Cowan International

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Business Planning Superintendent/Mentor

Location : French Africa
Job Type : Permanent

Job Type:  Renewable Contract

Contract Job Code: 6535

Business Planning, Mining

Cowan South Africa is recruiting a FLUENT French/English speaking Business Planning Superintendent/Mentor for an international mining company. The purpose of this position is to ensure the success of the Business Planning team under the new Business Planning Superintendent. The main focus of the role is to prepare and mentor the new Business Planning Superintendent and to provide capacity and back-up support to all site Business Planning activities.  We are looking for an experienced professional, someone who would be interested in expat positions where he/she could mentor and assist in the transfer of knowledge.

• Direct support to Finance Department and company strategy team, particularly during the Business Planning cycle
• Prepare and mentor the new Business Planning Superintendent.
• Provide capacity and back-up support to the Business Improvement Superintendent
• Review and support on the preparation of the Business planning materials, particularly the materials for ExCom and Board
• Support on the interface with RPM on matters related to Xeras
• Support on the interface with Lenders, Strategic areas and objectives
• Support the definition of the corporate and individual KPIs
• Map the relationship of company KPIs and strategic objectives against Group strategy map
• Monitor the status of the KPIs and suggest action plans
• Support senior management preparing presentation and materials

• Currently (or was recently) employed in a similar position
• Willing to work on a Single Status Fly In/Fly Out arrangement (not family status)

(the ideal candidate)
• An undergraduate qualification (Bachelors / Honours degree) in a relevant Technical (such as Mining, Engineering, Processing, Geosciences) or Business discipline.
• Further educational qualifications that would be desirable include: a formal financial qualification (such as Chartered Accounting or CFA) or a post graduate qualification (Masters or Doctoral degree or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
• Must have extensive practical experience in a role and context of similar complexity.
• Knowledge of safety policies, procedures and the important role of consistently demonstrating required behaviour and championing safety values.
• This work involves analysis, reflection and the use of data over a longer period of time, in order to anticipate problems.  It requires knowledge of the overall company system.
• Demonstrated timely, pragmatic and effective decision-making drawing on limited inputs and sometimes incomplete information.
• Demonstrated understanding of the complexities of internal and external drivers and their impact on strategic decision making.
• Experience in Mining and Logistics.
• Problem solving and organization & Process structuring skills.
• Consistently displays a positive and engaged manner.
• Motivated and consistently works to best of ability to meet performance criteria.
• Facilitate agreement and co-operation using a diplomatic and open approach.
• Work with diverse teams and sensitive to local social, political, and cultural realities.
• Use networks in all stages of decision making to ensure decisions are not made in isolation, though not to the extent that would be seen as abdicating responsibility.
• Strives to do things significantly better.
• Business Case Evaluation: Track record in Financial Modelling, quantitative analysis, and in the application of techno-economic and valuation techniques. To understand and extract the key elements and drivers from all related disciplines of a study in order to produce a coherent Business Case that talks to the combined strategic, financial and risk arguments of the opportunity.
• Financial Planning & Analysis: Applies data analytical tools and techniques to create accurate management reports for decision making. Effectively presents information in a way that supports business activity and ultimately optimizes business performance.

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