Strategic Relationship Manager: Government (Ref.2)

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Department of Marketing and Communications

Salary: R806 954,00 (TCTC per annum)

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Job Description:

To manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders prioritised in the strategic plan to promote Brand South Africa’s programmes and communications objectives in partnership with these stakeholders, to external audiences. To be responsible for managing key government stakeholders, developing and maintaining a long term strategic relationship with stakeholders and partnership opportunities within them. To play a key relationship manager role in the definition and delivery of projects through obtaining the brief, needs and expectations of the stakeholders and ensuring they are effectively addressed in the roll-out plan facilitated by Brand South Africa and through efficiently leveraging stakeholder resources. The strategic relationship manager is the main Brand South Africa custodian of the relationship with government stakeholders to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the collaborations.

List of skills needed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science / Economics /Sales and Marketing / Business Management.
  • Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics /Sales and Marketing / Business Management and Communications will be an added advantage.
  • 5+ years combined experience in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations and Stakeholder Relations, (account management), at a senior level.
  • Track record of successfully brokering / negotiating collaborations and joint ventures in a highly political / pressured environment.


Key Performance Areas:


  1. Contribute to the development of the overall stakeholder management strategy.
  • Establish the correct networks and channels and provide input on portfolio priorities, plans and budgets.
  • Feed market insights into the overall knowledge management system.
  1. Contribute to the development of programme, specific projects and initiatives.
  • With reference to the Brand South Africa business plan and signed MoU’s with priority stakeholders, research, workshop and help develop implementation plans to activate the delivery of a project / initiative / campaign in line with the integrated marketing and communications programme and stakeholder expectations.
  • This would also involve ongoing press briefings, speech writing, setting the scene.
  • Establish relationships with the right decision-makers and influencers and canvass all input from geographic and stakeholder plans and target group information.
  1. Sell the project / campaign/ initiative / to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision makers or beneficiaries to ensure buy –in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience(s), target(s), collaborative ownership, timelines and output.


  • Provide feedback on stakeholder inputs, research insights, scanning of the environment, and other relevant information (budgets, changing priorities) back to Marketing and Communications for refinement and amendment in the activation plans to ensure sign-off.


  1. Facilitate and manage the stakeholder relationships in the delivery of the projects/ campaign / initiative plans.
  • Facilitate, drive and maintain the established relationships with key stakeholders on the signed-off projects / initiatives to ensure that delivery happens on schedule and that expectations, perceptions, feedback are managed actively and successfully.
  • This also involves, on occasion, actual organising and delivery of meetings, events and functions.



  1. Compliance, monitoring and reporting.


  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reporting in accordance with the contracted performance measurement and business plan scorecard of the organisation.
  • To scan the wider public policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of the BRAND SOUTH AFRICA and to develop leads to establish relationships with public policy makers and influencers and identify opportunities for joint future work where appropriate. (e.g. new international relations strategy, diplomacy rules for sectors and geographic regions).
  • Ensure adherence to the corporate identity, copy right, correct representation, referencing, necessary Brand South Africa support to effect the objectives of the stakeholder roll-out plans
  • This function also entails brand monitoring to ensure brand alignment.
  • Monitor resource spend and financial expenditure in accordance with the approved project plans

Required Skills, Competencies and Attributes

  • Strategic ability
  • Consultative
  • Presentation skills
  • Media management
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing skills
  • Programme management skills,
  • Project management skills
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Planning ability
  • Excellent negotiation and ‘deal-making’ skills
  • Advanced MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Managerial Skills:
  • Project Management and lateral leadership skills
  • Excellent proposal and account / portfolio planning ability as well as excellent strategic reporting.
  • Self-management
  • Personnel Management
  • Results-oriented (output driven).
  • Thorough and excellent follow-through ability.
  • Willingness to work extended hours and travel substantively (within and across borders).
  • Above average level of perceptiveness and discernment i.e. know how to read situations correctly and respond accordingly to instil confidence and direction.
  • Networking ability
  • Persuasiveness
  • Service orientated.


Brand South Africa is committed to ensuring and maintaining workplace diversity and the attainment of employment equity, having due regard to qualifications and appropriate experience. Please include certified copies of ID and qualifications not older than 6 months and contact details of at least 3 referees. Failure to provide the duly required certified documents, will result in your application being disqualified.


Brand South Africa encourages applications from people living with disabilities , as well as African Males, Indian Males, Coloured Males and Females and White Males and Females.


This position is subject to competency assessments. Brand South Africa retains the right not to employ.


To apply for the above position, please forward a relevant CV in MS Word format, certified copies of ID and qualifications not older than six (6) months quoting the reference number to pinpoint one human resources via email.


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For enquiries contact: Lucia Mabasa on (011) 325 5101.

The closing date and time: Friday 27th March 2020 at 16h00.

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