Job Description

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this job is to set bank strategy and to provide strategic and operational leadership to both business operations and support functions. The CEO will lead the transformation of the bank, ensure effective management of risk and compliance, enable effective relationships with regulators and report to the Board of Directors on all necessary matters.

Responsibilities/Key Deliverables:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership in all areas of the bank
  • Overall responsibility for driving the transformation agenda of the bank to reach its strategic aspirations
  • Setting long term and short term business goals and holding individual executive team members responsible for the achievement of these goals
  • Ensuring high employee engagement levels and a culture which enables customer focus and optimum performance
  • Responsible for delivering effective people processes including talent management (including succession planning), performance management and reward
  • Ensure effective cost-to-income ratios through both revenue growth and cost management
  • Responsible for the Bank’s balance sheet and P& L accounts
  • Responsible for the Bank’s annual budget including any capex
  • Responsible for management of the Bank’s capital
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Board ensuring that they are informed on all relevant Bank matters
  • Responsible for credit approvals prior to presentation to the Board Credit Committee
  • Responsible for effective risk management and compliance
  • Responsible for relationships with regulators and government agencies
  • Responsible for ensuring effective relationships with key customers
  • Leadership of business development 

Financial Responsibility:

  • Responsible for the Bank’s balance sheet, P&L, capital management, loan book and annual budget

Education & Training:

  • A Master’s Degree preferably in Commerce, Finance or Business Studies
  • An MBA or Master’s in Finance would be an added advantage
  • A post graduate banking qualification would also be an added advantage

Skills & Experience:

  • At least 15 years’ work experience in financial services of which at least 6 years should have been in a Senior Management/Leadership position
  • Demonstrated experience in business development and the management of change
  • Strong understanding of retail and corporate banking and Fin Tech trends
  • Demonstrated experience in the structuring of complex financial deals
  • An inspirational leader with a track record for leading culture change and organisational transformation
  • Strong communications and engagement skills
  • A deep understanding of risk management in a financial services organisation
  • A strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem solving skills and demonstrated success at the implementation of strategy
  • Familiarity with the financial services industry in East Africa or emerging markets
  • Demonstrated ability to establish credible and sustainable relationships with a broad range of stakeholders (including customers, industry peers and regulators)

Business Behaviours:

  • Excellent communications and engagement skills
  • Strong attention to detail and personal effectiveness
  • High-level of integrity and strong entrepreneurial skills
  • Strong skills at relationship building
  • Self-drive and initiative
  • Strong leader with soft-power skills