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).
Roles & ResponsibilitiesReporting 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:
RequirementsThe 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.
Roles & ResponsibilitiesReporting 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.
•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
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.
•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
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