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Be a Transformative Leader - Recruitment of top talent for a leading regional chain of retail supermarkets
Our client, Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (USL) is a chain of retail supermarkets currently operating in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), and is the only listed retail outlet in the Eastern African Region. 

The Company operates a network of 37 branches across East Africa. USL strives to be the best choice for customers by helping to ease retail shopping as the friendly home of value, and striving to achieve a worry and hassle-free shopping at competitive prices and enshrined high level of integrity member of the society.

USL is currently undergoing a major restructuring to ensure efficiency and support its growth strategy. 

In order to execute and sustain its growth and expansion strategy, USL is seeking to recruit result oriented individuals with drive, vision and creativity to manage the chain of Supermarkets in the following capacity:

Head of Human Resources
Ref: HR/06/2015

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Human Resources will develop and deliver people management strategies which support the Company’s overall strategic objectives making a contribution at both strategic and operational level in order to identify HR priorities and recommend appropriate people management solutions.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining HR policies and procedures to ensure effective, fair and consistent management of staff throughout the company;
  • Preparing, implementing and monitoring of the annual HR Plan to support the overall strategic aims and objectives of the Company;
  • Developing, guiding, and advising on structure, optimal staffing, reward/compensation, recruitment, transfers, termination, training, performance management, and talent management of all staff within the Company;
  • Preparing and controlling the approved HR operations budget;
  • Identifying global best practice to keep the USL HR function and the organisation as a whole updated;
  • Providing policy advice and guidance on industrial and employee relations matters and maintaining industrial peace and harmony in the Company;
  • Advising management and line managers on employee relations matters, labour regulations, and emerging industrial relations trends;
  • Maintaining cordial relations and consulting widely with the Unionised staff, Federation of Kenya Employers, Industrial Court and the Ministry of Labour;
  • Managing investigations, disciplinary and grievance matters;
  • Ensure development and implementation of the performance management systems; and
  • Leading the HR team to deliver all planned and agreed department and individual performance targets to ensure that the HR department is efficient and value adding to the Company.
Personal Specification
  • Bachelors’ degree in Business related field;
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience at a senior management level in a large and complex organisation;
  • A member of IHRM; and
  • Demonstrated record of excellent negotiation, people management and communication skills.

Head of Treasury
Ref: HT/06/2015

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Head of Treasury will manage the treasury function and credit control and continuously resolve as well as improve the current accounting systems in addition to providing management with accurate financial information.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Managing and advising on long-term and short-term investment strategies;
  • Reviewing weekly and monthly performance of USL, highlighting areas of concern to management; and advising accordingly;
  • Managing all aspects of in-house investment portfolios;
  • Forecasting cash requirements and advising on investment of surplus funds;
  • Ensuring the completeness of revenue by comparing marketing statistics with financial information;
  • Reviewing and recommending changes to the investment policies based on the market conditions;
  • Approving payment requests and facilitating the processing of payments; and
  • Appraising staff, identifying their training needs and developing training programmes to enhance their skills.
Personal Specification
  • A fully qualified accountant with current membership to a professional accounting body;
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university;
  • A minimum of 7 years working experience, at least 5 of which should be in a senior management and/or advisory role within Treasury function; and
  • Good knowledge and experience on all aspects of a financial institution, accounting and IFRS standards and legal points of view is required.

Chief Financial Officer
Ref: CFO/06/2015

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer USL, the Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for the functions of Finance and Procurement to ensure implementation of sound accounting, financial management and control system and procedures for the USL.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Developing and maintaining an efficient financial management, organisational governance and administration system in accordance with the financial procedures of USL and International Accounting Standards and best management practice;
  • Advising the CEO and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters;
  • Ensuring effective and timely financial management on all USL matters; and reporting in accordance with laid down guidelines across all branches;
  • Developing, administering and monitoring the USL budget and work plan in accordance with the USL financial management procedures in consultation with departmental heads;
  • Supervising the accurate preparation and disbursement of the company’s payroll to ensure that statutory deductions are made and remitted to relevant authorities and that all and only bona fide employees are paid;
  • Liaising with the Heads of departments and divisional directors to ensure economic and efficient use of company resources;
  • Managing the Company’s cash-flow by constantly reviewing of cash flow statements, performance against budget, credit facilities and cash and collection and approving payments to suppliers as appropriate;
  • Supervising and reviewing the maintenance of USLs’ books of accounts such as fixed assets register, stocks, debtors, creditors and cash books for accuracy and timely updates;
  • Liaising with consultants and regulators and tax authorities to ensure compliance with laid down internal and external regulations;
  • Overseeing effective treasury management to ensure effective cash flow and cash flow analysis;
  • Ensuring adequate internal controls and compliance with applicable laws, policies & procedures;
  • Undertaking due diligence on new initiatives or investment opportunities as required; and
  • Leading the Finance team members to deliver all planned and agreed department and individual performance targets to ensure that the various sections are efficient and value adding to the Society.
Personal Specification
  • Master’s degree from a recognised university;
  • A fully qualified accountant with current membership to a professional accounting body;
  • A minimum of 8 years working experience, at least 5 of which should be in a senior management and/or advisory role within Finance function; and
  • Good knowledge and experience on all aspects of a financial institution, accounting and IFRS standards and legal points of view is required.

