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Manager of Operations , Netherlands

Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) advances electrification in rural areas in Africa by establishing small-scale, commercially operating utilities. They provide households and small businesses with electricity, preferably generated by solar energy, to meet the demand for proper lighting, radio and TV, charging cell phones, and a broad range of commercial activities. In this way they contribute to the social and economic development and social cohesion of rural areas.

FRES is a non-profit, small multinational, founded in 2004, and consists of companies in Mali, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Guinea-Bissau and a head office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

FRES-Netherlands is, within the boundaries set by the FRES Board, responsible to guide the FRES Companies and:
• Develop, agree objectives and strategy for each FRES Company;
• Develop, agree annual plans and budgets for each FRES Company;
• Set boundary conditions, policies and guidelines;
• Appoint Management Team staff of each FRES Company, appraise their performance;
• Monitor and appraise the performance and strategy of their business;
• Arrange for specific authorizations for investments, divestments, major activities;
• Arrange for mandatory services such as central procurement (unless otherwise agreed);
• Promote adherence to the FRES fee-for-service business model;
• Develop new business to generate new FRES customers;
• Have an internal control framework in place to manage risks and opportunities; and to demonstrate compliance;
• Report to the FRES Board on status, progress.

FRES-Netherlands has a team of 6 staff members to perform the activities who report to the General Director. FRES Netherlands is currently looking to fill one of the two positions of Manager of Operations within the team. FRES Group Companies have a turnover of approx. € 10 million per annum in existing business and new developments (50/50) with a total of 230 direct staff.

Role
A Manager of Operations is responsible for the effective operation of the FRES companies. It is a senior role which involves overseeing the operational activities and business results of FRES companies. An important objective for the Manager of Operations is to achieve operational excellence of FRES companies that meets expectations of its clients, its stakeholders and its shareholders. As a member of the FRES-NL team he/she ensures that the FRES objectives for the FRES companies are realized. As a member of the board of the local FRES Companies he/she assists in ensuring that the FRES companies meet their objectives.

The Manager of Operations works intensively with the other FRES-NL team members, to ensure consistent reporting to the General Director and the Board of FRES.

Key responsibilities
• Develop FRESco/country strategies in line with FRES strategies;
• Ensure FRESco strategies are aligned with, and that the FRESco’s interest is represented in, the overall FRES Business strategies and plan;
• Govern (control and guide) FRESco’s;
• Monitor performance of FRESco’s against agreed targets and objectives;
• Appraise FRESco business performance, strategies and business control framework;
• Benchmark business processes and performance metrics between the FRES companies;
• He/she is member of the Board of Directors of the FRES company;
• Willingness to travel 5-10 times per year to rural areas in Africa for a short stay or in specific cases a stay for several weeks or months.

All these responsibilities are executed under the supervision of the General Director.

Skills and Abilities
• Ability to take the initiative, and to work independently;
• Proven skills and experience with respect to Business Administration with an operations management specialization and experience in the daily running of SME’s in developing countries;
• Strong analytical and presentation skills;
• Strong skills and experience with writing reports;
• Good team player and understanding the information needs of other team members, assisting them to identify and present business/operational issues arising that need to be addressed, improved;
• Ability to work under pressure, to multi-task and to manage time efficiently;
• Have leadership and supervisory skills;
• Have good critical and judgement skills;
• Excellent spoken English and French and excellent written English or French;
• Good interpersonal and intercultural skills;
• Commitment to existing Organization policies.

FRES offers a salary according standards of the NGO sector.

Please send a motivational letter and your resume before November 18th 2016.

