Chief Executive Officer (Operations / Strategic / Relationship Management / Risk Management) – Nairobi, Kenya

Eastern Africa
Posted 4 weeks ago

Reference No. SR-CEO-KEN-001

Job Description:

Our client a reputable financial service provider based in Nairobi, Kenya is seeking an excellent Chief Executive Officer. The purpose of the CEO is to serve as the visionary leader responsible for steering the companies Kenya business towards achieving strategic alignment within the group, driving the localization of strategies tailored to Kenya's market, and overseeing the transformation journey. This role aims to facilitate value creation through growth and diversification initiatives, ensure operational excellence for value enablement, and safeguard shareholder interests through effective risk management practices. Additionally, it entails the cultivation of a high-performance and inclusive organizational culture, aligned with the groups Values, while fostering robust stakeholder engagement and maximizing brand reputation.


By spearheading the Kenya Executive Committee and collaborating with stakeholders, this role is accountable for developing and executing strategies aligned with the group’s objectives. It involves assessing and mitigating risks, driving diversification through innovation, and upholding the company's assets, intellectual property, and reputation. Furthermore, the role focuses on staying abreast of market trends and competitor activities while leading cultural transformation and talent management efforts within the business in Kenya.



Responsible for leading and managing the companies Kenyan operations, branches, divisions, employees, and stakeholders, specifically (but not limited to):

  • Lead the Kenya Executive Committee and staff compliment to achieve the strategic goals and objectives approved by the Kenyan Board of Director’s and Group Management, with emphasis on:
  • Materially contributing to the development of the group aligned Kenya strategy and directing its execution within the requisite parameters.
  • Ensuring stakeholder alignment and mobilization with the strategy and culture roadmap
  • Collaborating with the board of directors and executives to establish an execution framework for short-term and long-range goals and objectives, and related plans and policies.
  • Ensuring the sustainable growth, expansion, and efficiency of the business
  • Providing requisite resources and
  • Directing appropriate measures to correct unsatisfactory performance and results.
  • Risk management: assessing the external and internal risk landscape, collaborating towards setting an appropriate risk appetite, embedding an effective operational control framework, driving control design adequacy and operating effectiveness, ensuring optimal risk mitigation practices across Kenya, protecting shareholder value.
  • Driving diversification through product innovation and target market expansion.
  • Safeguard all company assets, intellectual property, and reputation.
  • Remain ahead of company and market trends, and vigilant to competitor activity.
  • Leading the business’s culture transformation, human capital ways-of-work, training and development, talent management, and adherence to policies and procedures
  • Maintain and enhance key stakeholder relationships, and the public perception of the company.
  • Ensuring operational efficiency and excellence across all front-office, middle-office, and back-office functions.
  • Present regular reports to the Board, Regulators, Shareholders, Funders, and the wider Group.
  • Assist the companies Group Management to secure and raise adequate and sound local funding.
  • Ensure the company’s compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and standard,
  • Serve as the company’s representative to the board of directors, shareholders, employees, customers, the government, and the public
  • Assist the Group CEO in the fulfilment of his objectives and ensuring the group values are adopted and instilled throughout the organization and fulfil those responsibilities and duties periodically assigned by the Board of Directors of Kenya and Group Management to benefit the mission of the organisation.


Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • MBA or similar post graduate qualification is advantageous.
  • Proven track record of success in executive leadership roles:
  • Executive Management experience of 5+ years in a substantial (medium to large) financial services business is essential.
  • A variety and/or functional breadth of increasingly senior positions, with an emphasis on operations and commercial roles
  • Substantial experience of 5+ years in leading transformational change, delivering a profit-and-loss statement, and representing the company externally.
  • Strategic (company-first) decision making and sound judgement.
  • Entrepreneurial orientation and risk taking
  • Relationship building with interpersonal skills.
  • Advantageous if individual has strong relationships and positive reputation with external stakeholders, e.g., investors, customers, suppliers, regulators, community leaders and board members.
  • Resilience and stamina – in/for a high performance-driven environment within the Kenyan macro-economic context
  • Responsiveness – to all stakeholders, including customers,
  • Mobilisation and motivation through leaders and managing teams with active support of service-oriented leaders.
  • Must include transformational leadership.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Well presented
  • Management of personal effectiveness: impeccable work ethic, strong moral compass, authenticity, humility, transparency, objective/objectivity, courage/boldness, and decisiveness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Commitment to ethical business practices
  • Adaptability – to adapt to changes: in the market and economy, in the company, customer needs, and to take risks when necessary.
  • Sales leadership
  • Ability to travel.
  • Have a point of view on a wide variety of societal and environmental issues and


Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Permanent Contract
  • Willing and able to work in Nairobi, Kenya


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Shearidan Rabsch

Recruitment Manager

CA Global Finance


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