Business Unit Director

Business Unit Director: Design Agency – Cape Town

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We have a fabulous job opportunity for a junior to mid-weight Business Unit Director at a small, impactful packaging and branding design studio in Cape Town. The agency delivers design services both nationally and internationally with a small, agile team. We are looking for a dynamic Business Director to lead and manage the further development of the business and team, driving client relationships and growing new business. The Business Director will promote best in class client relationships, design solutions, marketing strategies, account management and is the first point of call for all clients. The Business Unit Director is accountable for the maintenance of revenue generating services as well as all client service and team output requirements. In this exciting role you will serve as the face of the agency. This position is ideal for a person that has an entrepreneurial spirit, keen sense of business and a hunger to succeed. Is it you? Apply today!

Note: This role is currently working remotely but planning on returning to the office. 


  • Lead and manage the business and team
  • Manage finances and budget, aligning to the business goals
  • Maintain and grow client relationships 
  • Drive and grow business opportunities
  • Negotiations, proposals, invoicing and manage pitches
  • First point of call for all clients
  • Strategic planning & operational implementation
  • Ensure successful execution of the client’s requirements
  • Manage overall growth and wellness of the team
  • Manage contractual requirements
  • Collaborate with contractors and suppliers 
  • Optimise internal and external resource allocation and utilisation
  • Scope projects from a resourcing and timing point of view
  • Lead and manage the team
  • Employee feedback & satisfaction.


The successful candidate must have/be:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • 4+ years’ experience in the role of a Business Unit Director
  • Strategic and analytical thinker
  • Problem solver
  • Active vision and value creator
  • Ethical & honest
  • Performance oriented
  • Independent
  • Aware of self and others
  • Able to manage people and achieve change
  • Curious and courageous
  • Genuine interest
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Able to delegate
  • Able to coach and motivate others
  • Leadership skills
  • Solid EQ
  • Decision making abilities
  • Good communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Risk management knowledge
  • Industry knowledge
  • Accounting and finance knowledge
  • Negotiation skills
  • People & performance management abilities
  • Confident
  • Disciplined.

Should you not receive a response within two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Level of Expertise: Junior-Mid
Remuneration: Negotiable
Reference Number: #Mich1474