Thursday, 19 January 2017

VACANCY - FINANCE & PERFORMANCE REPORTING OFFICER

Are you a finance and performance reporting expert with ability to ensure smooth financial control of an organization?
Are you a prolific, highly driven and result-oriented finance person looking for a fulfilling career in a top notch identity management solutions provider?

Chams Plc, a leading identity management solutions provider in Nigeria is recruiting.

See details below:

Organisation:
Chams Plc



Job Title:
FINANCE & PERFORMANCE REPORTING OFFICER
Reports to:
HEAD OF ACCOUNTS & FINANCE
Status:
Permanent

Job Summary
·         To produce long- term business analysis
·         Ensure a smooth budgeting and budget control
·         Ability to present a good business write-up
·         Prepare and give detailed weekly business  reports to Head, Account & Finance  
·         Ability to analyze  business performance review
·         Ability to anticipate expenses based on business needs and industry dynamics
·         To advise the management on changes in the business and develop strategies for performance
·         To advise management on appropriate organization structure that supports the business
·         Manage investors relations for the organization
  • Listening to others; interpreting, analyzing, translating information and conveying to defined audiences in a clear manner.
Competencies (Knowledge, skills and abilities)
  • Intermediate knowledge of Finance and Financial activities.
  • Intermediate knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and procedures
  • High attention to details
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Team player
  • Relationship management
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Time management skills
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft suite
Personal Attributes
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Finance
  • Honesty and demonstrate sound work ethics
  • Proactive and Highly professional in conduct
QUALIFICATION
  • A good first degree in accounting or any business related field.
  • A formal business qualification such as an MSC is an added advantage
  • Must be a team player. Ability to work with teams of people within and outside the organization, across all departments and with external alliance partners
  • Passion for innovation and new ways of doing things
  • A good sense of humor and fun-loving.

ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD SEND THEIR CV’S AND COVER LETTER TO  hcd@chams.com WITH THE POSITION CLEARLY STATED AS THE SUBJECT OR THE MAIL WOULD BE DISREGARDED

DEADLINE IS 2 WEEKS FROM DATE OF ADVERTISEMENT

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

VACANCY - STRATEGY & PLANNING MANAGER

Are you up to the task?
Do you have what it takes to drive the goals and the implementation of an organization?
Are you a prolific, highly driven and result-oriented strategist looking for a fulfilling career in a top notch identity management solutions provider?


Chams Plc, a leading identity management solutions provider in Nigeria is recruiting.

See details below:

Organisation:
Chams Plc



Job Title:
Strategy & Planning Manager
Reports to:
Chief Strategy & Finance Officer
Status:
Permanent

THE ROLE
Provides up to date research to the leadership of the company in the following areas;
  • Ability to develop and implement the strategy of the business at corporate / divisional / various functional levels
  • Building and actively maintaining working relationships with internal and external networks of contacts to further the organization goals
  • Ability to bring business knowledge, trends, innovation and insight to create distinctive value for clients and organization. As well as the understanding of the industry as it interacts with & affects the business activities
  • Ability to link and analysis information; devise solutions to resolve business and operational problems
  • Understanding the core business operations of Chams Plc.with appreciable knowledge of product and service offerings
  • Adjusting own behaviors to work efficiently and effectively in light of new information, changing situations and / or different environment
  • Placing our internal and external customers’ interests at the centre of our engagement with them; proactively identifying and responding to current and future client needs
  • Working collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and positive results  



Education in strategic learning and thinking
  • Organizes sessions for management and gets a guest speaker to present information on new trends which may impact the organization.
  • Circulates newsletters and interesting articles to SBU and subsidiary heads, HOD’S on strategy implementation and related strategy topics
  • Speaking at retreats organized by different departments in the organization and organizing in-house retreats






Provider of strategic tools
  • Provides the MD, Heads of; SBUS, subsidiaries and overall management with tools designed to make it easier for them to develop strategic plans together with their teams

Facilitator of strategy sessions
  • Organizes the strategy review session and ensures that SBUs and subsidiaries develop tactical plans aligned to the organization’s new strategic plans where the following  results will be achieved;
    • Identify and manage the changes needed to support the new strategic plan
  • Recommends objective external facilitators to facilitate these sessions where necessary
  • Facilitate strategy sessions at the SBU and subsidiary levels in order to promote alignment between the SBU, subsidiaries and corporate strategic plans

Systems integrator and coordinator
  • Ensures that the organization’s systems, structure and culture are all aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and values
  • Works closely with the finance, performance management and human resource departments to ensure that all planning and measurement systems use the same language and terminology
  • Analyses all the strategic plans across the organization to ensure no duplication occurs between departments and subsidiaries
  • Ensures that all new projects are designed and implemented in a way that supports the organization’s strategies and values

Monitoring of strategy
  • Works with change management professionals to ensure that both the content and spirit of the strategic plan are being implemented.
  • Works with teams to ensure barriers to the plan are removed.

