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Country Manager , Ivory Coast

Our client is one of the largest off-grid solar company in this part of Africa. They aim to reach half a million households across the
region in two years time. The company sells solar home lighting systems on a “pay-per-use” basis, making cleaner energy much more affordable, especially to users with low income.

The Position
Title: Cote d’Ivoire Country Manager (previously posted as Sales and Operations Manager)
The company will be expanding into Cote d’Ivoire in 2016, and is seeking a capable individual to turn a startup into the
largest off grid solar company in the country. This person will initially be responsible for recruitment of a
management team, leadership of that team to build and manage sales and customer service
infrastructure, and initial and ongoing implementation of the companies Cote d’Ivoire program.

Responsibilities:
Setup of the Cote d’Ivoire branch prior to launch
• Legal setup of Cote d’Ivoire business and setup of office
• Recruitment of Cote d’Ivoire management team (Customer Care, HR, Sales) and initial staff as needed
• Setup of importation
• Development of partnerships with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
• Selection of initial service center locations and recruitment of sales staff to run them
• Setup of office teams- call center, inventory, data and finance (data and finance supported from Accra)

Launch and ongoing leadership of the Cote d’Ivoire branch with support from Ghana HQ:
• Grow sales team and hit sales targets
• General management of company’s operations
• Manage P+L of company

Basic Qualifications:
• Fluent in French and English
• At least 5 years experience in private sector, including leadership roles, with at least 2 years experience
in a developing country
• Experience managing teams of Africans
• Experience selling to rural villagers in Africa, or experience managing sales agent networks in rural and
remote areas of Africa a big plus
• Strong stakeholder management, communication and critical thinking skills

Expiring: Sep 19, 2016
Business Consultant Africa , Ivory Coast

ABOUT US: Bottling Irresistible
Besides being one of the top selling brands of Refrigerated Juice Drinks available in groceries across America and around the world, we are a team of dedicated people focused on bringing our consumers the best tasting, highest quality products at the best value. Please visit our website at www.tampico.com for more information.

Our team are some of the best and brightest individuals in the food and beverage industry!

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Business Consultant, Africa, leads the strategy to identify, expand and prioritize volume development opportunities within assigned international market. They are responsible to achieve or exceed the budgeted sales plan, including the development of new markets in Africa. The Business Consultant provides team leadership for the Africa team to ensure the team’s quarterly and annual sales targets and new market openings are consistently met. This role initiates and develops effective relationships with key customers to maximize growth and market share and partners with customers to identify category and trend opportunities for increasing sales. This position reports to the VP of International Sales.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage sales promotional budget for assigned international business segment
• Direct and develop sales team with timely feedback to modify and improve performance standards ensuring the delivery of monthly volume targets
• Provide weekly reports on the status of international sales volume, sales performance and various solutions to pending challenges in the market
• Work with the regional managers in the development of new markets in Africa and continuously assess performance of current partners
• Create key performance indicators, while tracking and focusing on value drivers (distribution, displays, flavors, and package development)
• Coordinate with Marketing and Strategy departments to understand key market dynamics through Nielsen/Syndicated data and custom research. Initiate, establish and develop key retail and customer relationships to maximize growth and market share
• Collaborate with internal Legal resources to ensure accurate and timely revisions of rolling contracts and negotiation of new contracts
• Attend and support the planning of periodic (quarterly) sales meetings to create and communicate plan goals for the upcoming year with international sales team

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 7-10 years’ experience in leading a sales or marketing team in Africa’s markets for consumer products or beverages with a thorough understanding of market drivers for consumable products
• Bachelor’s Degree-Required; Master’s Preferred
• Sales leadership experience in coaching an international sales team
• Excellent communication skills, including presentation and training ability
• Ability to work with different levels of management within the organization
• Financial and analytical abilities managing sales metrics, promotional budgets
• Self-starter and able to work independently
• Results oriented, attention to detail with a sense of urgency
• Bilingual – English/French (Written and verbal fluency in French and English)
• Ability to travel 50% of the time locally and quarterly international travel
• Advanced Microsoft Office Experience
• Must currently reside in one of the following countries: France, Spain, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, or Kenya

NOTE: Relocation is not provided for this position.

Are you interested in becoming a Business Consultant Africa in Ivory Coast, Nigeria or 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: Jan 28, 2019
Business and Finance Specialist in Ivory Coast , Ivory Coast

SNV Netherlands Development is a not-for-profit international development organization that has built a long-term local presence in 38 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin-America. SNV Ghana implements projects to improve individual lives and contributes to solving global challenges in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. SNV’s implementation approach focuses on developing innovative solutions to alleviate poverty through sustainable and locally-led development.

