Jun 30

June 2019 – These skills are key to the future success of your business


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

A global shortage of soft skills is posing a major threat to employers across the globe. According to recent research from LinkedIn’s “Future of Skills” report, soft skills are essential to the success of the future workplace. Read more below.

If you’re a company in need of scarce skills, employers brief us on your talent requirements. And we’re working on several exciting roles across the continent so if you’re in the market for a new opportunity, candidates upload your CV.

Make sure you take a look at this month’s Executives on the Move, In the News as well as the exciting events we attended.

We hope you have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

Executives on the Move: Managing Partner – PR & Influence Ogilvy SA
Lebo Madiba has been appointed Managing Partner: Public Relations & Influence for Ogilvy South Africa.

When asked about her experience working with Homecoming Revolution, Lebo said: “Working with Homecoming Revolution was probably one of my most refreshing experiences of working with a headhunting firm, professional and global in their approach. It felt like they held genuine interest for both me and the company they were recruiting for”…Read more.

These skills are key to the future success of your business
A global shortage of soft skills is posing a major threat to employers across the globe.

According to recent research from LinkedIn’s “Future of Skills” report, soft skills are essential to the success of the future workplace.

The report found main soft skills that are lacking include:

  1. Critical thinking or problem-solving
  2. Adaptability and flexibility
  3. Communication
  4. Leadership
  5. Innovation and creativity

“With artificial intelligence and automation set to make many hard skills obsolete, soft skills are set to become the most sought-after skills in the workplace over the next 10 years. However, we’re finding that these skills have become among the most difficult to recruit for in organizations across the board,” comments Faye Tessendorf, Managing Director at Executive Headhunting Firm Homecoming Revolution…Read more.

For more information on Homecoming Revolution’s headhunting services, contact us.

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

South African EE Female – Founding Director – Management Consulting
South African EE Male – Divisional Operations Executive – Retail
Zimbabwean Male – Principal Civil Engineer – Civil Engineering
South African EE Female – HR Systems Specialist – Human Resources
Nigerian Male – Chief Financial Officer – Financial Services
Kenyan Female – Senior HR Business Partner – Computer Software
South African EE Female – Financial Crime Assurance VP – Banking
Nigerian Female – Investment Banking Associate – Investment Banking
South African EE Male – Managing Director – Power Generation
Zimbabwean Male – Manager Private Debt & Capital Markets – Banking
Nigerian Male – Team Lead Power & Energy – Banking
South African EE Female – Senior Executive Assistant – Management Consulting
Kenyan Male – Technical Lead – Engineering, wants to return to Kenya
South African EE Male –  Senior HR Advisor – Human Resources
Kenyan Female – Senior Operations & Finance Executive – Consumer Goods
Nigerian Male – Quantity Surveyor – Construction
Tanzanian Male – General Manager – Broadcast Media
South African EE Female – Global Head of Strategy – Technology & Innovation
Kenyan Female – Head of Talent Management, Resourcing, Learning & Development – Banking
Zimbabwean Female – Marketing Manager Africa – Biotechnology
Kenyan Male – Finance Manager – Accounting
Zambian Male – Managing Partner – Marketing & Advertising
South African EE Male – Software Developer – Financial Services
Namibian Male – Forensic Auditor – Banking

A Selection of Job Opportunities
Head of Sales – Fintech – Lagos
Marketing Executive – FMCG – Nairobi
Head of Finance – Education – Johannesburg
Rest of Africa HR Business Partner – Telecoms – Johannesburg
Head of Business Development – Fintech – Nairobi
Enterprise Architect – Retail – Durban
Vice President – Telecoms – Juba
Chief Information Officer – Advisory – Johannesburg
HR Director – FMCG – Johannesburg
Sales Director – Fintech – Nairobi
Chief Marketing Officer – Telecoms – Conakry
International Sales Manager – Manufacturing – Cape Town
Marketing Director – Fintech – Dar es Salaam
Business Unit Director – Professional Services – Johannesburg
Chief Financial Officer – Telecoms – Accra
Major Account Executive – Financial Services – Nairobi
Chief Financial Officer – Financial Services – Johannesburg
Head of Marketing – Consumer Goods – Lagos
Software Development Lead – Banking – Johannesburg
HR Director – FMCG – Nairobi
Chief Financial Officer – Advisory – Lagos
Financial Director – Management Consulting – Johannesburg
VAS Executive – Retail – 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 conversation with Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala
Gordon Institute of Business Science Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn, interviewed Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala about the changing banking landscape in South Africa. The event provided strong insight into how the bank has repositioned its strategy away from emerging markets to a focus on Africa, their outlook on the continent, as well as how he views the future of financial services and fintech.

Sim Tshabalala (Standard Bank CEO) & Motla Mokgatle (Operations Coordinator at Homecoming Revolution)

Funeka Ndungane (Owner & CEO of Bambilizwe Investment Holdings), Thando Funani, Motla Mokgatle & Naledi Simon (Homecoming Revolution Office Coordinator)

Zoiab Hoosen (Executive in Residence GIBS) & Motla Mokgatle

Sim Tshabalala & Naledi Simon

Uber Keynote Address
Our CEO Angel Jones addressed members of Uber’s Sub-Saharan African team on the continent’s talent landscape, why many African executives are choosing to return home to career opportunities on the continent and the brain gain. She also highlighted key insights from Homecoming Revolution’s recently released Homecoming Insights Report 2019.

Angel Jones (Homecoming Revolution CEO) & Ntsako Mokwena (CRM & Marketing Analytics Lead Uber Sub-Saharan Africa)

Members of Uber’s Sub-Saharan Africa team

Angel Jones (Homecoming Revolution CEO)

Out & About

Debbie Baertschi (CEO Overseas Investments Evimeria Corporation) & Jeremy Osborne (Digital and Business Development Partner Smart Staff)

Simon Murrell (Executive Director BrandQuantum) & Paula Sartini (CEO BrandQuantum)

In the News
Eyewitness News
Angel Jones, alongside Africa Check and the Enterprise Observatory of South Africa’s Johannes Wessels weigh in on whether there is truth to recently published figures that 8 professionals leave South Africa for every 1 that comes in. Click here to read more.

Angel Jones weighs in on the difficulty to accurately quantify the number of people leaving and returning to South Africa. Click here to read more.

SA People

Findings from Homecoming Revolution’s 2019 Trends Report were highlighted. One of the key findings from the qualitative survey was that 34% of South Africans, East Africans and West Africans living abroad want to return home while 22 % remain undecided. Click here to read more.

Homecoming Revolution CEO Angel Jones was hosted by Wislyn, a current affairs and news programme on KykNet, on South Africa’s brain drain and why skilled professionals are choosing to leave the country, as well as the factors attracting them home. Click here to read more.
Sunday Tribune

Insights from Homecoming Revolution’s recently released Homecoming Insights Report 2019 were quoted by the Sunday Tribune. Click here to read more.

SA People
Homecomer Stories:
‘My return was both a head & heart decision’

Claire Pryce left South Africa 15 years ago with the plan to just travel for a year. Life, however, took her on another path and she spent 7 years in London and 8 in Sydney before making the decision to return home for good. She tells us what encouraged her to return as well as her experience since coming back.

It was both a head and a heart decision as I call myself a rational optimist. As with all our lives, there are many more twists and turns to my story and why it took me so long to come home (not least because I had chosen to stay in relationships with people who were anti living in South Africa so I convinced myself that they were right and that I was ok to call overseas home forever, even though my heart knew the truth of my desire: to be home, to be with my family, to be connected to the country that feels like an extension of me, where I can truly be myself and truly belong)…Read more.