CAREER SUMMARY

Bob TallentROBERT TALLENT B.A. (Hon’s), M.I.I.E.

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

A 1995 Graduate in Business Studies and Marketing, Bob also has a Diploma in Industrial Engineering.  Add that to, in excess of, 25 years Senior and Middle Management Experience plus 20+ years Management Consultancy and Training and you have a Highly Experienced and Committed Management, Business and Training Professional

Highly Experienced in Business and Financial Planning (generally SMEs and not for profit organisations), Training, Business Evaluation, Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Administration, Accounts, Computers and Human Resources.  He is an organiser.  He makes things happen.

Industry Experience has included such a huge range of businesses it is impossible to mention them here, but it includes Profit and Not for Profit Organisations, Clothing, Motor Trade, Printing, FMCG, Retail and Wholesale, Pharmaceutical, Timber Mill, Concrete Manufacturing, Computers, Hi and Low Tech Industries, Skilled and Low Skilled Personnel, Solicitors Medical and Accountancy Practices, Internet, Construction, Facilities, Etc.

Community Experience: Sits on Blanchardstown Drugs Task Force, co-founder of Hartstown/Huntstown Community Drugs team in 1997.  Sat on residents association and parish council, committee member of Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs, organise local Garda community watch, etc.  Past Chair of National Children’s Day Association.  Past Chair of Dublin Branch of Institute of Industrial Engineers and Committee member of Council of IIE.  He has learnt to get the balance between community and business issues relative to people and achievements.

Bob started business life about 45 years ago, when he started to train in Industrial Engineering.  He qualified 5 years later and for 12 years he worked in a number of large and multinational organisations as department head in charge of Manufacturing, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, etc.  In 1983, the Company he worked for, Thomas De La Rue, closed their Irish Facility.  Six months before the Company closed, he decided to set up his own business – retailing home brew concentrates and equipment.

When TDLR closed, he moved into the shop.  Even though he had little or no money, he wanted to open in wholesale.  He identified a need for an Irish home brew wholesaler to supply all the retailers’ needs from a single wholesaler at competitive prices.  To satisfy those needs, he formed an alliance with one of the larger UK wholesalers and became their Irish agent.

Within 3-4 years he built Superieure Home Brew into the largest Irish home brew wholesaler.  He also kept the shop - Tallent Food Store - and over the next few years started and developed two other businesses, Superieure Chemicals - selling industrial chemicals and equipment - and VR Body Shop – selling paint, accessories and equipment to panel beaters and garages.

He had not taken a holiday for 12 years and worked an 80-hour week.  His personal life was beginning to suffer, so he decided to sell the businesses.  He sold three and closed one during 1993/4.  Also in 1993, he decided to take some time out for himself and his family.  He also started an Honours BA in Business Studies Course at night.  He qualified with a 2.1 Honours Degree in 1995.  This added on to his Industrial Engineering Qualification.

In 1994/5, he started his own consultancy business – The Synergy Group (TSG).  Initially this was aimed at manufacturing, but in a year or so, he changed the focus.  The new focus was aimed at small and medium sized businesses.  He found that, because he was an entrepreneur for 12 years, had 14 years experience in manufacturing management, had recently finished a BA in Business Studies and was an Industrial Engineer, that he was easily able to relate to the needs of the entrepreneur and had the skills to work with them.  He also decided to run training courses.

From 1995 to date, he had developed TSG to a stage where it has it’s own suite of offices and training facilities and full professional supports for the new and growing business.

He has also tirelessly worked with local community based groups.  Many community groups are also businesses and he has learnt that they also have to have professional management and business acumen.

EXPERIENCE

  • Between 1983 and 1994, started and ran 4 businesses with a t/o of £1m, staff of 11.  In 1993-4 he sold three and closed one.
  • In 1995, got a BA (Hon’s 2.1) in Business Studies and Marketing.  This was after 25 years industry and business management experience. Also has a Diploma in Industrial Engineering.
  • In 1994, started & presently running The Synergy Group.
  • In 2002, The Synergy Group built its own premises.
  • Has a client base of many hundreds of clients.
  • Has produced hundreds of business, financial, strategic and marketing plans with people.
  • Put businesses through the process of getting grants – up to €63.5k (£50k).
  • Assists clients to achieve their objectives, e.g. many have doubled their revenue, gone from losses to profits, gone from negative cashflow to positive, acquisitions, business recovery, etc.
  • Works with community groups.
  • Designs and runs training programmes.
  • Critical Analysis of businesses.
  • Set up Manufacturing Systems.
  • Negotiation: with Unions, Banks, etc.
  • Controlled the Installation of Multi Million Pound Machinery.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND AFFILLIATIONS

·         B.A. (Hon’s) Business studies

·         Diploma in Industrial Engineering (M.I.I.E.)

Between 1970 and today, numerous courses in

Training and Consultancy Accreditation.  On-going professional development.  Sales and Sales Management. Quality inc. ISO 9000. Vehicle Paint - Technical Training.  Microsoft software.  Credit Management.  SYOB Course.  IMI Management Development, Negotiation, Supervisory/Motivation.  Team Participation/Leadership.  Advanced Driving.

General Management:

He is a professional manager of people and businesses from professional to voluntary disciplines.

Mentoring/Coaching

A professional and confidential ‘sounding board’ for owner managers and business executives to help them achieve, shine and create wealth by sharing experiences, listening and advising.

Business Planning and Analysis

Business and Financial Planning, Problem Definition, Goal and Strategy Formulation, Efficiency Audits, SBUs or Company.  New and established businesses

Training

Design, Co-ordinate and Present Training and Management Development Courses. Ran courses for many other providers, e.g. FÁS, Enterprise Boards, Area Partnerships and other agencies.

Business Development

Analysis of Poor Profits, Cash Flow, Sales or Performance.  New Product Development. 

Generally, Businesses that feel that they can do better and areas of Continuous Improvement.  Sourcing Finance and Grants.

Recruitment

Writing Job Specification, Sourcing and Interviewing Applicants, Etc.

Human Resources

Negotiation, Change Introduction, Team Building, Etc.

Manufacturing

Systems Design, Efficiency Improvement, Waste Reduction, Quality Systems, BPR, World Class Manufacturing, Etc.

Industrial Engineering

All Areas.

Community

Working with community organisations to evaluate and bring them forward in the professional world.

Driving

Advanced Driver, instruction and all areas of safe driving

 

CONTACT DETAILS

10, Oakview Drive, Clonsilla, Dublin, 15

Phone: -          +353(0)1 821 5189

Mobile: -         +353 (0)87 232 6927

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Web Site: -     www.synergy.ie

 

Address

Office Premises
Synergy House
10, Oakview Drive
Clonsilla
Dublin 15
Ireland

Contact Info

Tel: +353 (0)1 8215189
Mobile: +353 (0)87 2326927
Email: info@synergy.ie

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