Monday, March 7, 2016

Kenya Airports Authority- Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer


People & Change Kenya

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The Company
Our client’s organisation, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), was established in 1991 under the KAA Act, to provide facilitative infrastructure for aviation services between Kenya and the rest of the world. Guided by its mandate, the core functions of the Authority are to provide airport infrastructure and facilities and to enhance the safety and security of airports in the country. The Kenya Vision 2030 has identified the transport sector as one of the key enablers of the country’s transformation. Vision 2030 further identifies specific challenges that need to be addressed in the infrastructure and transport sectors. National Flagship Projects within KAA’s mandate include the expansion and modernisation of JKIA to include a second runway and an airport city, the refurbishment of other international and local airports and the Isiolo Airport runway, which was commissioned in February 2013. The Authority therefore plays a critical role in the country’s development plan, and as detailed in the KAA strategic plan 2010 – 2014, the Authority commits to national infrastructural and transport support initiatives.

It is in this regard that KAA seeks to achieve its mission and objectives by recruiting a results-oriented, visionary and transformational, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer who will drive the organisation to deliver on its mandate. 
Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer is accountable for the transformation of Kenya Airports Authority into a commercially successful and sustainable globally competitive aviation hub. S/he will be responsible for the development of short, medium and long term business and asset planning, execution of strategy, risk management and compliance, and assurance that all physical assets are effectively identified and managed.

Key Responsibilities:
•Work with the Board to develop and articulate Kenya Airports Authority’s’ vision, mission and strategic intent.
•In consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Directors provide coherent leadership of the Authority, conveying and executing the vision, mission and strategic intent of the Authority and representing the organisation to employees, passengers, customers, suppliers, partners, government, the media, and the general public.
•Present management reports to and participate in meetings of each Committee of the Board, subject to regulatory requirements where applicable, and the main Board and implement Board decisions within the organisation.
•Keep the Board fully informed, in a timely and candid manner, of the organisation’s progress toward achievement of the vision, mission and strategic intent and of all material deviations from strategies, objectives and policies approved by the Board that might pose a risk to the organisation. Provide recommendations that mitigate such risks and seek direction from the Board on the same.
•Be the key channel through which information is disclosed, issues are escalated and feedback from the senior management team and employees is provided to the Board.

2.Strategy and Management
•Establish Kenya and its airports system as the premier hub for aviation in Africa.
•Drive the process of developing a 10 to 20 year strategic plan for the Authority that promotes and ensures the organisation’s continuing success and growth and leads to the creation of shareholder value, together with the senior management team and the Board, for Board approval and adoption.
•Extract annual operational plans and performance objectives from the strategic plan and lead the senior management team in the day to day running of the organisation, ensuring effective execution of the annual plan and communicating back to the Board decisions and recommendations of the senior management team.
•Regularly review the Authority’s organisational structure, and the roles and responsibilities of the senior management team, to confirm its appropriateness to deliver the organisation’s strategy and recommend changes, as appropriate, to the Board for deliberation and approval.
•Regularly review the operational performance vis-à-vis the approved strategic plan and recommend adjustments and realignments as appropriate.

3.Customer Management & Service Provision
•Meet regularly with all stakeholders including airlines, concessionaires, relevant Ministries, and other clients/partners/stakeholders including business organisations, national, county and regional governments to understand their needs and plans, determine their level of satisfaction with facilities and services offered and offer suitable cost-effective solutions.
•From the input provided by various stakeholders, develop short, medium and long-term Master plans for each facility to improve and/or expand airport facilities so that they attract passengers and increase utilization of airport facilities; attract commercial and cargo flight and general aviation services; and attract and retain tenants in order to maximize the full potential of all airports/airstrips.
•Incorporate complimentary service providers in the respective Master plans to provide convenient, safe and cost-effective transportation linkages for commuters and cargo to and from the facilities.

4.Finance & Investment
•Prepare and present to the Board for deliberation and approval an annual budget and 3 year financial plan, including the annual procurement plan, that is aligned to and will deliver the approved Strategic plan.
•Prepare and present to the Board for deliberation and approval a quarterly procurement plan that is aligned to the budget and will deliver the approved Strategic plan.
•Enhance the balance of revenue including full development and growth in aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues with a secondary focus on the identification of non-airport revenues.
•Oversee and ensure that the procurement process to confirm that procurement undertaken by the organisation is lawful and authorized; effective, efficient, economical and transparent, is in adherence to all Constitutional provisions, Acts of Parliament, and statutory provisions that speak directly to procurement within State Corporations; and that all payments made in relation to procurement are cost-effective and deliver value for money to Kenya Airports Authority.
•Oversee and ensure that all assets belonging to the Kenya Airports Authority, including but not limited to cash, land assets, infrastructure, etc., are identified, properly registered, safeguarded and fully utilised for the benefit of the organisation.
•Keep the Board appraised of the contracts in terms of value and any other procurement issues that are material either by nature or cost.
•Drive maximum utilisation and productivity from all the organisation’s assets, ensuring a positive return on all capital investment and operating expenditure.

