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Managing Director Argentina , Argentina

Our client grows fruit around the globe. For their operations in Argentina we are looking for a dynamic Managing Director. The company was recently restructured and the Managing Director needs to show leadership in developing the company while reducing the cost structure.

Job type: permanent, full-time, with trial period
Salary: competitive, including bonus
Location: Argentina
Production: about 500ha of fruit

Roles & Responsibilities:
The Managing Director will be responsible for the general performance of the operations, which include leading the entire operations and finance teams, driving profitability, relating with external stakeholders (banks, unions, etc.), and developing commercial strategy. Specific areas of responsibility include:

Overseeing all company operations
• Optimizing sales and marketing of the products
• Developing regenerative agricultural practices and innovative thinking in operations with resources at hand
• Operating efficient post-harvest flow, with optimal packhouse management and effective quality control
• Leading in the implementation of best agricultural practices, from land preparation through planting and harvesting
• Optimizing cost aggressively, in compliance with the spending thresholds and policies set by the Group

Building and maintaining an effective and committed team at all levels
• Making sure a succession plan is in place at any time for senior functions in the company, including MD
• Creating an attitude of continuous improvement, with an open and communicative climate
• Setting targets, evaluating performance and rewarding of team members
• Preparing the team to operate under tight financial constraints and deliver objectives set by the company
• Communicating mission, values and strategy
• Assigning responsibilities and key roles, handling underperforming people, and developing talent

Overseeing the finance and admin operations, according to objectives set by the company
• Making a 5-year forecast operating and financial model, with key focus on cash returned to the company and delivery of regenerative objectives
• Overseeing the finance functions with budget planning, cash management, IFRS reporting, and addressing the financing needs of the company through organic funding
• Legal responsibility to the extent required from a company director
• Risk mitigation actions, compliance with health and safety requirements
• Reporting of cash position on weekly basis, of performance on monthly basis

The Managing Director will report to the companies Executive Committee.

Skills, Qualifications & Attitude
We are looking for a team player, confident and happy to work hard to accomplish a purposeful goal.

The following skills are the most important:
- Ability to successfully manage crises, contingencies, tight cash situations and execute change management plans
- 5-15 years of relevant experience in a farm management position
- Business education with good command of finance
- Proven track-record of expatriate experiences of minimum 2 years in other cultural environment than his/her
- Interest in themes such as sustainability, resource efficiency, regenerative or circular business models
- Solid managerial skills, with ability to manage an extensive team including white- and bluecollar employees
- Willingness to live in remote location
- Entrepreneurial and hands-on attitude. Boots in the field.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Proven natural authority and leadership skills with communicative drive
- Open mindset with keen interest in innovation
- Good knowledge of Spanish and English
- Good understanding of the wider agribusiness/ food & drink/ retail sectors
- Ambition to meaningfully grow the business
- Strong values of integrity and honesty

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

Expiring: Apr 23, 2018
Sourcing and Logistics Manager in Burkina Faso , Burkina Faso

Would you like to work in an exciting and challenging environment? Would you like to be part of a growing global organization with focus on delivering growth through customer co-development supported with integrated solutions? Would you like to work in West Africa with base in Burkina Faso?

AAK offers you a stimulating and flexible position with excellent opportunities and possibilities for further development.

In order to support AAK’s fast development in West Africa we are extending our organization and are therefore looking for a Sourcing & Logistics Manager.


As Sourcing & Logistics Manager for AAK in Burkina Faso, your goal is to purchase the right quantity of shea kernels with the best possible quality at the right price.

The work primarily involves managing and developing relationships with suppliers. Our suppliers range from businessmen/women to groups of women and traditional traders, who trade in various commodities.

The role as Sourcing & Logistics Manager in West Africa for AAK means that you will be very much involved in almost everything at the sourcing operations, including finance, quality follow-up, maintenance, logistics and personnel matters.

The work is extremely varied and challenging due to the business environment, where you never know which obstacles you will meet.

You will be working in a team of mixed nationalities including local employees’ as well as expatriates’ from various countries.

