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Technical Manager in Tanzania , Tanzania

JobnetAfrica has partnered with ENZA zaden in Tanzania to find them a highly hands-on Technical Manager who will improve their preventative maintenance schedules and who coordinates the technical team. This great opportunity is based in Arusha, the East African heart of the vegetable breeding and a beautiful location and is a family-owned business within a high-tech environment.

ENZA Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. They produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers. Please check out the animation video as below.

For more than 80 years ENZA has been working with the best that nature offers. They support this with state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. That is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes up 6 to 10 years.

The results?

Strong, healthy, tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer.

ENZA Zaden’s strength? More than 2.000 passionate colleagues worldwide working together on the vegetables of tomorrow. Therefore, they continuously invest in knowledge and skills with the Enza Academy and under the flag of enzActive they organise various sports activities to stay healthy.

Interested? Please continue reading.

What are you going to do?
As Technical Manager you will be accountable for the operational day-to-day technical related activities at the station. Key responsibilities include flawless and timely execution of technical related tasks, ensure appropriate maintenance planning and effectuation at the station as well as improving the maintenance processes.

As Technical Manager you make sure all machines and technical installations are well kept and operational. Therefore, you will do necessary maintenance and repairs. You will also assist with the construction of buildings and implementation of installations. You will coordinate new installations and documentation. Additionally, you keep the workshop and all tools and equipment in good condition.

You will work closely with the technical staff and with external contractors in order to ensure the required uptime of the equipment and installations. Also, you manage the technical team and make sure that they are well trained. Ensuring that proper service level agreements are in place is also part of this position. You act as a creative problem solver for the technical department and work closely with technicians and workshop engineers.

Any other activities as keeping farm surroundings neat and tidy and work according to all health & safety and farm protocols will also be part of this position.

The Technical Manager will report to the Station Manager and has 3 direct and 32 people indirectly reporting to him / her. Total number of employees in Tanzania is appr. 280.

Your main responsibilities are;
• Supervise, lead and provide direction to the technicians and workshop engineers.
• Manage and improve the replacement of installations for optimalization of the process.
• Decide and prioritize on continuous improvement actions for the maintenance activities.
• Contract management.
• Planning of preventative maintenance and Ad hoc technical problem solving.
• Development and implementation of the maintenance software module.
• Train, coach and assist the technical team.
• Review, adjust and trains the team on health & safety protocols.
• Communicate to management the results and developments achieved by the department.
• Initiate and implement improvement actions projects at department level.

Your main tasks for the first year will be;
• Setting up and implementing a maintenance plan
• Expansion of the greenhouses
• Sorting out ad hoc things, and solve them in a structural manner
• Stock management and WMS

Your power;
You stimulate innovation and you are always open for ways to improve technical processes all in the right order of priority.

The ideal candidate will be a strong problem solver, have the ability to multitask in a high-tech environment, have an entrepreneurial mindset and approach to this position and its responsibilities.

You take initiative and you plan and prioritize your work efficiently. You are able to transfer your knowledge and skills to your team members and are flexible in dealing with cultural differences.

What we are looking for, you;
• have a bachelor’s degree in electrical or Mechanical Engineering (or comparable).
• have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a manager in in a comparable maintenance related environment.
• have at least 6–10-year international working experience.
• have strong leadership and (people) management skills.
• are al real motivator on innovation and process optimization.
• have professional proficiency in English.
• have affinity with horticulture.

Are you interested in becoming a Technical Manager in Tanzania? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 04, 2022
Managing Director in Burkina Faso , Burkina Faso

Our client is an established organic and fair-trade player and we are recruiting a Managing Director for their Burkina Faso entity.

The purpose of the job is to maintain a profitable business without losing track of social and environmental sustainability. Carefully managing the stakeholders, investments and the resource of the company, the leader is hands on and pragmatic. He or she aspires to maintain a lean and profitable organisation whilst driving the mission & vision of the company of which direct producer relationship and fair, transparent business practices are an important part. Additionally, the managing director will be actively involved in the planning and implementation of a new state of the art mango and cashew processing plant.

