Managing Director (MD) at University of Nairobi Enterprises and Service (UNES) Limited

UNES is the Commercial arm of the University charged with responsibility of inculcating entrepreneurial and best business practices to the overall University. The Company provides Institutional and Research consultancy, Professional Trainings and Product Innovations in several thematic areas. Further, UNES provides Bookstores, Hospitality and Financial Management commercial activities to the University community and the public at large.

Job Description

The Managing Director shall be responsible for provision of Strategic leadership and overall management of the Company and its resources. His/her will work closely with the Board of Directors and Management Team to achieve the set goals, strategies, plans and policies of the Company;  identification and sourcing for new Consultancy Projects and other business ventures.

Duties And Responsibilities

As the Chief Accounting Officer of the Institution, the duties and responsibilities of the Managing Director shall entail: –

  1. Leading in developing and translating corporate strategy into practical implementation plans via consulting internally and externally to ensure actions accurately reflect UNES vision, mission and aspirations for excellence for the benefit of stakeholders and the University;
  2. Promoting Entrepreneurial culture within the company and the wider University community
  3. Support staff in attitude change and mindset for Income generation to support the Company and the University;
  4. Ensuring efficient utilization of company resources for Profitability and Business growth, help Identifying and developing new business ideas;
  5. Establishing and promoting strategic linkages with internal and external stakeholders;
  6. Overseeing the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annual budget to ensure that budget targets are met, revenue inflows are maximized and that fixed costs are minimized;
  7. Represents the company in negotiations with Customers, Suppliers, Government Departments and other key contacts to secure the most effective contract terms for the company;
  8. Developing and maintaining quality management systems throughout the company to ensure that the best possible products and services are provided to customers;
  9. Overseeing the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that the company complies with all legal and statutory regulations;
  10. Overseeing the development and implementation of an effective and efficient performance management framework for delivering the key priorities determined in strategic and corporate plan;
  11. Overseeing the activities of all Units at UNES;
  12. Ensuring effective mobilization and utilization of resources to support implementation of the Strategic Plan; and
  13. Performing any other duties necessary for the furtherance of the mission, vision and objectives of the Company.

Job Specifications

To be considered in this position, the Candidate MUST meet the following:

  1. Be a Kenyan Citizen.
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a Recognized Institution with Second Class Upper Division and above.
  3. Hold a Master’s Degree from Recognized institution.
  4. A Doctorate degree from a recognized institution will be an added advantage.
  5. Have a leadership and management training from a recognized institution.
  6. Demonstrate results in work performance including resource mobilization and establishment of partnership and collaborations.
  7. At least ten (10) years’ work experience in Consultancy business or any business lines pursued by UNES.
  8. Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

Core Competence And Skills

  1. Strong analytical skills.
  2. Strategic and innovative thinking.
  3. Ability to mobilize resources.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills.
  5. Proficiency in IT application.
  6. Strong leadership and negotiation skills.


The Managing Director should hold office for a period of three years renewable for one further term.


Remuneration for this position includes: –

  1. A basic salary as guided by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and State Corporation Advisory Committee (SCAC).
  2. Allowances and benefits which shall be based on the prevailing circulars from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

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