Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Job Purpose

To develop core business strategies in order to facilitate new business developments, whilst providing operational and personnel support to ensure the functionality and sustainability of the organisation as a whole.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Development of strategic direction
  • Give input to the Board and influence for support
  • Ensure relevant policy formulation and strategy development
  • Ensure implementation of strategy
  • Actively identify fundraising opportunities
  • Delegate appropriate authority levels to key managers
  • Quarterly review of the strategy plan to ensure currency and appropriateness
  • Business agenda devolved to line
  • Proactive assessment of future business needs
  • Sustainability forecast
  • Big picture communication to staff
  • Ongoing vision review for sustainability and profitability


  1. Effective people management
  • Ensure job descriptions and performance contracts are in place for all staff
  • Conduct and record quarterly performance reviews
  • Investigate and resolve non-performance issues timeously
  • Ensure incentive programmes are in place and applied consistently
  • Assess career development needs against organisational needs
  • Proactively identify opportunities for individual development
  • Do critical job assessment in line with the strategic plan
  • Conduct core essential skills assessment in line with the strategic plan
  • Identify a clear line of succession and develop action plans
  • Develop contingency plans to ensure organisational sustainability
  1. Operations management
  • Conduct monthly review
  • Identify and analyse trends
  • Undertake regular site visits to facilitate problem-solving and strengthen key relationships
  • Attend board meetings
  • Authorise/ identify new business
  • Identify new market opportunities
  • Ensure appropriate, ethical and relevant procurement practices
  • Conduct business viability assessments
  • Provide problem solving functionality
  • Identify and explore development opportunities
  • Assess recommendations for business expansion


  1. Relationships and interfaces
  • Maintain an open door policy
  • Remove operational obstacles
  • Provide problem-solving assistance
  • Delegate appropriate authority
  • Implement and monitor effective business communication process
  • Encourage team-based decision making
  • Smooth business processes
  • Solve critical issues at highest levels
  • Identify critical personnel in core business partners and competitors
  • Support industry affiliations
  1. Corporate governance
  • Decision-making only after appropriate consultation
  • Consider the position of related stakeholders
  • Justification for decisions
  • Decision-making for the organisational good
  • Regularly assess and communicate corporate values
  • Encourage values-related terminology
  • Lead by example in organisational ethics and morals
  • Take strong action against non-adherence to values, ethics and codes
  • Full accountability – with relevant explanations
  • Facilitate access to information


  1. Financial discipline
  • Develop funding proposals in line with strategic vision
  • Complete financial reporting at least quarterly
  • Assess budgetary requests
  • Assess budget reconciliations on a monthly basis
  • Investigate and probe any variance
  • Approve discretionary additional funding, where appropriate
  • Compile legal and shareholder reports timeously
  1. Leadership
  • Establish, guide, direct and oversee the Company aligned with overall strategy and objectives
  • Identify and timeously address problems and opportunities central to business success
  • Plan, select, develop and maintain suitable manpower capabilities for the Department
  • Develop and maintain a high performance team
  • Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legal and statutory requirements, meet principles of sound corporate governance and internationally accepted environmental, health, safety and quality standards

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent decision-making skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Inspires others
  • Good delegator
  • Good blend of people/task orientation
  • Big picture outlook
  • Forward thinking
  • Able to maintain a multi-task focus
  • Results driven
  • Supportive
  • Development focused


Leadership Competencies:

  • Driving accountability
  • Drive and energy
  • Initiating action
  • Building and maintaining stakeholder relationships
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Impact and influence
  • Business understanding
  • Facilitating and managing performance
  • Attracting, developing and retaining talent
  • Strategic focus
  • Articulating and cascading the vision and values

Qualifications & Experience

  • An MBA
  • Qualification in Economics will be a plus
  • At least 10 years’ experience at a similar level
  • Broad knowledge of relevant industry
  • Good knowledge of relevant policies and procedures
  • In-depth business process knowledge
  • Relevant investment management knowledge
  • Good understanding of financial management principles
  • Good understanding of project management principles
  • Good understanding of economic infrastructure
  • Good understanding of relevant legislation
  • Good understanding of key principles of contract management
  • In-depth understanding of core business principles