VACANCY: Senior Harvest Manager in Kenya

Komaza , Kenya , Naivasha

Vacancy Summary

  • Sector: Agriculture, Horticulture
  • Field of Expertise: General Management, Operations
  • Work Experience: 3-5 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Nov 12, 2020
  • Vacancy closing date: Dec 27, 2020

Job Description

About the Role
The Senior Harvest Manager (SHM) is a mid-level management role who is the primary support to the Operations Coordinator and Harvest Manager. The SHM will be responsible for planning, training and collaborating with other departments and internal stakeholders to ensure a seamless flow of harvest activities for all harvest teams reporting to them. The SHM is also critical in the management of resources deployed for harvest activities and will be responsible for ensuring sufficient support and accountability of harvest teams.

This role will be based in Naivasha, Kenya.

What You Will do

Team Management & Leadership
- Manage productivity and quality of outcomes by monitoring performance with frequent follow-up and using measurable criteria. Provide regular advice & coaching to improve performance.
- Train, coach and mentor direct reports to develop their skills, knowledge and capacity to succeed in their current roles and allow for growth in their Komaza careers.
- Build a positive, motivated team culture, supporting key values of honesty, hard work, and quality aligned with company values.
- Oversee data collection via appropriate data collection tools. Ensure data integrity. Analyze data to make critical decisions.
- Lead team problem solving to quickly resolve challenges. Coordinate case management with the team, ensuring everything is well documented and/or shared with the relevant departments for their input, implementation & feedback.
- Lead performance management and other Talent related activities, support the professional development of managers and their teams
- Act as the focal point between the Operations Coordinator and the Field Managers.
- Lead in collaboration projects with other departments.

- Prepare harvest plans for the teams and communicate the plans to teams members in appropriate time
- Ensure a steady harvest pipeline is sustained throughout the year
- Effectively plan with Harvest Managers to ensure teams achieve planned outputs.

Safety Compliance
- Supervise and ensure safety compliance within teams during harvest OPs.
- Ensure standards of excellence are maintained throughout felling, extraction and loading of trees
- Ensure all PPEs are in place and used correctly by all Komaza teams and casual workers at all times
- Train and retrain teams on safety measures
- Deal with non compliance of safety SOPs and reward/recognize adherence to the same
- Support the team with immediate action in case of a safety incident occurring.

Logistics Coordination
- The SHM shall work closely with the Business Operations Officer and external service providers to manage transport, he/she shall share Harvest Operations plans with the Business Operations team and other relevant departments such as Finance to allow for smooth operations and effective interdepartmental collaboration.
- The SHM shall work hand in hand with service providers to ensure they meet SLAs as agreed with Komaza and to organize contingency where needs arise.

Data Management
- Train the team on data collection, quality control and reporting procedures
- Ensure that the team is equipped with the right tools and skills for accurate data reporting
- Collaborate with the design team to use data to inform operational and strategic decisions
- Conduct data audits to ensure that high standards of data accuracy are maintained.

What You Have
- Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of two years’ experience in managing complex people centered operations; or a Diploma with over 5 years’ experience managing complex operations
- 2 years experience in managing teams working in environments that require the maintenance of high safety standards
- Experience in Forestry or Wood Harvesting is an added advantage
- Training and coaching ability and experience
- Proven experience planning and coordinating cross-functional projects, including effective lateral and upward management.
- Advance computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

You're Also
- Highly collaborative
- Strong written and spoken English and Kiswahili
- Ability to plan complex, dynamic projects and operations
- Energetic and enthusiastic, willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done
- Well-organized with experience in project management
- Comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, as well as patience and perseverance in the face of serious logistical and environmental hurdles
- Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, and attention to detail
- Proven ability to self-manage and deliver results
- Interest in Sustainable Economic Development and / or Agroforestry Problem solver.

What’s in it for you?
Great vision without great people is irrelevant, Jim Collins wisely stated. If you share Komaza’s vision and want to help make it a reality, apply today! We offer a competitive remuneration package and an opportunity to further your career.

Komaza is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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