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NATIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES LIMITED
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 OF CORPORATE SERVICES
The Director of Corporate Services (DOCS) forms a critical part of the Executive Management Team and
has overall responsibility for the leadership of a diverse portfolio of functions including Human Resources,
Finance, Facilities Management, ICT and Procurement functions. The incumbent will ensure that all of
these services are offered to the highest standard and that the organization runs smoothly, efficiently and
economically. The DOCS leads, coaches, mentors and develops the senior staff of all departments that
report to the position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads the ongoing development of a professional and achievement focused workforce and culture.
Designs and leads corporate strategic change initiatives across the organization.
Provides visible and effective leadership to the Corporate Services Group.
Leads and promotes a strong internal service culture, ensuring a service delivery approach that is
responsive to the operational and strategic needs of the Company.
Acts as Deputy Accountable officer, undertaking related duties in the absence of the General Manager.
Required Qualifications and Skills
Post Graduate degree in Accountancy, HR, Law or Procurement and Logistics.
A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in a Senior Management position in a similar capacity or
in the areas of Accounts, Human Resources, Legal Services, or Procurement and Logistics.
Good people skills with proven ability to manage support and motivate staff.
Demonstrable experience in providing strategic leadership and influencing and leading change
across an organization.
Sound practical knowledge of corporate services functions in general, and in depth expertise in one
or more corporate service functional area(s)
Demonstrable IT literacy and ability to use HR and financial software.
Have a high degree of integrity, tact, diplomacy and corporate spirit.
Detailed applications together with copies of all documentary evidence of Academic Qualifications, Training
and Experience and the names of two Referees should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to:
The Human Resource Manager
National Helicopter Ser vices Limited
P.O. Bag 685
No later than 21st June 2014
Unsuitable applications would not be acknowledged.
Protecting your knees is part of
protecting your overall health, and
protecting your health helps ensure
your financial security.
For runners, joint problems can creep
up slowly, and runner s knee is among
the most common. Even if you don t
have minor pain or signs of weak knees,
you ll want to take proper care of those
joints---especially if you re a runner.
Bad form, injuries and nutrition can
all contribute to gradually sorer knees,
and sometimes osteoarthritis. You may
think it s just a little pain to work
through, but sore knees are often a sign
of serious problems in the future.
Ignoring that sign may cost you, in
the form of a serious injury in the near
future or a serious surgery in the more
distant future. Either way, pretending
it s no big deal is a risk you shouldn t
take. For you, devoted runner, preven-
tion and appropriate care mean you ll
be a runner much longer. It means
more miles, more races, more hours
and more of that runner s high. It just
might also mean more money in your
pocket later. Here s why.
Knee surgery is insanely expen-
sive. Not taking care of your knees
can result in more than pain. Your
knees might become deformed, or
"bowed," from joint degeneration.
Chronic inflammation might also result,
which can make knee pain even worse.
When that pain starts limiting your
ability to carry out daily activities, or
becomes unbearable, you might need
knee replacement surgery. This is a
major surgery with weeks of recovery
time and physical therapy afterward,
but more than 90 per cent of recipients
report rapid and substantial improve-
Knee replacement surgeries are
among the most common operations
performed, with more than 700,000
procedures each year in the US, and
about four million Americans currently
have artificial knees.
With an average price tag of
US$50,105, knee replacement surgeries
are also among the most expensive,
and the high price doesn t guarantee
better results. That s just an average,
though. Knee surgeries, like almost all
hospital procedures, vary widely
between states, counties and individual
hospitals. Based on recently released
Medicare data, the procedure can cost
as little as $5,303 and as much as
$223,373. Even if your health insurance
covers part of it, that s a bill you won t
want to pay---ever.
You ll stay active (and healthy)
longer. While most people won t ever
need a knee replacement, nobody is
immune to the effects of ageing. How-
ever, one of the best ways to stave off
old-age effects, including dementia, is
to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
This includes diet and weight regulation
as well, since excess body weight can
contribute heavily to knee pain and
other joint problems. By keeping your
knees strong, you ll be able to keep
running as you age and stay fit longer.
As we grow older, the wear and tear
we experience over a lifetime takes its
toll on our bodies, and various illnesses
result. The healthier you are in older
age, the less you ll spend on medical
costs---period. If you can manage to
keep a healthy body weight past retire-
ment, you may stand to save the most,
since obesity-related illnesses are a
leading cause of preventable death in
the United States. This means less doc-
tors bills, less medications and less
medical procedures overall. In effect,
staying active and healthy could save
you thousands in medical charges down
Bad knees can affect the rest of
your body. In addition to keeping
yourself out of the operating room,
taking care of your knees is beneficial
for the rest of your body. Knee problems
can affect the hips, back and other
common areas for pain. This is because
when one or both knees hurt, you will
consciously or unconsciously compen-
sate by adjusting your posture. Some-
times this takes form as limping, but
sometimes it s slight and barely visible.
Subtle changes in your body s align-
ment can result in muscle tension and
joint pain you may not even know the
cause of until much later.
Just like obesity and ageing, muscle
and joint pain usually result in doctors
bills and prescription drug costs. Hip
replacements are also among the most
common surgeries, and the generic
version of Vicodin is the most com-
monly prescribed narcotic painkiller in
America. So by taking care of your
knees, you re really taking care of your
overall health, now and in the future.
By taking care of your health, you re
taking care of your personal finances.
(US News & World Report)
Take better care of your knees
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Now that you know the risk you
run by not taking care of your
knees, what should you be
doing? Here's a quick guide.
- Eat right and stay active!
Keeping weight off is the best
prevention for knee problems.
- Always warm up before
- Stretch your quads and
hamstrings regularly, before and
- Increase intensity of any
activity gradually, but especially
cardio and strength training.
- Keep your leg muscles strong
by doing strength activities at
least twice per week.
- Change your running shoes
often, about every 200 miles,
and always wear properly fitting
- When you have minor knee
pain, use ice to reduce
- When you have moderate knee
pain, reduce painful activities;
swimming is a good alternative
- Talk with your doctor when
your knees are bothering you.
How to care for your knees
For runners, joint
problems can creep
up slowly, and
runner's knee is
among the most
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