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  • Posted on: 27 June, 2016 Deadline: 1 July, 2016
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    South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airline and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance.

    Sales Manager


    Job Purpose

    • The Sales manager; Nigeria role report directly to the Regional Manager - NWC Africa
    • The incumbent a of this role is for the management of the development and implementation of the country sales strategy inclusive of ensuring the achievement of annual sales targets and relevant country sales representation

    Principal Accountabilities

    • Plan a country sales budget strategically linked to SAA Cemmercial objectives
    • Achievements of country revenue growth in link with SAA Commercial targets
    • The improvement of yields through an increase in high value products and earnings
    • Facilitate and maintain effective country stakeholder and business relationships through appropriate relationship building networking and reporting activities
    • Represent the organisation to country stakeholders, associates and partners and maintain professional. effective and amicable relationships to ensure SAA’s interests are upheld
    • Determine country customer needs and engage in effective planning to determine and prioritise services to be rendered
    • Identify company stakeholders, collaborators and partners, synergistic to projects and programmes, to support the execution of the SAA Commercial country business plan
    • Build credibility with the Country Offices & GSA’S Office through continuous communication with their sales force by demonstrating depth of knowledge, experience and senior presence in sales focus areas
    • Provide a high professional standard of Sales advice to the Organisation and also to our business partners
    • Utilise feedback and trend analysis to ensure continuous improvement of sales practices
    • Produce accurate and timely monthly and weekly regional sales reports
    • Regularly report to the Regional Manager on strategic initiatives and the progress thereon
    • Improve customer relationships and service levels
    • Oversee the effective, timely and accurate completion of budget setting
    • Oversee and review preparation of the monthly and weekly country sales reports, including analysis of variances against budget/forecast and prior year
    • Ensure that appropriate governance systems are in place and in line with future requirements, i.e. Policies, procedures and reporting structures
    • Develop and implement monitoring of the country and GSA’S performance on regular basis
    • Manage business risk, through continuous internal and external monitoring of business Impact, as well as changes in customer needs
    • Establish and maintain the highest ethical standard in employment practices, including compliance with all statutory requirements

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelors degree in Marketing/Business Management is a must
    • A postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage
    • A minimum of 5 - 7 years experience in sales and marketing within the airline environment of which 3 years should be in Management position
    • Experience in contract negotiations, contact management, logistics management
    • At least 3 years experience in conducting business or sales activities within Nigeria
    • Tourism and/or hospitality experience critical
    • Aviation industry knowledge an advantage
    • Business planning knowledge essential

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Negotiation skills and conceptual thinking
    • Leadership;
    • Results orientation
    • Organizational communication effectiveness;
    • Organizational values and quality;
    • Persuasion and influencing;
    • Planning and organizing;
    • Analytical skills (analyze and interpret business trends)
    • Stakeholder relationship management;
    • Resilience;
    • Emotional maturity;
    • Judgment and decision making;
    • Problem solving;
    • Negotiation skills;
    • Computer literacy (SAP, Amadeus, Galilieo, Microsoft Package)


    • Demonstrates the SAA values; Customer focus; Accountability; Integrity; Safety; Excellence in performance; Valuing our people
    • Emotional wisdom
    • Organizational resilience and ability to manage pressure
    • Inspire commitment
    • Strong customer service inclination
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Self driven, results oriented
    • Assertiveness
    • Confidentiality and discretion
    • Ability to influence and persuade others
    • Strategic thinking

    Method of Application

    Applicants should send and address a detailed application and CV to:

    The Regional Manager - NWC Africa,
    South African Airways,
    13th  Floor, Churchgate II Towers,
    Churchgate Street,
    Victoria Island,
    Lagos State.


    • The onus is on the applicant to prove that he/she meets the minimum requirements, therefore please ensure that your CV is detailed enough, in other words, makes reference to qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience (inclusive of duties, tenure, designation etc.) and attributes.
    • Please note that no applications will be accepted without a certified copy of the applicant’s ID and all relevant qualifications,
    • Be mindful of the closing date as NO late applications will be considered.
    • Applicants will go through a comprehensive assessment process which may include competency and/or psychometric assessments;
    • Applicants will undergo pre-employment checks i.e. criminal, credit, reference, authentication of qualification etc.
    • SAA reserves the right not to make an appointment to this position contained in the advert

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