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General Manager - Real Estate & Construction

Published on 28.06.2022

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Position : General Manager - Real Estate & Construction

The Diethelm Keller Group is a Swiss family-owned company with a portfolio of leading Swiss and international brands focusing on household items, premium outdoor furniture, industrial products, and investments. For one of our affiliated companies, Freetown Cold Storage Co. Ltd., we are seeking an experienced General Manager on site in Sierra Leone in our gated community, who represents the company and manages our residential and commercial properties.


Your tasks


As a General Manager you will manage a team of more than 20 employees and serve as an all-around real estate professional for our three properties in Freetown. The focus will be on managing the existing properties and expanding the business by building additional properties:


Property Management

Represent the company locally and take full responsibility for all communication with the tenants
Oversee and manage the real estate income and expenses with the goal of improving profitability
Proactively monitor and negotiate all rental contracts. Key will be to ensure a high utilization of the rental space


Facility Management
Act as facility manager by constantly reviewing the quality and necessary renovation needs of the properties
Prepare renovation plans including the required expenditures for maintenance & repair
Supervise maintenance personnel and contractors; conduct renovation work without support wherever possible
Oversee and maintain solar hybrid plant, water source and gardening


Project / Construction Management
Evaluate business opportunities for an optimised use of the current company assets (1 commercial, 2 residential)
Provide detailed project and cost plans for all refurbishment and new construction initiatives
Lead and oversee all construction projects of the company’s properties, including the organisation and sourcing of construction material abroad.

Your benefits

  • Working in an upcoming African country with the opportunity to build a self-reliant and supporting living community
  • Leading several projects in construction, building new houses, reconstruction of commercial plots and infrastructure
  • Making something good even better, continue building a green and consistent habitat
  • Possibility to live in the most beautiful and reliable compound in Freetown with reliable energy and own water source.
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Requirements & qualifications

  • More than 5 years of international experience in developing countries, including min. 3 years of professional experience in an African country (preferably West Africa, Sierra Leone)
  • Extensive knowledge in construction management – preferably in a professional business environment (e.g. as an architect, a construction manager or a landscaper). Alternatively, proven construction experience through multiple private home remodelling projects (DIY).
  • Strong ability in project management, from scheduling and sourcing vendors and raw materials to organising and supervising local workers on site
  • Good leadership and communication skills that allows to work with people from different cultures
  • Strong hands-on approach with result orientation, willingness to find solutions in a challenging environment
  • Fluent in English - both in writing and speaking. German advantageous
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office (Excel & Word) and good affinity for IT
  • Act with integrity and high degree of self-motivation.
Job criteria for job ad : General Manager - Real Estate & Construction
Job category :
Public buildings and works professions
Industries :
Real-estate, architecture, town planning
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
City : Freetown
Experience level :
5 to 10 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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