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Professional Development Manager



Johannesburg, South Africa
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Requisition ID: 89268 

Job Category: Human Resources 

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.

We are seeking a Professional Development Manager in our Johannesburg Office for our Advisory group. You will report to the Professional Development Director for our Advisory group and work closely with the Regional Director, Partners and other team members of the AEM Region. You will own the process for staffing engagements and be responsible for providing guidance in the staffing process to partners and consultants. You will also support training requirements and manage our performance review process.


You will build trust-based relationships with your local leadership team and consultant cohorts to serve the needs of our clients and support consultants’ professional aspirations. This role is key to sustain and support growth in the region.


Additional detail on the key role responsibilities is listed below:

  1. Staffing

  • End to end management and coordination for resourcing and staffing plans for analysts, consultants and engagement managers

  • Develop deep relationships with your leadership team to understand client needs, and support them in identifying and setting up balanced/allocating client service teams based on consultants’ skills and capabilities

  • Develop an understanding of consultants’ skills, capabilities, professional aspirations, engagement feedback and personal situations and challenges

  • Maintain a staffing plan and identify potential staffing gaps early and work with the regional leaders to develop a plan to fill the gap

  • Update the work in view and work in hand tools to ensure we have visibility on project and staffing needs

  1. Career management

  • Oversee each consultant’s career development as they progress in their role

  • Manage the people review process for AEM consultants

  • Oversee the formal mentorship and development leader process for our regional consultants

  • Create and action development plans for our regional consultants

  • Understand the developmental needs for our consulting cohorts (analysts, consultants and engagement managers) while balancing their professional and personal need and challenges

  • Ensure we develop our people to keep pace with the needs of the business

  1. Oversee Training Programs

  • Coordinate regional training courses (e.g. Advisory Foundations, Managing High Performing Engagements) and maintain training records

  • Collect and update staff skillsets (functional e.g. transaction due diligence, sourcing, MOS etc.) and project experience records (e.g. Gold producer AISC cost reduction)


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent post-secondary degree in Engineering, Business Administration or related field

  • Minimum three to four years of experience in a professional services firm is preferred (international environment preferred)

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in professional development people and issues

  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching and team skills; ability to build trust -based relationships with consultants, colleagues (locally and international)

  • Influencing skills and interfacing with senior members of the business

  • Ability to adapt well to fast-paced environments with high growth, ambiguity, and changing priorities

  • Ability to diagnose problems, identify and drive appropriate solutions independently

  • Ability to show effective use of analytics and data

  • Ability to embrace the larger, broader picture, and use good judgment while also focusing on details and critical thinking

  • Demonstrated business acumen and leadership ability

  • Possesses client-service mindset

  • Resilient and able to thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment with a high level of energy and sense of humour


Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.

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