Deputy Executive Director
CAIA is one of the largest associations in SA with over 140 members.
It seeks to promote safety and boost productivity and competiveness.
About Our Client
The Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) represents the interests of a large proportion of the chemical industry in South Africa; throughout its value chain, with the chemical sector contributing about 3.0% to the Gross Domestic Product and 22% to manufacturing that occurs in South Africa.
As an association that forms part of a worldwide network of chemical industry associations, CAIA seeks to promote the continuous improvement of performance in the safety, health and environmental arenas as well as to boost productivity and competitiveness of the chemical and allied industries in South Africa, thereby enhancing their sustainability.
Members are mainly large and medium size companies drawn from base chemicals, fertilizers, plastics in primary form, pesticides and other agricultural products, explosives and speciality chemicals. CAIA's primary goals are to advocate industry advancement and cohesion, promote Responsible Care®, earn public trust for the chemical industry, strengthen its advocacy efforts and lobbying with Government, drive multi-industry participation and facilitation opportunities for the entire value chain, support education initiatives in science, engineering and technology and create maximum value for member companies.
The Association interacts with a number of employer bodies, the Chemical Industries' Education & Training Authority, various professional societies and other associations representing sub-sections of the industry.
CAIA is the custodian of the global Responsible Care® initiative, which was launched in South Africa in 1994.
The Deputy Executive Director, will be reporting to the Executive Director and will be based in the CAIA head office in Johannesburg. Within this position you will be required to perform the following duties:
1) Parallel industry, across value chain and cross-sectoral position papers and policy development that informs the regulatory framework, positions the industry in the SA economic environment and gives effect to strategies adopted by CAIA.
- Provide thought leadership regarding the emerging chemical industry value chain landscape for the purpose of pro-active industry position and policy development.
- Research emerging business trends and developments with a view to bringing innovative policy frameworks to the chemical industry supply chain that also enhances industry integrity.
- Engage, consult and correspond with relevant international stakeholders, Government officials, industry stakeholders and the general public, where applicable, to inform and receive comment on proposed policy and pro-active industry policy development.
- Obtain multi-stakeholder input from industry, from communities and international fora in developing South Africa/Africa specific policy frameworks conducive to optimal industry positioning.
- Prepare briefing notes, background documents, issue and discussion papers for Government submissions and suggested approach to policy and legislation.
- Develop written materials for internal and external use; including but not limited to, position statements, policies and white papers to support the chemical industry's strategic objectives.
- Support the Executive Director in the development, research and implementation of policy and programme enhancements, evaluating initiatives and presenting and facilitating discussions with Government and other stakeholders.
2) Prevented or mitigated industry policy or legislative legal risks.
- Pro-active and pre-emptive policy research and development to ensure that the industry's voice be timeously heard thereby protecting the industry positioning as well as sustainability.
- Review major policies and legislation.
- Represent the company on relevant domestic and international fora, where necessary, to enable timeous identification of policy related issues that need to be considered for the South Africa/African environment.
- To alert the Executive Director and relevant industry players (members) to opportunities and threats in relation to regulation.
- Acts for the Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director to maintain continuity.
3) CAIA and industry constructive stakeholder relations.
- Identify key stakeholders to CAIA and the larger industry and develop appropriate relations conducive to CAIA's professional services industry support.
- Development, coordination, and organisation of advocacy activities and project-specific Government engagement plans.
- Facilitate appropriate and required CAIA Professional Services external stakeholder relations.
4) Enabled delivery of quality professional services.
- Develop an integrated CAIA professional service.
- Co-ordinate work required across CAIA professional services team.
- Act as project coordinator on major policy reviews, cross-sectoral policy issues, major reviews on Responsible Care®.
- Ensure a motivated team and performance culture, define performance expectations and conduct effective performance management of direct reports.
- Guide and enable subordinate value delivery, including staff development, aligned with the professional, strategic and advocacy goals of CAIA.
The Successful Applicant
The successful Deputy Executive Director will ideally possess the following minimum qualifications, skills and experience:
- University degree in law, economics or business-related discipline
- Relevant post-graduate degree is advantageous
- Expert knowledge of policy-making and legislative processes.
- Knowledge of financial, corporate, commercial, securities and other relevant statutes.
- Expert speaking, writing and consulting skills.
- Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines to produce high quality work in short time-frames.
- Demonstrated competence in research and policy analysis, including the ability to identify and explain complex policy issues.
- Ability to work productively with others as part of a team.
- Ability to interpret legislation and prepare advice for relevant stakeholders.
- Ability to synthesise information and provide a balanced perspective on complex issues.
- Ability to develop positive working relationships with Government officials, elected representatives and staff.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write, evaluate and edit a variety of documents such as reports, policy papers and position statements.
- Minimum of 10 years experience working in policy and/or legislative environments providing independent research, analysis and advice on complex issues, including evaluation of options and recommendations.
- Experience in running meetings, consulting, preparing briefing material and corresponding with Governmental officials, including regulatory and other relevant stakeholders on policy proposals and existing governmental policies, including the explanation of technical details on complex issues.
- Experience in managing legislative/policy projects and implementing policy decisions.
- Experience in presenting complex issues and opportunities to high-level officials and third-party stakeholders.
What's on Offer
A great package is available for the successful candidate. This includes:
- Competitive Cost to Company with the opportunity for bonus
- An opportunity to be part of an organisation which is proactively involved and influential in the South African business community
- Career growth with development and coaching offered