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Operations Director in Uganda , Uganda

For one of our clients in Uganda we are seeking an Operations Director to supervise construction of a new project as well as lead the existing operations and production department, including but not limited to procurement, supply chain, distribution, optimization of processes, team management.
Reports to: CEO
The Operations Director will be based in a rural town in Southwestern Uganda 120km from Kampala. This is the site where our client has 120+ rural-based, majority female production workers and where they are constructing a 1,700-square meter production facility to up-scale and streamline its operations.

Tasks and responsibilities
• Supervise the construction of the new workshop. Manage third party contractors and follow-up on planning and quality following standard acceptable engineering and architectural principles. Liaise with and supervise the local architect.
• Keep the project within overall timeline of 6-9 months from commencement.
• Update CEO in Kampala on progress of the construction process, including regular (weekly) reports/update meetings.
• Overseeing the Production team at site and the Logistics & Supply Chain department in Kampala: including sourcing and supply chain management, manufacturing process, logistics and operations activities, and inventory management.

Requirements
• + 10 yrs. manufacturing and construction management
• Seniority in the field, has managed large teams before
• Fluent in English, written and spoken
• Africa experience is a pre
• Ugandan or international candidate

On offer:
• 1 year contract, can be extended in case the candidate suits as a production manager after the building has finished
• USD 60.000 per year gross (tax around 40%)
• Benefits for expat would include transport (car), flights, international insurance
• Accommodation is excluded but very affordable
• Construction starts May 1st
• Partner is welcomed, no (international) schooling available at location

Expiring: 07/14/2017
Farm Manager in Senegal (Cassava) , Senegal

JobnetAfrica has been retained by an international investor in agribusiness and farming which has started developing and operating agriculture and food projects in Africa. A Farm Manager is required for a large scale Greenfield commercial farming operation in Senegal.

Characteristic of the project:
• Project developed by a leading pan African group
• Consists of cultivating Tuber crop for starch production
• Project Greenfield : land process almost finalized, feasibility done, conception & design study are expected to start in the next weeks
• Land development and irrigation system setup are due in Q3 2017

Responsibilities:
• Working closely with the contractors (land development and irrigation system provider) in order to achieve the design and conception plans
• Defining the agronomic strategy and planning in order to meet production targets
• Being in charge of all farming activities (planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, grading, HR of farming staff, farming equipment maintenance, etc.)
• Improvement processes
• Implement and maintain SOP’s
• Quality of products
• Make sure all facilitating departments are working optimal

Requirements:
• Track record in similar project (Tubers like cassava, potatoes, taro, etc.)
• Degree in agriculture is helpful but not a must (business administration is fine)
• Logistics or project management experience needed
• Ability to build support from community
• Comfortable working in multicultural teams in a foreign environment
• Experience in managing large scale farms (1 000 Ha and more)
• Proven capacity to lead team of agricultural engineers and technicians
• Willing to live in land-locked area
• At least 10 years of work experience as a farm manager
• African working experience an advantage, not a must
• Good understanding of and experience in production planning and distribution management
• Experienced in process management and optimization
• Experience in HR management (performance evaluation, remuneration, promotions)
• Excels at networking and building strong relationships at senior levels in the government and governmental institutions
• Strong in communication, guiding his team, networking with governmental bodies and reporting to stakeholders.
• Ability to think strategically, plan, implement and deliver outcomes
• Superior negotiation skills and ability to convince and make a point to his peers
• Fluent in English (written and spoken), French preferred

Package offered:
• Salary USD 5.000 - 7.000 nett per month, depending on your experience
• USD 500 local allowance
• Accommodation on site
• Transport
• International insurance
• Flights
• 30 days paid leave a year
• The location is relatively remote and not ideal for schooling
• Start date: a.s.a.p.

Expiring: 07/14/2017
Land Development Director in Senegal (Rice) , Senegal

JobnetAfrica has been retained by an international investor in agribusiness and farming which has started developing and operating agriculture and food projects in Africa. A Land Development Manager is required for a large scale greenfield commercial farming operation in Senegal, to be developed and fully operational in the coming 5 years.

Characteristic of the project:
• Project Greenfield : land process almost finalized, feasaibility done, conception & design study are expected to start in the next weeks
• Project developed by a leading panafrican group
• First steps are land development, civil works (buildings and infrastructures) and the irrigation works
• Land development will probably take 5 years, while agronomic production will begin during 2018
• Works could be done by external companies (under consideration)
• After the 5 years, the land development and civil works team will be in charge of the land preparation, and of maintaining the irrigation network (+buildings & infrastructures)
• Land development and infrastructure works to be launched during S2 2017

Responsibilities:
• Review the project design and lead its execution
• Participate to select and work closely with the contractors in order to achieve the design and conception plans
• Lead a team including civil works and irrigation and conduct the works related to infrastructures, land development, irrigation network, etc.
• Conception and lead works for all the buildings and civil works (including the accommodation facilities)
• Lead a team in charge of infrastructures and irrigation network maintenance

