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Chief Operations Officer - COO


Lagos, Nigeria

Job description

Job Introduction

    Adexen has been mandated by one of its clients in the Transportation and Logistics Industry to recruit a Chief Operations Officer for their operations in Nigeria. The position is based in Lagos, Nigeria.  


    Provide complete oversight for all technical and trading operations as well as logistics activities at all the terminals of the Company and other facilities across all countries where the Company operates.


    • Monitor operational efficiency at all the Company’s terminals, pipelines and other facilities across countries.
    • Liaise with clients to ensure that contracts for the use of (Company’s facilities) achieve revenue targets.
    • Oversee the construction and set-up of new terminals and ensure that project milestones are met.


    • Drive positive relationship management with regulators and other key external stakeholders.
    • Liaise with regulators to secure requisite permits and licenses, as well as achieve favourable contract negotiations (and concessions) on behalf of the Company within the countries of operations.
    • Oversee the Chief Country Officer’s activities and provide political support where necessary.
    • Dealing with external stakeholders e.g. regulators asking for PR before processing requisite documents


    • Oversee the documentation and approval of the Company’s annual Trading Plan by the Head, Energy Trading.
    • Ensure that products of the highest international quality are sourced at very competitive rates.
    • Determine and advise executive management on appropriate pricing levels of products.
    • Determine and advise executive management on when to sell products.
    • Monitor profitability levels of each product to ensure that annual profitability forecasts are met.
    • Coordinate resolution of supply chain issues whenever such arise.


    • Liaise with the Head, HSSEQ to ensure total safety and security of all Company’s assets across countries.
    • Liaise with the Terminal Operations Manager (or Head, Operations) to ensure zero product loss/theft incidents at the Company’s facilities across countries.
    • Work with the Head, HSSEQ to ensure that trucks/tankers that come into the terminals for loading of products meet all safety and regulatory requirements.

Desired Skills and Experience

    • A Bachelor’s degree preferably in any Engineering related discipline.
    • A Master’s degree preferably in any Engineering related discipline.
    • Possession of a relevant postgraduate qualification where an MBA would be an added advantage.
    • Membership of any relevant professional body e.g. COREN, NSE etc.
    • At least 12-15 years’ work experience in Operations, Relationship Management, Strategy Development and Execution, Managing Projects, and Process Formulation and Optimization.
    • Added Advantage: Minimum of 5 years’ strategic multi-country experience in similar management role.
    • Knowledge of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and exposure with its logistics value chain.
    • Strong Business Acumen.
    • Knowledge of marine operations.
    • Knowledge of tank farm operations.
    • Knowledge of product trading.
    • Cost management.
    • Fluent in Technology advances.
    • Highly sociable and interpersonal skills.
    • Possession of good appreciation and understanding of strategic and business planning frameworks, principles and techniques.
    • High level of analytical and performance management skills and ability to pay attention to detail.
    • Very good project and change management skills.
    • Ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness.
    • Ability to architect strategy along with leadership skills.
    • Excellent active listening, negotiation and presentation skills.
We thank all applicants however only those selected will be contacted.


Logistics & Transport

Job Seniority


Job Category

Operations and Production

Employment Type

Full time


10 - 15 years


Cost Management, Data analysis, Managerial Skills, Operations Management, Trade Marketing, Maritime Operations, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Business Services, Negotiation

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