5.Risk Management and Control
•Develop a risk management policy and framework with the senior management team that ensures the Authority has adequate systems and processes of accountability, risk management and internal controls and present it to the Board for deliberation and approval.
•Extract and drive the of implementation the risk management plan, monitor the risks to confirm they remain within the set tolerance levels and present the updated Risk Framework to the Board on a quarterly basis.

6.Leadership and Performance Culture
•Create a high performance organisation driven by talented and competent staff who consistently deliver outstanding results and are compensated accordingly.
•Facilitate the development of talent and proactively plan for succession to make sure the organisation has the optimum number and calibre of talent that it needs for current and future operations, growth and expansion.
•Embed performance management across the organisation and recommend a complimentary remuneration policy that encourages, recognises and rewards performance and present it to the Board for deliberation and approval together with other approving authorities.
•Drive own personal development and growth to keep abreast with developments in the industry and in the management and leadership of people and successful organisations.

7.Operating Environment
•Develop all operating policies with the senior management team present them to the Board for deliberation and approval; including but not limited to; Airport Operations, Finance, Procurement, Concessions, Leasing and Tenancy, Customer Service, Human Resource Management, Safety, Security, Environmental Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility.
•Ensure that all policies conform to all legal, statutory and regulatory guidelines and are followed; thereby leading to the creation of a safe, secure, eco-friendly, customer focused, responsive, compliant and sustainable environment for employees, passengers, customers, stakeholders and the general public.
8.Governance and ethics
•Personally drive and inculcate in the organisation unequivocal compliance to all Constitutional provisions, Acts of Parliament, statutory provisions and local and international regulations that speak directly to the operation and management of Kenya Airports Authority.
Performance Standards

•Delivery of a strategic plan that consistently positions Kenya Airports Authority as a top 10 globally competitive aviation hub.
•Achievement of financial targets including revenue, profit and free cashflow. Achievement of customer and employee satisfaction targets.
•Entrenchment of a high performance culture, with high productivity and efficiency brought about by full utilisation of all investment in technology and other assets.
•Ensure there are no security breaches and/or major environmental, safety and health incidences.
•Comprehensive, current fully compliant operational policies, procedures, workflows and templates accessible to management and staff to aid performance and delivery of their respective objectives.
•100% adherence to all statutory guidelines and regulations. Nil successful cases / fines and/or awards against the Authority due to non-compliance to statutory guidelines and regulations and/or operating policies and procedures.
•Safe and secure custody of organisation records including asset registers, titles, leases, contracts, and other statutory documents.
•Audit, Compliance and Risk Rating of strong, with Audit / Compliance / Risk issues closed within agreed time frames and no repeat findings in future reviews.
•Unquestionable adherence to accepted standard of ethics and integrity 
•A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution of higher learning.
•A Masters level qualification is desirable and certification in aviation would be an advantage
•A minimum of 15 years working experience with at least 10 years in a senior management /leadership position 
•Hands on experience and direct responsibility for developing and implementing strategic plans generating substantial revenues (KShs billions / USD $’000 millions); managing significant capital and operational budgets and delivering positive cash flows and profits.
•Strong people engagement and influencing skills with the ability to build relationships, communicate, present, negotiate and resolve conflicting agenda and interests by motivating and encouraging consensus and partnering at all levels to produce high quality results.
•Strategic thinker with good commercial acumen and the ability to identify economic opportunities in a changing environment and capitalise on them.
•Conversant with various investment models including public, private partnerships; build operate transfer; etc.
•Demonstrable competence in managing and delivering large-scale infrastructure. This should entail the management of multi-year capital projects with various stakeholders, partners and service providers within scope, on time and within budget.
•A demonstrated adaptability to drive change and transformation, with a proven capability of quickly assessing complex situations, generating astute, practical and pragmatic solutions, generating plans of action and correcting problems.
•Experienced leader of diverse people and processes with the ability to lead, develop and direct team members to deliver to high performance targets and standards.
•Able to work under pressure, with strong organizational, planning, prioritisation and execution skills and the ability take accountability for results and achievement of objectives.
•Enthusiastic, decisive, pragmatic and dynamic hands-on individual with a sense of urgency, attention to detail and unquestionable integrity.
•Working knowledge of or the demonstrable ability to quickly absorb and understand global and local regulations pertaining to the aviation industry and operations of State Corporations.
•Computer literate with working experience gained in a highly automated ERP environment. Experience working with or interacting with a Board.
Additional Infomation
Shortlisted candidates will be required to satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.
1. Certificate of good conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
2. Clearance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
3. Tax compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
4. Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
5. Report from an Approved Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) believes having an engaged, highly motivated and result-oriented workforce is key to delivering sustainable corporate performance.

Send your application to reach us by Friday 11 March 2016.

In addition, please attach a curriculum vitae that contains details of your qualifications, experience and positions held relevant to the roles. Include your day and evening telephone numbers, email address, names and address of three referees. Only applications received online will be processed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing in any form is not allowed.


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