • Good level of education (Mathematics and English GCSE or equivalent)
  • Experience of export sales and aftersales support
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate, strong demonstrable knowledge of MS Office, in particular Excel
  • Able to demonstrate strong administrative and organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail with a good level of numeracy
  • French language skills would be beneficial but not essential

This a fantastic opportunity for an Administrator with knowledge of the manufacturing, engineering or similar industries to join a leading supplier of heavy lifting equipment to Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and the rest of West Africa.

With a competitive salary and benefits package on offer. Apply now if interested please send a CV and covering letter to website@patersonsimons.com

LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATOR

To assist with maternity cover (initially for a fixed period of one year but potential to become permanent).

Salary £18,000.00 — £20,000.00 depending on experience.

We are seeking a Logistics Administrator to assist with maternity cover, there is potential for this to become a permanent role for the right person. An opportunity has arisen in this busy Logistics team for a junior Logistics Administrator to assist the other three members of the team in dispatching orders of port handling and mining machinery, and spare parts from Europe to various destinations within West Africa. This would provide the opportunity to work between the continents of Europe and Africa in a very multi-cultural environment. Our company has an excellent reputation for machine and parts sales, and service in West Africa which we work hard to maintain.

The job would include:

  • Processing and shipping orders from the sales teams.
  • Issuing weekly reports to key customers.
  • Completing documentation to the required standard and ensuring that the procedure for control of documents is followed.

After the initial training period, we shall expect to see ability in problem solving, providing solutions and being able to identify when a matter should be escalated to the Unit Manager.

Educational Qualifications:

  • A-levels or higher.

Technical and Technological:

  • The right personal attributes are more important than previous experience as full training will be given, however, the following would be beneficial: Knowledge of supply chain especially logistics, geographical knowledge of West Africa, French speaking.

Specific Working Experience:

  • Must have strong IT skills with good working knowledge of Excel being essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritise a full workload.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Able to communicate quickly and efficiently via email and telephone.

Personal Attributes:

  • The role will suit someone flexible who enjoys working in a very dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work under own initiative, manage own workload after appropriate training period, but also be a strong team player.
  • Diplomatic and effective communicator and be able to communicate between cultures, countries, and communicate clearly where English is a second language.
  • Understanding the importance of deadlines, and acting quickly in urgent situations.

Quality Policy

The Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Company Quality Policy

  • To contribute meaningfully to our clients’ productivity by selecting, supplying and supporting quality lifting equipment that is both safe and well suited to their requirements. To be excellent in our execution of this.
  • To maintain and build on our reputation as being the market leader in West Africa for lifting equipment sales and aftermarket care.
  • To effectively work in partnership with stakeholders including customers, employees, subsidiaries and suppliers in a transparent manner.
  • To deliver outstanding customer care, throughout every step of the process from sales enquiry to after sales training.
  • To adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements which govern our products and services

To achieve this, we commit resources to implement, maintain, and continually improve a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2015, which ensures we satisfy, and continue to satisfy, our clients’ requirements. To drive continual improvement by having measurable, specific objectives against which to measure and analyse and record results, and to communicate our objectives effectively through the organisation.

The Board of Directors,
Paterson Simons & Co Africa Ltd
July 2017