As Managing Director you will head the executive management team which consist of four directors overseeing the following departments:
1. Agronomy and Sourcing
2. Finance and Administration
3. Operations-processing - Exports
4. Quality Health Safety/Social Environmental

Your responsibilities include:
• Lead and sustain the Executive Management team of the company
• Undertake all company management responsibilities both from legal and organisational point of view
• Full P&L and balance sheet responsibility
• Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget, the relevant forecasts
• Enhance, develop, and optimize business processes, policies, and internal controls
• Strategy formulation and contribution to develop a business plan
• Help, support, and coach the managers in achieving the companies’ goals
• Assess/fire/hire key staff members
• Identify key deliverables and implement KPIs to measure performance
• Enable the relevant reporting and information to the board of director as well as for international banks and other stakeholders.
• Establish fair relations built on partnership with external partners as well as employees
• Ensure full legal, statutory, and international standards compliance
• Product development
• Networking, public relations

Your requirements are:
• Bachelor / Master in relevant fields
• 5+ years working experience
• 3+ years experience in leading a team, preferably in food/organic products
• Entrepreneurial spirit
• Relevant (West) Africa experience in managing employees
• Candidate with a long-term aspiration to live in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina-Faso
• Familiar and enjoying dealing with producers, clients, stakeholders
• Processing experience
• Great reporting skills
• Strong soft skills and understanding of African cultural challenges
• Highly motivated self-starter with strong work ethic
• Sensitive to social impact and to sustainable development
• Fluent in French & English (written and spoken)

The offer:
• Local contract, long term position
• Competitive Salary
• Start date ASAP
• Unique opportunity for both local and international candidates

Are you interested in becoming a Managing Director in Burkina Faso? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 28, 2022
Chief Operating Officer (COO) in Tanzania , Tanzania

Role responsibilities:
The Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for the following activities with all company operating entities (e.g., both in Tanzania and Uganda):

Team Management
● Together with the Managing Director, directing the company, developing strategic initiatives, managing investor relations, securing growth funding, managing costs within board-approved annual budgets, ensuring healthy profits, and having accountability for the effective and efficient operation of each team and function (sales, production, quality assurance, supply chain, finance, HR and legal).
● Developing and managing each team towards achieving the objectives of each team and the company as a whole.
● Developing and improving the operational systems, processes and policies for all teams, optimising their processes and workflows (particularly cross-cutting processes), enforcing compliance with policies, applying lean ops/Kaizen principles to reduce wasted time and resources, and generally optimise the performance of each team.
● Developing the capacity and capabilities of all staff, both informally and through the formal performance management process.

Process & Operations Management
● Ensuring excellence in the management of the production, quality assurance, logistics and supply chain teams, particularly in regards to the vanilla and cocoa value chains, and manufacturing thereof, and ensuring all short and long term company and team objectives are met and underlying risks mitigated.
● Support all teams in:
○ Procuring, cost-effectively, adequate equipment, consumables and raw materials (e.g., raw vanilla and cocoa, production consumables, ancillary equipment & spares, technology systems, lab materials, etc.);
○ Improving the supply of key raw materials (e.g., vanilla, cacao), in terms of increased quality, volumes, productivity and land under cultivation, in a cost-effective manner;
○ Ensuring outstanding company reputation and quality of service with all relevant stakeholders (farmers, government authorities, customers, donors, investors);
○ Managing technology solutions, and related reporting and analytics, e.g., for mobile-enabled field team management, inventory management, workflow enhancements, etc;
○ Ensuring the company monitors and meets social impact indicators and targets, including indirect beneficiaries;
○ Supporting the teams for certification of, and compliance with, national and international standards (e.g., regulatory, occupational safety, food safety like FSSC 22000, organic, kosher, halal, etc);
○ Ensuring continual operational improvement (e.g., Kaizen, lean operations);

Compliance, Internal Controls & Audit
● Supporting internal service functions (Finance, HR and Legal) in adhering to, and improving upon, the company’s policies and procedures, particularly in regards to strategic growth
(new initiatives and international expansion), internal controls and regulatory compliance (e.g., Labor, Immigration, TRA, NEMC, EPZA, Municipal and District bylaws, Crop Boards,
various Ministries, Bank of Tanzania, Fair Competition Commission, etc);
● Assisting in the execution of said policies and procedures, including, for example, recruitment, employee relations, grievances, inventory control, etc;
● Auditing adherence and compliance with internal controls across all teams, departments, divisions, subsidiaries and related companies;
● Reviewing and ensuring correctness of financial and operational reports to team leads, management, the Board of Directors, shareholders, other investors/financiers and donors;
● Supporting the management of any subsidiaries, holding companies and franchise companies, both within Tanzania and abroad.

