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   Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019
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Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind - making sure that Visa is the best way to pay & be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision & the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people & businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash & checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa's sponsorships, including the Olympics & FIFA World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, & excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience & security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team & find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

Job Description


The Country Manager for Bahrain is responsible for setting the direction of the overall business strategies, objectives, targets & plans in each market through business performance & relationship management. To manage the Business Development function & achieve business targets through growing the existing business & through identifying new business opportunities & introducing & ensuring the implementation of new products & services. To act as the Visa representative & spokesperson in those markets.


Regional strategic planning

To manage the development of the market strategic plan by integrating & setting priorities based on information about the market, clients' business plans, Visa priorities & competitor activities. Identify success factors for progressive & dynamic business growth. Ensure that the plan is understood & shared by functional teams within Visa. Develop account plans for clients & achieve business objectives of clients & Visa through planned & well-executed initiatives.

Country Planning

Ensure the development of country plans & key account plans, with corresponding tactics & actions to achieve defined goals. Ensure consistency with the Middle East & International strategic plans. Ensure that all internal/ weekly/ monthly reports are carried out in a timely & regular fashion. Share purpose & objectives with staff members

Business Results

Accountable for achieving business targets through growing existing business CIF/PV/MV & developing new business opportunities. Monitor business results of the individual countries & member banks & anticipate challenges & take proactive measures to accomplish country targets.

Relationship Management

Develop, maintain & cultivate close relationships with decision-makers & senior management of member clients, partner companies, central banks & national banking associations. Understand their business strategies, priorities, needs & business processes, present to them strategic ideas & share Visa's views on industry developments & dynamics & advise them how Visa products can impact their results. Whenever required, be the senior Visa representative at Forums & other national Member meetings.

Market Knowledge

Monitor the development of the banking & financial services industry across the region, analyze trends & understand factors impacting current & potential business results of Visa. Maintain close contacts with national organisations & central banks & be aware of any developments which could present a threat to Visa.

Team Management

To work with the business development & other resources in the office to deliver goals for the country.


  • Leadership & people management

  • Superior negotiation skills leading to timely & acceptable resolutions

  • Client relationship & management skills

  • Solid interpersonal skills & working with cross functional teams

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Development & preparation of executive level briefs

  • Self-directed & motivated

  • Able to work with little management oversight

  • Strategic management & creative thinking

  • Issues management skills



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or equivalent

  • Extensive sales, retail banking & cards experience & expertise

  • Experience including banking/financial services sector or sales/portfolio development & relationship management

Sales management experience

  • Excellent project management, strategic planning, analytical & budgeting skills

People Management

  • Management Experience & Experience of influencing/managing direct & non-direct reports.

  • Independent worker with guidance in only the more complex situations

  • Interpersonally credible, influential in dealings & sensitive to the multicultural environment


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Extensive knowledge of Visa, other payment systems, card products within & proven experience at liaising, presenting to, influencing & negotiating with senior level international & central bankers, regulators, merchants, media, domestic switches, third party vendors & other key external stakeholders

  • Ability to negotiate business agreements

  • Fluency in English.

  • Excellent knowledge of the & markets with sound contacts & network with key stakeholders

  • Effective presentation skills

  • Proven experience of dealing with the Press & other media

  • Superior analytical skills

Additional Information

Job requires travel for at least 3 days/week.

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