CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Location : Bahrain
Post Date :

Description :

The Role

An established investment firm is launching a new platform which will focus on the franchising of brands within the investment portfolio. It is currently looking for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to head this new company, wherein the company will focus on the franchise operations of mid/upper market brands. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors; the CEO will be expected to create shareholder value by setting up the operations of the new firm and establishing and adhering to a strategic roadmap. The CEO is required to employ a top tier management team and to develop the corporate structure of the firm. The CEO and the senior management are expected to leverage their relationships and experience in order to realize the maximum potential of the organization. Finally, the CEO will also work directly with franchisors and franchisees in order to establish long-term viable relationships.

Specific Duties:

  • Set up professional franchise firm which entails (among other tasks):
    • Creating a business plan and value proposition of the brand.
    • Setting up/developing systems, policies and procedures.
    • Establishing the management structure and populating the structure with qualified individuals.
    • Establishing KPI's (as the role will have ultimate responsibility for the firm's P&L).
  • Develop and manage relationship with existing franchisees in multiple countries within the MENA region.
  • Vet potential regional/international franchise partners.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of each franchise agreement.
  • Develop business plans for/with potential partners.
  • Maximize sales and expansion opportunities, and ensure that standards are met while delivering sales / profit targets.
  • Review and update existing franchise contracts.
  • Produce the legal framework and draft documentation for international franchising, including the Franchise Agreement and Operating Principles.
  • Identify and research potential markets and advise Board of new opportunities.
  • Plan the distribution and logistics process, including identifying the import/export requirements of the relevant countries within the operating territory.
  • Accept responsibility for central communication between franchisors and franchise partners.
  • Assist the franchise partners to ensure all retail principles, store layouts, recruitment/training of team members and the overall brand proposition adheres to franchising standards.
  • Plan the distribution and logistics process, including identifying the import/export requirements of the relevant countries within the operating territory.
  • Introduce credit management processes.
  • Work with franchisors and franchisees on setting merchandising/pricing strategies in line with local marketplace.
  • Ensure protection of the brand through compliance with the legal agreement and trading terms/conditions.

The Candidate

  • Candidate must have an established regional network in the mid/upper market retail brands.
  • Bachelor's in Marketing (or related field) is a must.
  • Preferably a minimum of 10 years work experience in franchising function, 5 of which must be in an executive role.
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