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Production Manager in East Africa , East Africa

Do you already see yourself working at a large, professional farm in East Africa? Where you will work with a great team every day to produce a quality product? And to ensure that this product reaches the entire world? Then you might be the new production manager we are looking for.

What kind of job is it?
The company we are recruiting for is one the largest breeding and cutting horticultural companies in the world. You will start with some training in Europe. This so that you learn what processes the various sites go through and what role the production locations in East Africa play in this. With this knowledge you will leave for East Africa. You will manage the (production) processes and cultivation technology around the cutting products and you identify opportunities for improvement. You will work closely with a few other production managers, the local Management team and the production staff and you will report to the local Operations Manager.

What are we looking for?
You are a true pioneer. You want to be challenged to find creative solutions. Flexibility is an important feature of you. You are intensively involved in the cultivation processes of our cutting material. It is nice if you have a college education (horticulture related) or experience in which you can demonstrate this knowledge. And of course you see it as a challenge to get started on an African farm.

What makes you happy?
An adventurous job where no day is the same. Working in a nice team to deliver a top product together every day gives you energy. Excellent employment conditions and room to develop your talents are self-evident.

Are you interested in becoming a Production Manager in East Africa? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Aug 15, 2019
Head Grower in East Africa , East Africa

The Head Grower is responsible for good quality mother stock and cuttings

• Ensures that department has up to date information on the growing process and aligns processes accordingly.
• Ensures that the mother stock is ready according to plan and in good quality and that it has the agreed factor to harvest.
• Effective and efficient labour management.
• Accountable for (cost) control on growing processes.

His or her key Contacts are the Managing Director, Operations Manager, Human Resource manager, Planners, Export & logistics, Quality Assurance Manager, irrigation Team leader, Crop supervisors and production manager. Personnel reporting to the Trainee Grower are Irrigators and sprayers.

Manages the following fields
• Growing processes
• Meet delivery performance
• Elite & Propagation success rate to be obtained as set and how to increase / improve the higher the percentage the lower costs / space etc
• Disease and Pest Management.
• Ensure good housekeeping standards (6S)
• Labour Management
• Managing Departmental Costs

Education / Professional Experience
• Graduate or Diploma in Horticulture, floriculture, Agriculture or Crop Protection.
• Experience in a flower farm in the same capacity.
• Project management skills.
• Excellent leadership skills and management skills
• Languages: English skills & preferably Kiswahili skills

Are you interested in becoming a Trainee Grower in East Africa? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Aug 01, 2019
Farmer Network Manager , Ghana

Our clients’ mission is to move smallholder farming families from poverty to prosperity. Your role as Farmer Network Manager will be to direct strategy, build and develop a team, and supervise operations.

Primary Responsibilities

• Team
• Determine hiring needs and oversee candidate selection process
• Determine training needs and coordinate training and professional development for farmers and Farmer Success team members
• Management
• Lead Farmer Engagement team members in meeting quarterly impact and sourcing targets
• Monitor budgeting needs, work with Finance team to ensure consistent cash flow for Farmer Engagement team needs
• Supply Chain
• Work with the COO and Oil Production team to ensure consistent supply of seeds to meet orders
• Quality Assurance
• Work with relevant experts to develop the best harvest and post-harvest processes to ensure maximum seed and oil yields
• Ensure compliance with Organic and Fair Trade certification standards
• Agronomy
• Work with Agronomy team to identify highest producing seed variety and inputs and ensure most viable and productive stock and inputs is distributed to farmers
• Oversee documentation of best practices and their conversion into impactful training materials and curricula
• Data Management & Evaluation
• Evaluate and improve operational and reporting systems for input procurement, input distribution, farm data collection, and seed procurement to ensure impact and sourcing targets are met.
• Identify KPIs to track to measure success toward targets
• Create and monitor data validation systems to ensure accurate data collection
• Analyze data to make strategic, data-driven decisions to best achieve team targets
• Reporting
• Report on all business and impact metrics for the Farmer Engagement team
• Support CEO to submit grants and funding applications
Your Profile
You will likely fulfil many of the following requirements:
• Demonstrated professional experience in a managerial role
• 8+ years’ experience engaging smallholder farmers in a commercial relationship in Sub-Saharan Africa
• 5-7 years’ experience directing operations and strategy for a 1000+ farmer network
• 5-7 years’ experience managing multiple direct reports
• Understanding of the agronomy and economics of tree crops
• Excellent organizational and communications skills with an ability to build and supervise functional, efficient, and relevant systems
• Capable of understanding complex problems and articulating clear steps forward
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive tools
• Thrive working in a fast-paced, results oriented environment
• Exhibit company values (integrity, excellence, passion) professionally and personally

Are you interested in becoming a Farmer Network Manager in Ghana? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Jun 10, 2019
Commercial Director in Uganda , Uganda

Reporting to the CEO, the Commercial Director heads the Commercial Department which is responsible for the promotion and sales of all the Company’s products and growing the brand of the company.

