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Technical Manager , Africa

Reporting to the COO the Technical Manager provides leadership and direction for the Maintenance and Repair Team, ensuring all equipment and facilities operate at their optimum level of safety, reliability, availability & efficiency.

The Technical Manager is responsible for:

• Compliance with local HSSE policies & procedures, enforcing safe working practices and promoting a safe workplace. Promoting the delivery of continuous improvement and constant drive towards incident free operations. Ensuring the development and adoption of best practices and ways of working developed through controlled management of change. Preserving energy efficiency by using natural resources effectively and efficiently, protecting the natural environment.
• Providing leadership and strategy to Equipment Managers and specialists, and consistently ensuring that service of the highest quality is delivered to customers.
• Defining and tracking global and local KPIs and targets whilst reporting deviations from targets, developing improvement actions where necessary.
• Deploying the machinery, procedures and workforce needed to accomplish the operational plan, working closely with all support functions to ensure stability and high productivity levels, and encouraging the use of new processes, procedures and technology to enhance operational performance and efficiency.
• Developing and managing 5-year M&R business plan for terminal.
• Implementing global maintenance strategies for all terminal and facilities maintenance, considering local legislation and variances.
• Performing medium and long-term planning for asset purchase, refurbishment and disposal to maintain overall asset integrity and ensure achievement of operational targets, considering total cost of ownership.
• Accountable for the integrity of all terminal assets, facilities and infrastructure.
• Ensuring inspections, surveys and audits are performed as required on all assets.
• Ensuring all operational and technical risks are identified, reviewed and suitable mitigations are put in place.
• Ensuring inspections, surveys and audits are performed as required on all assets.
• Identifying and managing M&R resource requirements for the next 5 years, aligned with operational and commercial forecasts.
• Efficiently deploying the equipment, procedures and human resources necessary to accomplish local operational plans.
• Building a strong team by attracting and retaining talent through the provision of effective overall management, supervision, coaching, mentoring and support for all direct reports.
• Creating and sustaining an environment that is supportive of learning, training and development, whilst facilitating open dialogue and communications.
• Reinforcing the company culture, values & reputation and ensuring compliance with policies, standards and procedures.
• Supporting Global M&R Operating System and maintaining regular contact with peers.
• Managing local budgets and developing business cases, and technical equipment reports.
• Approving and authorizing local expenditures and developing cost estimations pertaining to technical equipment maintenance and repair.
• Assist the Global Head of M&R to develop and manage the Maintenance & Repair Department budget in accordance with the company’s business strategy.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
• Minimum university degree in engineering or relevant field.
• Five years’ experience leading maintenance and repair departments.
• Excellent organization skills, including planning, directing and monitoring activities.
• Good problem-solving skills, with an ability to define the problem, identify solutions and select the best solution.
• A “walk the shop floor” approach to problem solving.
• Experience in productivity optimization through process optimization.
• Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to empower others to take action.
• Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate across the local organization.
• Strong interpersonal skills able to build relationships and manage multiple stakeholders' interests toward a common business benefit.
• Able to exercise discretion and good judgment, with an ability to understand the overall effect of decisions taken, both locally and company-wide.
• Able to handle confidential company and employee information with complete discretion.
• Strong problem solving and analytical skills, including the ability to consider complex and ambiguous situations objectively, whilst applying full consideration of causes, implications on business and stakeholders.
• Fluent in English.
• Knowledge of local Safety, Health and Environment workplace regulations.
• Strong knowledge in computer skills and professional programs (i.e.: Microsoft Office, Database, EPR/CMMS systems).
• Knowledge and experience in quality management and customer satisfaction principles.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer, and also encourages women to apply for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please apply above or below.

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Expiring: Mar 05, 2020
CEO in Ghana , Ghana

The CEO is a first member of the team for the port project, and serves as a strategic partner and advisor to the client’s management team and Director – Global Investments. As the CEO the candidate will set-up and provide leadership and direction to the (project) team responsible for delivering the services under the Concession Agreement, and manage the day-to-day affairs of the company including but not limited to construction, financial, operational, administrative, community relations, and customer creation and service. The CEO will be the primary contact point between all port-related government bodies.

THE CANDIDATE
The right candidate is an engaging and focused leader who leverages best practice management skills to maximize team performance. As an individual the CEO is highly adaptive and excels in a dynamic environment.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Directing functions & performance
• Sets up & Leads the local team in management of day-to-day affairs of the company.
• Ensures that all managers are up to date with the concession related terms.
• Oversees annual budget requirements, approving budget guidelines, with end accountability for the achievement of both budget and financial goals of the organization in accordance with the business plan and updated financial model.

