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Business Development Executive (Construction, Steel, Minerals & Mining), available for exploratory interviews, Ref: 1153356 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1153356

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: BSc Mech Eng / GCC - Factories / Pr. Eng (ECSA) / Certificate Program in Marketing Management, Wits / Property Development and Investment, UCT
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 1.85 mil - 2.0 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 20-30 Years

Current / most recent job title?

Executive – Business Development

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Establishment and management of a Property Development company focused on low cost residential. Financial re-structuring of the business to ensure the most cost effective structure, and Business Development into Africa and the private sector to secure more diverse work for the company. Define and implement corporate procedures and structures for the company.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Ability to identify and secure opportunities that create value.
Team work and team leadership.
Critical analysis of data, information and situations.
Development and implementation of a strategic action plan.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I am a high energy team leader with a hands on approach. I lead by example and am passionate about my role. I am very comfortable when placed in more technical surrounding, but can also operate well in a theoretical/conceptual environment. I am driven by delivery and my ability to make a success of the role I fill. My critical thinking and analysis is very strong and I am able to sort out the important elements required for strategic decision making. I like to have fun in work and need a challenging environment with pressure. My team members and work culture is very important as this creates the exciting work environment. I do not tolerate lazy or dishonest people, and surround myself with trustworthy people with integrity.

4. Ideal business title: 

Executive International Operations in either manufacturing or energy sector.
I am very interested to get into the renewable sector.

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Team leadership
Team motivation
Controls and monitoring of activities
Creative and critical thinking
Business development

6. Skill area of competence:

Exceptional team leader in a technical environment.
Very strong financial management
Process and system engineering
Business development
Change management
New product design and introduction to markets
Manufacturing/production management
Property management and development

7. Career summary:

5 years steel and minerals
2 years mining
5 years mineral beneficiation
2 years management consulting
12 years steel manufacturing and construction

8. Achievements: 

Establishment of 2 large start-up companies using novel technology.
Development of most cost effective roof system in Africa for low cost housing.
Process re-engineering of manufacturing resulting in 40% cost reduction and reduced stock holding.
Re-structuring financial support of business saving in cost of capital.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Developing novel ways to provide a solution to problems.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

The ideal company must have a culture of delivery, an open management style and honesty. It must be transparent with senior leadership with regards to strategy, direction and plans that need to be implemented. Clear goals and aligned and committed team to deliver on these goals.

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