SNV has been in Ghana since 1992 and currently implements projects in all ten (10) Regions, providing capacity strengthening support to individuals, communities and businesses. In Ghana, we focus on poverty reduction as articulated in the Ghana Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy as well as in the sustainable development goals. In all sectors of work, SNV incorporates gender & youth, governance for empowerment and other cross-cutting themes to achieve impact, scale, inclusiveness and sustainability.

Among SNV’s Agriculture Projects is the Horti-Fresh Programme. The aim of the programme is “A sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable and fruit sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food
and nutrition security”. The Programme will contribute to three major areas that have been identified and that are in line with Ghana’s development policy: a competitive and innovative high-value fruit and vegetable sector; an inclusive and sustainable fruit and vegetable sector and a conducive business climate that facilitates the development of the fruit and vegetable sector.

Job Description
The position is a full time for Business advisor/Financial specialist for Ivory Coast with good knowledge of the West Africa fruit sector. The advisor is responsible for providing hands-on approach to fruit companies; assisting in developing business plans and proposals for funds.

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the key responsibilities of the Business Advisor and Financial Specialist include:
- Organization of quarterly Business Platform meetings; which are high-level meetings for private sector representatives, researchers and policy makers.
- Development of new commercial loan products specifically focused at fruit sector in Ivory Coast and possible Burkina Faso, targeting both smallholder farmers and small-and medium sized companies.
- Management of two cluster development funds that target specific fruit hotspots in the Ivory Coast and possible Burkina Faso; develop a multi stakeholder platform and public-private action agenda.
- Support trade missions, trade fairs and other business-to-business activities.
- Pro-actively explore new Business Opportunities in the West Africa fruit sector.

Qualifications
- Candidate must be Bi-lingual with good working knowledge in English and French.
- Minimum ten years’ experience working in private sector development, preferably in Ivory Coast’s horticulture sector;
- Minimum of five years’ experience in project management in leadership positions;
- Master’s degree in one of the following: business administration, agricultural economics/extension, business administration, and/or related field;

Excellent analytical and written skills for developing business case studies and contributing to sector reports;
- Proficiency in the use of computer Microsoft office applications;
- Business minded within a development contact focused on commercialisation of the fruit sector (inclusive business).

Additional Information
Application Guidelines: Please read these carefully. Failure to comply will adversely affect your application.
Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their applications in English in the form of a one-page letter and current CV outlining experience, qualifications and three reference contacts.

Only those applicants whose work experience and education meet the mandatory requisites below will be considered for the position.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Are you interested in becoming a Business and Finance Specialist in Ivory Coast? 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: Dec 23, 2018
Business Consultant Africa , Ivory Coast

ABOUT US: Bottling Irresistible
Besides being one of the top selling brands of Refrigerated Juice Drinks available in groceries across America and around the world, we are a team of dedicated people focused on bringing our consumers the best tasting, highest quality products at the best value. Please visit our website at www.tampico.com for more information.

Our team are some of the best and brightest individuals in the food and beverage industry!

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Business Consultant, Africa, leads the strategy to identify, expand and prioritize volume development opportunities within assigned international market. They are responsible to achieve or exceed the budgeted sales plan, including the development of new markets in Africa. The Business Consultant provides team leadership for the Africa team to ensure the team’s quarterly and annual sales targets and new market openings are consistently met. This role initiates and develops effective relationships with key customers to maximize growth and market share and partners with customers to identify category and trend opportunities for increasing sales. This position reports to the VP of International Sales.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage sales promotional budget for assigned international business segment
• Direct and develop sales team with timely feedback to modify and improve performance standards ensuring the delivery of monthly volume targets
• Provide weekly reports on the status of international sales volume, sales performance and various solutions to pending challenges in the market
• Work with the regional managers in the development of new markets in Africa and continuously assess performance of current partners
• Create key performance indicators, while tracking and focusing on value drivers (distribution, displays, flavors, and package development)
• Coordinate with Marketing and Strategy departments to understand key market dynamics through Nielsen/Syndicated data and custom research. Initiate, establish and develop key retail and customer relationships to maximize growth and market share
• Collaborate with internal Legal resources to ensure accurate and timely revisions of rolling contracts and negotiation of new contracts
• Attend and support the planning of periodic (quarterly) sales meetings to create and communicate plan goals for the upcoming year with international sales team

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 7-10 years’ experience in leading a sales or marketing team in Africa’s markets for consumer products or beverages with a thorough understanding of market drivers for consumable products
• Bachelor’s Degree-Required; Master’s Preferred
• Sales leadership experience in coaching an international sales team
• Excellent communication skills, including presentation and training ability
• Ability to work with different levels of management within the organization
• Financial and analytical abilities managing sales metrics, promotional budgets
• Self-starter and able to work independently
• Results oriented, attention to detail with a sense of urgency
• Bilingual – English/French (Written and verbal fluency in French and English)
• Ability to travel 50% of the time locally and quarterly international travel
• Advanced Microsoft Office Experience
• Must currently reside in one of the following countries: France, Spain, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, or Kenya

NOTE: Relocation is not provided for this position.

