Are you, or do you know, our upcoming COO?

A new COO for our Cape Town productions

Our current CEO (Kasper Ravlo) of Yuri Arcurs productions of 80 employes in Cape Town will be leaving us for a position in the main holding company in Denmark.

This means that we have the opportunity to offer the position of COO, with the possibility of CEO after an initial two year familiarization, for Yuri Arcurs Productions in Cape Town.

You will be working with myself (Yuri Arcurs) on a daily basis. It is important for us to find an individual that is as passionate about brand quality as we are. This position will provide a great deal of freedom and room to showcase what you are made of.

Should this job description be suited to you, or somebody you know, along with the necessary qualifications we welcome your application. International applicants welcome however relocation to Cape Town would be necessary.

Here is the official job description:

We are looking for a strong leader who is able to be professional and straight forward, while pushing for deadlines and keeping a creative staff motivated and driven to perform at peak level. We are a young and vibrant team of photographers, retouchers and producers totaling more than 80+ full time staff members, and that are currently the world’s top selling stock image production house for the last five years in a row. The stock photography industry is ever changing and very knowledge specific, so a willingness to learn and adapt is crucial.

Our company vision is to aim for the best possible end result, and we do not let ego, position or personality get in the way of achieving this. We prefer goal-oriented, straightforward and direct communication, both up and down the leadership hierarchy.

After minimum of 2 years as COO, a career advancement to CEO is possible and desired by the board and management.

Salary: Negotiable


Experience is key to this position – a minimum of 6-10 years of at least middle management/supervisory level experience is required with references. Familiarity with the stock photo industry is appreciated. You should hold an MBA, or a similar managerial background, or the greatest drop out story ever told. Your persona is one of natural authority, and you communicate well in both written and verbal English. You are good at making yourself understood to press, an audience or at conferences. Getting a department to improve and reaching a greater output gives you great satisfaction. You have experience in delegating assignments to staff and understand the importance of follow-ups. You praise generously but are also very capable of addressing underperformance in a precise and serious manner. Being a leader is not central to your self worth and you judge yourself based on your ability to get things done, optimize workflow and increase output. You are practical, not proud. You do not have favorites, you have favorite outcomes.

You have no problem working long hours or weekends if the task requires it. In meetings you naturally direct the discussion flow towards a solution, and are able to cut off unhealthy and lengthy discussions not leading anywhere. Your strong communicative skills combined with your unbiased reasoning makes you a valued and trustworthy leader.

In addition, you possess basic managerial knowledge of South African Labour Law or can learn fast. 🙂


  • Managing budgets for departments and keeping a close eye on expenses.
  • Managing employment/deployment of resources in order to increase production levels
  • Provide basic reporting to the Board of our main Holding Company.
  • Daily presence in all departments.
  • Weekly in-depth results and follow up meetings with all departments + assignment of new tasks
  • Daily operation of the company

About our work place

We have a unique way of doing things—the Yuri Arcurs Way. It is grounded in our company values, business ethics, and uncompromising standards for high performance. From start to finish, we take great pride in making our images not just aesthetically, but also technically superior. Because we love what we do, we are always looking for ways to improve and perfect our craft. Constructive criticism and challenges to status quo are therefore a daily part of our work environment and always welcome. Our company combines the best of South-African and European workplace mentalities, making responsibility, engagement and passion key descriptions in our workplace ethos. The Yuri Arcurs Way is brought to life every day through our unique determination, work ethics and focus.

If you cannot wait to become our COO, then send us your application containing the following:


  • References
  • Motivational letter
  • A picture of yourself
  • Date of availability

Please address your application to Miss Jessica Styles, Email:


(Are you, or do you know, our upcoming COO?) Comment...What do you think?

  1. Nico Basson

    I believe it might be me 😉

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