Career Opportunity for Country Manager, Nigeria at Cambridge University Press & Assessment

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Job Title: Country Manager, Nigeria

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Reports to: Press Regional Director: Sub Saharan Africa
Division / Department: Cambridge Nigeria
Division: English, Education
Vacancy Type: Permanent

Main Job Purpose
To lead and coordinate activities for Cambridge Nigeria in Nigeria to achieve Cambridge University Press & Assessment objectives and in line with Cambridge values.


  • Responsible for all activities of the Press in Nigeria (Marketing and promoting Teaching and Learning Resources/Finance & Operations).
  • Building a single high performing team to deliver the vision with direct/indirect management of local and Cambridge-based resources to achieve the vision for the market
  • Liaises wth Schools, Distributors, British Council, educational institutions, aid funders, NERDC, the Ministry of Education (externally) Publishing and Assessment (internally)


  • Cambridge Pathway, Teaching and Learning resources (CLS, ELT & NERDC), Teacher Training and Formative Assessment (CEM)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and co-develop appropriate strategy for Cambridge Nigeria (in consultation with all role players)
  • Monitor strategy closely and adapt when necessary
  • Make an effective contribution to budgets, 4-year plans and business plans
  • Generate new ideas for product, marketing methods and services
  • Display keen awareness of competitors’ strategies and use this information to define ours.
  • Communicate plans and strategy to other departments via regular meetings

Performance Criteria:

  • Sales and marketing plan and strategy is co-developed by November of each year
  • Attend regular meetings to review the strategy and budget as necessary
  • Provide valuable input in terms of market trends and opportunities
  • Ensure all stakeholders are involved and informed of the publishing and marketing strategy

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 15%


  • Draw up budgets accurately in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Keep expenditure within overhead budgets
  • Give input on price decisions in order to make the agreed gross margin but also be market competitive
  • Attend debtors’ meetings and give assistance with debt collection from agents and key customers
  • Adhere to credit management policy with all customers

Performance Criteria:

  • Budgets are completed as per stipulated deadlines
  • Performance in line with budgeted contribution
  • Expenditure occurred within agreed budgets
  • Financial Director advised and supported regarding maximizing cash collection on a monthly basis
  • Resources leveraged to improve profitability

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 15%


  • Work with clients and agents, ensuring client satisfaction and expectations are met.
  • Manage key accounts by building relations, prescribing and selling products and manage overall performance of accounts in all territories in order to meet set targets.
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Performance Criteria:

  • All client queries are dealt with in a professional and timely manner

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 25%


  • Meet sales forecast
  • Meet with stakeholders to agree sales budgets and monitor regularly
  • Report on sales and market conditions via monthly report
  • Conduct all business in an ethical manner and in accordance with CUP’s ABC policies.

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 25%:

Performance Criteria:

  • Set and agree budgets with reps and distributors
  • Regularly review budgets throughout the year.
  • Adherence to all Anti Bribery and corruption policies and ensure that agents, reps and distributors adhere as well.

Team Management:

  • Maintain regular contact with all team members
  • Constantly seek to improve team and individual performance
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and accurately
  • Regularly discuss techniques and tactics in order to improve performance
  • Give support and advice to team members, leading to improved performance
  • Set regular and specific team development goals which are then achieved
  • Identify specific training and development needs, and take appropriate action to ensure the needs are met
  • Ensure cross-training and coaching between team members, leading to improved performance

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 15%

Performance Criteria:

  • Recruitment is done in accordance with Cambridge policies and standards
  • All team members have the necessary skills to complete job tasks to set standards
  • Objectives and goals are set in collaboration with the team
  • All team members are clear and aware of the objectives and goals
  • Team performance continues to improve
  • Support is provided to team members as requested and needed
  • Cross training and coaching are provided to team members as requested and needed


  • Assist all other departments as per operational requirements, including the Publishing team
  • Collaborate with colleagues at all times
  • Maintain effective relationships with Cambridge SA & Cambridge UK colleagues
  • Participate as appropriate in discussions and negotiations with key customers, partners and clients

Weighting % of Time / Frequency:

  • 5%

Performance Criteria:

  • Ensure that assistance is given within all work areas as per operational requirements when needed

Minimum Qualifications Required
School – Mandatory (Minimum):

  • NECO or equivalent pass

Tertiary – Mandatory (Minimum):

  • Tertiary qualification (Bachelor’s Degree)


  • A post graduate qualification in Business would be an advantage.

Professional Bodies:

  • None

Job Related Experience:

  • 15 – 20 years’ industry related experience in a senior role. Understanding the Nigerian educational landscape would be an advantage.

Job Related Skills:

  • Provide general oversight of all Cambridge activities in the region; manage the day-to-day operations and ensure a smoothly functioning, efficient organisation.
  • Computer literacy
  • Commercial awareness
  • Strong sales skills and experience
  • Customer service orientation
  • Financial literacy
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Knowledge of educational environment
  • Microsoft Office proficient
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Business Related Experience:

  • 15 – 20 years’ industry related experience

Business Related Skills:

  • Time management skills
  • Task organising skills
  • Interact well with clients
  • Deadline management
  • Good communication skills
  • Attention to detail skills (pay great attention to accuracy)
  • Computer literacy
  • Can review and develop strategy, and once reviewed with their line managers and agreed implement that strategy through to a successful and sustainable business state.
  • Provide leadership that promotes the organisation’s goals in a sustainable and responsible manner that is consistent with the wider Cambridge objectives and expectations

Managerial Related Skills:

  • Manage ad hoc projects
  • Ability to manage people
  • Ability to manage and expand business
  • Managerial and administrative skills
  • Human resource management skills
  • Planning skills
  • Strategic and analytical project evaluation skills
  • Motivating skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to address complacency
  • Decision making skills
  • Sales target ordinated

Interpersonal Related Skills:

  • Organising skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to handle complaints
  • Intuitive
  • Run to deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a matrix management system

Behavioural Attributes:

  • Strategic thinker with a strong entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong emotional intelligence with the ability to bring diverse teams together around a shared vision
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • Diplomatic
  • Organised
  • Self-managed
  • Self-assurance
  • Honesty
  • Fairness
  • Endurance
  • Hard working
  • Team player
  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Patience
  • Tactful
  • Always embrace the company behavioural attributes i.e. Empowered, Decisive, Responsive, Innovative,
  • Responsible and Collaborative
  • Sales Techniques
  • Maintain and protect Cambridge’s reputation in its markets and with all customers, communities, and government and regulatory bodies.

Additional Attributes:

  • Consistent
  • Stress tolerance
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks

Physical Attributes:

  • Language proficiency: English (Read, Write, Speak).
  • Professional appearance and behaviour




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Click here for more information (PDF)


Application Deadline  10th October, 2021.



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