Are you interested in becoming a Business Consultant Africa in Ivory Coast, Nigeria or 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: Dec 01, 2018
Regional Representative for West Africa , Ivory Coast

GOGLA members are increasingly expanding their business into West African countries. Many markets in ECOWAS offer vast opportunities for off-grid solar business and business expansion. The launch of new off-grid solar companies can be observed in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Togo and other markets. Important industry stakeholders such as governments and investors are taking note of the private sector activities. However, many misconceptions among government, investors, donors mean that many possibilities for public sector to leverage the industry’s potential remain unused or could even lead to adverse policy measures. To ensure an enabling environment is created in which businesses can fully thrive, these stakeholder groups need to be actively engaged. To this end, the industry needs to develop capacity to organize itself to speak with a harmonized and forceful voice.

The responsibilities of the Regional Representative include:

1. Representation of industry interests and advocacy:
Represent the industry’s interest vis-a-vis all stakeholders, including regular participation in local events and workshops
Promote national level policy change and develop industry positions in line with GOGLA’s global positions, in close alignment with national industry associations and other national and regional private sector representatives
Monitor national level policy environments to obtain warning signals about possibly changes in regulation at an early stage

2. Member coordination:
Keep regular contact with GOGLA members operating in the region, ensuring GOGLA has up-to-date information at all times on its member activities and key market developments
Coordinate regular meetings and calls to facilitate exchange among GOGLA members

3. Liaise with existing and new partners:
Contribute to extending the GOGLA stakeholder network
Deepen and sustain relationships with existing partners
Develop relationships with important local policy makers and regulators

4. Contribute to the development of ‘content’ for advocacy or sector support work by providing local perspectives on questions around enabling environment, access to finance, business development, and quality assurance.

Additional ad-hoc responsibilities include:

- Support in the implementation of GOGLA led events in the region
- Support to GOGLA fundraising efforts
- Support the delivery of the three GOGLA programs

The regional representative will formally report to the Executive Director and coordinate its activities closely with the three Program Managers.
The position will require regular travel within the East-African region and to Utrecht.


Required qualifications
(Applications must be submitted via the GOGLA home career center: https://gogla.homerun.co )

- A high level of passion for GOGLA’s mission and objective
- A minimum of seven years progressively responsibly experience in the field of international business development; working experience with an industry association is highly desirable; experience in policy and advocacy work is a requirement
- Excellent and proven networking, communication, and presentation skills in English and French; command of other regional African languages is considered an asset
- Strong moderation and coordination skills and ability to facilitate outcome oriented meetings with diverse stakeholders
- Ability to think strategically and analytically, and work creatively
- Ability to communicate professionally and convincingly with counterparts at various levels of seniority

GOGLA offers competitive salaries

Expiring: Sep 17, 2018
Plant Manager in Côte d'Ivoire , Ivory Coast

Our client is in the agri-business. The company grows, sources, trades and processes food and industrial raw materials. With a direct presence in the Ivory Coast, this company has built a leadership position in many businesses - including Cocoa, Coffee and Cashew.
For the processing of cashew business, we are recruiting to fill the position below.

Job Title: Plant Director, Ivory Coast
Reporting to: General Manager

Job Description
• The Plant Director will involve managing day-to-day activity of cluster of plants in the country. Need a person to be hands on Project, Production, Processing, Quality, Engineering & Projects and QEHS.
• Specific Knowledge: Knowledge of Food Safety Management systems / HACCP/ FSSC / BRC / ISO 21000 and management of Industrial relations is required for the role.

Areas of Responsibility
• Produce and Deliver Products - Manage Production Activities and Services
• Review shop floor operations daily for adherence to Quality systems & norms. Lead and support in process/system related issues. Support Preventive Maintenance schedule for Plant & Machinery and related Engineering activities.

Produce & Deliver Products - Optimize Production Costs
• Consolidate variances, analyse and find our root causes and plan for actions accordingly. Manage line OEEs, wastages and conversion costs through effective monitoring, review & control.

QEHS
• Lead the QEHS initiatives and work with the Central Quality Head in delivering the goals. To commission sustainable systems to hold the gains.

Engineering & Projects
• To implement best practices in Plant maintenance, thereby improving the OEE. Manage Maintenance & repairs cost within the budgeted levels. Ensure delivery of Projects within the Scope, Cost & Time.

