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  • Posted on: 19 August, 2014 Deadline: 2 September, 2014
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    The Company

    Our client, Kenya Airways Limited, is one of the best and most respected airlines in Africa. With a fleet of 49 aircrafts flying to 64 destinations across the world, the national carrier continues to focus on profitable expansion of its network and to pursue sustainable improvement initiatives to further strengthen its position as ‘the Pride of Africa’.
    Kenya Airways recognises that its people are its greatest asset and proactively seeks to attract and retain the best, and inspire its people to delight its customers. In its quest to consolidate its reputation as a warm, friendly and caring airline, Kenya Airways would like to recruit a performance driven, results oriented and innovative leader who has a futuristic outlook, to fill the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

    Chief Operating Officer (COO)


    Roles & Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Group Managing Director/CEO, the COO is responsible for managing the airline’s day-to-day operations with a focus on strategic, tactical and short term operations management. The COO will be responsible for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver Kenya Airways services and will therefore be involved in coordinating activities in various departments including Technical Services, Ground Services, , Operational Control Centre and Flight Operations. He/she will also be required to maintain a close working relationship with the Commercial Director and will specifically be responsible for:
    •Ensuring that safety, security, quality and risk management policies are adequately implemented and monitored and that the airline operates within a safe environment at all times;
    •Continuous improvement of the total airline operations’ efficiency and ensuring that it compares favourably to the best in the airline industry;
    •Planning, developing and implementing strategies for the management of all relevant areas of operations, including systems and people development, so as to meet agreed operations performance plans, within agreed budgets and timescales;
    •Establishing and maintaining appropriate systems for measuring necessary aspects of operations management and development;
    •Monitoring, measuring and reporting on operational issues, opportunities, development plans and achievements, within agreed formats and timescales;
    •Managing and developing direct reporting staff including the Technical Director, Director-Flight Operations, Ground Services Director, and Head of Operations Control;
    •Managing and controlling departmental expenditure within agreed budgets;
    •Liaising with other functional/departmental managers (and importantly with the Commercial Department) so as to understand all necessary aspects and needs of operational development, and to ensure they are fully informed of operational objectives, purposes and achievements.
    •Maintaining awareness and a sound knowledge of operational developments, theory and methods, and providing suitable feedback and interpretation to directors, managers and staff within Kenya Airways;
    •Contributing to the evaluation and development of operations strategy and performance in cooperation with the senior management team.
    •Ensuring that airline operations meet and integrate with Kenya Airways requirements, customer airlines and regulatory requirements.
    •Coordinating activities in all operations to ensure smooth running of the airline schedules.
    •Maintaining good relationships with all the aviation regulatory bodies and other government agencies including IATA, ICAO, KAA, KCAA, KAAO and other foreign governments.
    •Executing the responsibilities of a company director according to lawful and ethical standards.
    •Overall responsibility for the operations balanced scorecard for the airline.


    The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree in Operations Management or any other business related field with at least eight years’ experience at senior management levels in Operations within a reputable organisation. Experience in airline operations at COO level or CEO experience within a medium sized organisation with logistics operations, will be an added advantage. The successful candidate will also be expected to have excellent people management and communication skills, strategic aptitude and the ability to plan and implement strategy for the enhancement of the airline’s business, as well as to ensure the effective utilisation of the workforce, equipment and facilities. S/he will also need to have proven leadership skills, great business networks both locally and internationally and an established track record in multiple and versatile geographic environments.

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    Vice President, Finance


    Roles & Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Managing Director, the focus of this role is to promote accountability, transparency and adherence to corporate governance and ensure adequacy of controls for judicious utilization of financial assets and optimal returns on investment.

    Key Accountabilities:
    •Ensure effective decision support through the initiation, implementation of sound financial accounting policies, procedures and controls in line with IFRS, best practice and other statutory requirements including tax
    •Ensure timely preparation of company business plans and annual budgets and effective monitoring performance against targets
    •Enhance the effectiveness of business decisions through the preparation of quality and timely financial reports ( Monthly Management Accounts, Annual Accounts etc to the Board) with proper explanation of variances
    •Control and progressively reduce debtor/creditor positions to minimize company exposure
    •Prepare and validate aircraft owner Statement of Accounts and communicate any financial issues relating to the owner fees, payments, accounts and structure
    •Manage all treasury and cash flow activities and apply hedging techniques to mitigate financial risk on the Company’s borrowings and foreign exchange positions



    •Strong knowledge of finance and accounting with good functional leadership capacity, analytical, problem solving and communication skills. Integrity, proven ability to engage key stakeholders including the board
    •Bachelor’s degree with ACCA/CPA/ACA/CIMA, MBA and knowledge of IFRS
    •Minimum of 10years experience
    •Knowledge of Aviation industry is desired

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    Vice President, Sales and Marketing


    This role reports to the Managing Director and has business leadership responsibility for developing and implementing market and business growth strategies. The overall focus is to promote the brand, grow the customer and revenue base, market share, whilst engaging key stakeholders in the industry.

    Key Accountabilities:
    •Enhance the effectiveness of the Marketing Function through initiation and implementation of policies and action plans that support productive engagement of the market
    •Ensure availability and adequacy of strategic and tactical (Marketing and Sales) plans for creating awareness and demand for the company’s services, with focus on exceeding the sales targets in terms of aircraft Share Acquisition, Monthly Management Fees and Occupied Hour Rates
    •Ensure effective execution and monitoring of the marketing and sales activities to drive achievement of agreed performance targets
    •Strengthen the company’s market presence and competitive performance position through research, effective opportunities assessment and reporting on market developments, industry trends and commercial risks for the consideration of Executive Management/Board
    •Enhance the profile and brand equity of the company through proactive engagement of the media and key stakeholders, including aircraft brokers, aviation experts, luxury brand associations etc


    •Strong marketing and negotiating skills, experience with start-ups, strong personality with exposure in luxury service brand development. Excellent communication skills, track record of sales to the oil and gas sector, proven capacity to network with high net worth individuals and sound grasp of the aviation sector.
    •Bachelor’s degree and MBA
    •Minimum 10years experience in commercial or sales at a senior level position with experience engaging the board and media
    •Knowledge of Aviation industry is required

    Method of Application

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