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Chief Operating Officer in Burkina Faso , Burkina Faso

Our client is company that builds sustainable food supply chains, by investing in local processing and supporting producers and farmers with their know-how in quality, organic production, certification and logistics. For their processing facility they are seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee the production for A to Z.
As the COO you will be part of the Executive Management team. You will directly report to the CEO and work together with the CFO and the Head of Agronomy & Sourcing. Together you will form the Executive Management of the company who is working in a highly hands-on environment.
In your role as COO you are responsible for the products from the arrival of the raw materials at the factory door to the export of the end-product. You are overseeing the cashew processing, dried mango production and the dried mango quality control. You assure that production and export planning are in line with customer expectations. In addition to that, you are responsible for the maintenance team which makes sure that machines and infrastructure are in efficient condition.
You make sure you achieve the goals and KPIs through thorough analysis, planning, and organization as well as through the development of good inter-personal relations, fact-based decision making and continuous improvement.
Responsibilities
• Production & Export planning & production data evaluation
• Realize the processing of raw cashew nuts and mango by managing productivity of staff
• Realize cost per kg targets and drive continuous improvement
• Ensure the achievement of quantity and quality targets of the plant
• Oversee food safety, certification (BRC) and safety at work
• Maintain and improve production standards in compliance with organic certification
• Continuous improvement of standard work and operating procedures, food safety and quality manual
• Make sure the full complement of processing staff is skilled, trained, and motivated
• Maintenance of machines and infrastructure
• Manage import & export logistics
• Manage relations and evaluate efficiency of external service providers
• Manage general resources and consumables
• Efficient stock management

Competencies for this position
• High managerial & organizational skills and the ability to develop people
• High interpersonal skills and strong communication skills
• Integrity & transparency
• Efficiency, planning, analytical & problem-solving skills
• Attention to detail, persistence
• Creative/innovative, “think out of the box”, hands-on, high standards, enthusiasm
• Participative leadership

Education and experience
Must haves
• Master in Engineering, Food Processing or Business or Economics
• 5-10 years’ experience in an industrial/technical environment, agro-industry and/or agro-processing
• Experience in a purchasing and logistics environment in an agricultural environment
• Ability to work in multi-cultural environment (experience in West Africa is a plus)
• Strong Excel skills and ideally experience with stock management (systems)
• Excellent verbal and written skills in both English and French

Nice to haves

• Familiarity with food safety systems like HACCP and BRC
• Familiarity with lean manufacturing and lean tools
• Experience with technical installations in agribusiness: boiler and steam systems, compressed air systems, mechanical engineering
• QHSE skills
• Having worked in an international environment or company

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

Expiring: Oct 01, 2021
Sustainability Manager in Sudan , Sudan

1. Definition & Objective of Position
The Sustainability Manager will work with the Head of Corporate Sustainability and Social Impacts (CSSI) to ensure that the company's practices, processes, products and procedures are ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly (being good). Also He/she will ensure the company is improving the quality of life for people in the country by investing in social programs that are consistent with the strategy (doing good).

Whilst the Head of CSSI will have ultimate responsibility for the development of a sustainability strategy through consultation with the full range of the company’s stakeholders, the Sustainability Manager will be primarily responsible for the implementation of that strategy across the business through ensuring the right processes, measurement and reporting systems, project management capability and communication protocols exist.

The Sustainability Manager will ensure that planning and decision making is guided the CSSI strategy, particularly with regard to the emphasis on promoting local traditions, driving innovation, supporting education and promoting local, sustainable sourcing and that their behavior will demonstrate the company's principles.

