Jan 31

January 2019 – The 10 most in-demand skills of 2019


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

As technology continues to transform the world of work, the required skill set is evolving significantly. Read more below.

In the market for a new career? We’re working on several exciting roles across Sub-Saharan Africa so make sure we’ve got your CV. If you’re an employer in need of top talent, take a look at our Top Talent list below or get in touch regarding your specific skill requirements.

We hope you have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

Wishing you all a successful 2019 ahead from the Homecoming Revolution team
The 10 most in-demand skills of 2019
As advancements in technology continue to transform the world of work, the type of skills being sought by employers across the globe is evolving significantly. According to analysis from networking site LinkedIn, 2019’s employers are looking for a combination of both hard and soft skills.

Fifty seven percent of the senior leaders polled in the survey view soft skills as being much more important when seeking an ideal candidate.

Creativity topped the list of the most sought-after soft skills followed by Persuasion, Collaboration, Adaptability and Time Management.

“The rise of AI is only making soft skills increasingly important, as they are precisely the type of skills robots can’t automate,” said LinkedIn Learning Editor, Paul Petrone.

Angel Jones, CEO of Homecoming Revolution echoes these sentiments, “Despite millions of jobs under threat of being displaced by automation, the one thing that cannot be replaced is an employee’s ability to think outside the box and to drive innovative solutions.”

Cloud Computing topped the list of the most in-demand hard skills followed by Artificial Intelligence, Analytical Reasoning, People Management and UX Design.

“These skills are a reflection of the world of work’s significant shift towards digital”, continues Angel.

“The LinkedIn report highlights the importance of today’s employees possessing both technical and human skills in order to adapt and thrive in a constantly evolving workplace,” she concludes.

10 most in-demand skills:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Time Management
  6. Cloud Computing
  7. Artificial Intelligence
  8.  Analytical Reasoning
  9. People Management
  10. UX Design

Please contact us now for uniquely skilled African talent.

Executives on the Move: Phil Mokoele
Phil Mokoele has been appointed Store Operations Director for Massdiscounters t/a Game and DionWired. He is a seasoned operations executive with almost 20 years’ experience in retail.

Within his new role, Phil will be responsible for providing sound leadership and direction to regional and store managers countrywide as well as to ensure all new store openings deadlines are in place.

Comments Humsha Ramgobin, HR Director at Massmart, “We are truly excited to welcome Phil to the Game and DionWired team and we look forward to his valuable contribution in leading and growing an incredible brand.’

Phil says he is excited to take on this new and exciting challenge with a highly respected retailer.

“I look forward to further growing and enhancing my skillset within the retail sector as well as to meaningfully contribute to the organization by improving store operations, reducing shrink, developing and implementing programmes, developing and motivating teams, driving revenue streams and improving productivity.”

When asked about his experience working with Homecoming Revolution, he said,

“The Homecoming Revolution team was exceptional in terms of being professional, providing support and communicating throughout the process. They were available at all times and certainly ensured that my interests were well looked after.”

Prior to joining Game, Phil worked at Edcon as Divisional Executive Edgars Operations. During his career, Phil has also worked in operations and management for Clicks and Direct Medicines. He holds an MBA from the University of Potchefstroom.

Take Note
For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List
Please contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:

South African EE Female – Group Communications Head – Food Production
Kenyan Female – Business Development Lead – IT
South African EE Female – Consumer Insights Manager – Market Research
Zambian Female – Head of Foreign Operations – Banking
South African EE Male – SEO Specialist – Marketing & Advertising
Kenyan Male – Senior Strategy & Innovation Manager – Investment Management
South African EE Male – Country Consumer Channel Manager – Computer Software
Nigerian Male – HR Advisory & Strategy – Management Consulting
South African Male – National Operations Executive – Retail
South African EE Female – Audit Senior – Accounting
Kenyan Male – Commercial Finance Lead Sub-Saharan Africa – IT
South African EE Female – Head of Marketing – Marketing & Advertising
Nigerian Male – Chief Operating Officer – Consumer Goods
South African EE Female – Customer Relationship Head – Pharmaceuticals
Kenyan Male – Senior Vice President – Financial Services
South African EE Female – Senior Consultant Enterprise Intelligence – Management Consulting
Zambian Female – MBA Programme Faculty – Education Management
Nigerian Female – Senior Digital Marketing Executive – Marketing & Advertising
Kenyan Male – Head of Operations –  Logistics and Supply Chain
South African EE Female – Environmental Safety & Health Specialist – Food & Beverage
Nigerian Male – Head of Sales & Marketing – Banking
South African Male – Chief Commercial Officer – Logistics & Supply Chain
Ghanaian Male – Senior Business Development Analyst – Management Consulting
South African Female – Senior Business Analyst – IT
South African Female – Project Manager – Banking

Africa Forward
A Selection of Job Opportunities
Regional Director – Manufacturing – Nigeria
Merchandise Executive – Food Retail – Johannesburg
Commercial Director – Agri-processing – Kampala
Finance Executive – Retail – Durban
Sales Director – FMCG Multinational – Nairobi
Chief Transformation Officer – Retail – Johannesburg
Head of Product – Fintech Lagos
Head of Campus & Operations – Software Development – Johannesburg
Managing Director – PR agency – Johannesburg
CIO – FMCG – Cape Town
Finance Exec – Retail – Durban
Commercial Executive – Agriculture – Harare
Head of Category – Food & Bev Johannesburg
Category Director – Consumer Electronics Johannesburg
General Counsel – Retail – Johannesburg
Commercial Director – Food & Beverage – West Africa
Country Manager – Agriculture – Maputo
Technical Manager – Agriculture – Harare
Country Manager – Fintech – Lagos
Managing Director – Fintech – Cape Town
Chief Operating Officer – Textiles – Johannesburg
Group Company Secretary – Professional Services – Johannesburg
Country Manager – Financial Services – Nairobi
Country Manager – Agriculture – Dar es Salaam
Sales Director – Fintech – Nairobi
CEO – Manufacturing – Johannesburg
Head of Business Development – Fintech – Johannesburg
Group Tax Executive – Professional Services – Johannesburg
CEO – Food & Beverage – Kampala
Managing Partner – Communications Firm – Johannesburg
Head of Digital – Retail – Johannesburg
Managing Director – Manufacturing – Johannesburg
Legal Director – Advisory – Johannesburg
We are continually working on many roles in addition to the ones above. So, if you’re in the market, please make sure we have your CV so we can match you to opportunities as they arise.
Out & About
Deloitte Africa Outlook 2019

Deloitte’s Africa Outlook Conference brought together leading business figures and thought-leaders to discuss trends and prospects facing companies and countries on the continent in 2019.

Lwazi Bam (Deloitte SA CEO), Tanya Van Lill (CEO SAVCA) & Nabeel Laher (Head: International Private Equity Old Mutual Alternative Investments)

Femi Enigbokan (Chief Development Officer Yum Brands) & Angel Jones (CEO Homecoming Revolution)

Maruping Mangwedi (Principal, Private Equity Standard Chartered)

Rethabile Molisana (Sales Executive, The Saxon)

Gcina Dube (Managing Member, Lwati Loluhle) & MD Ramesh (Regional Head, Olam International)

Darryl Lahner (International Retail Credit Head & Analytics, FNB), Faye Tessendorf (Managing Director at Homecoming Revolution) & Simryn de Jager (Executive Head Cash Management, Standard Bank)

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