Nov 28, 2015

Security Operations Director - Sub Saharan Africa

Employer: GE
Location: Nairobi, South Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria
Job Number: 2374391

About Us: 
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each GE business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Relocation Assistance: No

Role Summary/Purpose: 
The Director will act as the daily functional manager of GE’s Security & Crisis Management (SCM) team across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).GE’s SCM strategy is risk-based and relies on the proactive mitigation of security threats with particular emphasis on the use of security intelligence and trend analysis. The function’s primary goal is to serve as a business enabler, even in high-risk areas.

Essential Responsibilities: 
Oversight of journey management and executive protection programs;
Design and implementation of security awareness programs for all GE employees in SSA;
Drive operational excellence with the SCM team and site security leaders in the implementation of facilities security plans;
Ensure SSA-wide crisis management and business continuity programs are regularly updated, drilled, and aligned to global GE standards;
Maintain emergency response and evacuation plans and associated training for employees and sites across SSA;
Continuously build the expertise and operational standards of the Regional Operations Center;
Provide regular mentorship to the Regional Security Directors in terms of security expertise and professional development;
Assist in identification of emerging threats to GE operations and development of appropriate mitigation strategies;
Serve as a key interlocutor with local security companies in terms of contract negotiations and in guaranteeing their provision of high-quality services to GE;
Develop and sustain relationships with key SSA government and private sector security experts.

Oral and written fluency in English is required; conversational fluency in a 2nd language – particularly French or Portuguese – is also required;
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required; master’s degree preferred. While traditional security-related academic qualifications are valued, consideration will also be given to those with backgrounds in law, compliance, risk management and other related fields;
Minimum of 15 years’ experience in law enforcement, intelligence, security operations, or related fields on behalf of government agencies or large multinational corporations;
Extensive experience in managing and conducting international security operations including physical security, facilities security, investigations, personal protection and crisis management;
Significant operational experience in sub-Saharan Africa and an understanding and appreciation of regional politics, cultures, government structures, and development challenges;
Significant training and real world experience in the management of kidnap and recovery (K&R) operations;
Demonstrated ability to manage projects and deliver results in difficult operational environments;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to operate effectively at all levels of the organization.