About the role:

Rubicon seeks an adept Control Panel Portfolio Manager (CPPM) to spearhead business development in South Africa and Africa. As a leading distributor of industrial automation and systems, Rubicon is committed to expanding its footprint in South Africa.

Primary Objective: The CPPM will lead the establishment and growth of the Control Panel division, overseeing all operational facets including business development, sales, order processing, logistics, and administration.

Key Responsibilities: Business Development

  • Initiate and cultivate a customer base within South Africa's Industrial Automation Division.
  • Initially, the CPPM will handle all external sales interactions and relationship management.
  • Responsibilities encompass customer visits, relationship building, lead generation, order management, and ensuring overall customer satisfaction.
  • Utilize the company CRM effectively.
  • Organize customer marketing events and training sessions.
  • Conduct market research and actively participate in sales and strategy meetings.
  • Collaborate with other Rubicon group entities to explore joint business opportunities.

Supplier Interaction and Stock Management

  • Maintain supplier relationships and define sales channels.
  • Address account issues, warranty claims, and product interactions.
  • Set stock levels in alignment with regional growth plans and market requirements.

Corporate Governance

  • Engage with senior staff to ensure compliance with administrative and corporate governance standards.

Logistics and Administration

  • Ensure seamless administrative and logistical operations.
  • Manage order processing and implement systems for accurate record-keeping and reporting.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (BSc)/NQF7.
  • Electrical Qualification advantageous.
  • 5+ years of industry experience in technical product sales and systems.
  • Proficiency in customer relationship management.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Expertise in Industrial Automation Control Panels.
  • Financial literacy for project budgeting and costing.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Proficient in computer literacy, including Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Key Personal Attributes

  • Confident communicator with strategic prowess.
  • Dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Engages stakeholders to drive business requirements.
  • Disciplined, punctual, and reliable.
  • Detail-oriented with a strategic mindset.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Demonstrates independence and accountability.
  • Solution-oriented and assertive.

Additional Requirements

  • Own vehicle and valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to navigate various work environments.
  • Willingness to travel to different regions.

Headquarters and Travel The CPPM will be based in Port Elizabeth, with travel required to key regions within South Africa for business development and client meetings. Approximately 35% of time will be spent outside Port Elizabeth initially, reducing to 25% once a larger sales team is established.

About Rubicon Industrial Technology


We are the leading industrial automation solutions supplier to the manufacturing sector and related system integrators in South Africa. We import and distribute the latest premium technology from around the world to provide a complete industrial technology basket. Dynamic and passionate, we understand the importance of innovation, cutting-edge technology, customer satisfaction and technical support. Customers can expect short lead times as we maintain a large stock holding and exclusive rights to leading automation technologies. Rubicon is a multi-source vendor for system integrators, OEMs and end-users.

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