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Expiring: Dec 18, 2016

Commercial Manager , Malawi

Do you want to put your know-how and skills to use where they are needed? Do you want to work abroad and experience different cultures? Then the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is your ideal partner for finding a responsible position in the field of development policy. We place highly qualified staff with employers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Support the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa in Lilongwe, Malawi, as a

Commercial Manager in the Trade Facilitation Department

We are looking for you:
The Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) needs your expertise to develop its operational business division. ACE was founded 10 years ago with the aim of enabling smallholder farmers and agri-cultural producers in rural areas to participate in the economic development of the country. The Trade Fa-cilitation Department has 30 employees working on warehouse management, logistics, the processing of trading activities and the management of financing facilities, and reports directly to the ACE manage-ment. In this context, it has already been possible to establish services such as the Warehouse Receipt System, ACE Trade Platform and Market Information System . The aim is to continue to develop ACE revenue streams and grow the trade volume currently at about USD 20 million by commercialising the provision of trade and financial services and to make ACE independent of financial resources from de-velopment cooperation.

Your tasks will involve:
• Responsibility for management of the Trade Facilitation Department, including developing a business model and medium-term strategy for the department
• Implementing strategic planning in the department, in particular in the field of trade facilitation, by bringing a commercial angle to a development-oriented organisation
• Improving cooperation within the organisation and building capacity within the department
• Develop trade facilitation and commodity finance management structures and services.

Your profile:
• University degree in business administration or economics with a focus on trade, finance or a compa-rable subject that enables you to perform the tasks
• Several years of experience in international trade, specifically in relation to commodity exchanges and commodity or agricultural trade/finance
• Several years of management experience with power of attorney or proxy
• Experience in organisational development and in the development of service portfolios
• Fluent business English

What we offer:
• A varied and interesting job with a high level of responsibility in an international environment
• The opportunity to work with other organisations in the field of development cooperation
• A preparatory course ahead of your assignment abroad
• A local employment contract as an integrated expert for an initial period of two years, with an option to extend
• Attractive monthly subsidies and social security benefits in addition to your local salary

O n e p e r s o n c a n m a k e a d i f f e r e n c e
Interested?
Please submit your application using our online portal at http://www.cimonline.de. Here you will find more information on what we do and what we have to offer. If you have any questions, you can contact:

Dominik Schell
Tel.: ++49-(0)6196-7935-70
Expiry date: August 26th 2016

Special job

Expiring: Sep 29, 2016

Managing Director , Ghana

The Managing Director is responsible for establishing and executing the organization’s major goals and objectives. An entrepreneurial and “hands on” mentality are key qualities of the successful candidate. (S)he provides leadership, direction and guidance in the organization’s activities, and analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all organization operations. (S)he is strong in marketing and project management and in inter-cultural communication skills. In addition, (s)he develops and maintains the organizational structure and gives guidance to the staff. One major role is the representation of GNBCC to all its stakeholders: companies in Ghana and the Netherlands (interested in) doing business in one or both of these countries, Governmental organizations in general, the Royal Dutch Embassy in particular, funders supporters, and the general public.

Duties and responsibilities general

• Acts as the spokesperson for GNBCC
• Develops and maintains stake holder relationships
• Promotes GNBCC as a service organization, and is responsible for marketing its services
• Takes part in and supervises execution of assignments
• Directs and oversees short and long term strategic plans
• Attends Board Meetings
• Provides leadership to organization personnel through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication
• Ensures that job descriptions are current
• Conducts performance appraisals as required
• Ensures that all the organization’s goals, plans & actions are covered in a general annual business plan (this includes: budget,
goals, objectives and deliverables for the upcoming year)

Duties & responsibilities administration
• Ensures compliance to minimum standards in accordance with all government legislation, regulations and guidelines pertinent to
the organization’s role as an employer and non-profit agency
• Maintains an effective and cost efficient office environment
• Develops, maintains, and updates job descriptions pertinent to the organization
• Develops and maintains business(services) for GNBCC
• Develops and implements operational plans, policies, and goals that enhance strategic objectives

Duties & responsibilities Finance
• Maintains full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the organization
• Ensures that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and the control of operating expenses within
budget
• Ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting
• Ensures the preparation of the annual budget for board approval


Essential skills, competences and requirements
GNBCC’s Managing Director is an effective communicator, across cultures, with a “hands on” mentality, excellent leadership skills, marketing and management experience and the ability to motivate employees. Additionally, (s)he must be results oriented, creative, entrepreneurial and have strong business-development skills and the ability to interact with all stakeholders. The Ideal candidate holds a BA or MA degree in business administration combined with a proven track record in business development or service delivery. Excellent knowledge of English is a must, knowledge of Dutch is a big plus. (S)he commits to a long term (at least three years) involvement to further develop GNBCC.