2. Primary accountabilities

2.1. Jointly with the Head of CSSI and the Chief Strategy Officer and the CEO, to develop the Sustainability Strategy
2.2. As part of this strategy development, Benchmark the company to peer companies internationally for Sustainability practices with a view to identifying best-in-class sustainable practice in key areas such as energy provision, water use/retention, packaging etc.
2.3. Build and manage a team in Sudan and in the other countries where the company operates, to implement the Sustainability Strategy.
2.4. Set up project documents and agreements, including governance structures, project policy, monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure successful of sustainability strategy implementation projects.
2.5. Ensure project management (control) processes, implementation and reporting are in line with the company’s, regulatory authorities’ and where relevant NGO’s compliance and quality standards.
2.6. Consistent with the CSSI strategy and aligned to the portfolio of consumer and commercial brands, to define plan and implement social impact initiatives that improve the quality of lives across Sudan and promote the reputation of the Company. The “do-good” projects
2.7. To help business leaders across the organization take more innovative approaches to solving business problems with sustainable / responsible solutions. To coordinate enterprise-wide “Be-Good” projects with project managers and where appropriate brand managers.
2.8. With the Head of CSSI and other members of the management team, to secure funding for projects from financial institutions, NGO’s, business partners, suppliers or other 3rd parties and from the company itself.
2.9. In collaboration with senior leadership, develop appropriate goals, metrics and KPIs for measuring the Company’s performance with respect to CSSI objectives and to ensure that such reporting is aligned to general and stakeholder specific certifications and requirements and meet / exceed expectations of such stakeholders.
2.10. To develop awareness and understanding for the CSSI agenda across the company to ensure each area of the business has an individual with clearly defined CSSI responsibilities and that such individuals are linked together to pursue program and policy implementation across the organization
2.11. To track, monitor, understand and report on the costs, financial benefits and non-financial benefits associated with all “Do Good” and “Be Good” initiatives. To develop an annual operating budget for the CSSI function.
2.12. To lead the development of an annual sustainability report which tracks our progress towards attaining the CSSI goals. Such report to be prepared in line with current GRI reporting standards

3. The Principal measures of success
Successful performance in the role will be assessed using a measurement framework.

4. Organisation authority and decision rights
Within the financial limits laid down in the manual of authorities, the Sustainability Manager has decision rights that are registered in a decision framework.

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

Expiring: Oct 01, 2021
General Manager in Tanzania , Tanzania

We are looking for a General Manager with the experience and ability to set up and run the operations of the business and ensure the company achieves our mission.

Role description
The overarching role of the General Manager (GM) is realizing the AVL company mission & strategy as set by the Board through the company’s operations, and reporting results back to the board. You will be responsible for translating the company mission into operational goals, working closely together with, as well as mentoring, middle management. The performance of all operational business units falls under the responsibility of the GM.

Responsibilities

• Develop operational plan according to AVL strategy together with middle management including KPIs, ensure implementation (after BOD approval), and monitor and report on results on a standard basis. This leads to a cost-conscious, quality-driven, sustainable production system, including
o Production schedule that meets all requirements
o Conscientious company-wide financial management, incl. budget, cash flow & forecasting
o Streamlined farm & factory operations
o Strategic & effective procurement
o Environmental & social sustainability plan & targets
o A supportive and effective HR strategy
o Total resource management (assets, farms)
o The set-up of new product lines where required
• Create a culture of continuous improvement and optimization across all areas of the organization, by
o Setting up systems to gather and analyze data consistently and correctly
o Ensuring transparent, consistent availability and appropriate accessibility of relevant company information
o Creating a data-supported culture by driving management on data-backed results
o Improving & optimizing processes through results-oriented thinking, initiating improvement where necessary

• Lead, motivate & coach middle management, enabling them to function optimally and take ownership of their part in the success of AVL, through
o Enabling people, assets, and capital
o Ensuring cooperation & communication across relevant areas (e.g. farm & factory)
o Removing obstacles using communication, knowledge and experience
o Ensuring & facilitating effective communication channels across the organization

• Represent and lead AVL operations with respect to internal and external stakeholders, by
o Informing Board on matters that directly influence company strategy & policy, reporting on company performance regularly and taking ownership of operational performance
o Identifying, exploring and trialing opportunities for new business, understanding the market and its requirements, and understanding AVL wider business environment
o Sustaining contacts with governmental bodies where related to operational matters and maintain knowledge of latest policy & legislation on this

Who we are looking for

Education & experience

• Minimum college degree level education in a relevant field
• Minimum 5 years management experience in a food processing environment, experience in canning an advantage
• Working knowledge of food safety, quality, and processing
• Experience in commercial agriculture, horticulture experience an advantage
• Demonstrable experience in finance management, improvement processes, and data-driven decision making
• Experience in digital analysis & admin tools (e.g. advanced Excel, ERP software)
• Languages: fluent English (written & spoken), Swahili an advantage

You are
• Able to see the big picture as well as how its components relate to it
• Conscientious, but able to take decisions and follow through
• Able to translate vision & high-level goals to daily activities
• A team player who can enthusiastically motivate, engage and connect others
• Comfortable in an office as well as a production floor and farm
• Committed to sustainability and have thoughts on what that means in our context
• Able to work well in different cultural contexts, and happy to travel when necessary
• Excited about leading a diverse team in developing a company to improve & grow
We provide
• A young, growing, and unique business environment committed to quality and sustainability, where you can make a big difference
• A diverse and international team committed to the business
• Competitive salary and appropriate benefits package

How to apply
Send your resume and references, as well as a short motivation letter (max 750 words), to HR@africanvegetables.co.tz. We will send you a confirmation email and inform you of subsequent steps.
Application ends when the position is filled.

