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General Manager - Cote D'Ivoire

RAXIO GROUP – General Manager Cote D’Ivoire

Location
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Ref
J10186
The Role

The Raxio Group is investing in and building state-of-the-art Tier III data centres across Africa. Through their investments and hands-on approach, they seek to address the latent demand for critical data centre infrastructure that will drive digital transformation across the region. Raxio made its first investments in Uganda and Ethiopia by establishing and developing state-of-the-art, “metro-edge” facilities on the outskirts of Kampala and Addis Ababa. More recently, Raxio has entered Cote D’Ivoire, DRC and Mozambique, where they will be building similar facilities, with further investments planned across Africa


ROLE DESCRIPTION

The General Manager Cote D’Ivoire has full responsibility for the operations of Raxio datacenters , and will work closely with the Group Projects team during the construction phase, overseeing on-the-ground activities. The GM will be a leader in the formulation and execution of country strategy both with current operations and market expansion. S/he will lead business planning activities at a local level and have full P&L and budgetary responsibility for Raxio operations in the Cote D’Ivoire.

Strategy Development and Execution

• Contribute to the development of the Group’s overall strategy, interfacing with Group management and other operating company GMs
• Develop and execute Raxio's strategy, realizing its operational and financial goals, in line with the Company's mission
• Propose strategies and policies to the Board
• Prepare strategic and operational plans as well as budgets
• Lead and oversee the execution of plans and strategies once decided or delegated by the Board or the Group
• Keep the Board and Group level management fully informed of progress, and all developments, events, incidents and circumstances that are relevant for the Company, and/or its stakeholders
• Carry out any other duties that may be assigned by the Board or the Group
• Have overall responsibility for Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Cash Flows and Budget
• Proactively promote the Company's values
• Drive the analysis and the ROI case, in coordination with Group level teams, for data centre and multi-site expansion

Stakeholder engagement and representation

• Interface, collaborate, and align with global and local partners
• Engage with all relevant stakeholders both in the Cote D’Ivoire and globally, including potential customers, connectivity providers and potential partners
• Effectively and persuasively represent Raxio and its interests to such stakeholders
• Drive the commercial ramp up of Raxio , including pre-sales and marketing during the construction phase and ensure targets are met
• Represent Raxio, both internally and externally, legally and otherwise
• Establish and manage relationships with the relevant government agencies and regulators, representing Raxio’s interests, including providers of critical services to Raxio such as power companies, water, connectivity, etc
• Establish and maintain relationships with tax authorities and import agencies and manage all aspects of transaction and compliance with them

Operations

• Oversee the construction phase of the data centre, coordinating with architects, contractors and consultants on the ground and in close collaboration with the Group Projects team to ensure agreed deliverables and timelines are met
• Have overall responsibility for the operational excellence of a Tier III certified data centre, ensuring SLAs are monitored and met
• Ensure all established SOPs and MOPs are implemented, followed and maintained
• Ensure the Raxio data centres are run and operated according to Group best practices
• Ensure that all necessary subcontracted services are effectively managed to meet the operational needs of the company, including security, O&M subcontractors, etc
• Maintain accurate and systematic company records and document control

Organisation

• Create and develop a best in class organization, filling the necessary requirements to meet the Company's financial and operational targets
• Hire, and if need be fire, key officers and employees of Raxio Cote D’Ivoire
• Create and maintain a professional working environment that fosters performance and respect
• Conduct regular organizational performance reviews

Compliance

• Ensure Raxio's full compliance with all applicable local rules and regulations
• Ensure compliance with all tax and statutory filing obligations
• Ensure compliance with all ethics codes and codes of conduct adhered to by the Company and the Group
• Ensure regular and accurate reporting according to group policies and procedures

GENERAL MANAGER COTE D’IVOIRE REQUIREMENTS

• Suitably qualified, ideally with degree in a relevant subject i.e. engineering, business management or IT from a recognised institution
• At least 10 years of experience managing Data Center/IT operations/critical infrastructure within telecommunications in the Cote D’Ivoire and international markets
• The ideal candidate will be a Ivorian national with experience in the operations of co-located data centers, though closely related industries will be considered
• Proven leadership abilities in managing and leading teams of across multiple locations
• Strong ability to work collaboratively in a small team, proactive and able to take initiative, with a disciplined work ethos, focused, detail-oriented, highly organized and result oriented
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills in French & English
• Strong analytical and negotiation skills
• Ability to recommend practical ways using innovation, judgment, creativity and strategic thinking

Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and keyperson talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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