Special job

Expiring: Apr 30, 2016

Finance Director , Ghana

Position: Finance Director
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reporting to: COO - West Africa & Middle East and Country Director, Ghana (Matrix)
POSITION SUMMARY:
This role requires a highly analytical Finance Director who oversees the accounting, financial strategic planning, controls, and financial reporting for all businesses in Ghana and performs regular financial analysis. He or she works closely with the Head of each business to understand spending and revenue patterns and develop solutions that overcome problem areas and mitigate risk. The Financial Director is an experienced finance professional who has a strong background in Finance and Treasury and has had experience working in the agriculture commodity sector.

Key Responsibilities:
Oversee the financial strategic planning of all the businesses in Ghana
Perform regular financial analysis
Recognize patterns in spending, revenue, and recommend solutions to any problem areas.
Identify and update management on risks and come up with possible solutions of how to mitigate these
Perform monthly business review analysis
Accounting and reporting
Develop budgets that meet the requirements of the businesses
Supervise all audit and internal control processes
Liaise with Switzerland, Dallas, and London teams on operational reviews and MMRs (Monthly Management Reports)
Produce timely and accurate financial reports
Maintain an efficient system of accounting records
Review and improve the company’s set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk
Enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results
Ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Lead activities associated with process improvements, timely reporting, and the development of appropriate systems to ensure that financial transactions, policies, and procedures are in line with the company’s objectives
Continuously review accounting software, SAP and improving functionality
Manage and develop the Finance team to improve the performance of the department
Coach, develop and performance manage the accounting team
Lead the treasury activities for the business in Ghana
Oversee all cash management activities
Ensure adequate liquidity for working capital needs and invest short term excess cash
Manage inter-company cash, including inter-company lending, dividends, and capital injections
Forecast interest expense and income
Manage the currency exposure in Ghana by working closely with COO and London to ensure the company is properly hedged on currency exposure.
Oversee cash management banking and maintain all the relationships with the banks; negotiate bank and service fees; implement new bank technologies, products, and services to improve cash cycle and simplify company operations.

Qualifications/Requirements:
A (CA) Chartered Accountant qualification preferred
10-15 years relevant professional experience, with 10 at a senior level. Ideally in the Commodity agriculture sector
A thorough understanding of business and financial principles and practices
Excellent mathematical and analytical skills
Experience in managing, developing, and leading a team
A high sense of Integrity
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to build trust and relationships with employees, business managers and financial Institutions
Ability to work in an entrepreneurial, multicultural, multidisciplinary team and deliver high quality work within deadlines to meet objectives
Strong Excel skills

Expiring: Oct 10, 2022

Expansion Project Manager - FMCG , Ethiopia

The Strategic Project Manager Supply chain is responsible for project management on:
Building Ethiopia as an East-Africa production hub
ERP implementation in Supply Chain
Defining the procurement strategy & GP capability building process
Integrating the procurement with the GP processes and making sure the local department is compliant and effective in leveraging global expertise.
Optimising supply chain business processes & way of working
Network analysis & strategy for primary distribution
Planning system of primary distribution

On top, his/her guidance will be needed on:
Assist on project management of raw material localization
Assisting on Supplier network

This role should make sure end to end supply chain is ready for the accelerated growth before it becomes a bottleneck.

