The new Eskom leadership is looking for a hands-on person to assist with the turnaround of the crippled utility and hopes to fill the newly-created post of chief operating officer (COO) as early as July.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has confirmed that the COO will be second in charge after the CEO, but with a more technical and operational focus.
Cabinet is expected to consider proposed names for the positions of Eskom’s permanent CEO and CFO later this week. If approved, their appointments will be formalised. Phakamani Hadebe is currently acting as CEO and Calib Cassim as CFO.
Sunday newspapers carried advertisements for the newly-created COO position over the past weekend with the deadline for applications set for May 20.
According to the advertisement, the successful candidate will “be responsible for the effective leadership of the group’s Generation, Distribution, Transmission, Customer Service and Group Capital Divisions”.
Included among areas of responsibility, is the obligation to reduce cost and improve operational efficiencies, increase collections, ensure capital projects are executed on time and within budget and ensure strong governance compliance.
All these areas have been problematic in the past.
The preferred requirement includes at least 20-years’ working experience having led the operations of a multi-plant, capital intensive, complex industrial organisation with at least 15 000 staff members and a proven track record of improving efficiencies and customer service levels, increasing collections and reducing costs.
The recruitment process is run by executive search specialists Woodburn Mann which promises that: “A competitive, executive level package will be tailored to attract the right calibre candidate, subject to approved remuneration and incentive guidelines”.