Group Human Resources Officer

Job Description



  • Plan, develop, direct and implement strategy for HR management and development.(Including recruitment and selection policy/practices, discipline, grievance, counselling, pay and conditions, contracts, learning, training and development (LTD), succession planning, morale & motivation, culture and attitudinal development, performance management and quality management issues.)
  • Establish, direct and maintain appropriate systems, processes and controls for measuring necessary aspects of HR management and development
  • Monitor, measure and report on HR issues, opportunity and development plans and achievements within agreed formats and timescales
  • Manage, direct and develop direct reporting staff
  • Manage and direct the human capital requirements of the senior management team so they understand and are provided with the requisite tools and information needed for HR capital management and LTD
  • Ensure that the senior management team is fully informed of HR objectives, purposes and achievements
  • Liaise with other Group Functional Officers and Business Heads so as to understand all necessary aspects and needs of HRM and LTD development
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of contemporary HRM and LTD theory and methods, and provide suitable interpretation to the senior management team, directors, managers and staff within the organisation
  • Formulate, direct, and disseminate the development of HR strategy and performance management in consultation with the Executive Team
  • Ensure strategies, policies and plans meet with and integrate with organizational requirements for quality, management, health & safety, legal requirements, environmental policies and general duty of care
  • Execute the responsibilities of a Company Executive according to lawful and ethical standards as referenced in the SAFAL Group Code of Ethics

Budgetary responsibility:

Indirect influence and responsibility for:

  • Manpower costs
  • LTD costs
  • Critical manpower norms and parameters pertinent to the business in terms of assessing efficiency and productivity. These are to be agreed from time to time by the Group MD

 Other important parameters

  • Total Staff  ± 3000
  • Group Turnover  ±$550m
  • No. Of Countries  ±11

Procurement responsibility:


Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications required:

  • Academic qualification:  Basic degree  
  • Qualifications as an added advantage: Post graduate degree in Human Resource Management/Industrial Psychology/Organisational Management or an MBA
  • Professional registration:  As a HR practitioner – GPHR, SABPP, IPM or equivalent

Experience required:

  • General work experience (years):  At least 15 years general working experience in Human Resources/Organisational Development
  • Specific to the position (level/discipline/years): At least 5 years at a senior manager/Group level position in Human Resource Management
  • Industry: Preferably manufacturing/Industrial environment
  • Experience in other aspects of business management advantageous



  • Planning  and organising
  • Interpersonal and communication (oral and written)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Analytical/interpretative
  • Business acumen
  • Employee relations
  • People management

Language requirements (demonstrable):

  • English
  • A second language proficiency spoken in Africa such as Kiswahili, French, Portuguese, Zulu would be an added advantage

Computer literacy (demonstrable):

  • Ability to use all MS Office products including presentations, MS Project etc
  • Familiarity with a recognised HRM  and ERP system such as VIP, SAP, Oracle

Personality profile:

  • High D – dominance as well as a High I – Influence.
  • Low S – steadiness as the incumbent requires plenty of ‘get-up-and-go’
  • Middle C – compliance factor

Additional/specific work requirements:

  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to motivate self within teams and also the peer group


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