MENA Partnerships Manager


Our Client
A globally recognised fintech that offers a cross-border payment gateway and payment aggregation facility

Your Responsibilities

  • Contribute and deliver the company’s 12-country MENA growth and innovation strategy by acquiring channel partnerships with local card schemes, PSPs, FI’s, Telcos, Digital Wallets and other popular payment institutions.
  • Grow the companies coverage, commercial leverage and product capability in target countries.
  • Own, nurture and deepen new and existing public and private sector partnerships, including representing at key associations, governmental bodies, industry events and highly effective in influencing relevant regulatory authorities when required.
  • Establish and maintain key C-suite relationships with local and international payment partners and industry stakeholders in target countries.
  • Acquire and propagate strategic market trends, insights, intelligence across the target MENA country’s payment regulatory, user-behaviour and competitive landscape.
  • Effectively partner with key departmental stakeholders, Country Managers and eloquently interpret, plan and deliver local business requirements, risks, opportunities and mitigation solutions
  • She or He will be empowered to contribute to key commercial milestones required for MENA target countries / methods and be responsible for the method and channel contribution to the regional and global TPV targets.
  • Contextualise and facilitate local market entry strategies to shape the operational playbook of some of the most well-known digital merchants in the world.
  • Support local requirements where relevant such as office establishment, corporate governance matters, key-sponsorships and government-relations with support of regional and global management team.

Your Qualifications

  • Willing and Able to travel 50% of the time.
  • Minimum 5 years commercial or operational focused role experience working in MENA based parastatal payment entities, international digital payment company, acquiring, management consulting, disruptive software, e-wallets or nascent technology industry.
  • Demonstrable track-record of cold-prospecting, strategic selling, partnerships closure and accurate pipeline C/W records.
  • Demonstrable ability to hunt, negotiate, control deal-cycle exposure though contract navigation strategies and manage technical go-live.
  • Bilingual English & Native Arabic, spoken, read and written, is mandatory and will be assessed.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the payments landscape and awareness of at least UAE, Kuwait or Egypt’s acquiring and issuing ecosystem required.
  • Must be pro-networking and network-enabled in multiple MENA countries, and display demonstrable drive, entrepreneurial attitude and curiosity in learning and perfecting the growth cycle.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required with visible professional presence in engaging with C-Suite and regulatory bodies
  • Demonstrable track record in business development and strategic partnerships in the MENA region over multiple countries, regardless of current industry.
  • Previous experience and successful engagements with public-private partnerships, payment companies, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, KSA or UAE governmental bodies, Card schemes, Telco Wallets, Capital Market Authorities, key digital payment industry leaders highly preferred
  • Previous exposure in working in a multi-matrix environment or multinational companies with remote support teams is highly beneficial
  • Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree from international US / UK / Canadian / Australia / European institutions not mandatory, but strongly preferred.

Halian Group
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