Work with the Directors
  • Does researches and feasibility studies for the MD into areas outside of the mandate of the subsidiaries to help the MD make confidential strategic decisions
  • May act as internal consultant to the HODs in the different departments and subsidiaries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

THE PERSON
  • Credible and trustworthy in working at all levels of the organization
  • Must be self-confident yet humble
  • Should be able to manage people and pressure.
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Strong rational, emotional and spiritual intelligence
  • A learning culture with a willingness and desire to continuously acquire new knowledge and techniques

QUALIFICATION
  • A good first degree in any business related field or the social sciences
  • Must have a wide range of knowledge and experience in 3-4 different areas of the organization
  • A formal business qualification such as an MBA is an added advantage
  • Minimum of four year post-graduate experience in a similar or related function
  • ACCA will be an added advantage
  • Must be a master at team playing. Ability to work with teams of people within and outside the organization, across all departments and with external alliance partners
  • Passion for innovation and new ways of doing things
  • A good sense of humor and fun-loving.



ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD SEND THEIR CV’S AND COVER LETTER TO  hcd@chams.com WITH THE POSITION CLEARLY STATED AS THE SUBJECT OR THE MAIL WOULD BE DISREGARDED

DEADLINE IS 2 WEEKS FROM DATE OF ADVERTISEMENT

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

13 THINGS YOU SHOULD GIVE UP IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Somebody once told me the definition of hell: "On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become."  — Anonymous
Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don't need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them.
There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them, even though each one of us could have a different definition of success.
You can give up on some of them today, while it might take a bit longer to give up on others.
1. Give up on the unhealthy lifestyle
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."  — Jim Rohn
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First you have to take care of your health, and there are only two things you need to keep in mind:
1. Healthy Diet
2. Physical Activity
Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.
2. Give up the short-term mindset
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."  — Mae West
Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.
These healthy habits shouldn't be something you do; they should be something you embody.
There is a difference between: "Working out to get a summer body" and "Working out because that's who you are."
3. Give up on playing small
"Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
— Marianne Williamson
If you never try and take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never unleash your true potential.
And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
So voice your ideas, don't be afraid to fail, and certainly don't be afraid to succeed.
4. Give up your excuses
"It's not about the cards you're dealt, but how you play the hand."―Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.
Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.
And when you do, that becomes the only way you can become successful, because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.
Own your life; no one else will.
5. Give up the fixed mindset
"The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways." ―Robert Greene, Mastery
People with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence or talents are simply fixed traits, and that talent alone creates success  —  without effort. They're wrong.
Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.
Remember, who you are today, it's not who you have to be tomorrow.
6. Give up believing in the "magic bullet"
"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."  — Émile Coué
Overnight success is a myth.
Successful people know that making small continual improvement every day will be compounded over time, and give them desired results.
That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that's ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.
7. Give up your perfectionism
"Shipping beats perfection."  — Kahn Academy's Development Mantra
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try.
Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents us from taking an action and putting our creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if we wait for the things to be right.
So "ship," and then improve (that 1%).
8. Give up multi-tasking
"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." ―Winston S. Churchill
Successful people know this. That's why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is  —  a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.
Being fully present and committed to one task, is indispensable.
9. Give up your need to control everything
"Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us."  — Epictetus, Stoic philosopher
Differentiating these two is important.
Detach from the things you cannot control, and focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards something.
Remember, nobody can be frustrated while saying "Bubbles" in an angry voice.
10. Give up on saying YES to things that don't support your goals
"He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."  — James Allen
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues.
In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.
11. Give up the toxic people
"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." ―Jim Rohn
People we spend the most time with, add up to who we become.
There are people who are less accomplished in their personal and professional life, and there are people who are more accomplished than us. If you spend time with those who are behind you, your average will go down, and with it, your success.
But if you spend time with people who are more accomplished than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will become more successful.
Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.
12. Give up your need to be liked
"The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important."  — Oliver Emberton
Think of yourself as a market niche.
There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don't. And no matter what you do, you won't be able to make the entire market like you.
This is entirely natural, and there's no need to justify yourself.
The only thing you can do is remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of "haters" means that you are doing important things.
13. Give up your dependency on social media and television
"The trouble is, you think you have time."  — Jack Kornfield
Impulsive web browsing and television watching are diseases of today's society.
These two should never be an escape from your life or your goals.
Unless your goals depend on either, you should minimize (or even eliminate) your dependency on them, and direct that time towards things that can enrich your life.
(Please kindly drop a comment below)
Credit: Zdravko Cvijetic, Medium
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/30/13-things-you-should-give-up-if-you-want-to-be-successful.html

