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POSITION: Managing Director, Leading Lighting Company

JOB LOCATION: Johannesburg

REPORTS TO: Zone Director, Middle East and Africa, Parent Company and Board of Directors

TOTAL STAFF RESPONSIBILITY: 300 people

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: €40 million (R400 million) revenue

COMPANY BACKGROUND:

The South African company is a subsidiary of a Global Lighting Manufacturing Company. It manufactures and supplies lighting products to customers in South Africa and on the African continent. The company employs 300 people.

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE OPPORTUNITY:

Assume responsibility and authority for the effective leadership and profitable management of the company with particular emphasis on: developing the business, successfully driving the technological changes and contributing to the future development of the company

  • Managing on a day-to-day basis a team of highly qualified professionals, who are themselves responsible for specific departments
  • Defining the overall strategy of the company, together with the Parent Group, and implementing this strategy at every level including sales & marketing, production, finance and human resources
  • Conducting a critical review of the organisation particularly the sales model and the operating and production style and focusing clearly on the most important priorities.

EDUCATION REQUIRED:

Should ideally have a Electronics, Civil, or Electrical Engineering degree. A post-graduate business/management qualification would be advantageous

KEY ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:

  • At least ten years experience as General/Divisional Manager of a company which manufactures and sells technical equipment.
  • Must have a successful track record of sales to the public sector
  • Must have a working knowledge of technical products, ideally electronic or lighting products
  • Should ideally have managed a minimum staff complement of 150 people and have had profit and loss responsibility for a division or company with an annual turnover of at least R100 million
  • Experience in a multinational group would be advantageous
  • Must be fluent in English and should ideally speak or understand some other South African languages and French
  • Very good commercial skills in addition to a technical understanding
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A self-starter who can take the initiative and operate independently
  • Should ideally be a South African citizen
  • Must be willing to travel locally and internationally when required
  • Business and results driven; understanding the commercial implications for the growth of the Southern African market

 

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In large companies and the public sector, specialist managers with expert knowledge may control departments, while a general manager provides unifying leadership from the top.

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