The Commercial Director is required to have and demonstrate at all times these key characteristics:
• Integrity
• Intelligence
• Energy
• Leadership

Key Responsibilities
1. Drive volume and sales growth in the current markets of focus and expansion into new markets
2. Lead, support and oversee the Agri (Animal Feed and Poultry) and Consumer goods (Dressed Chicken) sales team to ensure they achieve the goals and objectives (hard and soft)
3. Plan and execute an effective and efficient marketing campaign and Route to Market strategy in order to significantly grow the market share in both the Agri and Consumer Goods sectors
4. Maintain excellent customer relations and market intelligence (both at consumer and competitor level)
5. Build strong sales teams and be a valued member of the Executive Leadership.

Key Activities
• Develop, implement and oversee the sales and marketing strategic plan
• Compile sales volumes and sales price targets for the various products and monitor and drive sales throughout the year to attain the targets set.
• Ensure that the sales teams and sales support teams are knowledgeable about their products and markets, are fully motivated and energized, and are adequately trained
• Identify export opportunities and work towards achieving steady growth in regional markets
• Manage customer relations in the best way possible, ensuring quality service, as well as building a comprehensive and detailed customer database
• Manage relations with relevant government ministries and departments whose policies and regulations can impact the business
• Build up and provide direction to the marketing team to ensure that the company's brands are leading the market
• Keep management and board well-informed about the livestock market - market trends, competitor activity & pricing, performance of the products, opportunities and threats.
• Good working knowledge of finance to effectively manage budgets and optimise product margins
• Ensure sales staff comply with SOPs
• Manage all social media channels, activities etc.
• Any other duties that may be assigned to you

Education and Professional qualifications
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a senior position with direct P&L responsibility in a company with over $15 million of annual sales
• A relevant degree in Sales and Marketing with an MBA being an added advantage.
• Prior training in Professional Selling Skills and in Customer Care is an added advantage.
• Prior experience in live stock sector a plus but not essential

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
• Integrity
• Hard working, persuasive and ability to work under pressure.
• Quick decision making and highly intelligent.
• Good interpersonal skills.
• Leadership skills with experience of managing a large staff complement
• Flair for sales
• Excellent communication skills
• Technology and Social Media savvy

Attitude/Motivation
• Value adding and creative (willingness to go an extra mile for the company, staff & customers).
• Enthusiastic, passionate and encouraging to all.
• Strong commitment to the goal and vision of the company.
• Results driven.

Protection of:
• Company policy, systems and procedures
• Confidentiality
• The company's Corporate image and Brand

Are you interested in becoming a Commercial Director in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Jun 06, 2019
Agricultural Business Advisor in Côte D'Ivoire , Ivory Coast

For a European non profit organization active in the Agribusiness we are recruiting a Business Advisor in Côte D'Ivoire.

As a business advisor, you are a coach and advisor of our clients (farmer cooperatives and organisations). You are a real dealmaker, tirelessly creating opportunities how to better serve our clients and how-to better position the organization as the number one cooperative specialist in the country. You are an advisor, networker and broker having the lead in acquisition and marketing of our services. You provide expert advice, monitor advisory trajectories with clients and you have an advisory and brokerage role in the closing of deals with, among others, donors, multilateral agencies, trust funds and the private sector. In order to achieve this, networking is your second nature, leveraging the potential of our network comprising of cooperatives and farmers’ organisations, government institutions and all other stakeholders relevant for cooperative development.

Duties
• Provide business development advice to and facilitate change management within cooperatives that will allow for the realisation of business growth potential.
• Acquisition and marketing of the organization's services and products related to cooperative business development.
• Materialise opportunities to finance business plans of cooperatives, support the establishment of contacts and negotiate business agreements with banks, investors and other financiers (governments and the business sector).
• Provide both clients and the team of business advisors with coaching and guidance relating to change trajectories and stakeholder management, to promote the interests of farmers, associations and cooperatives, particularly to the authorities of Ivory Coast.
• Overall program and operational management, reporting and budgeting.
• Position the organization in Ivory Coast and West Africa as the number one service provider in cooperative business development.

Your profile
• A bachelor’s degree in business economics, finance or a similar field.
• Background in impact investment, finance and/or banking is an asset.
• Extensive experience in and knowledge of one or more fields in which the organization achieves results, such as cooperative business development, market chain development, agricultural service provision, entrepreneurship, governance, and financial management.
• Relevant practical knowledge of and experience in the agri & food and/or cooperative sector
• Proven experience in programme management with solid reporting and writing skills.
• High level of proficiency in French and English.
• Enthusiastic, focused on results and service and skilled in coaching and change management.
• Familiar with self-steering and team dynamics

What the organization has to offer
A position that requires you to be highly self-reliant and use your pioneering skills in order to operate in dynamic international markets and in close cooperation with the agricultural business sector. The work environment is collegial and ambitious, and the focus is on achieving impact. As a business advisor, you will be part of a new and still small Ivory Coast team of business advisors as well as a part of the Africa team. The working conditions and additional benefits are good. The salary offered will depend on your experience, age and family situation.

Are you interested in becoming a Business Advisor in Côte D'Ivoire? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Jun 06, 2019

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