Desired Skills and Experience

To succeed in this job you must be hard working, dedicated, proactive and possess a high degree of drive. You are a generalist rather than a specialist. It is of importance to be a “doer”, to see the problems and solve them on an overall as well as a detailed level.

You will be working with many different people and personalities, why it is of outmost importance to be diplomatic, persistent and comfortable in building stable and trustworthy business relations with internal as well as external stakeholders.

You are diplomatic in your approach and come across as a flexible partner, but you should be able and willing to take the tough decisions- You should be a leader of nature and enjoy developing your teams as well as colleagues.

Even though you will be working in a traditional sourcing system, we need an individual, who can think outside the box and establish how we succeed in the market place tomorrow.

Having an interest and understanding of other cultures is vital for success in our multi-cultural organization in West Africa.

Formal qualifications
- Previous work experience in a similar role is essential.
- Relevant business and/or logistics experience from previous employment.
- A degree in economics, business administration, procurement, sourcing or similar would be beneficial.
- Being able to communicate in both oral and written English and French.
- Experience from the food/agro industry is an advantage, but not essential.
- Having lived and worked in Africa is an advantage.

If you are the right person for the job, you can expect a position which generates continuous personal development as well as working in an expanding organization generating a lot of energy. If this matches your interest, please submit your application with relevant enclosures (CV/qualification certificates and motivational letter) in English.

Are you interested in becoming a Sourcing and Logistics Manager in Burkina Faso? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Feb 19, 2018
Sales Manager Nigeria , Nigeria

Our client is a large distributor of food commodities that is expanding into the West African market. They are looking for an independent and self-motivated person to become their Sales Manager in Nigeria.

• Secure continuity and expansion of the company’s position on the Nigerian market linked to the annual business and the companies long term plan for Africa and more specifically Nigeria
• Acquire new customers -in close cooperation with the local distributors/agents- and grow our business with existing customers
• Scout opportunities with larger customers and (international) chains like hotels, restaurants, retail, convenience
• Launch new products -together with the distributor/agent- on the market, support and promote the products and brands and scout opportunities in the market for new concepts and products
• Build local networks
• Make optimal use of assigned marketing budgets for brand communication and visibility in the market
• Support our distributor’s/agents in the market regarding logistic affairs, managing information and communication to and from the head office in Europe
• Support the Area Manager Africa on a day to day base in the local market and report on a weekly basis e.g. results, opportunities.
• Competences: can convince and influence, relation/network manager, entrepreneurial, commercial and promotional skills
• Price and trade term negotiation is NOT the responsibility of the sales manager
• Activation, Initiation and out roll promotions

What we are looking for:
• Local employee - Nigerian based an National
• ‘Neutral’ attitude and background with respect to religion, tribes, politics.
• International attitude - with respect for being able to work locally for a European company
• Should have experience in FMCG sales and business development, preferably for a larger company
• Somebody that can work around and be accepted by the local distributors and agents
• Should have sales/promotion/market execution experience and a sales/customer network in the Nigerian market
• Should have experience with working with agents/distributors
• Next to local language(s)/dialect(s) should be sufficient in English (both written and oral), French is a nice extra.

What is on offer:
• One-year contract, with possible extension
• Standalone job with loads of traveling
• Competitive package

Expiring: Jan 26, 2018
New Market Development Intern in Kenya , Kenya

Job Title : New Market Development Intern
Location : 80% Nairobi; 20% Kenya (New market development will require some travel)
Company Name: Victory Farms Ltd.
Company Url :
Start date : 1 December 2017
Duration : 6 months

We are looking for a recent university graduate with education in business, sales & marketing to come in and immediately make an impact on the organization. We are rapidly growing and in we therefore have a variety of tasks that need to be performed. In addition to the daily workload, we expect the professional can support in creating processes and supporting other functions, including development of distribution channels.

