Sales Executives, Business Analyst, Sports Editor, Business Editor and Librarian at The Standard Group

On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
The Standard Group comprises, The Standard Newspapers, Game Yetu, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, PDS, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. 
The Group is looking for highly motivated, qualified, experienced and reputable team players to fill the following positions:

Sales Executives – Thika Road, Machakos & Nairobi

The Role: The job holder will work in Sales & Distribution Department and will develop, expand and maintain field distribution network and sales activities in the allocated area. 

They will be charged with ensuring exposure and coverage of SGL publications for maximum sales

Key Responsibilities
  • Ensure that sales volume budgets are met at all times
  • Achieve returns levels as per targets set agreed upon by the management for various publications
  • Work with the Distribution Assistants, in the given area in the management of agents and vendors to ensure that they get the newspaper on time each day and report any problems encountered to the Team Leader for immediate action.
  • Ensure that the cash collected is banked within the time set by the company and minimum exposure to the company in terms of debt.
  • Liaise with vendors and agents to ensure that SGL publications get prominent display and exposure and identify opportunities for market expansion in the appointed areas as well as identify potential agents and vendors.
  • Monitor arrival times of the agents and vendors to the various drop off points against the time of delivery van arrives and report any problems to the Team Leader for appropriate corrective action by the Transport Manager and recommend any alternative transport routes and or drop off points to the Team Leader.
Qualifications & Experience
  • University degree in a business related field (Diploma ¡n marketing will be an added advantage)
  • 3 years working experience in sales & marketing
  • Knowledge of the region
  • Experience ¡n laying strategy and market expansion and penetration and field selling
  • High degree of integrity, energy and ability to work irregular hours and able to work under minimum supervision
  • Good communication skills and ability to work with diverse peoples
  • A valid driving license with driving experience of two years
Business Analyst
The incumbent will be charged with solving providing answers to organisational problems by analyzing requirements, initiating and coordinating research so as to deliver scientifically tested information that can enable informed decision making geared towards meeting business objectives
 
Key Responsibilities
  • Determine operational objectives by studying business functions; gathering information and evaluating output requirements;
  • Identify gaps in knowledge by reviewing existing information ¡n the organization or the market;
  • Prioritise areas that are core for investigation and discuss with the relevant department(s) and obtains approval to carry out research;
  • Design methodology, collect data, analyse and interpret information and present it for the necessary management action;
  • Monitor key performance indicators for Newspapers, Radio, Television, Outdoor & PDS to identify the Group’s market position for action;
  • Conduct research in support of the Group’s mission;
  • Recommends controls by identifying problems and initiating improved procedures.
Knowledge & Skills:
  • Basic University degree;
  • Diploma in Research/Statistics;
  • 3-5 years’ workingexperience;
  • Strong analytic and critical thinking skills with expertise in excel or related packages;
  • Exceptional written, oral and presentation communication abilities;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player;
  • Developing alternative solutions to complex problems, thinking outside the box and recommending the best solution;
  • Skillful with scenario based analysis.
Sports Editor
The incumbent will be responsible for taking the lead in sourcing, selecting and editing sports news articles

Key Responsibilities
  • Maintain close and effective contact with sports news sources.
  • Assign duties and to guide reporters attached to the Desk in sourcing news.
  • Liaise with the Managing Editors in the allocation of duties to reporters and photographers.
  • Maintain an up to date diary of major events and news of interest, to prepare a schedule of assignments for discussion with the Managing Editor and to assign the agreed assignments to the reporters.
  • Produce high quality sports news articles ensuring that they are topical informative, credible and analytical through intensive research and interviewing.
  • Edit news articles to ensure that they are balanced, properly presented, free of error and that they are within the laid down company editorial policy and house-style
  • Check all headlines, pictures, captions, text and other page elements.
  • Check and verify invoices received from foreign sports correspondents and pass to the Managing Editor.

Knowledge and Skills
  • University degree in journalism OR
  • University degree with training in journalism
  • A minimum of five years’ progressively responsible job related experience in journalism.
  • Excellent writing skills
Business Editor
The incumbent will be responsible for taking the lead in sourcing, selecting and editing business news articles

Key Responsibilities
  • Maintain close and effective contact with business news sources.
  • Assign duties and to guide reporters attached to the Desk in sourcing news.
  • Liaise with the Managing Editors in the allocation of duties to reporters and photographers.
  • Maintain an up to date diary of major events and news of interest, to prepare a schedule of assignments for discussion with the Managing Editor and to assign the agreed assignments to the reporters.
  • Produce high quality business news articles ensuring that they are topical informative, credible and analytical through intensive research and interviewing.
  • Editing the articles to ensure that they are balanced, properly presented, free of error and that they are within the laid down company editorial policy and house-style
  • Check all headlines, pictures, captions, text and other page elements.
  • Check and verify invoices received from business news correspondents and pass on to the Managing Editor.
Knowledge and Skills
  • University degree in journalism OR
  • University degree with training in journalism
  • A minimum of five years’ progressively responsible job related experience in journalism.
  • Excellent writing skills
Librarian
The Librarian will organize, store, update and retrieve print material in order to make the library an anchor information resource centre for the editorial team and other authorized library users.

Key Responsibilities
  • To establish an organized cataloguing and storage system for easy and speedy access to information required for research by editorial staff.
  • Control library stock, maintain an up to date borrower’s register and to send out overdue notices to borrowers.
  • To arrange library material according to category and usage levels;
  • To maintain a file of topical articles from newspapers.
  • To provide reference/retrieval assistance service to Library users including identification of the newspaper copies & photographs.
  • Have a backup of all newspapers printed by the group and catalogue articles and picture items.
Knowledge and Skills
  • University degree
  • Diploma in Library.
  • Hands-on knowledge and experience of library systems
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in library work.
If you possess the above qualifications and the drive to meet the challenges, visit our website www.standardmedia.co.ke/recruitment to browse through the current openings/vacancies and apply not later than 11th April 2014.

Please note that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Standard Group is an equal opportunity employer.
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