Area HR Head - East and South Africa

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Area HR Head - East and South Africa
NairobiLocalHuman ResourcesRef.: DC-105073
DAMCO is one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services. For more than 100 years, we have been providing our customers with transportation and logistics solutions that support the way they want to do business, wherever they are in the world. DAMCO is part of the Maersk Group.

As the Area HR Head for East & South Africa, you will provide strategic people input and HR functional support, coaching, consultation and guidance to the Area Management team and colleagues. You will contribute to defining and implementing an HR strategy that aligns with and integrates the Area business strategy to the Regional and Global HR strategy.

This role will be based in Nairobi or Johannesburg and oversee the HR activities in the countries comprising of Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Angola.
We Offer
You will be a member of the East & South Africa leadership team, reporting directly to the Area CEO and functionally to the Regional Head of HR (based in Dubai). You will build, lead & develop the HR organization in the Area to deliver against BU and HR strategies.

DAMCO has a truly international and diverse working environment, with a strong emphasis on values and team based leadership along with an open and engaging company culture. As part of the Maersk Group, there are a wide range of international career opportunities.
Key Responsibilities
  • He/she will lead the HR organization in East & South Africa to deliver optimized HR partnering and services to support the business.
  • Act as day-to-day sparring partner for senior leaders across locations in ESAF.
  • Assist in developing the leadership skills of our managers and advise and guide them on HR matters
  • Develop business acumen and the ability to influence the delivery of business plans
  • Be involved in project related HR tasks
  • Drive and facilitate annual HR processes
Who we are looking for
You hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree and 10+years’ experience in HR roles; ideally with experience in a large multinational company. You bring a proven track record of leading an HR team, and bring with you a deep functional HR expertise.

A strong relationship builder, you will have a proven track record of identifying, developing and deploying talent to help the business win. It is also important that you understand the local market, particularly from the perspective of labor laws.

You are a strategic thinker, getting inspiration from a broad industry perspective, with the ability to understand trends in HR and to translate strategy into deployable action plans.

You will have a people orientated, collaborative leadership style that fosters a dynamic, positive work environment in your team and across the ESAF organisation.

At DAMCO, we believe that a long-term successful career happens when there is a match between what you are passionate about, what you are good at and what is needed by our business. A successful career will include a variety of experiences that stretch you, bring you out of your comfort zone and offer you an opportunity to learn and grow in ways that also build our business.


>Last application date: 28 January 2017.
Damco is one of the world's leading third party logistics providers specialising in customised freightforwarding and supply chain solutions. The company has about 11,000 employees working in more than 300 offices around the world and a global presence in about 100 countries. Damco is part of the Maersk Group. More information about Damco can be found on