Ideal candidates will possess:
• Between 22 years and 28 years old
• University level degree with some combination of business, economics, sales & marketing (supply chain elements a plus)
• 0 - 4 years’ experience working in fast moving consumer goods, FMCG, with preference for candidates with some cold chain experience or knowledge
• Capable in MS Word, MS Excel, Google, latest Android OS knowledge, and Apps.
• High energy and positive spirit, will be working alongside range of skill and experience levels as we build a new channel in Kenya (amazingly, fresh fish is not available in most parts of Kenya today)

Job Description:
• Travels to markets and interfaces with potential new customers, existing customers and various channel sales reps. Markets include wet markets, fish and meat markets, slum-based markets, and small town markets
• Will meet with hotel, restaurant, and other premium potential customers (United Nations, government, etc.)
• Able to work with modern web tools to develop new methods of communicating with customers, keeping tabs on their growth and development, etc.
• Works closely with Sales Operations department and Finance department to ensure daily accuracy of records, and helps improve processes and controls on an ongoing basis
• Updates company database by inputting data from field sales, compiling, consolidating, formatting and summarizing information, graphs and presentations and distributing reports.
• Capable of generating marketing and training literature
• Compiling account and competitor analysis
• Expected to spend considerable effort and time training local team on controls, processes, and new market development
• Expected to travel throughout Kenya to new cities, markets, and help develop new distribution strategies, and execute on those pilots and ideas
• Work weeks are expected at 5.5 days per week — of course we will also want you to take some time to enjoy Kenya, too, but the workweek itself is rather intense in Kenya and we have to follow the local market practices since we operate 300 days per year

VF will provide the following in compensation for the role, with associated values:
• Housing, $800 / month (housing unit provided near headquarters in Nairobi)
• Airfare, $1,000 budget for airfare to/from Europe once
• Work permit, $1,500 for 6 months
• Phone and laptop if needed (can also bring your own if you prefer)
• In-country Uber budget, $100 / month (any additional travel to new cities will also be covered by company)
• Living allowance, $500 / month gross pay

About Victory Farms:
Victory Farms is an integrated fish farm established in 2015. VF is building its operation on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria and distribution capacity throughout Kenya. VF is rapidly expanding its farm operation, fish processing, and sales & marketing capabilities. VF is employing world-class technologies, people and processes to build the leading tilapia farm globally. The Company has the highest standards for performance, execution, culture, and integrity.

VF is the largest aquaculture farm in East Africa and is on track to be the fastest growing aquaculture company in Africa in mid 2018. The company will also likely be among the fastest growing companies in Kenya in 2018. Given this rapid expansion, very capable and thoughtful leaders are required to build the human capital and physical infrastructure to sustain the rapid growth.

Are you interested in becoming a New Market Development Intern in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Nov 20, 2017
Jr. Operations Manager in Benin and Burkina Faso , Benin

Our client is zooming in on economically viable and sustainable business. They develop activities in Benin and Burkina Faso, limited to the local cashew processing industry. Chain development has the priority, with strong focus on food crop production and processing. The farm has a capacity to process 1500 ton of biological, fair trade and conventional cashew nut kernels and they have about 300 employees processing these nuts. The processed nuts are for the export market.

For this factory, we are looking for an Jr. Operations Manager to replace the current Operations Manager on short notice. This person should be a young professional that is able to manage and motivate the team in the factory, affiliation with Africa and good planning and leadership skills.

Job General:
The processing plant processes the raw nuts to be selected on different qualities for the European fair trade market. The right candidate will become the right hand of the General Manager. The role be seen as a traineeship in production management.

The position is part of the aspiration to become good performing in product buying, productivity, lean and profitable organisation and to fulfil the mission & vision of the company.

Main responsibilities:
* To oversee and manage operations / production process
* Coordinates and initiates improvements on the quality processes
* Helps and supports the General Manager
* Responsible for operational processes and optimisation and internal controls
* Implement weekly KPI to measure performance

* Junior Manager with 2-3 yrs. of working experience in logistics, planning, production, warehousing
* Fluent in English, good understanding of French preferred

* Must be an adventurous person
* Good communication and people skills
* Enthusiastic, accurate
* Structured in work methodology
* Stress resistant and flexible

Start date is as soon as possible
Contract will be 6 months, option to extend to 1 year
Reporting to the General Manager in Benin or Burkina Faso
Size of team 300 employees indirect

Are you interested in becoming a Jr. Operations Manager in Benin and Burkina Faso? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Sep 29, 2017

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