Country Manager – Maputo, Moçambique

Job Description


To establish / manage Group Five presence in Mozambique. Establish country relationships, contacts, systems, processes and procedures in line with Group Five guidelines to ensure a sustainable presence in the country.

The country company is to be a multi-disciplinary construction company offering a full service across the construction related value chain in Mozambique, seeking to leverage both a credible local presence and a strong technical backing available from Group Five in RSA to secure / procure a sustainable multi-disciplinary work load in Mozambique.

In addition to maintaining a sustainable presence in Mozambique, the local company will need to ensure through comprehensive market information that the Group is in a position to secure/compete for major construction contracts as may arise within the market segments serviced by the Group. These major projects would typically be undertaken in joint venture with Group Five’s major Business Units based in RSA.


  • Ensure compliance with legislation pertaining to the business and construction operations in Mozambique
  • Develop and implement a Mozambique operational strategy – including structure, systems and logistics
  • Undertake relevant business development and client relationship management activities on behalf of the Group
  • Establish the necessary alliances and commercial relationships in the country
  • Effective team leadership and management
  • Effective self-management and teamwork


General (pre-requisite)

  • Extensive business development skills and knowledge
  • Track record in leading / managing people in strategic  and operational environment
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Sound knowledge of business planning / budgeting processes
  • Sound knowledge of legislation impacting on effective business practice and excellent corporate governance in country under control
  • Sound Business Communication and presentation skills
  • Effective client and strategic partner management skills
  • Contract and risk analysis knowledge & skills
  • Knowledge of tender processes
  • Computer Literacy
  • Country specific market conditions

Organisation (induction)

  • Complete and comprehensive RSA induction programme to ensure knowledge of:
  • Sound understanding of the group structure, business flows and company policies, processes and procedures
  • Specific knowledge of SHEQ procedures
  • Excellent working knowledge of Group Five specific construction site requirements
  • In depth knowledge of Group Five reporting systems
  • Knowledge of Group Five clients and strategic business partners
  • Sound understanding of Group Five’s values, mission and culture
  • Relevant systems and process knowledge
  • Sound understanding of the group structure, business flows and company policies, processes and procedures
  • Sound internal network

Role (foundational knowledge)

  • Express and implied ethical responsibilities and values
  • Relevant written and verbal contracts (e.g. SLA’s with vendors and service providers)
  • Knowledge of relevant ERP systems:
  • Introduction to key stakeholders in the team, Academy and relevant Business Units
  • Understanding of relevant processes, policies and procedures
  • Sound internal and external network
  • Strong commercial acumen

Changing knowledge requirements

  • Macro-economic environment
  • Business-specific contracts and risks in different geographies
  • Client patterns, needs and timelines (government and private sector)
  • Ongoing awareness of impact of changes to government initiatives, regulations and legislation
  • Responsibilities to specific management committees and forums
  • Cross-border compliance requirements


  • Business related tertiary qualification.


  • Experience in managing a country office
  • Experience at a senior level in the procuring, managing and contractual aspects of similar contracts is a prerequisite
  • Candidate must have country experience to be able to provide advice and support to personnel, thereby reducing the dependency on RSA management and personnel.
  • Having worked either in a 3rd world type environment would be highly advantageous.


  • Mozambican Nationality
  • Excellent communication, organizational and training skills
  • Self-starting and assertive


  • Analysis
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Assertiveness
  • Drive
  • Drive (Results and Solution-Focused – Passion, Energy and Follow-through)
  • Excellence / Quality Orientation
  • Building relationships
  • Engaging Diversity
  • Organisational awareness
  • Building relationships
  • Influencing and Negotiation
  • Building the Brand
  • Commercial orientation / Applied Business Numeracy
  • Developing People


All suitable candidates will be contacted within a maximum period of two weeks.