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.

Special job

Expiring: Jun 15, 2021
CFO Burkina Faso , Burkina Faso

Reports to CEO

Our client is an established international supplier of organic and Fairtrade processed food. They have developed sustainable food chains and they are looking for a Chief Financial Officer. The overall responsibilities of the CFO is to manage company’s finances, manage financial planning and management of risks, analysis of data, record-keeping and financial reporting. In this role you are also overseeing the administative and HR department, as well as IT developments.

Task and responsibilities
- Organize, plan and Supervise the accounting and financial management of the structure, including the strict control of Cash Flow and the management of financing by third parties (clients or financial institutions)
- Collaborate in the establishment of accounting and financial statements; National and international reporting
- Managing and prepare budgets and their follow-ups, analyze discrepancies, recommend solutions
- Develop documents (dashboards) and procedures, in order to have cost accounting;
- Ensuring all aspects of HR are well organized, contracts, labor laws, negotiations with staff
- Follow up on data relating to payroll, leave, reimbursement of personnel costs and occupational medicine;
- Develop and optimize the tools and procedures related to the proper functioning of administrative and financial services
- Ensure the fiscal monitoring of transactions, in particular with the various national and international stakeholders (VAT, standardized invoices, withholding taxes, etc.)
- Ensure compliance with BCEAO procedures
- IT architecture watch in collaboration with external service providers.
- Supervise and carry out all the accounting entries;
- Manage arguments with the Chartered Accountant and Statutory Auditor councils,
- Assist project managers and heads of departments in the development of action programs in their budgetary aspects
- Ensure the budgetary monitoring of actions / agreements and the establishment of intermediate / final reports
- Prepare financial data for General Meetings and boards of directors: analyzes and summaries, arguments for provisions and strategic choices

Requirements
- Degree in Finance & Accounting, Management or equivalent: Bac + 4/5 or equivalent level
- Mastering computer tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet): software skills (office automation and accounting software SAGE)
- +5 years of experience in an International company, a complex business or industry, commercial sector
- Experience in working in West African context
- entrepreneurial and hands-on attitude
- understanding of technology, IT systems
- Good knowledge of the English language
- Good sense of human relations and making a social impact to the lives of people

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

Expiring: Aug 27, 2021
Country Representative Togo , Togo

The job
We are looking for a Country Representative for our client to oversee the local projects and to liaise with the stakeholders. The Country Representative will take the lead in developing our local sustainability projects, and will have a representative role towards local farmer groups and partners. You will be working in collaboration with the procurement team and an international team of Program managers. The organization is still in the young stage and is therefore looking for someone who can manage everything on the ground, including the small team.

Key activities and responsibilities

1. Develop and supervise the implementation of new sustainability projects in Togo.

2. Monitor progress of certification, GPS mapping and traceability activities of suppliers and coordinate M&E digital data collection with the field staff;
• Directly manage the certification and partnerships manager in the planning and execution of field activities (such as farmer trainings, certification audits, premium payments)
• Report to HQ on project indicators and with narrative reports for client/donor programs

3. Represent the organization towards clients, donors, govt agencies and sector partners
• Be a spokesperson at sector events/conferences, and feed sector developments to HQ
• Maintain meaningful relationships with govt offices and sector partners
• Identify and develop new partnerships with local funding or implementing partners
• Organize partnership events and field trips for client representatives

4. Manage the country office with a country team of 3 field technicians and build basis for future growth.
• Ensure internal communication (meetings, documents) to document and align with the team on project targets and planning, procurement volumes and task division between the team members
• Manage recruitment and HR administration for the local field staff
• Support office processes, such legal entity establishment, rent, insurance, CAPEX, procurement

5. Supplier relation management and Procurement support
• Maintain relations with farmer group management to facilitate project execution and procurement
• Coordinate annual contracting with farmer groups on volume + sustainability premiums

6. Finance and project audits
• Ensure accurate financial administration for management reports and coordinate financial project audits (financial report, time sheets etc.)