2. Contract Management
• Ensures that all company activities are carried out in commercial, technical, operational compliance with the concession agreement, projects agreements, financing agreements, service agreements and agreed business plan.
• Interfaces with all major contractors and vendors to achieve the agreed performance output as contracted.
• Ensures all contractual obligations of the company are fully met.
• Secures appropriate long-term service contracts.
• Seeks opportunities to enhance the popularity of the port and increase the project’s revenue potential.

3. Communication & Liaison
• Builds and actively manages relationships with all stakeholders.
• Represents the organization with the shareholders, the financial community and the public including the media.

4. Developing the business strategy
• Provides the vision, leadership and direction for the company. Establishes short and long-term goals, objectives, plans and policies, subject to approval by the client’s management.
• Develops the commercial strategy for approval by the client’s management.
• Develops and manages the business plan and annual operating plan.

5. Recruitment and Development
• Recruits / manages the local Senior Management team, and provides mentoring/guidance to senior managers.
• Implements a relevant performance management system.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Experience:
• At least fifteen (15+) plus years of working as an MD or CEO with experience in successfully managing concessions agreements and Oil & Gas/ off-shore terminal construction projects, in Ghana or West Africa.
• Extensive managerial and leadership knowledge, applying best practices to all sections of the business.
• Successful Track record of stakeholder management and dealing with senior authorities, bureaucrats and ministry level individuals.
• Excellent contacts with public authorities in Ghana.

Skills:
• Must be able to demonstrate strong leadership and exceptional skills in building interpersonal relationships, including a high degree of tact, diplomacy and ability to influence.
• In-depth understanding of financial concepts, financial models and hands-on with the financial implications of the project implementation processes.
• Excellent business acumen, including project management skills.
• Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
• A collaborative work style, fostering cooperation and teamwork.
• Advanced verbal and written communications skills in English in addition to effective interpersonal skills.

All applicants are required to submit to a complete background check and medical examination as a condition of employment. Only candidates that have successfully passed both checks will be eligible for employment.

If you’re interested in the position of CEO apply through this link.

Expiring: Mar 05, 2020
Chief Operations Officer , West Africa

Our client in West Africa is looking for a Chief Operations Officer.
Reporting to the Managing Director / CEO, the Chief Operations Officer will be responsible for creating and maintaining a terminal operational strategy that ensures a safe working environment, meets agreed service levels and is cost-efficient. The Chief Operations Officer is a member of the terminal senior management team and has a direct influence on the further growth and development of the terminal. He/ She oversee the operations of the organisation with a goal to meeting business goals and projections. The COO is expected to provide measurable input to the terminals business strategy within the limits of the role.

The position is responsible for:
• Setting and delivering the main operational initiatives which are within the strategy of the terminal.
• Establishing and implementing current and long-range goals, objectives, plans and policies of port operations and expansions.
• Providing leadership and direction for the Port/Terminal operations and taking responsibility for effective management and safety of all operations staff.
• Improving the quality of existing operational processes and methods on an ongoing basis, by providing input for effective local strategies for operating at optimal levels.
• Ensuring operational processes comply with HSSE policies & procedures.
• Playing a leading role in selection, negotiation and finalization of agreements with suppliers & customers including execution and maintenance of SLA’s.
• Liaising with customs agents, trucking companies, customs, port authorities, etc. to ensure that their requirements are met.
• Setting and achieving the budget for the reporting functions.
• Ensuring that the terminal adheres to the company’s Global standards on process and people development.
• Motivating, coaching and instructing all operational team members. Structuring tasks and goals, establishing efficient courses of action, setting priorities, organising information, efficiently, planning and executing daily tasks.
• Supporting programs and initiatives that emphasise incremental improvement in work process and outputs over an open-ended period of time.
• Liaising with labor unions and on behalf of the company taking part in long-term contract negotiations with labor unions. Ensuring industrial harmony with the workforce.
• Measuring and reporting on operational performance and developing plans to improve relevant key performance indicators

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
• Minimum university degree in logistics, maritime and port, or process/industrial engineering.
• Completed post-graduate studies in Port and/or Terminal Management, or related business studies is desirable.
• Minimum 7-year experience in operations management roles in the port and maritime industry, manufacturing, aviation or similar.
• Solid understanding of the container shipping industry end-to-end and an ability to relate with shipping company and other associated industry managers.
• Experience in cost and productivity optimisation through process optimisation, as well as design and implementation of new operation procedures.
• Extensive understanding of modern terminal operations and terminal management systems.
• Extensive knowledge of Terminal Operating Systems
• Fluent in English and preferably also in the local language
• Experience in finance related matters, setting budgets and reporting against financial objectives.
• Ability to meet objectives while promoting a team environment and developing people.

Critical Knowledge
• Lean knowledge and leadership
• Build Effective Teams
• Problem Solver mindset
• Effective Negotiation Skills
• Conflict Management
• Effective Communication Skills
• Collaboration
• Customer Centricity
• Agility

Our client is an equal opportunity employer, and also encourages women to apply for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please apply above or below.

