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Project Manager, Nairobi

  • Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2021
  • Nairobi
  • Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2021
  • Nairobi

Are you a senior management consultant who thrive on creating client value within market expansion and growth, and in building new business collaborating cross markets? Are ready to step into a new challenge? Take this opportunity to be part of our EMEA team and in driving the growth of our business! This is management consulting with a higher purpose.

You will join Region EMEA, a key region within Business Sweden that operates from about 20 local offices across Europe, the middle East and Africa. Our main focus is to grow the advisory part of our business.

To help drive this journey, we are currently looking to grow the team with a Project Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. You have a consulting profile and experience from leading sales, scoping and delivering professional services and advisory related to commercial excellence and revenue growth.

Business Sweden in Africa has a team of about 22 colleagues in our offices in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Casablanca. Together, we make up a successful, dedicated and dynamic team who all share the same ambition to generate maximum value for our clients, our local context and Sweden.

Business Sweden in Africa

Africa is home to over 1,3 bn people today and has the youngest and fastest growing population of all continents. The rapid population growth, an overall increased political stability and leapfrogging technology development drive a growing middle class, rapid GDP growth and large-scale investments into infrastructure. Being a Project Manager with Business Sweden Africa reflects these megatrends.

You will see a wide range of projects and stakeholders across Business Sweden’s whole portfolio of governmental and private assignments. We are supporting large infrastructure projects across many countries on the continent, working with Swedish governmental agencies and Swedish flagship companies that offer their solutions. We also support Swedish companies with market entry and growth cases with advisory and hands-on support.

Business Sweden Africa is covering the whole continent out of three locations: Casablanca, Johannesburg and Nairobi. We work as one integrated team of about 22 consultants.

Work with great people

Tiantian Liao
Consultant, China
"Diverse projects, opportunities to quickly develop & the trust from clients are what I truly appreciate with this job"
Vlad Månsson
Country Manager, USA
"This is a great place for rapid career development because of the opportunities to learn from colleagues all over the world"
Samiksha Jalan
Project Manager, London
"I love working at Business Sweden because every hour and every day always brings different opportunities"
Elsa Stefenson
Trade Commissioner, Chile
"I find it incredibly rewarding to see ideas grow and become successful projects"
Youssef Benchaqroun
Consultant, Morocco
"We provide a real added value and create an impact towards our clients"
Bong-Soon Park
Senior Project Manager, South Korea
"My greatest motivation is seeing the positive impact our job has on our clients"

Skills & Requirements

What do we expect from you?

The variety of assignments and the high level of responsibility makes the work truly dynamic and challenging. You will be working with companies of all sizes, ranging from large multi-nationals to start-ups, and across all industries.

You will be part of a business development team, driving client dialogues, and insight-driven initiatives of new business opportunities. You will contribute to ensuring that we are seen as a trusted advisor, with a clear point of view relating to our clients’ most pressing challenges in the African markets.

As a Project Manager you have a key role in managing client relations. You will scope, lead and deliver projects that provide support to leading Swedish companies in their international business development and expansion – not only in Kenya and Africa, but also in other markets in EMEA and globally. You are expected to carry out client dialogues independently and in teams where you will conduct outreach, proposal development, and closure. You are also contributing to the continuous work to strengthen our offerings and ability to deliver on these by building strong teams and growing talent.

We have a high-energy entrepreneurial culture that requires and drives everyone to contribute at their very best, while working together to create the maximum value for our clients. We already have a strong and dedicated team in place, and we set the bar high for applicants’ aptitude in analysing market drivers, interacting with corporate leaders, and being a team player who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves.

Who are we looking for?

To succeed in this role, we believe you have;

  • a higher academic degree, probably a Master of Science in Business, Administration and/or Engineering.
  • a background as a management consultant and about 5-10 years of relevant work experience, having reached a project manager level
  • a proven consulting toolbox and strong problem-solving ability across industries regardless of previous knowledge
  • Previous experience from working in an international business context or experience from working with Swedish/European Businesses is highly meriting
  • experience from managing client relations at CXO level
  • proven track record of managing projects and leading teams successfully
  • experience of successfully scoping client projects, and confidence in driving and supporting sales dialogues
  • a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English is a requirement. Proficiency in Swedish/Portuguese/French or African Languages is meriting
  • international experience from doing business and working or studying abroad and experience from emerging markets is a strong merit
  • knowledge spike in a functional area or within an industry is valued

As a person you are result-oriented, analytical and with a strong drive and a can-do attitude adapting to new challenges. To thrive in this position, we also believe you have excellent social and team-working skills and an ability to influence, gain trust and build relationships, leveraging results through collaboration.

Does this describe you?

If so, we can’t wait to read your application! Please submit your CV together with a personal cover letter. We will be screening applications on a rolling basis.

For more information regarding the position, please contact Andreas Giallourakis, Market Area Director & Trade Commissioner. For more information regarding the recruitment process, please contact Emma Lemón, HR Business Partner EMEA.

Want to know more about Life at Business Sweden and meet our colleagues? Read more here.

Great Place to Work

  • Global exchanges and career opportunities

  • Exclusive focus on our client’s growth agenda

  • Extensive responsibility

  • Diversified teams with world class colleagues

  • Training academy for continuous development

  • Entrepreneurial environment

About the company

At Business Sweden, we do management consulting with a higher purpose: to contribute to the welfare of society by accelerating the growth of Swedish companies abroad and by helping international companies to invest and expand in Sweden. Our clients are all over the world, so it’s by design that Business Sweden has offices and employees all around the world, too.

With a team of almost 500 employees we operate in more than 40 markets, from Helsinki to Hong Kong and from Moscow to Mexico City. Our headquarters are located in Stockholm and Shanghai. Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

With us you will accomplish more than you thought possible and exercise an influence greater than you could imagine. You’ll get to unleash your talent with the world as your workplace and make a difference with true, proper impact.

At Business Sweden we value and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds related to culture, gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and belief, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The diversity of our people is the foundation of our culture and builds a workplace where everyone can contribute with unique experiences, perspectives and cultures.

OUR VALUESOur high performance culture rests on that all our employees live our core values. We will never have guidelines for every situation we will meet, but if all of us are guided by a strong sense of our values, we will always navigate in the right direction.

RESPONSIBILITYThis is the foundation of our culture. Taking responsibility is a way to show commitment to our work. We take ownership of the relationships with our clients and stay true to our word.

COLLABORATIONAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Collaboration knows no geographical borders. At Business Sweden, we act as one global team to create the best possible value for our clients.

IMPACTBy monitoring the world around us and identifying possibilities , we make a difference by helping companies to seize new, sustainable business opportunities. We create impact both for our clients and for Sweden.

Andreas Giallourakis | Contact Person

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