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Strategy and Operations (TBC)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Lagos
  • On-site
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Lagos
  • On-site


Venture for Africa is a talent management and acceleration firm designed to enable experienced local and global non-tech talent to transition into the African startup ecosystem.

We enable experienced talent who might be new to the startup space or the particular market or industry they’re looking to enter, to soft-land and gain context while working with a startup or venture fund that's hiring.



  • Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.
  • Get Immersed:
    • Part-time: De-risk your potential transition by spending an initial 3 months in this role on a part-time basis, while being paid. During this time, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the team, experience the company culture, and evaluate whether it makes sense as a potential long-term option.
    • Full-time: For those actively looking for a role and who are ready to dive right in, you can skip ahead to the next step.
  • Get Hired: VFA startup partners have the opportunity to make full-time offers to candidates directly after the matching process or after VFA's trial-to-hire model.


Startup Partner: *

This partner is in the process of setting up a business group based in Nigeria that will include a diverse group of companies across multiple industries.

While the specific industries and businesses are still evolving, they are committed to building a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, and operational excellence. They are seeking a leader who can help them navigate this exciting phase of growth and expansion.

Engagement Description

They are seeking an experienced and visionary General Manager/CEO to lead and manage a diverse group of companies across multiple industries.

The successful candidate will be responsible for driving growth, ensuring operational efficiency, and maintaining the overall health of the business group.

This role requires a strategic thinker with a strong business acumen, capable of steering the organization towards achieving its long-term goals.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and implement business strategies that align with the company’s vision, mission, and long-term objectives.
  • Identify new business opportunities and industry trends to drive growth and expansion.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement across all companies within the group.

Operational Management:

  • Oversee daily operations of all companies to ensure efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources.
  • Establish and maintain effective operational policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulations and standards.

Financial Oversight:

  • Develop and manage annual budgets and financial plans.
  • Monitor financial performance and provide regular updates to the Board of Directors.
  • Identify and mitigate financial risks.

Team Leadership and Development:

  • Build, lead, and mentor a high-performing executive team.
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment.
  • Foster talent development and succession planning.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, including investors, customers, suppliers, and partners.
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for the group of companies.
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration between all companies within the group.

Growth and Expansion:

  • Identify and pursue opportunities for mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships.
  • Lead initiatives for market expansion and diversification.
  • Oversee the development and execution of marketing and business development strategies.

Performance Monitoring:

  • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth.
  • Establish performance metrics and KPIs for each company.
  • Conduct regular performance reviews and implement necessary improvements.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or related field; MBA or advanced degree preferred.

  • Proven experience as a General Manager, CEO, or similar executive role.

  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development.

  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices.

  • Strong understanding of diverse business functions such as marketing, PR, sales, finance, etc.

  • Familiarity with various business functions and industry standards.

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Outstanding organizational and time management abilities.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in managing multiple companies or business units.

  • Knowledge of and experience in various industries.

  • Strong network within the business community.

  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business environments.

About the company

Venture for Africa is a TALENT MANAGEMENT and ACCELERATION firm that aims to help experienced, global and local non-tech talent upskill for , gain context in , and access open roles in the African startup ecosystem.

For TALENT , we offer streamlined access to relevant bootcamp programs, mentorship, open roles and advisory opportunities at startups hiring now.

For STARTUPS, we provide fast ACCESS to experienced, relevant talent, a PLATFORM to enable them to hit the ground running, and tailored fractional or advisory options suited to startup needs.

Tobi Lafinhan | Contact Person

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