Qualities we are looking for
• A bachelor’s or master’s degree, preferably in Business, International Development or related field
• At least 5 years’ experience in operational management and leading a team
• Experience in managing field activities in rural context
• Comfortable with intercultural communication
• Working well in a fast-paced working environment
• Self-starter, problem-solver, an ambitious and passionate worker
• Driven to improve projects and procedures
• Bush proof
• Fluency in English and French

This position is open to local candidates and international (part-time) consultants already resident in Togo.

Expiring: Jun 01, 2021
Commercial Manager in Côte d'Ivoire , Ivory Coast

1. FOB Business for Cocoa Beans and Products
a. With the support of the manager, develop market understanding and relationships with FOB suppliers for cocoa beans and products in West and East Africa.
b. With the support of the manager and the trading desk in Malaysia, advise on purchasing of cocoa beans and products, and eventually independently negotiate purchase contracts with suppliers.
c. With the support of the trading desk, advise on the hedging of outright contracts and the fixation of differential contracts.
d. Ensure smooth execution of contracts, including lot approval, provision of shipping instructions, quality and weight control, approval of export documentation and payment to the supplier.
e. Further strengthen relationships with the cocoa regulatory bodies in Ivory Coast (Conseil Café Cacao) and Ghana (Cocobod).
f. Provide weekly updates on the execution of purchase contracts, identify market and logistical risks and resolve issues immediately.
g. Travel within Ivory Coast and within the region required to build relationship with suppliers and understand situation on the ground.
h. Identify suppliers that offer the potential for a partnership, including among others sustainability activities and logistics solutions.
i. Provide monthly reporting on quality and weight loss performance of FOB purchases on arrival.

2. Local Bean Exports in Ivory Coast
a. Produce a feasibility study on local bean export license in Ivory Coast including among other things: potential suppliers, cocoa bean cleaning operators, financing facilities, forwarding operators, HR requirements, costing based on minimum volume, deadlines by the regulator.
b. Move from the feasibility study to application for an export license if market conditions are favourable and management decides to go ahead.
c. Hiring of necessary staff required to run bean export operations.
d. Establish supplier network of local middlemen (traitants) and later integrate cooperatives to supply project cocoa

3. Processing Factory in Ivory Coast
a. Support the country manager in necessary administrative and official tasks to obtain land, licenses and knowledge required to build a cocoa processing factory in Abidjan.
b. In particular provide input on the operational side of the cocoa beans supply for the plant.

4. Market Info
a. Discus with local and international market participants to get insights into local and international market developments.
b. Share market insight and updates with the trading desk in Malaysia.
c. Develop your own view on the physical and paper markets.
d. Provide weekly and monthly updates on arrival figures, export statistics, weather and other available information.

5. Sustainability
a. Support the sustainability manager in the integration between sustainability projects and commercial suppliers, ranging from international traders, local exporters to local cooperatives.
b. Support the sustainability manager on the management of credit balance.

6. Other
a. Assist the country manager and the trading team in Malaysia on any other tasks and projects requirement. This might include pricing and margin management on the sales side and providing market updates to our sales teams in Asia, Europe and US.

Are you interested in becoming an Commercial Manager in Côte d'Ivoire? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: May 17, 2021
Managing Director in Togo , Togo

Our client is an established organic and Fairtrade player. They have developed sustainable food chains in South America and Africa and they are looking for a Managing Director for their Togo start up - about 30 permanent staff and up to 30 seasonal workers generating a turnover of around 4 M Euro per year.

The purpose of the job is to build 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 build 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.

The Managing Director heads the Management Committee made off three director’s functions:
1. Agronomy and Sourcing
2. Finance and Administration
3. Operations-Exports

Responsibilities include:
• Lead and sustain the Management committee 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 optimise 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 KPI 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 build on partnership with external partners as well as employees
• Ensure full legal, statutory and international standards compliance
• Product development
• Networking, public relations

Requirements:
• 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 managing employees
• Candidate with a long-term aspiration to live in Lome, Togo
• Familiar and enjoying dealing with producers, clients, stakeholders
• Great reporting skills
• Strong soft skills and understanding of African cultural challenges
• French & English (written and spoken)

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

Expiring: Apr 06, 2021

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