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Facilities & Arenas Lead (Venues / large-venue operations / Events / Sport) Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal
Ref: MIM
Role Overview
A major sporting league expanding to the African continent is currently in search of an Arenas & Facilities Lead, this position serves as the in-market Facilities representative who will interface with venues to ensure they meet the requirements and to coordinate logistics to host games.  This position will also oversee all facilities standards for offices in Johannesburg and Senegal.
Duties & Responsibilities, KPA:
  • Conduct in-person site evaluations and surveys from representatives at prospective venues to identify operational issues and areas of improvement at venues and to recommend solutions for the issues
  • Work closely with Africa facility operators to establish and maintain best-practices for operations including venue infrastructure, crisis management and near- and long-term operational guidelines and execution to maintain integrity
  • Develop and maintain the venue operational guidelines and facility standards
  • Supervise and manage all suppliers, contractors, and third-party consultants working on the venues for events
  • Execute the event logistics
  • Coordinate with HQ entities to ensure compliance, technical requirements, budgets, and goals; develop, execute, and support strategic plans and programs in accordance with business objectives
  • Coordinate the implementation of any improvements to the venues necessary to maintain standards at the venues
  • Participate in contract negotiations with venues, agencies, and/or federations for events
  • Secure dates with adequate time for load-in and load-out for events
  • Coordinate and manage the set-up and production of the event to ensure the delivery of a high-quality event
  • Participate in project reporting including project site analysis, recommendations, construction status, scheduling, and budget information
  • Maximize revenue opportunities by effectively managing costs
  • Provide event support for games and events
  • Participate in, and in some instances, coordinate, the hiring and management of in-market contractors, architects, project managers, and/or engineers
  • Serve as a point of communication and coordination with internal representatives, venue operators and facility management representatives and represent the organization in all applicable industry/ trade organizations, and serve as a point of contact for all related facility issues
  • Develop the business, build relationships, and execute programs to offer a high level of service and resources made available to the league
  • Work across departments and understand the day-to-day functions and goals of each key discipline
  • Research, analyze and monitor trends and advancements in African venues to improve and progress venue and operational strategies and implement new initiatives
  • Research and identify new venues that could be used
  • Support arena-related Crisis Management Protocols
  • Provide leadership and direction to the team and Venues Department
Education & Experience Required:
  • Outstanding communicator who effectively collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, nimbly managing to influence positive change
  • Proficiency in English, French, and other African languages, a strong preference
  • Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interface at all levels of management and the ability to build a strong working relationship, and rapport with internal and external clients
  • Extensive conceptual and strategic skills and ability to work with and quickly understand all functional areas of arena development and event execution
  • High level of competence and analytical orientation
  • Established ability in areas of problem identification and conflict -resolution
  • Strong ability and vision to work independently and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Confidence in meeting tight deadlines and managing multiple projects with an expectation for excellence
  • Ability and willingness to travel 40-60% of the time
  • Strong organizational and computer skills including MS Office programs and the ability to use and navigate through various forms of computer-aided design (CAD) documents
Experience Needed:
  • Minimum of 10 years of related large-venue operations experience in Africa with a high-level project management, arena management or an operations role
  • Experienced leader with global exposure and successful track record of managing sports facilities
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed global organization
  • Experienced traveling throughout the African continent
Educational Background Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree
Benefits and Contractual information:
Job Level:  P3
Department:  Facilities
Sub-Department:  Facilities
Reports To:  Head of Strategy & Operations
Duration: Perm
Salary: Neg.
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Lisa Stroud | Senior Associate
CA Global Africa Recruitment
Tel: +27216599200
Email: lstroud@caglobalint.com
Website: www.caglobalint.com
If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.

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