Requirements:
• No need for a degree in agriculture but civil engineering/irrigation/mechanical engineering
• Logistics or project management experience needed
• Ability to build support from community
• Experience include developing irrigation systems, bulk water supply and drainage, reservoirs
• Comfortable working in multicultural teams in a foreign environment
• Additional qualifications, specifically in finance or business admin would help
• At least 8 years of work experience in a similar role
• Experience working in Africa or other developing country
• Track record in similar project (large scale farm development)
• Proven capacity to manage contractors and lead a team of engineers, operators
• Fluent in English (written and spoken), French preferred
• Willing to live in land-locked area

Rewards:
• Salary USD 6.000 - 10.000 nett per month, depending on your experience
• USD 500 local allowance
• Accommodation on site
• Transport
• International insurance
• Flights
• 30 days paid leave a year
• The location is relatively remote and not ideal for schooling
• Start date: June / July / Sept 2017

Expiring: 07/14/2017
Business Development Manager in South Africa , South Africa

Our client is a European family owned leading manufacturer of industrial packaging products. They deliver to, amongst others, the mining and agricultural sector. For their South African branch we are looking for a Business Development Manager.
Reporting to: Regional Director Southern Africa

OVERALL PURPOSE:
Responsible for identifying and implementing new and existing opportunities within the sector in line with agreed strategies and policies as defined.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND REPONSIBILITIES:
* Identify, define and investigate new products/opportunities
* Investigate any existing projects identified by the company with a view of commercialization.
* Develop and implement strategies, objectives and budgets to exploit business opportunities.
* Analyse business/market trends, product line development, changes in future demand, competition and contacts.
* Implement strategies for developing existing products into existing markets as well as new markets.
* Be responsible for market intelligence
* Strengthen relations and maintain linkages between customer, sales and marketing and production.

COMPETENCY PROFILE:
* A Bachelors’ degree in any numeric discipline or experience hard core sales
* 7+ years’ experience gained in a relevant capacity.
* Commercial acumen and awareness is key.
* Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
* A ‘can do attitude’ and innovative thinking.
* Good leadership and organization skills.
* Proficiency of computer application packages.

EXPERIENCE EXPECTED
* experience in industrial packaging
* knowledge of plastics is a pre
* knowledge of production processes, lead times, cost is a pre
* Afrikaans is a pre

PACKAGE OFFERED
* gross salary ZAR 600-700k per year, split up in basic and commission
* Upton 50% traveling (within South Africa and Namibia)

Expiring: 07/14/2017
Head of Feed Milling Department in Nigeria , Nigeria

The Head of Feed Milling Department has the responsibility for production of poultry and fish feed, (possibly in the future also cattle feed), feed formulation, oversight of feed milling operations and machine maintenance, and supply chain of the feed mill / warehousing of input products and finished goods.

Subject to successful management of the feed milling operations over a relevant time period the Head of Feed Milling Operations would be eligible to expand responsibilities also over other areas of the farming operations of the Company.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE JOB POSITION
• Degree in animal nutrition or feed technology
• Certifications in relevant management topics are a bonus (veterinary science; health, safety and environment; human resources; production and process improvement etc.)
• At least 10 years of experience in poultry feed formulation and production for GPS, PS and commercial broilers, and fish feed
• Emerging market experience preferably in Africa, alternatively in other markets with tropical climatic and business conditions
• Energetic and hands-on personality willing to work on a large farming estate
• Ability to do properly use Word, Excel and other basic computer programs for reporting etc.

KEY TASKS /RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB POSITION
1. Feed production: The Head of Feed Milling Department is responsible for the production/processing of ca. 150 MT of poultry feed, fish feed, full fat soya and concentrate per day. This includes interaction with production departments to define specific product demand, production planning, and assurance of product availability in a timely manner whilst always maintaining highest quality standards.

2. Feed Formulation: The Head of Feed Milling Department is responsible for the definition of new feed formulations, constant review of existing formulations, and interaction with the Company’s international knowledge partners to pilot new product innovations.

3. Feed mill operations and maintenance: The Head of Feed Milling Department is responsible for all operations of the feed mill, including human resources (staff selection, staff development, precise job descriptions), processes (process mapping, standard operating procedures), and administration (record keeping, reporting etc.), as well as technical maintenance.

