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Chief Executive Officer Career Opportunity in Kenya

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Job description

The CEO directly supervises :

- The Head of Finance

- The Head of Construction
- The Head of Operations
- The Head of Human Resources

and reports to:
  • The Board of Directors of the Nairobi City Park Service Company
  • The Director and Deputy-Director of the Historic Cities Programme of AKTC
The CEO is the highest placed employee in Company. His/Her authority extends to all departments and services of the company

A. Chief responsibilities

The CEO is responsible for:
  • Maintaining relations with relevant institutions of the Government of Kenya at all levels and interacting with them on a regular basis.
  • Providing a direct link between the Board of Directors of the Company and the Heads of Finance, Human Resources, Construction and Operation.
  • Creating annual operating plans that support the strategic direction set by the Board and correlate with consolidated annual operating and construction budgets. The CEO would also submit annual plans to the Board for approval.
  • Creating conditions that ensure optimal collaboration and trust between the senior management of the Company and regular employees.
  • Developing and monitoring strategies that ensur the long-term financial viability of the Company.
  • Overseeing the operations of the Company and managing its compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluating the Company’s senior staff’s performance on a regular basis.
  • Protecting the Company’s image and obtaining the highest level of satisfaction from visitors.
  • Achieving budgeted financial objectives and increasing revenues and income before expenses and debt repayment, helping to achieve approved gross margin percentages and ensuring that proper operational cost controls are in place in areas of staffing, supplies, etc.
  • Developing, in close collaboration with the different Heads of Departments, Profit and Loss Statements and Annual Forecasts.
  • Providing a direct link between the Board of Directors of the Company and the Heads of Finance, Human Resources, Construction and Operation.
  • Preparing, obtaining approval and overseeing implementation of Company policies, as well as policies for the management of Nairobi City Park, such as opening hours, admittance, pricing policy, etc.
  • Providing the Board with quarterly updates and representing the Company during meetings with the Board.
  • Engaging in an on-going dialogue with Geneva-based senior staff of AKTC on daily construction-related and operational issues;
In order to ensure that the different Heads of the Company’s departments respect their budgets and implement agreed policies and procedures for construction and operation of Nairobi City Park, the CEO will:

With regard to the oversight of Finance:
in close collaboration with the Head of Finance, ensure that:
  • Budgets will be prepared within pre-determined timeframes.
  • Financial previews will be available in time for the Board to review.
  • The planning and management of the finance system is in compliance with international standards.
  • Software in place is fully compatible with AKTC’s main system.
  • The Company complies with fiscal liabilities, where this might be applicable.
  • The Company’s assets are properly insured.
With regard to the oversight of Construction:
in close collaboration with the Head of Construction, ensure that:
  • The agreed timeframe for construction activities will be respected.
  • Budgets are prepared within pre-determined timeframes.
  • Tender procedures for budget items/activities above the agreed threshold will be respected and will be transparent.
  • Preference will be given to local/national providers where possible.
  • Every effort will be made to obtain necessary permits in time for the start of construction activities.
With regard to the oversight of Operations:
in close collaboration with the Head of Operations, ensure that:
  • Operational policies for company will be developed. Such policies would be based on ample consultation with representative Kenyan Civil Society organisations
  • Budgets are prepared within pre-determined timeframes.
  • Revenues of park operations are tracked and reported in conformity with conditions set by the Company’s main lenders and grant makers.
  • Park maintenance is carried out in a timely manner to avoid any impression of deterioration of company over time.
  • Tender procedures for major maintenance activities above the agreed threshold will be respected and will be transparent.
  • Preference will be given to local/national providers where possible.
  • Appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems are in place for measuring visitation (visitors’ satisfaction, visitor numbers by amenity as well as in aggregate, financial turnover per amenity if applicable, etc.).
  • Ensure that the leases, issued to leaseholders of financially performing components such as the retail section, restaurants, caf├ęs and gym, are providing the Company with the best financial returns, while minimizing  risk exposure.
  • Areas of possible opportunity for revenue growth, cost containment and process improvement are identified. These areas would need to be analysed and recommendations for improvement would need to be made.
  • Organise the availability of Company members for media/PR events as required.
  • Oversee content, production and distribution of all marketing and publicity materials (posters, flyers, brochures, video clips, etc.).
With regard to the oversight of Human Resources:
in close collaboration with the Head of Human Resources, ensure that:
  • Proper job descriptions for all positions in the Company are in place.
  • Budgets are prepared within pre-determined timeframes.
  • HR policies covering all aspects of employment are in place and are adhered to.
  • Staff is properly trained in its outreach to the public.
  • Protocols are developed to educate Company staff entrusted with security how to engage with offenders within the Park’s boundaries. 
  • Basic training on environmental aspects is provided to all Company employees.
  • Recruitment and contracting of Company staff will be done in compliance with the Company’s rules and regulations.
B. Specific responsibilities

The CEO ensures that:
  • A year calendar for general and specific activities and events within the park is prepared and regularly adjusted. This will be done in close collaboration with the Head of Operations.
  • A suitable replacement(s) is on duty during the CEO’s absence.
  • Meetings involving all heads of departments take place on a regular basis.
  • Appraisals/evaluations of senior staff take place at least on a yearly basis.
  • He/She is available for visitors and staff whenever required.
  • He/She develops each year a roadmap toward a jointly defined goal or theme for that specific year.
  • He/She participates in the recruitment of senior staff, takes note of their training requirements and participates in their annual appraisal/evaluation.
Requirements for this position include:
  • Bachelor's Degree in marketing, accounting, management, finance, or related field required, Master's Degree or additional formal educations is preferred
  • Currently working as an executive (e.g. CEO, COO, CFO) or Director at a real estate, hospitality, retail, profitable public institution or park, or related sustainable or for-profit enterprise
  • Minimum 15 years of experience working with a sustainable or for-profit enterprise
  • Working knowledge of operations and financial management and marketing methods.
  • Strong recruitment and relations experience required
  • Financial analysis and results driven (Revenue, costs and Profit)
  • Motivating and leadership qualities
  • Marketing diversification
  • Ethically and morally sound
  • Skilled in performing detailed review and analysis of real-time financial data to drive strategic business decisions and results

To apply applicants to profile themselves through by 5th June 2013

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