If You’re Ready to Lead, Why Not Join IBM?

If you’re ready to lead, why not join IBM?

For over 100 years, IBM has led the world in creating innovative solutions and products that have changed not only business, but history as well. And with our global scale and breadth of disciplines, we offer endless opportunities for leaders to grow and succeed in the company of the very best. That’s where you come in.

In today’s intensely competitive global marketplace IBM is recruiting extraordinary leaders, people who not only succeed, but enable others to as well. We have opportunities for talented, master’s qualified individuals across every area of our business and in many countries across Africa.

Apply now for LEADAfrica with IBM to accelerate your career in business development, sales and pre-sales and work towards a global career with IBM.

LEADAfrica is a six-month program that will enable you to take advantage of IBM’s world-class leadership development programs and networking experiences. You will be closely mentored and coached by senior IBMers, gain hands-on work experience, complete industry-leading certification classes and be exposed to the key drivers of success as a future IBM leader.

Start building the career you want at one of the most successful companies in history.

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South African Imbizo! – IBM South Africa and Its Leadership Team

by Natasha Pillay-Bemath

In this issue:

  • IBM South Africa
  • SALT – South African Leadership Team
  • Recruiting Team Looking for Candidates

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IBM South Africa

IBM South Africa, operating since 2008, is a significant contributor to IBM’s MEA (Middle East & Africa) Region. 2012 saw the appointment of Abraham Thomas as Country General Manager. Mr. Thomas has brought with him not only decades of IBM experience, but also an infectious and powerful positive energy that has swept through Team IBM SA.

The team is determined to achieve its 2015 goals to be a stellar contributor for IBM. The African market is a major focus of IBM’s, and South Africa has the potential to be at the forefront of this next IBM venture.

IBM South Africa wordleOur three priorities to reach our full potential are:

  • Develop and grow our people
  • Bring value to our South African clients
  • Build a robust partner ecosystem

On the first priority – to develop and grow our people – we’ve done considerable work in a short time. Events such as Family Day and Heritage Day celebrations have helped to create and develop team bonds and team spirit:

Heritage Day

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SALT – South African Leadership Team

SALT – the South African Leadership Team – was launched in mid-August 2012. Initiated by Mr. Thomas, its goal is to gear IBM South Africa for growth through the deliberate development of the Company’s leadership capabilities.

The initial sixty members of SALT were selected from across South Africa to grow their business acumen, actively team with colleagues, and ultimately help lead IBM South Africa to realize our Company and revenue goals. Candidates will graduate next year from this 12-month program, and then a new set of people will be chosen.

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Recruiting Team Looking for Candidates

The Recruitment team in South Africa has a significant role to play in IBM South Africa’s growth and success. Our mandate is to proactively seek out South Africans, specifically previously disadvantaged individuals, and to secure them as IBMers. Team members include:

  • Busi Masango – Recruitment Partner for SWG, S&D, Sectors
  • Darryl Devar – Recruitment Partner for STG & GTS
  • Gavin Wood – Recruitment Partner for GBS
  • Natasha Pillay-Bemath – Recruitment Leader South Africa

The team has been actively hunting for candidates who have shown:

  • A track record of top performance.
  • The IBM Values and competencies.
  • A deep, sincere passion to contribute to the South African success story. This is critical.

African landscape w/ IBM logoYou can find our recruiting team on The Greater IBM Connection on LinkedIn.  Please connect with them if you feel you can be a part of our success story. And feel free to refer other South Africans that you believe can contribute the same.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Greetings from South Africa,
The Recruitment Team, South Africa

Returning to IBM – Advisory Software Engineer Heather Hwang

- From ibm.com

Heather Hwang left IBM in California in 1995. That was a time, she recalls, when young developers were moving around in general, and that there was a lot of peer pressure to get out and try new things. Heather joined Oracle as a developer that same year, and from there built a career in companies ranging in size from very large and established to startup.

Eventually, Heather came across IBM again. She was approached by an IBM recruiter and asked to interview for a suitable role in her field. Heather says now that she jumped at the chance and maintains IBM was always a place she had wanted to return to.

IBM logo in white on blue backgroundThe workplace atmosphere and the culture of respect and fairness was something she hadn’t experienced to the same degree anywhere else. It was also a place where, she felt, you didn’t have to leave the company to experience new things.

“IBM is an ocean,” she says. “It’s a place where opportunities run deep, and the possibility to try new things – even change your career – is always there.”

Heather still feels that if you know what you want, and where you want to take your career, then IBM is the place to make it happen. It’s a place she says where you get treated like an adult, with the support you need to achieve just about anything.

Heather is now working for IBM GCG out of Beijing. “The growth markets are where the action is, and IBM is right at the heart of it.”