Special job

Expiring: Feb 25, 2020
Senior Manager Sales in South Africa , South Africa

Our client is a leader in the global container shipping and logistics industry and we are looking for a Senior Manager Sales in South Africa for them.

PURPOSE:

Overall Responsibility :
• Develop a growth strategy for Africa for the company working closely with senior management.
• Deliver on Key utilization
• Gaining knowledge of the specifics of the market in Africa
• Building and managing a team that reaches the sales goals set by the company

Job Specification - Key Accountabilities:
 Ownership of seventy percent of West African ship utilization
 In charge of mapping complete Free On Board segment for all key African countries
 Building a strong support network in regional offices around the world for promotion for outbound and inbound cargo in Africa.
 Improve together with the team the cargo mix for inbound cargo by country
 Responsible for preperation, execution and maintenance of African Free On Board tender list
 Willing to work after hours and do business trips on short notice.

Critical Qualifications / Skills / Experience

Technical Competencies:
▪ Preferably a degree in Business, Sales , Marketing or equivalent
▪ Comprehensive experience in logistics, trade manegement and / or liner shipping
▪ Knowledgable about the processes and workflow in the shipping industry
▪ Knowledge of African Market. Having lived in Africa is an added advantage
▪ Excellent command of spoken and written English. Ability to speak and write in French and Portuguese will be an advantage.
▪ Good knowledge of user applications systems (FIS, CRM, Web Focus/Hyperion) will also be an advantage. Otherwise the candidate will have to be keen to learn fast.
▪ Analytical with ability to identify market opportunities,
▪ Solid problem-solving and organizational skills
▪ Customer-oriented with positive attitude
▪ Can demonstrate leadership skills to lead and motivate a team
▪ Ability to work under pressure and meet targets
▪ Willing to work very hard to achieve results and targets.

Core Competencies

Personality:
▪ Results-oriented, goal-driven
▪ Assertive negotiator
▪ Team player with a proactive attitude
▪ Result driven and persuasiveness
▪ Ability to communicate and collaborate
▪ Ability to work under pressure
▪ Flexible

Entrepreneurial and conceptional thinking and action:
▪ Acknowledge Signals
▪ Multi-dimensional thinking
▪ Courage to make decisions and accepting responsibility
▪ Lateral thinker
▪ Multi skilling and quick decision maker

Positive image to colleagues and customers:
▪ Capacity to support and inspire
▪ Open and honest attitude
▪ Hard working
▪ Lead by example

Are you interested in becoming a Senior Manager Sales in South Africa? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Nov 11, 2019
Key Accounts Manager in South Africa , South Africa

Our client wishes to expand its business offering and sales compliment with a view to acquiring more business in the new builds and repairs business.

POSITION IN THE ORGANISATION
Reports to: Managing Director
Subordinates: None.

FUNCTION PURPOSE
To play an integral role in success of the Organisation by bringing in new business to the Organisation and the effective on boarding of new clients. To develop the local sales, finding, growing and developing existing clients with the aim of developing new business.

Result Area
- New clients

Core Activities
- To research and obtain new clients in the maritime industry across a broad spectrum;
- To develop a trust relationship with this portfolio so that they come to us as a supplier first;
- Understand what the key requirements are of the customer;
- Work with the other staff regarding new tenders for new clients and the business proposals;
- Represent the Company in terms of business with the clients and any social functions;

Outcome criteria
- Obtain new clients in the maritime industry who could be potential purchasers of vessels;
- Develop the relationship so that the client wants to work with and use our organisation as the supplier;
- Close deals with new clients for new and repair business.


Result Area
- Existing clients

Core Activities
­- Continue the relationships and continue to build relationships with the clients on all levels;
­- Research their needs on an ongoing basis;
- Decide whether the requirement is for new builds or repair Work;
- Work with the Management at the yard to ensure tenders are done in time or quotations delivered in time.

Outcome criteria
­- Have a portfolio of strong accounts.


Result Area
- Tenders and quotations

Core Activities
- Assist with the drawing up of tenders and quotations for new and repair work;
- Do accurate costing and estimates using approved BBBEE suppliers;

Outcome criteria
­- ­ Develop tenders that are successful and positive in that the Company wins them.


Result Area
Developing contacts and creating awareness

Core Activities
- Using existing client knowledge and developing new client connections to develop the sales channels further;
- Developing all client contacts to further the name of the organisation as a preferred supplier;
- Maintaining the existing contacts within the Governmental customers to ensure the ongoing communication

Outcome criteria
- Represent the Company at all levels, engendering trust and confidence with clients.


