Do you know someone who fits the bill?

April 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm 15 comments

This position, which was advertised in Dawn yesterday, is of great importance to our industry. The person must be someone with vision and a broad understanding of the ICT sector – in terms of business, policy and development.

It has to be someone who is sincere, competent, honest and can work with the industry with the  intention of providing the support and services that we need to extend our reach and to build capacity.

It must be someone who will carry our voice to the corridors of power in Islamabad, someone who fill fight our battles. She/he must be a good communicator and a savvy (but honest) marketeer.

Asking for too much you think? Hey such people do exist i am sure. Come on guys and gals – help us find the person who fits the bill and ask him/her to apply.

MANAGING DIRECTOR (Pakistan Software Export Board)

Pakistan Software Export Board(PSEB) is an entity within government charged with the task of acceleratinggrowth in the IT and IT enabled services sector. PSEB requires services of  dynamic and high caliber professional for the post of Managing Director on thecontract basis initially for a period of two years in MP-I pay scale with thefollowing qualifications and experience.

Principal Duties: The incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies/initiatives for increasing IT exports and accelerating the growth of IT sector. The incumbent will beresponsible for strategic planning, development and execution of programs forthe growth and development of IT industry. The candidate will be responsiblefor interacting with IT industry associations; Global IT industry and manage ateam composed of senior technical resources. The candidate will be responsible for execution of all the activities carried out on behalf of Pakistan Software Export Board.

Qualification: A Degree in Business Administration or Engineering Management, Computer Science or Electrical/Electronic Engineering(at least 16 years of education). PhD will be given preference.

Age Limit: The candidate should be below 55years of age by the closing date of applications

Experience: At least 15 years of postqualification experience is required. The candidate must have experience inInternational Marketing, Business Development and Project Management, the lastfew years of which should have been spent in heading major IT or ITeS (IT enabled Services) company or IT consulting organization within the country or abroad. Experience in formulating ICT policies for growth and development of organizations at entrepreneur level would be preferred. The candidate mustposses the technical stature, communication and interpersonal skills requiredto build relationships within the industry for growth of IT sector. The candidate must possess creative and innovative skills to spur IT growth within the country.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Interested candidate will be a commercialinnovator in the areas of business development, strategicalliances/partnerships and emerging technology delivery. He/She will be activelyinvolved with key industry organisations and will be an advocate for Innovationand emerging business opportunities. The incumbent must have a strongunderstanding of Government ICT policy, strategy & initiatives. Theincumbent has to work across multiple functions from finance to administrationto service delivery with the aim to exponentially increase IT exports.

The incumbent has to be conversant with different outsourcing strategies, contractual principles, key legal and commercial considerations that play a role in taking the industry to the next level. These skills would be used to achieve business change, introduce risk management and develop approaches that foster a “win-win” outsourcing relationships. Technical,creative and business skills would be leveraged to ensure success in the new economy and also to attract knowledge-focused international companies, who are looking to invest in the Asia-Pacific, to set up operations in Pakistan. Development of go-to-market strategies for the Industry is an essential component of thejob.

The incumbent should have technicalstature, communication and interpersonal skills needed to interact with seniormanagement levels within the private and public sectors. Ability to provideleadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff,securing their respective commitments to the goals of the Ministry is a plus.

Pay Packages & Facilities: This is an Islamabad based contractual position in MP-Iscale (Rs. 195,000-15,000-240,000). This includes house rent allowance (Rs.75,000-105,000) and utilities allowance (Rs. 9,750-12,000) and a chauffeurdriven car.  Entitlement to medical andother allied facilities are as admissible under the Government rules. No otherbenefits would be admissible or will be considered over and above salary andpackage under reference.

Online applications must bereceived within 15 days of publication of this advertisement in the press. Short-listedcandidates will be called for interviews.

Applicants may apply on-line at thefollowing web links: (case sensitive)

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15 Comments Add your own

  • Do you know someone who fits the bill?…

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  • 3. Anthony Mitchell  |  April 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Would an American be fairly considered for this position?

    The IT industry in Pakistan is ready to go to the next level. Is PSEB?

  • 4. Jehan  |  April 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    @Anthony you know I thought that too – and you came to mind :). Hey the ad says nothing about the person having to be a Pakistani national. But do you know what it is like working with governments in Asia on a day-to-day basis? One can go loco verrrrry easily.

  • 5. Anthony Mitchell  |  April 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Having a politically ‘weak’ director, who would be responsive to (and openly take direction from) the IT industry, while leaving political questions to Pakistanis (where such questions belong) would enable PSEB focus on its core mission.

    Sometimes an outsider, with no political baggage or axes to grind, can rightfully claim ignorance on internal issues.