Chief Operations Officer
Ref: COO/06/2015

Under the overall guidance of the CEO, the Chief Operations Officer will have the overall responsibility of managing the value chain of core activities of the retail chain of supermarkets including inbound, operations and outbound activities at a group level.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Working in partnership with the CEO to plan and formulate strategies in collaboration with the leadership team and Board of Directors;
  • Managing operations and overseeing the general performance of all retail chains both in Kenya and in the region while ensuring all legal, corporate governance and regulatory requirements are complied with;
  • Coordinating and driving the annual operations plan and annual budget to support the strategic direction set by the Board;
  • Providing leadership in managing the business operations, product and business development;
  • Ensuring operating procedures and controls are established and communicated to solidify management control and direction of the organization;
  • Building out the supply chain and logistics back-bone to support the growth of the Company;
  • Overseeing the overall operations of the business including store planning and design, distribution and logistics;
  • Managing key supplier relationships and improving back-margins;
  • Identifying, researching and exploiting of potential growth and expansion opportunities including mergers, acquisitions, potential investors, both local and overseas;
  • Developing and implementing regular reporting (to be shared with the Board) on key metrics and success factors to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of operating conditions; and
  • Motivating and leading a high performance leadership team to consistently achieve sales, profitability, cash flow targets and all business objectives.
Personal Specification
  • A Master’s degree in a Business or Operations related field with at least 8 years’ experience, five (5) years of which must be in a leadership level in a retail supermarket industry or any other relevant field;
  • Proven track record of having successfully facilitated progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization;
  • Experience in value chain management will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills; and
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.

Chief Executive Officer
Ref: CEO/06/2015

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will have overall strategic responsibility for USL’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Formulating and implementing the USL’s vision, mission and strategic direction in consultation with the Board of Directors where necessary;
  • Providing leadership in developing, implementing, and evaluation of USL Strategic Plan in line with shareholders expectations;
  • Undertaking regular and appropriate Financial/Investment management and reporting to the Board of Directors on the performance of USL;
  • Building relevant organisational capacity to delivery on strategy by leading, guiding, directing and evaluating the work of other executive leaders;
  • Optimising returns to shareholders through operational growth and effective capital management;
  • Achieving operational results for all key metrics in line with the annual business budget and plans;
  • Ensuring operating procedures and controls are established and communicated to solidify management control and direction of the organisation;
  • Maintaining awareness of the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customers, new markets and new industry developments;
  • Developing business models to secure long term business positioning to ensure the USL’s success;
  • Building leadership team and ensure adequate succession planning throughout the organisation;
  • Building internal and external strategic partnerships while liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure that USL operates in a conducive environment;
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and establishing mitigation measures against emerging business risks;
  • Formulating and implementing best-practice management principles while fostering a corporate culture that promotes ethics, integrity, and sound corporate governance;
  • Maintaining a conducive work environment, suitable for attracting, developing and retaining a dynamic and competent workforce; and
  • Ensuring effective public relations and enhancing the company’s corporate image with all stakeholders and partners.
Personal Specification
  • A Masters’ degree in Business or Operations related field with at least ten (10) years’ experience at an executive management level within the retail supermarket industry or FMCG in a large and complex organisation;
  • Demonstrated record of revenue and profit growth and new business development; and
  • Highly innovative, performance and results driven coupled with good business acumen and excellent leadership skills particularly in strategy formulation and execution.
How to Apply

If you have the relevant qualifications and experience, please email a cover letter and your CV quoting the reference number of the job you are applying for in your email to on or before 3 July 2015 addressed to:

The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
Nairobi, Kenya

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