Chief Executive Officer
Montague Gardens
4 days ago

Salary: Monthly

DUR002046  Chief Executive Officer - (Cape Town)Job Purpose:To manage and grow an automated process equipment business.

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Executive PA to CEO
8 days ago

Salary: Market related

Our client is looking for a highly professional and exceptionally capable Executive Personal Assista

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Managing Director
9 days ago

Are you a Managing Director looking for a career move? Are you ready to take the helm and drive the success of a thriving steel company in Malawi? My client is seeking an exceptional Managing Director to spearhead their company's operations, steer their strategic vision, and amplify shareholder value.

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Chief Executive Officer - JHB
11 days ago

Salary: Monthly

Our client in the IT / Education industry, based in Auckland Park (Johannesburg), is currently looking to employ an experienced Chief Executive Officer. An exciting career opportunity awaits you!

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Office and Managing Director Assistant
12 days ago

Salary: 180 000 Annually

Our client in the Engineering / Mining industry is looking for a well-organized, detail orientated Office and MD Assistant.  The Office and Managing Director Assistant will provide comprehensive administrative support to the Managing Director (MD) and handles various office duties. Location: Benoni

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Managing Director
14 days ago


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CEO (to be based in CPT or JHB)
15 days ago

Salary: Market Related


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Chief Executive Officer (Airfreight)
22 days ago

Salary: Negotiable

Top class clearing & forwarding agency with a dominant strength in the airfreight perishables industry is seeking a ceo to lead their competitive team.

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Managing Director – Spice / Food Manufacturing
23 days ago

Salary: Monthly

An international spice / food manufacturer requires the above to manage and oversee the manufacturing of spice products as well as the marketing and sales, logistics functions of the company into the food markets on a national basis.

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Recruitment Agency - Personal Assistant to MD,
26 days ago


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The complete guide to CEO jobs in South Africa


We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to CEO jobs in South Africa.

What does a CEO job in South Africa entail?

The chief executive officer’s (CEO’s) responsibilities might vary from one company to the next, based on factors including size, industry and organisational structure. The CEO of a smaller company is typically more involved in day-to-day operations and responsible for a wider range of business choices. But in larger businesses, the CEO usually primarily works with higher-level company strategy and directing the overall growth, while most other activities are given to other managers or separate divisions.

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What career opportunities are there for CEO jobs?

Based on the responses of 50 CEOs from 10 different industries, KPMG South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) have released their 2021 CEO Outlook. When asked to consider their plans and projections for the next three years, most executives expressed optimism about the countries' economic future.

According to the research, 82% of CEOs are optimistic about the country's future prospects, and general optimism is back to where it was before the epidemic hit in early 2020.

How to get a CEO job in South Africa

The CEO of a company holds a position of enormous authority and responsibility, along with substantial financial incentives. Most CEOs spend years of their lives working their way up the corporate ladder.

Many would-be chief executive officers will need to start their careers in lower management, supervising, accounting, or a related field. It takes around 10 years of management experience, gained through several executive roles, to qualify for most CEO posts.

How to become a CEO

There are a variety of routes to the top, but most CEOs have some university education, years of relevant experience, and strong business, management, and leadership qualities. Earn a four-year degree (or higher) in business, commerce, economics, or your intended field of work (such as architecture). Three years of full-time study are typically required for this.

Think about getting a Master's Degree in a related field, like Business Administration, to further your career (MBA). Get promoted inside your organisation or gain experience as a leader in a variety of industries. Most CEOs have held other executive-level positions first.

Pros and cons of being a CEO

Having a lot of freedom is a major perk of being a CEO. The board of directors can provide direction, but they typically won't specify how that direction should be carried out. CEOs also benefit greatly from financial rewards. The CEO of a corporation typically earns the most money of anyone who works there. CEOs can profit from increased visibility and credibility as a result of their positions as CEO. This can lead to increased work opportunities and higher pay. 

Because you're in charge and can't blame others when things go wrong, being CEO can expose your vulnerabilities and mistakes. Personal pressure, long hours, travel, and stress often compound professional strain.

Frequently asked questions

Is CEO a good career?

Yes. The rewards can be extremely high, but so are the challenges and stress factors.

Are CEOs in demand?

There will be a greater need for great leadership and chief executive officers (CEO’s) in 2022 as the local economy is expected to rise by roughly  two percent and the promise of a more robust global economy prompts businesses to seek out opportunities for growth and transformation.

How much does a CEO earn?

In South Africa, CEOs typically earn R 1 500 006.. Annual salaries range from R600,000 for entry level professions to R10,200,000 or more for the most experienced personnel.