Follow the rainbow to pots of gold

2010-05-08 10:23

Gauteng is the

economic powerhouse of Africa and is home to people with bags of dreams and

ambitions who are hoping to make it big.

The province contributes 33% to the ­national economy and its major

industries ­include services, mining and manufacturing.

Johannesburg-based managing director ­Zinhle Matentji of Search

Specifics and ­recruitment firm Strategic Consulting gives us an overview of

high-flying jobs in ­demand.

Below are the top 10 jobs:

Chief executive

Qualifications

and job description

Having the following

three qualifications will put you ahead of the pack: a bachelors ­degree, a

postgraduate qualification, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and

­technical and operational executive courses.
An ability to communicate a vision and hire good people to support

this vision is crucial.

Salary

range

About R4 million a

year

General

manager or head of division

Qualifications

and job description

A bachelor’s degree,

postgraduate ­qualification and MBA are beneficial.

An understanding of products, ­operations, ­finance, marketing,

­communications and sales adds to the appeal. Must be a corporate ­animal who

thinks and operates like an ­entrepreneur.

Salary

range

From R2.5 million a

year

Director or head of human resources

Qualifications

and job description

A human

resources-related bachelors degree plus executive courses will suffice.

Must be able to align the ­objectives of a business and translate

it to people.

Salary

range

From R1.7 million a

year

Chief financial

officer

Qualifications

and job description

Must be a qualified

chartered accountant and have experience in structuring complex ­financial

transactions, managing a finance team, supervising control systems and

­monitoring risk and compliance.

Salary

range

From R1.8 million a

year

Remunerations

executive

Qualifications

and job description

A BCom honours or

related degree is ­preferable.

Must have expansive

compensation and ­benefits experience with in-depth experience in various

job-grading, salary surveys and ­benchmarking instruments.

Salary

range

From R1.1 million a

year

Marketing

manager or director

Qualifications

and job description

Candidates must have

at least a BCom ­honours degree in marketing.

The ability to define and implement ­competitive marketing

strategies to achieve overall business policy is also a must. Good ­financial

acumen and a keen business sense are imperative.

Salary

range

From R1.3 million a

year

Head of

public relations/communications

Qualifications

and job description

A

communications-related postgraduate qualification is essential.

Candidates must have extensive experience in developing and

implementing fully ­integrated corporate communications strategies to derive

maximum value and positive ­corporate positioning.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills are a

must.

Salary

range

From R1.2 million a year

Chief

operating officer

Qualifications

and job description

Candidates must have

a postgraduate ­qualification such as an MBA and experience in chartered

­accountancy or the ­equivalent.

The ability to oversee revenue and sales growth, expenses, cost and

margin control is imperative and so is managing monthly, ­quarterly and yearly

financial goals.

Candidates must also have a strong business understanding and solid

working knowledge of budgeting, sales, business ­development and strategic

planning.

Salary

range

From R1.5 million a

year

Organisational

development manager

Qualifications

and job description

A BA degree coupled

with a postgraduate qualification in a related field is beneficial.

Candidates must be able to implement change and diversity

management ­interventions.

Salary

range

From R920 000 a year


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