CEO (m/f/d)
Career Opportunity


Job Description


The company

Our client, founded in 1968, is a dynamic engineering solutions company, based in Johannesburg. The company specialises in steel fabrication, machining, manufacturing, and heavy engineering. The company has a manufacturing area of 21,800 m2, spread over four modern facilities, and employs over 350 people.

The company executes major engineering contracts, and provides a comprehensive range of products and services to a wide scope of business sectors, including:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Earth Moving Equipment
  • Materials Handling
  • Equipment design and customization
  • Refurb and Maintenance Services

The company forms part of an engineering group, another operation within the group headquartered in Cape Town, is a market leader in the bulk storage tank industry, and is able to execute projects involving the design, manufacture and installation of bulk storage tanks in a number of sectors.

The position is CEO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

The CEO is based in Johannesburg. The company has operated in a tough business environment for the past 2 years, and the CEO is expected to be a hands-on operator that will provide stability for the organization, whilst at the same time developing and executing a strategy that will drive profitable growth.

  • Key Roles and Accountabilities
  • Develop the strategy, business plan and annual operational plan to drive profitable growth over the short and medium term;
  • Contribute directly to marketing the brand and to key customer relationships, in order to secure additional profitable contracts;
  • Lead, coach and motivate individuals and teams, and ensure direct reports are focussed on key performance areas in order to achieve business objectives by identifying and effectively managing risks and opportunities;
  • Development of management team, thus ensuring sustainability of the succession plan and diversity targets;
  • Drive continuous improvements by providing technical expertise and leadership within the engineering, quality and production departments;
  • Accountable for achieving company financial results, including profit and cashflow;
  • Ensure timeous and accurate reporting to the Board on a monthly basis in the prescribed format, together with pro-active actions to address performance gaps;
  • Manage relationships with key external stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, Board members, financial institutions and industry bodies;
  • Ensure compliance with all corporate governance requirements, including Health and Safety, Risk, and Ethics;
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Key customer penetration and satisfaction, ensuring profitable growth in line with business plan;
  • EBITDA monthly/annually;
  • Cashflow monthly/annually;
  • Maintenance of Quality and Safety certifications and targets;
  • Compliance to Board and legal reporting requirements;
  • Management team succession plan in place.

  • Reporting line
  • The CEO will act under the authority of the Board, and report to the Chairman.


  • Key Skills and Experience
  • The CEO should be a Graduate Engineer (or equivalent) with experience in the steel engineering and fabrication industry, and should possess the following skills:

  • Minimum proven 10 years’ experience in a similar position;
  • Strong leadership, capable of managing in a challenging business environment, with turnaround skills;
  • Demonstrable contracting and project management experience;
  • Strong engineering/welding background;
  • ‘Go to Market’ attitude with ability to connect with customers, and to convert opportunities into deals.