Government Relations
● Leading the continual engagement of government authorities, supporting and representing all teams who deal with regulatory and compliance topics;
● Providing input to government ministries and regulatory bodies in respect of the Company’s primary value chains and how these can be positioned and strengthened within the global
competitive context;
● Staying abreast of updates on government policies and legislation, particularly monitoring publications in Tanzania’s Official Gazette;
● Raising the profile of the company at national level, e.g., by engaging with relevant ministries.

Strategy & Funding
● Setting the strategic direction of the company (together with the MD) and of the constituent teams (together with team leads), developing strategic initiatives, securing funding for such
initiatives, and ensuring completion and effectiveness of such initiatives, as will benefit stakeholders including the organisation as a whole, suppliers (e.g., farmers and processors), investors and shareholders, and ultimately the regional economy;
● Assisting the MD in securing all manner of growth funding to achieve the company’s vision and mission, analysing financials and operational data, and writing investor and donor reports/proposals

Other
● Following up on meetings and with external contacts to assist the Managing Director and Board Directors;
● Assisting in the preparation of general paper work for submission to government entities, parastatal organisations, investors, donors and other parties, as may be needed by the Company;
● Any other duties as may be required from time to time by the Managing Director or Board Director(s), and to assist peers and other team leads/officers as needed

Desired Competencies:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and competencies:

● Minimum criteria:
o Undergraduate degree or equivalent in Engineering or Science, with a Masters in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Operations Management or equivalent.
o At least 10 years of experience, preferably 15, in executive-level management positions, including significant experience at a multinational company;
o Expertise in agribusiness, outgrower networks, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), engineering (mechanical, process, chemical), manufacturing, and/or food technology;
● Must have food processing background with ISO and FSSC certifications,
● Exceptional organisational skills, able to manage and move forward multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously;
● Excellent entrepreneur drive, interpersonal skills, able to relate to multiple foreign cultures, and manage people effectively in difficult circumstances;
● Outstanding ability to negotiate effectively with all stakeholders, including customers, contractors, farmers, farmer associations, service providers, agents, government (all levels), donors, investors, shareholders, directors and staff;
● Outstanding communication skills, both spoken and written, in both English and Swahili;
● Highly proficient with general computer productivity packages such as Microsoft Office, Google G Suite and ERP systems;
● Demonstrated strong leadership, able to inspire and influence others, set their teams’ strategy and lead their work independently;
● A passion for economic development, social impact and data-driven decision making.

Are you interested in becoming a Chief Operating Officer (COO) in Tanzania? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 27, 2022
Monitoring and Reporting Manager (MRM)

Reporting to: Group Sustainability Project Manager
Departments: Operations
Duration: Permanent

Summary of the role
Our client is investing in an ambitious, decade-long, sustainability program, with activities in coffee producing countries all over the world. Their goal is to be the leading supplier of low-carbon, de-forestation-free coffee, ensuring that their clients are able to meet their pledges on carbon emissions and resource management.

Your task is to lead the farm-level digitisation strategy and global M&E department. Your goal is to design and implement a robust global data capture and reporting system to measure and evaluate the success of the company’s sustainability strategy. Using different tools, your team will be expected to maintain a performance dashboard of the major sustainability
initiatives in the group, and to support global and local teams in analysing farmer level performance metrics.

You are expected to be a highly motivated and thoroughly experienced project manager and team leader who works very well in a multi-cultural context. You are able to adopt flexible working hours and have experience in working in a complex matrix organization. You have a passion for technology and innovation but are fundamentally a very rigorous operator who understands
the importance of standardised practices, good data and on-time reporting. In your previous jobs you have managed M&E and digital strategies in complex agricultural supply chains or rural development projects involving tens of thousands of households/stakeholders. You have experience managing remote and diverse teams.

