Managing Director
Bridge international
Nigeria, Yaba
1d ago


Job Title : Managing Director

Who We Are

Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia.

Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.

Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing.

Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all.

The Bridge Approach

Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning.

In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.

Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning.

Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out.

So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now we work to bridge the gap.

We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools.

We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.

90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.

With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

Executive Management / Executive Management

Bridge started operations in Nigeria in 2015 with the opening of its first two (2) academies in Lagos. In 2016, twenty one(21) new academies were opened and another fourteen (14) recently in Term 3 of the 2016-

17 academic year, and most recently twenty-one (21) in Term 1 of 2017-2018 academic year. There are now Fifty-Four (54) Bridge International Academies serving over 11000 pupils currently in operation in seven (7) local government areas of Lagos State and four (4) academies in Osun State, Nigeria.

Having proven its model in Lagos State and ventured recently into Osun State, Bridge Nigeria is looking to expand operations further across Lagos and Osun States and more importantly, in other States outside of these two.

About the Role :

We are seeking a Managing Director to take over leadership of our Nigeria program and continue the ambitious and successful expansion in Nigeria.

The Managing Director will learn the full spectrum of business operations and business methods from the outgoing Managing Director as well as from the extended global team.

The Managing Director should expect to work as an intrepreneur in Lagos. While the Managing Director will have full corporate support and benefit from the lessons learned and processes developed over 9 years from the operations of the company as well as from being in operation in Nigeria for 2 years, this is a role that will require fearless, dogged, entrepreneurial spirit.

There will be no job harder than this, as the breadth of functions needed to operate a vertically integrated education system is staggering, and the challenges of accessing and serving the bottom of the pyramid are well known.

Great challenge is where there are great rewards the opportunity to be the person who innovates across every step of multiple industrial value chains to succeed in radically altering the future of hundreds of thousands of children in the country.

What You Will Do

There is no pre-determined previous work experience for a Managing Director. This person may have been in operations of a large corporation, strategy consulting, business development, or even from a PhD.

The experience of having started a company previously would be an advantage and the experience of having started a company previously in the specified expansion country is an advantage.

The most important qualities of a successful Managing Director are ambition, organization, drive, intellect, tenacity, problem solving and respect for others.

  • Drive continued market expansion in Nigeria, including managing a team of 600+ staff and growing which is needed to execute in-
  • country strategy and operations

  • Work with and leverage team support from the global teams and support offices across the 7 countries we operate in to ensure in-
  • country operations are aligned to global processes and systems

  • Refine and execute country strategy to ensure sustainable operations at scale and deliver the maximum learning impact to the children of
  • Refine and create highly-structured, insightful processes, systems and recommendations with a data-driven approach alongside the in country senior leadership team, to continue expansion and to support operations at
  • Project manage the moving parts of the day to day operation by ensuring each function is operating on time, on budget and on
  • Learn every step of the lifecycle of producing an operational Bridge International
  • Lead on and be prepared to do every job in the entire Bridge lifecycle, to some No job is too big or too small.
  • What You Should Have

  • Passion for Bridge’s vision of democratizing the right for all children to
  • At least 10 - 15 years of post-undergraduate, full time work experience
  • At least one work experience that required highly independent work in an exceedingly challenging environment
  • Work experience at top corporations (in emerging markets and the US or UK) balanced by a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and data-
  • driven decision-making, including the ability to flourish in dynamic, ambiguous environments

  • Strong business network with senior executives in private business, government and civil society spheres in the specified country
  • Prior full time work experience in the specified country
  • Prior experience starting a start-up; secondarily, prior experience as an early hire at a start-up who remained with the company through to profitability, acquisition, or
  • Work experience in a highly political industry, where ideological conflict is common and strategy, ingenuity, negotiation and persuasion are necessary for
  • Ability to manage a very broad scope of work; front office, back office, development, regulatory
  • Willingness and comfort working in a Global matrix, willingness to learning and input from the global functional
  • Record of strong academic performance from a leading undergraduate and graduate institution
  • You’re also

  • A detailed doer You have a track record of getting things done, with at least 5 years of post-graduate school experience.
  • You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

    You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-

    up or other rapid-growth

  • A networking mastermind You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech.
  • You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.

    You have an existing network in Nigeria from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business

  • A creative problem-solver Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-
  • resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.

    Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.

  • A customer advocate Our customers these families living on less than $2 a day per person never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future).
  • You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like.

    Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and

  • A life-long learner You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others.
  • You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed

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