Friday, 30 September 2016

OBELE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL BENEFITS FROM CHAMS PLC’S CSR SCHEME


As part of her efforts to support and give back to the society, Chams PLC donated Apple Mac Computers to Obele Community High School, Surulere. This was an integral part of the Chams group 31st anniversary celebration to express the organization’s unflinching commitment and dedication to education and societal development at large.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. E.O. Babatunde, alongside some members of staff and the student body were at hand to welcome the delegation from Chams, led by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Femi Williams, The Chief Finance Officer, Mrs. Mayowa Olaniyan and the Managing Director of Chams Access Limited (subsidiary of Chams PLC, Mrs Funke AlomoOluwa.
Speaking on behalf of the school, the principal, Mrs. E.O. Babatunde was elated and thanked Chams for the generous donation. She assured that the systems donated will be used to further the pupils learning on ICT and other areas with access to the internet.
In addition to the donation made, Chams will also be providing a volunteer computer tutor for the school, to facilitate computer training for the pupils periodically. The pupils and other school management representative expressed their appreciation to Chams even as the GMD assured the school of its continued support.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Annular Eclipse To Occur In Nigeria On September 1st – NASRDA


An annular eclipse that will be visible all over the country, with different degrees of totality, will occur on Thursday, September 1.

In a press statement, the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr Felix Ale, said the highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during this natural occurence would be in the Southern part of the country, particularly in Lagos, where it was expected to have 80 per cent obscurity, while the lowest degree of obscurity would be about 45 per cent and this would be observed in the Northern part of the country, particularly in Sokoto.
The annular eclipse will be observed as a partial or near total eclipse across the nation, with Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) expected to be about 60 per cent.
The annular eclipse is expected to occur between 7.15 a.m. and 10.03 a.m, with slight variations in actual timing across the country.
In Lagos, the first contact will occur at about 7.15 a.m, while the maximum eclipse will occur around 8.30 a.m. and will end by 10.03 a.m.
The eclipse is expected to commence in Abuja around 7.17 a.m, with maximum eclipse to be recorded at about 8.32 a.m. and the eclipse will end around 10.00 a.m.
It should be noted that eclipse is not a spiritual issue, but a natural occurrence that can be accurately predicted by science. Hence, the NASRDA has developed the capacity to accurately make this prediction as part of its mandates.
The Space Agency has also put in place a viewing centre at her headquarters in Abuja, with provision of proper eclipse viewing apparatus for school children to observe the annular eclipse as part of its continuous programmes to expose Nigerians and students to matters concerning astronomical environment.
While appealing to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, it is also necessary to advise that nobody should observe eclipse with Unclad eyes.
Looking at the solar eclipse with Unclad eyes can lead to permanent damage to the eyes, as the obstruction does not reduce the luminosity of the sun.
Therefore, NASRDA has also concluded arrangements to provide limited number of special solar filters to members of the public to savour the rare natural occurrence in appreciation of science and nature.
An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun, hence, the sun appears as a very bright ring or annulus surrounding the dark disk of the moon.
Source: Tribune Online


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

*Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar*

I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport in India. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.

He handed me a laminated card and said: 'I'm Wasu, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk I'd like you to read my mission statement.'

Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Wasu's Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wasu said, 'Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.'

I said jokingly, 'No, I'd prefer a soft drink.'

Wasu smiled and said, 'No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water and orange juice.'

Almost stuttering, I said, 'I'll take a Lassi.'

Handing me my drink, Wasu said, 'If you'd like something to read, I have The NST , Star and Sun Today.'

As they were pulling away, Wasu handed me another laminated card, 'These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio.'

And as if that weren't enough, Wasu told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for me.

Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he'd be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.

'Tell me, Wasu,' I was amazed and asked him, 'have you always served customers like this?'

Wasu smiled into the rear view mirror. _"No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I  spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about POWER OF CHOICE one day."_

*Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle*.

'If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining!' 

'Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'

'That hit me. really hard' said Wasu. 

'It is about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes, slowly ... a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.'

'I take it that it has paid off for you,' I said.

'It sure has,' Wasu replied. 'My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on it.'

Wasu made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like a duck and start soaring like an  eagle.

Start becoming an eagle today ... one small step every week..next week... And next...And.... 

A great Thought..

"You don't die if you fall in water, you die only if you don't swim.

Thats the *Real Meaning* of *Life*.
      


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