You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic growing global family business, being part of a transformation that will ultimately put sustainability at the center of our mission, improving engagement with all value chain partners.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Core responsibilities:
• Build up the global M&E strategy and department for the organization's sustainability strategy and deploy it out across all geographies (with an anticipated supplier network of 350,000 farmers)
• Develop, with the origin operations, data monitoring systems for farmer training and engagement programs
• Deploy standardized M&E tools across all global companies
• Build an internal team of data analysts to process, clean and analyse data from global operations
• Provide continuous monitoring and interpretation of field activities and results to the sustainability leadership team and senior management as needed
• Be a lead advocate for supply chain digitization and the use of scalable digital technology as a tool to facilitate the company’s sustainability transformation
• Create the data infrastructure that links farmer engagement, training, procurement financing and impact measuring
• Support the Group Sustainability Manager in preparing M&E data and reports for management, clients and banks

Education, Qualifications & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistical modelling, geographic information systems or a field related to M&E
• Experience in designing data management systems for global projects or supply chains as a senior project lead
• Experience in building and managing teams for the purpose of managing data integrity and analysis
• Experience in data modelling and analysis
• Experience of living and working overseas in a professional role

Skills
• Passion for accuracy, data management systems, and data analysis
• Pragmatic individual who first and foremost knows how to interpret data and apply it to a business setting
• Ability to work across different cultures and nationalities (excellent EQ, CQ)
• Ability to work in partnership and across boundaries to achieve results.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
• Confident and assertive with a self-motivated approach and flexible attitude.
• Extensive use of business intelligence software (eg Power BI)
• Willingness to travel and spend time solving practical problems with local teams as well as training field staff and enumerators

Languages
Clear and effective in English; fluency in other languages (Spanish, French) is an asset.

Are you interested in becoming a Monitoring and Reporting Manager (MRM) in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 20, 2022
Global Coffee Agronomy Manager (GCAM)

Reporting to: Group Sustainability Project Manager
Departments: Operations
Duration: Permanent

Our client is investing in an ambitious, decade-long, sustainability program, with activities in coffee producing countries all over the world. Their goal is to be the leading supplier of low-carbon, de-forestation-free coffee, ensuring that their clients are able to meet their pledges on carbon emissions and resource management.

Their supply chain strategy stands or falls on the implementation of a sustainable global farmer engagement program that measurably improves farmer prosperity through coffee growing, promotes resource efficiency, protects environmental capital, reduces carbon emissions and ensures the respect of responsible trading standards in everything they do.

As GCAM you will head the agronomy workstream to develop and drive a program of regenerative agricultural practices and farmer transformation, tailored to each country and farmer segment. You will build and lead local sustainability and agronomy teams to develop and implement tailored programs that drive farmer wealth-creation through sustainable coffee farming. You will play a key role in identifying talent and nurturing team members to run programs at field level, and you will develop training and communication materials to support the work of field teams.

You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic growing global family business, being part of a transformation that will ultimately put sustainability at the center of our mission, improving engagement with all value chain partners.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Core responsibilities:
• Develop the organization's vision on global agronomy and farmer practices in line with the global sustainability strategy
• Work with each origin to customize farmer training programs that are transformative for farmers and supportive of the market trend towards low carbon emissions and regenerative agriculture.
• Raise farmers standards of living across the supply chain
• Achieve year on year reductions in carbon emissions from coffee farming
• Establish the company as a thought leader on regenerative agricultural practices and low carbon coffee farming.
• Build internal capacity on the ground to implement projects and trainings
• Ensure that all field activities are data driven and impact oriented, with a robust reporting mechanism
• Coach and mentor origin sustainability & agronomy managers on how to embed best practices within their field teams
• Ensure field teams are equipped with knowledge, best training practices and customer facing skills (customer = farmer)
• As a key member of the sustainability team, you will participate in strategy formulation and planning, working in tandem with senior management on client facing opportunities and project proposals for funding or partnership
• Presentations and workshops with stakeholders, representing the company in relevant forums

Education, Qualifications & Experience
• Advanced qualifications in tropical agriculture, preferably to PhD level
• Multi-year experience in managing global agricultural projects, preferably in a smallholder environment
• Expertise in agro-forestry systems for tree crops
• All-around business and agronomy skills
• Experience of living and working overseas in an advanced management position
• Ability to travel widely and work with local teams in E.Africa, LatAm, Asia.

Skills
• Gravitas, seniority, but approachable as a mentor and team leader
• Ability to work across different cultures and nationalities (good CQ and EQ)
• Willing to adopt flexible working hours in order to cover all geographies
• Ability to work in partnership and across boundaries to achieve results.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
• Confident and assertive with a self-motivated approach and flexible attitude.

Languages
Strong verbal and written English; fluency in other languages (Spanish, French) is an asset.