    Let’s look at the question from a results-oriented perspective, of selling Pakistan as a favorable IT destination.

    Americans feel most comfortable buying from other Americans. That is wrong on some levels. Unless we can use it to our advantage to open doors and push aside the issues that serve as a distraction to important questions of value and reliability.

    Remember who the IT industry is primarily competing against? Hint: they are within walking distance of LUMS.

    We all recognize the branding issues that Pakistan faces. But when it comes to credibility in target markets, who will buyers believe? A Satyam look-alike or one of their own? What Pakistani could articulate such questions in target markets and receive serious consideration?

    The job of a PSEB director, in part, should be to open doors and do their best to prepare IT entrepreneurs to compete on a level playing field. Despite the best efforts of people who I personally admire and respect, how well has PSEB accomplished those tasks in the past?

    The U.S. government is preparing to drop many billions of dollars on Islamabad. Would you like to see some of those funds going towards strengthening the capabilities of the private sector in Pakistan, especially the IT and technology-enabled companies that can earn foreign exchange, high ROIs for investors and provide high-wage jobs for Pakistan’s rapidly growing talent pool? What type of person is best suited to attract such funds?

    What type of person will work best with the IT industry in Pakistan? Someone with deeply entrenched political connections? Or someone with a broader focus?

    You decide.

  • 6. Jehan  |  April 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Hey you are preaching to the converted. 🙂 Go on and apply. Who knows? They may be ready for ‘change’ just as the US was!

  • 7. Rashid K, Thahim  |  April 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    15 years of experience. Our industry is not that old, if you want someone with so much experience you will get old school – I think.

  • 8. Jehan  |  April 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    @Rashid not my idea nor an ad put together by me. Tell the government. They are the ones who want a PhD with 15 years experience.

  • 9. Arshad Ali Khan  |  April 17, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Recently two positions of directors were advertised by PSEB. One was for Director projects while other was for Director International Marketing. My ex boss applied for one of the positions but was not even shortlisted. Later on came to know that both positions were filled by internal personnel of PSEB. 🙂
    So Jehan are you so optimistic that they are really looking for some one?

  • 10. Jehan  |  April 17, 2009 at 8:35 am

    @Hmmm … this is something only they can tell you. I think the applications should be sent to the industry so that we can sift through them and, if someone from within PSEB wants to apply, they may. Decision would however be based on merit.

  • 11. baan  |  April 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Salman Ansari comes to mind 😛

  • 12. Vic  |  April 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I was quite surprised to read this post, and even more so when the latest issue of PSEB news popped into the inbox today.

    Here are the highlights (skip down if you already got your newsletter):
    IBM declares Inbox as the Fastest Growing Business Partner in 2008
    Communication and Beyond: Wateen Telecom to Implement IBM Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence
    ZRG represents Pakistan in Dubai Software Expo
    Toyota Motor Finance China Co. Limited goes live with NetSol Technologies Financial Suite
    ESOLPK to design Board of Investment web portal
    LMKR secures PIA IT infrastructure management project
    A2Z Creatorz wins PIA website revamping project
    Kraysis is now Kualitatem (Pvt.) Limited
    Standard Chartered Bank successfully migrates to TPS Phoenix switch
    Business Beam achieves Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Registered Education Provider (REP) status
    PIBAS Pakistan recognized @ CeBIT 2009 in Hannover Germany
    e-Creatorz to revamp OICCI web portal
    Lakson Business Solutions achieved Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status

    Hmm… no mention of hiring a chief.

    Let’s look at the rest of the front page (trimmed details):
    Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) & Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) are organizing the …
    Industry HC
    To date a total of ten companies have been successfully approved by National ICT R&D fund under the project PSEB …
    Company Capability Development
    Under PSEB Information Security Initiative, PSEB has initiated ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Trainings…
    Thirty new IT companies were registered with PSEB in this reporting period with eighteen new call centres….
    OSRC has conducted three days training workshops on Linux administration at Comsats Institute of Information technology …

    Nope, nothing about hiring. The front page continues, with some news highlights and articles – news covers some major international corporate outfits, but still nothing about hiring – maybe they don’t think it is news, since they are advertising in other people’s publications.

    All I can imagine is, if they don’t even want to let their newsletter subscribers (surely among their most IT/industry literate followers) to know about this, where exactly do they think they will get applicants?

  • 13. Arshad Ali Khan  |  April 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    The pseb website now contains the link finally.

  • 14. Arshad Ali Khan  |  July 6, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Its July 6th today and MD, PSEB still not hired. Will PASHA ever intevene?

  • 15. Web Development Pakistan  |  October 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    you people are doing an incredible job ….


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