Stefan F.

Summary

Sound communicator & networker, with high work ethics, time management, task prioritisation & multi-project management skills. I am process-driven, coupled with an aptitude to focus on details as well as the bigger picture, who models high standards, acts with conviction and fosters a “one team” approach. I care about people around me, which has led to many long-term relationships.

I am dynamic and accomplishments are my drive. I like to innovate and inspire both customers and colleagues with passion, professionalism and a desire to thrive.

My most recent exposure to developing markets together with my experience of living and working in Africa suggest that I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity - doing business with purpose, create shared value and develop sustainable, long-lasting systems in an inclusive fashion.
My recent start-up (an agri business in Zimbabwe that equips rural farmers with skills and intends to integrate their produce in international value chains in the EU and the US) has, I believe, equipped me with valuable insights and the experience necessary to do business in a challenging environment in Africa.

On a personal level, I am used to investing time and energy in any project I start. I have recently invested time for a project in Madagascar, where I helped a French NGO repairing a primary school building in the bush while improving my French language skills. Also, I travelled through Rwanda and Uganda in 2017 with the founder of a German NGO, where we established social entrepreneur networks. I ended the journey by climbing Kilimanjaro and every experience so far has led to great opportunities.

I am currently looking for that next position that allows me to grow a business, develop strong relationships with stakeholders and existing teams, and contribute to positive change in Africa.

Please connect. Let’s discuss opportunities!

Experience

Business Developer & Co-Founder Agri Start-Up
Practical Agro Solutions (Pvt) Ltd.
Zimbabwe
December-2019 - Present

I partnered in this agri start-up to add entrepreneurial skills to establish the company in international value chains
My desire is to develop operations in Africa and create inclusive business opportunities for people at the base of the pyramid

Volunteer in Development Cooperation
Stay Foundation for Multiplicative Development
Germany
December-2016 - Present

Aside from my voluntary engagement at Stay in Stuttgart, I joined a trip to Rwanda and Uganda in 2017 with the founder, where we established networks of social entrepreneurs in rural areas.
I ended the journey by climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Sales Manager North Africa & France
Kärcher Futuretech
Germany
January-2019 - July-2019

KFT is a manufacturer of mobile solutions for water purification, catering, field camps and cbrn protection systems for the public sector. My responsibilities were to grow business in North Africa & France.

Product & Project Manager and Product Trainer Food Processing
Bizerba SE & Co. KG
Germany
January-2016 - December-2018

I was assigned with the setup of customization projects in the food processing dep. in a structured manner, including acquisition, implementation and management of the engineering and sales team.
My duties as product manager included the creation of product concept catalogues to advance the product line for the digitization era.
I regularly performed product trainings in international subsidiaries and backed up the after-sales team with product expertise.

Internship in Product Management and Product Training
Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG | Industrial Weighing and Labeling Solutions
Germany
October-2012 - December-2012
Internship in Marketing and Sales
Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG | Portioning and Filling Systems
Germany
August-2010 - October-2010
Guest Lecturer
Northern Alberta Institute of Technologies
Canada
February-2008 - February-2008

By impressing with a presentation at IFFA 2007, the dean of hospitality and culinary arts invited me to be a guest lecturer at NAIT to present knowledge and techniques of a German master butcher

Travel & Work
(several occupations)
New Zealand
May-2007 - August-2007

I used the travel and work visa of New Zealand to boost my English skills in different jobs while exploring this incredible country

Internship in Management, Sales and Operations
Stein International Ltd. | Smoking and Cooking Units
Germany
March-2007 - May-2007
CEO & Master Butcher
Metzgerei Fritz
Germany
July-2005 - December-2006

At the age of only 20, I had to replace my grandfather in his butchery and took over the family business with 10 employees.
Investments into new production equipment and the installation of modern processes lead to high standards and increased efficiency.
With product innovations, introduction of new product lines (e.g. a poultry line), modern concepts and some fresh, dynamic spirit, our family business experienced a 20% growth in revenue.

Education

International Business with Focus on the Development Market Africa (M.Sc.)
University of Tübingen
Germany
October-2013 - October-2015

Master Thesis: “Local Entrepreneurs as a Source of Innovation: Innovation from the Bottom of the Pyramid in South Africa”

Second Year Master Studies
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
South Africa
September-2014 - June-2015
Global Business Management (B.Sc.)
University of Augsburg
Germany
October-2009 - February-2013

Bachelor Thesis: “CSR as Competitive Advantage? Strategic Impact on Firm Success through Responsible Business Practices”

Study Abroad
Colorado State University Pueblo
United States
August-2011 - May-2012
Master Craftsman Certificate in the Butcher’s Trade (Meisterbrief)
Fleischerschule Augsburg
Germany
April-2005 - July-2005