Advanced Management

Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP)

  • Price from: R57 500 incl VAT
Course modalities & Duration:
  • Remote - 15 days over 6 months
  • Blended - 15 days over 6 months



As a cutting-edge senior management programme, the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) broadens managers’ worldviews, cultivating an empowered resilience for dynamic business environments. The SMDP equips you with a design mindset to explore strategic management concepts around innovation, collaboration, organisational change and business agility in a complex world, assisting you to reach your potential.

Who is this course for?

Best suited for senior managers from any industry, the SMDP is especially for those in management positions who are interested in developing a strategic leadership mindset and acquiring the ability to sense and respond to new business models.

Why choose this course?

In a rapidly changing environment, organiszations are being exposed to a completely new way of working. Over the course of 6 months, the training within the SMDP empowers you with the tools to:

  • Develop leadership thinking
  • Explore strategic concepts and integrative strategy
  • Evaluate new frameworks and tools to support sustainable business
  • Interpret the challenges of globalisation and its effect on business
  • Assess and report on the financial viability of organisations
  • Assess and report on the financial viability of organisations
  • Determine the importance of changing business models
  • Formulate strategies for customer value creation using design thinking
  • Apply project management tools and techniques to plan and execute projects efficiently and effectively
  • Interpret and demonstrate the relationship between various strategic, operational and leadership themes

Admission requirements

  • English language competence at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Foundational knowledge of management and business
  • 3 - 5 years experience in a middle to senior management role

What our learning partners had to say

SMDP has helped me, as a manager, to ask the right questions. I have grown from managing productivity to taking care of the workforce that report to me.

Lucky Selowa

The SMDP has exposed me to methodologies and processes that are very different to the way that I had operated within my own environment previously. I have experienced the value of linking my SMDP learnings to the rapidly changing environment. I absolutely relished the learning experience from start to end, and the application thereof has enhanced my thinking and leadership exponentially.

Jillian Brikkels

When I started my SMDP course at USB, I was 3months into a new role I had been recently promoted to at work. The insights gained from the programme- have helped to enhance my strategic thought processes, and equipped me as a manager, with the necessary leadership and project management skills necessary to perform in this transitional business world. I’ve also developed more knowledge in financial statements which were not my strengths prior to the course.

Sbu Koyana

The team-based environment enabled me to learn from others, to accept and share ideas, to accept risks and rewards together - but most importantly and unconsciously - to build a solid business together. It forced me to think out of the box, to understand the dynamics of the organisation and to be a creative leader.

Darren Moodley

I’ve seen a great improvement with my relationships at a personal and professional sphere. I have a stronger relationship with my line manager, and I provide more input in projects and developments around our team. My focus on creating opportunities for the group, as opposed to the business unit, has developed much more in that I am able to refer credible leads to other businesses in the group.

Tshepho Ledwaba

The highlight of my experience was interacting with different people from different countries who have diverse backgrounds with the aim to achieve a common goal. The contributions, inclusion, support, disagreements, and consensus were phenomenal. The impacts of the project on my personal life were ‘the conscious urge to always give a helping hand!’ and also the value in identifying untapped resources to generate passive income. USB-ED has helped me to bridge my competency and developmental gaps, such as improving my innovative mindset and empowering me to think “without the box.

Sola Ogunsakin

The Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) has turned me to be a better leader and family man. The learnings are relevant to my day-to-day life, and beyond that, my organisation has made big strides with the implementation of new ways that I managed to share with my peers since completing the programme. Speaking from a personal perspective, I am in a better state mentally and psychologically since completing the programme, and all these are important in my endeavours of becoming a better leader.

Amox Xheko

Embrace the journey that the programme takes you through. There will be ups and downs, but the end result is worth it. Almost two years later not only does our team have a strong bond but also through the networking of the program you have a greater understanding of the business which allows for collaboration.

Karishma Singh

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