Are you interested in becoming a Global Coffee Agronomy Manager (GCAM) in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 19, 2022
Group Sustainability Project Manager (GSPM)

Reporting to: Group Sustainability Manager
Departments: Operations
Duration: Permanent

Summary of therole
our client is investing in an ambitious, decade-long sustainability program covering human rights, carbon emissions, agroforestry and farmer support, with global workstreams planned in coffee producing countries all over the world. The sustainability strategy stands or falls on your ability to plan and coordinate the execution of multiple projects working across different time zones with global teams - the GSPM is the linchpin of the organization's sustainability program. Working with a number of workstream leads your task is to design an implementation roadmap for the global sustainability program and to create a global project management dashboard and a robust system of accountability and reporting.

You are expected to be a highly motivated and thoroughly experienced project management professional and team leader who works very well in a multicultural context. You are able to adopt flexible working hours and have experience in leading teams in a complex matrix organization. In your previous jobs you have managed global multi-million dollar rural development programs and/or worked as a professional project manager and team leader in projects within large organizations with global coverage.

Experience of coffee or similar agricultural value chains would be a strong advantage but as the chosen candidate you must first and foremost be an experienced project manager with a proven track record of delivering largescale global projects in emerging markets, on time and on budget.
You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic growing global family business, being part of a transformation that will ultimately put sustainability at the center of their mission, improving engagement with all value chain partners.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Core responsibilities:
• Responsible for overall project management of the global sustainability program, managing multiple project streams, team leaders, progress reporting and data.
• Daily coordination with subject matter experts and the global execution teams to establish and monitor work plans and deliverables for each region
• Participation in development and refinement of the overall sustainability strategy as a key member of the sustainability leadership team
• Preparation of regular progress reports and participation in update meetings to senior internal and external stakeholders (you will be supported by a global M& E Manager and team)
• With support from a strategic communications manager, you will be responsible for implementing a 360 degree communications strategy on the activities of the sustainability department.
• Contribute directly to helping position the business as an industry leader in sustainability (vis a vis roasters, banks and farmers)

Education, Qualifications & Experience
• At least a bachelor’s degree
• Advanced training and certification in Project Management
• At least 5 years of experience in a senior management position, preferably related to project implementation, with a track record of leading teams
• Experience building and running large, complex projects - ideally multicountry, multi-stakeholder projects in agriculture and/or rural development.
• Lengthy experience of working in emerging markets

Skills
• You have gravitas, an obvious sense of experience, but remain approachable and comfortable as a mentor, team leader
• Ability to work across different cultures and nationalities (excellent EQ and CQ)
• Ability to work in partnership and across boundaries to achieve results.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
• Confident and assertive with a self-motivated approach and flexible attitude.
• Comfortable working in a matrix reporting environment – you are focused on getting the job done and ensuring “no-one is left behind” when communicating objectives and expectations

Languages
Strong verbal and written English; fluency in other languages (Spanish, French) is an asset.

Are you interested in becoming a Group Sustainability Project Manager (GSPM) in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Feb 19, 2022
General Manager , Nigeria

Our client, an integrated farm (poultry, fish, livestock, feeds and renewable energy) in Nigeria, is seeking a General Manager who will be managing and overseeing the day to day running of the integrated farm and ensures a smooth and efficient operation.

Responsibilities
• Working out details of additional requirements as well as improvements of the facilities to achieve high production and planned production
• Supervising and managing the farm operations on daily basis, reviewing daily actual production, and deciding corrective actions to ensure achievement of daily production target
• Ensuring cleanliness, sanitation, maintenance and servicing of all farm machinery, equipment, building and infrastructure
• Maintaining compliance with occupational health and safety standards, and quality standards
• Ensuring maintenance of daily production records and reports on livestock, inventory, production, feed consumption, expenses etc.
• Reviewing placement of order, purchases and maintenance of farm livestock, farm feed, vaccinations, all other inputs, including spare parts and consumables
• Recruiting, training, supervising, managing a team and maintaining attendance records so that there is no production loss due to non-availability of manpower
• Ensuring compliance with all local taxation laws, statutory and food licensing requirements, and employment laws

Skills / Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Farming or Fisheries management or similar
• Prior experience at an integrated farm and in starting up a production facility
• Have knowledge about administrative and managerial farming procedures
• Organizational and communication skills
• The ability to work in a stressful environment

Expiring: Feb 04, 2022