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.

Headquartered 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 port, mining and oil industries in West Africa.

We represent a number of key manufacturers and all our sales come with a full working manufacturer’s 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) EDWARD LYNE: Non-Executive Director, JOHN TRAYNOR: Managing Director, Group Sales, JAMES SAVOY: Group Technical Director, KWAKU OKOH: Managing Director Pasico Ghana PLC., (Our Ghana Subsidiary), STEVE BAKER: Financial Director, Group Finance and HENRY LYNE: Director, Group Strategy.

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 sales and service hub for all of the Paterson Simons lifting equipment brands with branches in Accra, Tema and Takoradi. Pasico is also the base for the Group CIT division offering 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).In addition to this, Pasico is also the Ghana-based and majority-owned company that sells famous brand building materials: Naco louvred windows and Pasiguard® safety grilles.

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

Paterson Simons & Co. Togo SARL U
Opened in 2014, the company is a dedicated lifting solutions and service provider for the Togo market.

Recruitment

Paterson Simons is always on the lookout for talent to join our diverse, hard working, multiskilled team. If you think you have something to offer us please contact recruitment@patersonsimons.com with a CV and covering email explaining why. Please put the job position that you are applying for in the subject of your email.

Current Vacancies:

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

1. Service Manager
2. Parts Sales Executive
3. French Speaking Logistics Administrator
4. Logistics Team Leader


Service Manager

Location: West Africa
Department: Engineering
Working Environment: Container Terminals

Job Purpose:
Provide supervision and organization of the technical team for the End user customer’s contract. To Ensure the preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance and breakdown repairs are carried out timely and efficiently to an OEM standard.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Comply with PSAL Group employee handbook, policies & procedures. Incorporating contractual employment obligations.
2. Comply with Group safety policy & report all unsafe practice. Managing the safety of yourself and others at all times.
3. Coordinate preventive, corrective and breakdown teams.
4. Evaluate time to time our service in term of quality and quantity of jobs in aims to improve where it is needed.
5. Propose to the customer in collaboration with the reliability engineer and the contract manager continuous improvement of the service.
6. Be part of daily, weekly meetings as per the organization of the terminal
7. Make sure that the missing and the predicted required parts are highlighted to the customer on time and with traceability.
8. To liaise with the Paterson Simons & Co. Africa Ltd group for technical or commercial requirements (parts quotations or technical queries).
9. Time to Time, must be on field to audit the work done by the team.
10. Support the team on field when needed for Mechanical, Hydraulic, PLC, Electrical issues and the on-call duties.
11. Coordinate the external tasks and jobs based on the Rota and the available manpower.
12. Undertake work freely and address pending requirements promptly and professionally.
13. Knowledgeable on Port Operations and equipment.
14. Make sure Planned Maintenance / Corrective Maintenance & Repair work are conducted as OEM standards. All actions to be well structured and reported.
15. Conduct project work or other reasonable tasks associated to the effective maintenance of the contract equipment as directed by the contract manager.
16. Provide formal reporting to encompass all detail of work undertaken, time spent, tools used, root causes identified, parts replaced or further work required.
17. Ensure all activity is recorded to customers maintenance management system & PSAL reporting structure.
18. To keep abreast with Product Bulletins and other relevant publications e.g. Service Instructions.
19. To inform Management on safety concerns / defects or other information which would prevent equipment or personnel accident.
20. Provide troubleshooting and technical assistance in all group port equipment as directed by contract manager. E.g., Lift Trucks, Tractor Units, FLT’s, RTG Cranes, STS cranes, Mobile harbor cranes, Spreaders, Lift.
21. Ensuring delivery of the timelines agreed with customers are met and delays are both avoided and properly communicated.
22. To execute work to best practice in terms of Safety Standards and OEM maintenance requirements.
23. Seek to improve practices / procedures which could safely save engineering time and/or machine downtime.

Supervisory duties:
1. To supervise the maintenance, corrective and Breakdown team ensuring the heist standard.
2. Do frequent meetings with the supervisors to have feedback of the field.
3. Ensuring all staff assigned to you operate effectively, efficiently and in line with EHS / Engineering best practice through the Seniors and the Shift leaders
4. Make sure that the major requirements for the job in terms of tools are fulfilled.
5. To transfer knowledge and skills to engineers in PSAL & its subsidiaries

Training & Development duties:
1. Participate openly in all forms of training for the benefit of the company and personal capability / safety.
2. Own your own development; seek courses to benefit your work in Port Services & present these ideas to contracts manager

Educational Qualification:
A recognized qualification in engineering. Mechanical / Electrical engineering (Certificates / Diploma / Apprenticeship).
Fluent in English & French.

Technical & Technological:
Able to demonstrate technical competence in the field of Port cranes engineering over a period of at least 8 years’ experience.
PLC Siemens S7 300, 400 (SIMATIC manager)
Siemens SCADA System
Simotion or Starter to diagnose Siemens Drives especially S120 drives
Experienced in KC RTG troubleshooting and maintenance.
Experienced in Volvo Penta and Cummins engines & Alternators.
Experienced in ZPMC STS troubleshooting and maintenance.

Managerial
Able to demonstrate a competence in team work and in self-starting.
Taking the lead to get actions underway and with consideration for safety and the equipment operating efficiency.
Be Proactive by anticipating issues.
Quality Management.
5S Implement.
Manpower utilization.
Maintenance Management.
KPI.
Risk Assessment.

Personality Attributes:
1. Responsible & reliable
2. Honest & trustworthy
3. Punctual.
4. Self-starter
5. Cooperative and strong communicator (Written & verbal)
6. Ability to work long hours and maintain drive
7. Physical fitness and mental alertness
8. Excellent team player

To apply for the Service Manager role, please email your CV and cover letter to recruitment@patersonsimons.com and put 'Service Manager' in your email subject.


Parts Sales Executive

Location: Brighton and Hove, Sussex.
£21,000.00 - £23,000.00 - DOE
Full-Time / Permanent

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


French Speaking Logistics Administrator

Location: Brighton and Hove, Sussex
£18,000.00 - £20,000.00 - DOE
Full-Time / Permanent

An opportunity has arisen in this busy Logistics team based in Brighton, UK for a junior Logistics Administrator to assist the other four members of the team in dispatching orders of port handling and mining machinery, and spare parts from Europe to many 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.


Logistics Team Leader

Location: Brighton and Hove, Sussex
£25,000.00 - £27,000.00 - DOE
Full-Time / Permanent

An opportunity has arisen in our busy Logistics team based in Brighton, UK for the right person to assist in the running of the Logistics department. Shipping heavy machinery spare parts to many destinations in West Africa we 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:
• Organising the workload of the four-strong Logistics team.
• Reporting to the Logistics manager and assisting in the day-to-day running of the department.
• 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 Logistics Manager.

Educational Qualifications:
• A-levels or higher.

Specific Working Experience:
• Knowledge of supply chain especially logistics, geographical knowledge of West Africa, French speaking would be an advantage.
• Must have strong IT skills with good working knowledge of Excel being essential.
• A strong logistics background.
• 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.

Quality and Corporate & Social Responsibility

We believe Corporate & Social Responsibility is a key component to the growth of our business and our core values are embedded in our quality management system.

Corporate & Social Responsibility is overseen by the board of directors and is evaluated as part of the company risk register and in various processes in the business including but not limited to the selection of suppliers and subcontactors, recruitment and staff policies and working practices. For more information see the following documents.

QD027 CORPORATE & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY POLICY

QD004 PSAL GROUP HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT POLICY

QD058 PRIVACY POLICY

QD062 ANTI BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION POLICY