Chief Operating Officer
Major Listed Consumer Retail Organisation
Cape Town

Company Background:.

A major listed consumer retail organisation with a multi-billion Rand turnover and employing several thousand people in their stores countrywide.

Position Summary:

The initial and primary focus of this role is to take responsibility for the finance and support services of the Group (including Finance, Secretarial, Legal, Information Technology, Logistics and Distribution). Once the candidate has established him/herself in the organisation it is envisaged that he/she will take responsibility for other key functions such as Human Resources, Credit Services and Marketing.

Key Attributes Required:

  • A graduate with a commercial qualification. An MBA would be preferable, but is not essential
  • Must have operated at a very senior level in a listed company and have a successful track record of growing a complex business (preferably retail – but this is not essential)
  • Experience in dealing with investors and the financial community
  • Skilled in acquisitive growth and negotiation of all aspects of local and international transactions
  • A working knowledge of consumer marketing with the ability to understand and contribute to decisions regarding brand and product positioning issues
  • Highly numerate with a keen understanding of critical ratio’s, income statement, cash flow and balance sheet structure. Familiar with funding options and a general understanding of local and international business and taxation

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