Thirty years ago, in Toronto, Canada, Founder Ron Pirie championed the belief that businesses work better together when they commit to actively listening and responding to each other’s feedback.
From humble beginnings and a staunch and universal belief that stronger collaboration leads to better business results in any market and any industry, our relationship benchmarking capabilities have become the gold standard for measuring business-to-business engagement in over 40 countries.
The South African business is on a growth journey building its core program, custom research and advisory capabilities. The growth path includes expansion into EA, NA, CA and WA, along with opportunities in Professional Services, Telco and Pharma Sectors. Our clients include leading local and international FMCG brands, Distributors and Retailers. We are passionate about data, analytics, insights and business transformation. The ideal candidate is someone who is a stickler for detail, loves working with data and managing programs and operations has a growth mindset and wants to work with and manage client accounts.
The successful candidate ideally holds 3-5 years of experience in a project management, operations or analyst role, with some exposure to client service and an aptitude for succeeding in a flexible position. Experience with or knowledge of the South African FMCG and grocery industry is considered a bonus. This role is 60% Program Management, 20% Analyst and report creating and 20% client engagement.
The Program Manager will support the design and delivery of key Advantage programs in the South African business. You will help to manage our annual research programs through the key stages of program specifications, fieldwork, report production and insight delivery. Advantage Group International is a global business and the Program Manager, reporting to the Program Director, will also work closely with colleagues in our global office in Toronto, the Euro/Africa region and other markets.
This role is initially to be home office based. Expected travel is low to moderate but may be higher at peak times of the year:
- Meetings with and presentations to senior retailer and supplier clients in the African region may be required
- Occasional meetings at our Global office in Toronto may be required
- Use of VC, telephone, or teleconference frequently (digital communication acumen is needed)
Advantage has identified the following set of competencies that successful managers, are expected to demonstrate and develop in the role over time. Most of these will apply to the Program Manager role.
- Decision Making and Critical Thinking
Making good and timely decisions that keep the organisation moving forward; ability to accurately analyse situations and reach productive decisions based on informed judgment.
Knowledge of the necessity and value of teamwork; experience of and ability to participate effectively as part of a team.
3. Accuracy and Attention to Detail
Understanding the value of accuracy and attention to detail; the ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
4. Effective Communication
Understanding and applying effective communications concepts, tools, and techniques. The ability to effectively transmit, receive, and interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviours.
5. Results Orientation
Understanding of the importance of meeting or exceeding established targets and ability to drive critical activities to completion.
Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
7. Flexibility and Adaptability
Dealing with changes and adapting to a changing environment.
8. Managing Multiple Priorities
The ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments about prioritising and time allocation.
9. Helping Others Succeed
Supporting others to improve performance and meet career and organisation’s goals; and the ability to motivate individuals and teams both internally and externally with clients
10. Client Leadership and Market knowledge
Builds strong internal and external client relationships and delivers client centric solutions. Possesses a strong understanding of the market environment and dynamics.
Advantage offers an attractive salary package with fringe benefits.
Interested candidates, please submit a Cover Letter and CV to our Human Resources Team at email@example.com
We thank all applicants, but only those with relevant qualifications will be contacted.