Cost Efficiency Programs
• Should lead Cost efficiency and continual improvement programs. Identify opportunities, base line and execute projects amongst cross functional teams.

Manage Industrial Relations
• Actively participate & lead IR discussions. Negotiate with various Unions, ensure Industrial discipline is maintained and labour productivity is increased on a regular basis.

Budget and Budgetary Control
• Chalk out budgets for Labour, energy, materials, maintenance & other Plant overheads effectively and implement.

Project Management (Greenfield & Brown Field)
• Managing green/brown field project setting up new plants from Scratch.

Requirements
• Engineering Degree (Mechanical & Electrical)
• 15 + years in Managing Multiple plants from leading food & Food processing company
• Experience working in challenging environment abroad
• Fluent in English a must, French a huge preference

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

Expiring: Sep 01, 2017
General Manager in Côte d'Ivoire , Ivory Coast

Job Title: General Manager for the North, Ivory Coast
Reports to: Business Head, Commodities and Logistics, Ivory Coast/ Regional Director, West Africa Chemical and Commodities
Location: Bouake/ Korhogo
Grade: General Manager (Grade 2)

POSITION SUMMARY
Our client, a leading global commodity merchant and sustainable supply chain management company, is seeking a fully bilingual, strategic general manager to manage and develop its expanding commodities business in Northern Cote d I’voire. This is a leadership position which includes expanding the cashew business, creating farmer‐centric channels for delivery of products and services and driving the sale of their agrochemicals products, and sustainability services.

As an origin‐integrated business operating in over 40 major producing countries worldwide, the company focuses primarily on coffee, cotton, and cocoa, as well as participating in selected other agricultural product markets. In West Africa it is one of the leading cocoa companies operating between farm gate and chocolate maker clients. They also trade other crops such as cashew and sesame. They provide advisory services, training and support to farmers on productivity, quality, certification, crop diversification, environmental and broader social issues. They provide farmers with relevant products including a range of agro‐inputs and micro‐financing options. The company impacts the livelihoods of
over 250,000 smallholder farmers.

The company is amongst the largest purchasers and exporter of cocoa beans in the country. The GM for the North will provide strategic leadership and management as we expand into cashew and other crops in the north of the country, increase our agro‐inputs portfolio and develop the sales and distribution networks for these products.

This is a full time position based in the centre or north of Ivory Coast and reports in to the Business Head for Commodities and Logistics, who is based in Abidjan. The postholder must be fluent in both French and English – proficiency in Malinke highly advantageous.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This is a profit centre manager role which broadly involves:
• Ensuring cashew profitability
• Creating farmer centric channels for the delivery of products and services
• Driving the sale of the chemicals business and sustainability services in the Northern Region of the country

Key activities for the Northern part of CIV include:
1. Develop and implement the purchasing strategy of agricultural products including cashew nuts.
• Develop new purchasing channels: field purchases, intermediate models, loco‐shops or FOBs in order to significantly increase your company's market share
• Decide on the model and levels of pre‐financing of suppliers in collaboration with your subordinates and your hierarchy
• Responsible of the full cash to cash cycle, you will be steering the full recovery of the prefinancing granted.
• Improve pre‐financing rotations and prevent default in order to reduce the impact on financial costs
• Ensure stock monitoring in order to maximize quality while minimizing weight and quality losses
• Track transit activities from your area
2. Implement the sales strategy of products and services to target customers.
• Identify customers’ needs in products and services and adapt the company’s products and services to their needs
• Identify needs and participate in the setting up of the distribution team of products and services
• Support team training, launching and promoting products and services to clients
• Monitor and perform reporting / sales / inventory / credit / recovery functions
• Identify new markets / opportunities for the sale of products and services
• Retain current and future customers
3. Ensure that the objectives of sales and purchases of products and services are met
4. Ensure the significant reduction in purchasing costs based on competitive intelligence. It is expected that you will regularly communicate the activities of the competition in your immediate environment or in related markets.
5. Develop weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting for the financial control department and your hierarchy, highlighting purchasing/sales performance and costs reduction/optimization performance
6. Manage a field team, coordinate its activities and ensure its alignment with the company's business strategy.
7. Lead the discussions with the internal audit team in collaboration with your hierarchy in order to improve the operational performance of your team

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
• Master's degree minimum with at least 10 years work experience including profit centre management experience, ideally in the rural sector in West Africa
• Experience in the purchase and / or processing of cashews or any other agricultural commodities in Africa or Asia, would be an advantage
• Excellent commercial sense
• Strong initiative and leadership capacity
• Perfectly bilingual: English and French. Malinké is a plus.
• Excel literacy is a must

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

Expiring: Jul 17, 2017

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