4. Supply Chain: The Head of Feed Milling Department is responsible for definition of procurement needs and quality control of procured raw materials, warehousing and treatment of raw materials (particularly soy, maize, additives and packaging materials), and storage of finished products.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE
• Housing will be provided, includes all services, electricity, water
• Provision of personal steward for cleaning and cooking
• Provision of company car (Toyota Corolla) with personal driver
• International Health Insurance package
• 30 days of paid vacation
• One economy class flight home for annual leave, includes family
• Local allowance of ca. NGN 250,000 per month (USD 500)
• USD salary for monthly savings of USD 4,000 to 5,000 per month, depending on experience and qualification of candidate

Expiring: 07/14/2017
Head of Commercial Broiler Division in Nigeria , Nigeria

Our client is one of the leading livestock companies in Nigeria with its head office in Lagos, Nigeria. The Company has over 1,500 employees, a central warehousing and distribution centre, one meat processing site and twelve poultry hatching and rearing sites.
Reports to Managing Director.

1. OVERALL JOB PURPOSE
The Head of Commercial Broiler Division has the responsibility for rearing of commercial broilers, slaughtering and processing of internally reared chicken and externally procured beef, and sales and marketing of processed meat products.

Commercial broiler production: The Company operates six chicken farming estates with over 40 pen houses. The Head of Commercial Broiler Division has the overall responsibility for seamless and efficient operation of these six estate to achieve the production targets regarding quantity and volume output, efficiency (e.g. feed conversion, mortality), and overall commercial success (P&L of commercial broiler activities).

Meat processing: The Company operates a chicken slaughtering house with a capacity of 3,600 birds per hour, as well as equipment for meat smoking and production of over 100 MT of sausages/ burgers and other products per month. The Head of Commercial Broiler Division if responsible for management and oversight of all meat processing activities, particularly the coordination with the commercial broiler production, development of product innovations, and efficient and effective production processes.

Marketing and Sales: The Company sells about 350 MT of meat products per month, based on modern cold-room infrastructure, like one of West-Africa’s largest and most modern frozen warehouses in central Lagos. The Head of Commercial Broiler Division oversees and drives forward the marketing (brand strategy, brand building etc.) and sales activities of the Company.

2. ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE JOB POSITION
• Master in Business Administration, Agriculture, Food Processing related subject
• Certifications in relevant management topics are a bonus (veterinary science; health, safety and environment; human resources; production and process improvement etc.)
• At least 10 years of experience in poultry production and processing, with exposures to all three areas of the job (broiler production, meat processing, sales and marketing)
• Emerging market experience preferably in Africa, alternatively in other markets with tropical climatic and business conditions

3. KEY TASKS /RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB POSITION
Broiler Production – direct reports: 6 x ‘Production Site Heads’ (possibly in the future also dedicated ‘Head of Broiler Production’)
• Pen-house stocking: Definition and oversight of SOPs for pen house preparation and stocking; adaptation of stocking densities if necessary; preparation of stocking calendar in consultation with Company’s DOC hatcheries and meat processing / sales forecast
• Pen-house management: Operational oversight of all pen houses regarding preparation and maintenance, feeding, health assurance, growth and harvesting; overall responsibility for operations of six farming estates with pen houses.
• Project management: Oversight of business expansion of the broiler production through identification of acquisition targets (e.g. farming estates, smaller competitors), organic growth (expansion of own pen houses and estates), and consolidation of operations (consolidation of estates if financially and operationally beneficial)

Meat Processing – direct report: Head of Meat Processing
• Production planning: Preparation of production plans on basis of planned broiler production and sales forecast; assurance of availability of SKUs in line with product demand.
• Production oversight: Operational oversight of meat processing facility regarding preparation and maintenance, organization of processes, manpower, quality assurance etc.
• Product development: Assurance of continous product improvement and product development drive by establishing best practice product development processes; coordination with product innovation consultants to create new products.

Marketing & Sales – direct report: Head of Marketing & Sales ‘Frozen Food’
• Product portfolio: Continous revision of product portfolio (frozen chicken, smoked chicken, chicken cuts, marinated chicken, beef burgers, sausages etc.) to assure maximum value from processing and sales activities
• Brand building: Definition of customer segments with clear branding strategy; development of product mix and branding for each segment; definition of ATL/BTL marketing activities in cooperation with marketing agencies and through own marketing and sales team
• Pricing: Continous review of market prices for all products, and review of own product costing; review and pricing in line with segment strategy to maximize long term value
• Sales organization: Oversight of sales activities through forecasting and performance management; establishing of stronger linkages between market trends/ sales forecasts and production planning (broiler production and processing); improvement of sales administration processes and overall sales capabilities

4. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE
• Estimated breakdown of work: 25% Sales & Marketing, 25% Processing Site, 50% Farm Sites
• Housing with regular 2-3 day trips (incl. overnight stays) in area of operation
• Housing in residential area will be provided, includes all services, electricity, water
• Provision of personal steward for cleaning and cooking
• Provision of company car (Toyota Corolla) with personal driver
• International Health Insurance package
• 30 days of paid vacation
• One economy class flight home for annual leave, includes family
• Local allowance of ca. USD 1,000 per month (in local currency)
• USD salary for monthly savings of USD 4,000 to 5,000 per month, depending on experience and qualification of candidate

Expiring: 07/14/2017