Apr 30

April 2019 – Insights on Africa’s Retail Skills Shortage


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

The global consumer and retail sectors face significant and unprecedented challenges in today’s constantly evolving landscape. The importance of hiring and retaining the right senior talent therefore remains more critical to the industry’s success than ever before. Read more below.

If you’re an employer seeking high-level, specialist talent across various sectors, get in touch. If you’re seeking a fresh career change in Sub-Saharan Africa, make sure we have your CV.

We were featured on 702 and kykNet this month. Be sure to check out both interviews below.

We hope you have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

Africa’s Retail Skills Shortage
In Sub-Saharan Africa’s fast moving and highly competitive consumer market, the importance of hiring the right talent remains critical to the success of retailers.

This was among the key insights and trends garnered from the recently held GIBS Retail and Consumer Insights Conference 2019.

One of the major themes which emerged from the event was the significant skills shortage in several pockets of the industry.

David Smith, Equity Research Analyst at Investec, highlighted the critical skills shortage of data scientists and analysts in the retail sector. Read more.

Oxford Africa Conference 2019
For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List
Please contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:

Zimbabwean Male – Chief Executive – Insurance
South African EE Male – Business Development Lead – Information Technology
Ivorian Male – Head of Operations – Capital Markets
South African EE Male – VP Big Data & Analytics – Banking
Nigerian Male – Finance Manager – Pharmaceuticals
Zambian Female – Senior HR Manager – Banking
South African EE Male – VP Mergers & Acquisitions – Investment Banking
Nigerian Female – Senior Brand Manager – Marketing & Advertising
South African EE Male – Senior Project Manager – Banking
Kenyan Male – Chief Commercial Officer – Computer Software
Nigerian Female – Senior Consultant – Financial Services
Congolese Male – Business Development Director – Parastatals
South African EE Male – VP Big Data & Advanced Analytics – Banking
Cameroonian Male – CFO – Banking
Kenyan Female – Digital Marketing Specialist – Marketing & Advertising
South African EE Female – Commercial Relationship Executive – Banking
Zambian Male – Country Director – Financial Services
South African EE Female – Strategic Lead Research, Insights & Strategy – Market Research
Kenyan Male – Commercial Finance Lead Sub-Saharan Africa – IT
South African Female – Senior Implementation Consultant – Capital Markets
Nigerian Male – Head of Sales & Marketing – Banking
South African Male – Senior Operations Manager – Consumer Goods
Nigerian Male – Chief Operating Officer – Consumer Goods

A Selection of Job Opportunities
Chief HR Officer – Global FMCG – Sub Saharan Africa
CFO – Fintech – Johannesburg
General Manager – Pharma – Nairobi
Ecommerce Exec – Retail – Johannesburg
Chief Marketing Officer – FMCG – Lagos
Digital Transformation Director – Manufacturing – Johannesburg
Head of Sales – Computer Software – Lagos
Commercial Director – Multinational Tech Company – Nairobi
Chief Information Officer – TMT – Johannesburg
Ecommerce Director – Retail – Nairobi
Sales Director – Food & Beverage – Lusaka
HR Tech Specialist – Professional Services – Johannesburg
Agriculture Manager – Food Production – Durban
Chief Commercial Director – Manufacturing – Ghana
Agriculture Manager – Consumer Goods- Maputo
Factory Manager – Food & Beverage – Lilongwe
CEO – Food Production – Mbabane
E-commerce Director – Retail – Johannesburg
Managing Director – Agriculture – Nairobi
Regional Director – Manufacturing – Nigeria
CFO – FMCG – Lagos
Finance Executive – Retail – Durban
Head of Product – Fintech Lagos
Managing Director – Fintech – Cape Town
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.
In the News

CEO Angel Jones speaks to Talk Radio 702’s Bruce Whitfield on the core reasons why skilled South Africans choose to leave the country, and the core motivators behind the decisions made by many to return home after time spent abroad. Click here to listen to the interview.


Homecoming Revolution Managing Director Faye Tessendorf spoke to popular South African Afrikaans-language television channel, kykNet, about the importance of South Africans gaining global experience abroad and bringing this expertise home. Click here to watch to the interview.

Out & About
Retail & Consumer Insights 2019 Conference

The GIBS Retail & Consumer Insights 2019 Conference examined various trends, opportunities and insights key to the sustainability of the retail sector on both a local and international scale.

Monalisa Sam (Retail, Marketing & Brand Expert)

Angel Jones (CEO Homecoming Revolution) & Dave Smollan (CEO Smollan Group)

Renee New (Head of Marketing @home) & Steven Riley (Development Executive at Hyprop)

Andrew Smith (Co-Founder & CEO Yuppiechef), Dani Kaplan (CEO at The Pool Team) & Mark Levy (Owner at Digital Planet)

Susan Mayer (MD Avroy Shlain), Joanne Wilson (Marketing Director Origin Coffee Roasters), Lesego Moagi (Marketing Executive at Autozone) & Musa Kalenga (Chief Future Officer The Brave Group of Companies)

Paul Isaacs & Karabo Theledi from Italtile

Mercer Africa HR Summit 2019

Over 150 HR professionals came together to discuss how to build a more agile workforce through digitization, transformation and the use of metrics and analytics.

James Maitho (Group HR Director Britam) & Rosie Ebe-Arthur (Group Head Human Capital First Bank of Nigeria)

Faye Tessendorf (Homecoming Revolution Managing Director) & Elda Tchako (Talent Manager at Vivo Energy)

Faye Tessendorf & Namucana Musiwa (CEO Career Prospects Limited)

Faye Tessendorf & Siphiwe Moyo (Co-Founder Twice Blue)

Brigitte Da Gama (Chief People Officer McDonald’s South Africa) & Faye Tessendorf

Ghana World’s Fastest Growing Economy in 2019
Ghana’s economy is skyrocketing. That is what the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predict for this year. The IMF talks of a growth rate of 8.8 percent in its World Economic Outlook, which would make Ghana the fastest growing economy in the world in 2019. Last year, the country’s economy only grew by 5.6 percent, putting it in sixth position. Where does this new impetus come from and in which sectors is Ghana doing particularly well? Read more.
Homecomer Stories:

‘I always knew I would one day return’

South African-born chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen of Michelin-starred restaurant JAN in Nice, France, has become known as the country’s first chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Now, he’s announced plans to open a restaurant in his home country by 2020.

I’m a farm boy, born and raised, so I always knew I would one day return to the bush; to the campfires and open skies of my beloved South Africa. Through a shared passion and vision for all things South African – our food, people, shared culture and arts – I have entered into a global partnership with the Oppenheimer family. Together, we have embarked on an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari…Read more.


10 things you should know before returning to Nigeria

Tejumade Haastrup’s move back home to Nigeria from South Africa in 2017 was more accidental than intentional. She recounts her homecomer story.

Since I’ve moved back home, albeit indefinitely, I’ve had some difficult times. There have been highs and lows but most of all, what I’ve discovered amidst the challenges I’ve had to endure is that some of my ‘suffering’ could have been avoided if I had been forewarned.

She lists 10 things she wishes someone had told her before moving back home…Read more.

London Business School Africa Business Summit