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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
National Helicopter Services Limited, a leading provider of helicopter transport and related services to the energy
and state sectors, is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified professional to fill the following position:
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES
Reporting to the General Manager or designate, the Director, Corporate Services is primarily responsible for managing all
aspects of NHSL’s Finance and Accounting functions and overseeing its Human Resources, Purchasing, IT and Administrative
functions. The incumbent also performs the role of Corporate Secretary to the NHSL Board of Directors.
• Manages the full range of NHSL’s finance functions including financial accounting, management accounting, budgeting,
long-term financial planning, treasury management, debt management and credit management.
• Manages the enterprise risk management system, including insurances, business continuity and corporate governance.
• Provides required input in the articulation and development of corporate strategy and related strategic positions for
consideration by Executive Leadership and the General Manager which is then submitted to the Board of Directors for
• Formulates major corporate economic strategies and policies for the company and translates same into the company’s
ongoing strategic objectives.
• Formulates ideas and makes recommendations for institutional strengthening as well as organizational and people
development at NHSL.
• Serves as Corporate Secretary and ensures BOARD compliance with the Companies Act and other relevant governance
• The position has specific responsibility for the development of the human resources within its area of responsibility and
ensures its supervisors carry out same for those under their charge.
• ACCA qualified or other equivalent accounting qualification.
• Fifteen (15) years post qualification experience of which five (5) years should be at a managerial or senior supervisory
• Experience in corporate secretarial duties
• Legal qualifications and or MBA with concentration in Finance/MSc. Accounting would be an asset
• Knowledge of: International financial reporting standards, Corporate Governance standards as well as Procurement and
HR/IR best practices.
• Familiar with the management of multi-million dollar cash balances
Detailed applications together with copies of all documentary evidence of Academic Qualifications, Training and Experience
and the names of two Referees should reach:
The Human Resource Manager
National Helicopter Services Limited
NHSL Heliport, Camden
P.O. Bag 685, Couva
No later than April 04, 2018
Unsuitable applications would not be acknowledged.
NATIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES LIMITED
Top 5 barriers to job or contact
referrals in a job search
hy is it that some
people seem to have
“all the luck?” Here
you’ve been, slogging
away at a focused job
search for weeks, months, or even
years, yet certain contacts in your
circles just seem to “pop” between
jobs with nary a blink of the eye
with little or no “downtime” in be-
What’s wrong with this picture?
It just doesn’t seem fair that you
put a ton of elbow grease into a job
search, yet those folks seem to flit
by without going through the roller
coaster of emotions, personal strug-
gles, and financial desperation that
you’ve been through this entire
Not that you would wish this on
anyone, but still... what do they
have that you don’t?
It could be that there are barriers
in front of you that you don’t even
know that exist.
Referrals evolve through a series
of circumstances. But in order to
make those circumstances happen,
you need to purposefully work to-
wards making the pieces align at
some point in the future.
By working in the present, you
are creating the opportunities that
will come together later—which is
likely what these other folks have
This process isn’t magic. It has
been the culmination of a much
longer process that goes beyond the
immediacy of a job search. Here are
the top five barriers to job or con-
1. You didn’t maintain
relationships with key
How are you managing your net-
work? Are you so focused on mov-
ing toward the next event and the
new people that you forget to circle
back to last week’s function?
Many people are so busy trying
to be a networking ice-breaker ship
that they forget to keep the waters
clear on the channel that they just
Don’t neglect those you just
met. Many times, the contacts who
aren’t particularly helpful to you in
the present can actually be the ones
who deliver in the future.
Don’t bank on the immediacy
contacts from the present mo-
ment... make a long-term invest-
ment of your referrers of tomorrow.
Build long-term connections that
will make your pipeline smooth.
2. You don’t ask for them
The most successful people in life
are the ones who aren’t afraid to
ask for what they want.
There is no “beneficent” angel
looking down upon each one of
us, waiting for that one moment to
reward us. Instead, hard work and
willingness to express ourselves at
the appropriate time can open the
doors that seemed closed.
But be careful: coming across as
“entitled” will dampen your refer-
ral prospects. There is a fine line
between assertively stepping up
and being obnoxiously egotistical...
make sure you understand it and
don’t cross that threshold!
3. You don’t have a skill or culture
Sometimes, in the throes of despair,
job seekers start floundering and
begin using the shotgun approach.
They do this in hopes of hitting
something or anything if they
stretch their field wide enough.
This never works.
Remember, whoever might be re-
ferring you is actually putting their
credibility on the line by making
that referral... and if you don’t de-
liver on the goods (i.e. the neces-
sary job qualifications and culture
fit), that has a negative impact on
So, have the honest conversation
with yourself as to whether you are
actually qualified for the job and
feel that you would be the right fit
before asking someone to go to bat
4. You came out of left field
Every relationship has a beginning,
and as the old adage goes, “There’s
only one opportunity to make a first
There’s obviously always that
awkward moment when you make
contact with someone that you do
not know, where you need to estab-
lish credibility and build a connec-
This means there is a “honey-
moon” period to the relationship
where trust and rapport are being
cultivated. Jumping into motion
too soon with a referral request will
send the wrong message that you
are a “user” only bent on accessing
this person’s ability to refer for your
If you came out of left field and
are new to this person of influence,
take the time to become a known
quantity in their network before
asking for help.
5. You are all bark and no bite
Another huge obstacle to referrals
is when a person ends up being
able to talk a good game but doesn’t
show up on game day.
Your reputation is your employ-
ment currency; treat it that way.
Safeguard your reputation and
make sure you can produce the
Be careful about promising what
you can’t deliver and “over blow-
ing” your credentials.
Anyone who refers you only to
find out that you aren’t QUITE what
you say you are will feel burned.
And, like elephants, they won’t for-
Keep these points in mind when
asking for referrals, and consciously
and proactively groom your net-
works for future opportunities!
Find the job
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