Result Area
Technical competence

Core Activities
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

Outcome criteria
- Up to date information and ability to act on all levels when discussing new build and repair work;


Result Area
Reports and administration

Core Activities
- Keeps management informed by submitting activity and results reports, such as daily call reports, weekly work plans, and monthly and annual territory analyses;
- Provides historical records by maintaining records on area and customer sales.

Outcome criteria
- Weekly / monthly reporting on activities and possible sales and progression of sales.

Other duties and responsibilities express and implied which arise from the nature and character of the post within the organisation.
Carry out any reasonable duties consistent with the post as directed.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

Educational level
- Diploma or degree in commerce / law.
- Background of the SAN, Armscor, TNPA, or having working experience in those types of businesses’.

Are you interested in becoming a Key Accounts Manager in South Africa? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Mar 28, 2019
General Manager (Container) in Sierra Leone , Sierra Leone

Our client is looking for a General Agency Manager for their container division / department in Sierra Leone.

Purpose / overview:
- To lead and manage the overall daily operation of the company
- Ensure smoothly information flow through the various departments
- To drive the company forward in all aspects, this incl. business as well as staff
- To protect and enhance the reputation and standing of the company in all respects
- Reports directly to the Managing Director and head office
- Oversees procedures and deadlines are met in alliance with the Head Office’s guidelines

Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Operations – Supervise the operation team. Ensure fast and efficient operation and turnaround of vessels. Maintain professional and fruitful relationship with both Freetown Terminal as well as the Sierra Leone Port Autohorities.

- Logistics – Organize all logistics aspect with the Logistics Manager. Safeguard all claims, user account control, container control as well as logistics reports are done as per guidelines.

- Sales – Organize and motivate both the import as well as export sales team. Provide sales tool, both to maintain existing clients, but also to gain new client. Manage and maintain key accounts with local sales team

- Documentation – Supervise both import and export documentation department, to ensure local as well as the Company’s directions are followed.

- Customer Service – Ensure the team keeps providing professional customer service in a highly competitive market

- IT – IT officer will take care of the daily running. The General Agency Manager is in control of any new implementations the Head Office requires.

- HR – Overall leadership of 20 staff including recruitment, training/development, performance management and discipline and grievance

- PR – Liaises with media, advertisers and other suppliers/contacts in relation to brand, advertising and publicity. All PR is done with support from the Managing Director.

- Finance – Oversees the Finance Manager and his/her team but holds ultimate responsibility and signature authority for all financial transactions on behalf of the company. Approves monthly staff salaries and authorizes all expenses. Approves and ensures deadlines for financial reports (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly) are met in alliance with local procedure as well as Head Office’s instructions.

- Legal and Administration – Manages staff to ensure the office is efficiently and compliantly run at all times. Holds all local legal responsibilities (JV, staff, building contracts, insurance) and oversees all supplier relationships and contracts.

Requirements:
• Proven working experience as an Agency Manager in the container branch
• 5-7 years of experience in West Africa
• Demonstrable ability to lead and manage staff
• Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects
• Fluency in English

Personal characteristics:
• Operational mindset taking precaution for the challenges in the country
• Ability to think out of the box to create and sell solutions
• Be a business developer with focus on expanding the business and improve internal agent network
• Should be outgoing, have a good sense of humor, responsible and self-driven, conscientious, focused, result-oriented, purposeful and most important; know how to be a good team player and manager/leader for his team

They offer:
• Being part of a young and dynamic team
• Being part of successful company with a high track record in West and Central Africa
• Exciting challenges every day!

Start date is a.s.a.p., but no later than Dec 1st 2017.
Single status only

Expiring: Mar 22, 2018
Financial Controller in West Africa , West Africa

Our client is looking for expats to fill the position as Financial Controllers in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinee.
They are looking for a strong financial candidate with an accounting / controlling background that is ready for a second or third step in his or her career.

Job description:
• Responsible for the day to day accounting
• Maintains a financial structure for its own country
• Controls all financial planning and reporting
• Takes care of up-to-date financial information
• Reports to and works closely together with CFO in Europe
• Manages a small local team at the office
• Handles miscellaneous matters as required
• Great potential, great team, fantastic experience and career move, a lot of independency required

The candidate must be:
Creative, practical, flexible, adventurous, able to work with little or no supervision, a self-starter, entrepreneurial

Requirements:
• Bachelor with a professional financial qualification (i.e. ACCA, etc.) or master in finance or economic field is a must
• At least 3 years’ experience in finance, preferably in logistics, mining, oil and gas
• Excellent financial reporting skills
• Good organizer and communicator
• Fluent in English
• Previous experience in a developing country is an advantage

What they offer:
• Great team and career opportunity
• Accommodation, flights, transport, international insurance
• Competitive salary
Start date asap, note this is a single status position

Are you interested in becoming a Financial Controller in West Africa? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Mar 22, 2018

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