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Latest Vacancies at the Place Nigeria, Thursday 8, March 2018

The Place Nigeria is a trademark of Smackers Limited, a company registered in 2003 to explore opportunities in the hospitality sector in Nigeria. The Place is a profitable player in the QSR industry in Nigeria with great prospects and staff strength of +1300 employees. Currently, our operations span across 12 locations in Lagos, Nigeria, with rapid expansion plans to penetrate more locations in short and medium term. Our current management team consists of experienced hands with over 50 years of experience that spans industry as well as management consulting in foremost multinational professional services companies. We are constantly on the lookout for great talents who will work with us in leading the articulation and execution of strategic transformation initiatives as we position ourselves to maintain sustained growth, profitability and our position as a market leader in our industry.

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
LOCATION:
 Lekki Phase I, Lagos

JOB BRIEF
We are looking for an experienced CIO (Chief Information Officer) to oversee the use of Information technology (IT) in our company.
You will be the one to devise the company’s IT strategy and ensure that all systems necessary to support its operations and objectives are in place.
We require someone with solid IT background, and someone who consistently keeps up-to-date with advancements of the field.
We require someone that has every quality of a leader, a strong strategic and business acumen, and good appreciation of finance, accounting, fraud controls, employee performance measurement system and management information/ reporting requirements.
The goal is to ensure that information technology adds the maximum value to our company at least cost so as to facilitate the success of our business.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Set objectives and strategies for the IT department
Select and implement suitable technology to streamline all internal operations and help optimize their strategic benefits
Design and customize technological systems and platforms to improve customer experience
Plan the implementation of new systems and provide guidance to IT professionals and other staff within the organization
Approve purchases of technological equipment and software and establish partnerships with IT providers
Oversee the technological infrastructure (networks and computer systems) in the organization to ensure optimal performance
Direct and organize IT-related projects
Monitor changes or advancements in technology to discover ways the company can gain competitive advantage
Analyze the costs, value and risks of information technology to advise management and suggest actions

REQUIREMENTS
Proven experience as CIO or similar managerial role
Deep holistic/ rounded knowledge of use/ application of ERP for a manufacturing and consumer trading/ retailing company (all relevant modules). Knowledge for restaurant chain will be a definite plus
Experience in articulating and designing software requirement
Experience in evaluating and selecting software
Experience in supervising development, testing, roll out and change management for new software development (or purchase and customisation) and roll out
Experience in compiling and designing management information/ reporting requirements
Experience with deployment of eBusiness solutions including mobile applications, to maximize customer experience
Excellent knowledge of IT systems and infrastructure
Background in designing/developing IT systems and planning IT implementation
Solid understanding of data analysis, budgeting and business operations
Superior analytical and problem-solving capabilities
A strong strategic and business mindset
Excellent organizational and leadership skills
Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
Minimum of first university degree or HND

APPLICATION DEVELOPER
LOCATION:
 Lekki Phase I, Lagos

JOB DESCRIPTION
We are in need of very good application developers to join our IT team.
We presently use Sage DacEasy Accounting software for all our sales, manufacturing, inventory management and general financial accounting transaction processing. DacEasy utilizes the Pervasive.SQL database engine. We require programmers who will be able to efficiently extract all existing accounting data, create needed add-on forms/ applications for any needed user-friendly additional data capture, simplify/ automate generation of the different reports that we from time to time need.
A lot of the needed reports are presently created in scattered, manual, tedious manner in Excel.
We will also be requiring other applications from time to time eg food requisition tracking system, mobile app for food delivery, updates to our website, online staff performance feedback form etc.

QUALIFICATIONS
The qualified candidate should posses a minimum of 3 years experience.
He/ she should also have knowledge of .MSSQL server, JavaScript, HTML, Asp.net, c#, VB script, Xamarin, sharepoint.
He/She must have a good knowledge of current trends in I.T
He/She must have strong strategic and business mindset
He/she must Excellent organizational and leadership skills

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
LOCATION: 
Lekki Phase I, Lagos

JOB DESCRIPTION
We are a fast-expanding, multi-billion Naira restaurant, nightclub and hotel, currently with presence in 12 locations. We require the services of an innovative research and development manager to augment our aggressive growth plan.

The candidate will be responsible for the following:
Oversee ongoing development and roll out of new products and services, and improvement of existing products and services, related processes, tools and structures
Lead ongoing market research with the objective of connecting with target customers at competitors locations to determine their needs/ preferences and their assessment of our strengths and weaknesses compared with competitors
Generally study our target customers, gather insights on what they watch and buy, to determine their needs: both actual and those that they have not articulated
Conduct competitor intelligence gathering and general ongoing competitor analysis.
Conduct review of industry trends, locally and internationally
Conduct strategic headhunt or recruitment; assemble and lead team(s)/ expert(s) that will actualize development of new products and improvements to existing products
Determine and suggest most effective and efficient advertising/ marketing approach for product roll out
Support branch roll out. Analyse demand across our target locations and prioritize ideal locations to situate branches

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate should have:

A university degree
Minimum of six years of corporate research and development experience. Preferably with a leading global research agency. Familiarity with food, restaurant, nightlife and hospitality industry will be a plus
It will also be a plus if the candidate demonstrates ability to be hands-on and be directly involved in experimental production of food and drink products to be developed.

CREATIVE CHEF
LOCATION: 
Lekki Phase I, Lagos

JOB DESCRIPTION
We are looking for very creative, open-minded chefs/ cooks, who will join our management team and assist in developing innovative food products.
While academic qualification and hands-on work experience is a plus, our primary need is a flair for tasty, innovative cooking aimed at urban-based Nigerians.
This may not be limited to Nigerian meals only, but may include international cuisines that are acceptable to or popular among Nigerians.
Successful candidates will have a primary responsibility of conducting ongoing research on food/ food recipes, and developing new tasty food products, while also improving existing food products.
Secondarily, the candidates will be involved in overseeing/ supervising the company’s day-to-day food production operations, ensuring that staff are well motivated/ guided to work and ensuring that laid down standards are adhered to at all times.
The candidates will also assist in conducting research and development in the following areas:

Food production operating methods and tools/ utensils/ equipment
Food and drinks display/ presentation cabinets
Food packs/ packaging materials

Remuneration
Awesome remuneration package and career progression awaits successful candidates in a professionally run environment.

TO APPLY
Click on Job Title below:

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ThePlace1/743999666991032-chief-information-officer
APPLICATION DEVELOPER
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ThePlace1/743999666991697-application-developer
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ThePlace1/743999667008273-research-and-development-manager
CREATIVE CHEF
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ThePlace1/743999667012351-creative-chef

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