General Manager – Safari Company – Botswana (ZJ – 488)

Job Location
— Botswana

Job Type
Permanent

Posted
Friday, August 19, 2016

Closing date
31 Aug 2016 15:42

Overview

General Manager – Northern Botswana – Large Safari Company.

My Client a Botswana based company’s with it head office is in Northern Botswana and which is entirely citizen owned – has been operating camps in Botswana for nearly 20 years, and currently has six camps in a variety of locations, but is expected to grow in the near future. Two of the camps are located in the extreme north of Botswana, on a private concession measuring over 232,000 hectares. Two camps are in the Okavango Delta, again in a large private concession. One camp is in the CKGR, a few hours drive from Deception Valley, and one camp is in the Nxai Pan National Park – the only operator in this park. As such, the company has a very diverse range of environments that they operate in, with all the  associated logistical challenges. The four northern camps have a high occupancy throughout the year, where as the two desert camps are more seasonal. Five camps accommodate 16 – 18 guests, and one camp takes a maximum of 10. 

Important to Note: The GM reports to the Company – CEO. The Marketing and finance function also report directly to the CEO and are therefore outside of the responsibilities of the GM.

RemunerationSalary

  • Between BWP 40000 – 45000 depending on experience.
  • Live out 
  • standard Expat benifits will be discussed in interview 
  • Rotational Leave cycle 

Background/experience preferred:

  • camp management in remote location
  • concession management or general management of more than one property
  • guiding experience and/or field experience
  • proven capability to mentor and develop people at all levels of education (or lack there of)
  • willingness to step in and fill any given position in a crisis (from dishwasher to guide)
  • calm, patient and a good sense of humour
  • is not fazed by a company that runs all its camps without computers!
  • Maintenance background/knowledge essential
  • Strong financial skills, used to setting and performing to budget
  • Polished in both appearance and conduct.

Requirements include:- 

  • Grade 12 (matric)
  • Formal Tertiary qualification Diploma or Degree ( for work permit ) – Essential 
    • Btech Nature conservation 
    • Bcomm Tourism / Hospitality Management 
    • FGASA level 1 ( level 2 would be preferred )
  • Minimum of 5 yrs working experience in Camp/ Lodge Management
  • Management and Training of Lodge staff in Front Office, Food and Beverage, Guiding (FGASA), Housekeeping, 4×4 Driving, mechanical and technical applications
  • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Computer literate on MS Office suite
  • Effective financial management skills
  • Previous experience in HR Management, F & B, housekeeping, maintenance
  • General Marketing knowledge
  • Broad mechanical and technical skills for all types of vehicles, building design and construction capabilities, plumbing, refrigeration, gas, solar and generator installation knowledge
  • Be able to live with limited ( solar ) or no electricity
  • Conversational ability in foreign languages added advantage.
  • Familiarity with Botswana and general Labour Regulations would be favourable
  • Unendorsed drivers licence with PDP

Contact information

Gordon Mollett

 

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