 Leading project team of export expansion from Ethiopia
 Investigating import options on other products into Ethiopia
 Deliver upon project objectives, timelines, and governance
 Driving continuous project efficiencies on budget and timing
 Ensuring compliance with standard company rules and regulations
 Any other tasks and deliverables as given by the supervisor/ manager

General
 Leading project team of export expansion from Ethiopia
 Investigating import options on other products into Ethiopia
 Deliver upon project objectives, timelines, and governance
 Driving continuous project efficiencies on budget and timing
 Ensuring compliance with standard company rules and regulations

Capability building and project handover to operations
Early establishment of a capability roadmap to train/assist Supply Chain managers
Raw material supply chain setup
Drive timely and efficient supply chain setup of any new or optimized raw materials in collaboration with procurement
Partner with R&D on potential pipe-line products upon commissioning
Optimization
Analyzing and improving business processes
Inserting the right check and balances into the processes

Job dimensions and KPI’s
Lead strategic Supply Chain projects
Establish supplier network
Develop export network
Establish and execute a capability and onboarding plan
Timely setup and procurement of direct staff for start of commissioning and production
Education: Master or bachelor’s degree in (mechanical) engineering or business studies combined with experience in (food) processing project management, or comparable.
Experience: minimum 5 years of relevant work experience for a private organization in a project management role, preferably in FMCG sector (e.g., food processing, brewery) in an international company, of which minimum 3 years in a supervisor position. Manufacturing experience is preferred (min. 3 years), as this person will be filling the bench for factory /Supply Chain manager position.

 Technical skills: English (speaking, reading, and writing), good communications skills, project management skills, problem solving abilities (UPS), practical and technical thinker, good planner, basic knowledge on food safety, hygiene, HSSE&S.
 Social skills: leadership skills, able to manage and stimulate young managers, able to adapt and show leadership under challenging circumstances, eager to learn, good feedback mentality, results oriented and believing in improvement via continuous improvement, agile to work in a volatile and developing environment

Expiring: Oct 07, 2022

Group Brand Manager in Southern Central Africa , Africa

For our client, a financial services company based in East Africa, we are recruiting a Group Brand Manager.
The Group Brand Manager will have partnerships with sales, finance, operations, legal, product development, and within marketing, as well as executives and staff.

Responsibilities
• Brand strategy, including the setting of style guides, brand guidelines, brand vision and value proposition for short as well as long term
• Planning and execution of all communications and media actions on all channels, including online and social media
• Assisting with product development, pricing and new product launches as well as developing new business opportunities
• Creating and managing promotional collateral to establish and maintain product branding
• Managing the budget for advertising and promotional items
• Competitor and customer insights analysis
• Analysis of sales forecasts and relevant financials and reporting on product sales

Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Advertising and Marketing, Economics or Engineering required, post graduate degree preferred
• Eight years of sales, marketing, communications, finance, supply chain/supply planning, process development, new product development, or sales experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility
• Outstanding in formulating brand strategies and managing marketing executions.
• Solid business acumen, able to develop plans and budgets, and then operate within those guidelines.
• Strong leadership and collaborative skills.
• Experience of brand P/L responsibilities.
• Highly analytical with the ability to view market data and trends, plan and execute strategies resulting from the analysis.
• Experience in Financial Services/Banking industry is a plus
• Well-developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to relate well to people in multi-national organizations and with people in foreign subsidiaries

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

Expiring: Oct 07, 2022

Country Manager in Central Africa , Central Africa

For one of the fastest growing logistics service companies in Africa we are seeking a Country Manager in Central Africa.

The company is looking for a Country Manager with a commercial mindset, with an operations/ warehousing/ freight forwarding background.

Tasks and responsibilities:
• Serving as the person in charge of country's site personnel as well as office staff
• Managing the daily operations for the company
• Winning profitable business, converting, and prospecting both in-country as well as outside
• Develop processes and drive expansion plans for the country
• Being the face of the company for both clients and government in country
• Making sure that management systems in the country are effective in order to meet the objectives of the organization and to make sure the staff can carry out their work efficiently and effectively
• Making sure that the staff understand their roles and responsibilities and that they are held directly accountable for their work, achieve the highest possible standards and are appraised regularly
• The Country Lead is responsible for all aspects of the operations in the country including the implementation and evaluation of campaigns, policies, marketing, financial, logistics, administrative programs and communications
• Make a contribution to developing a long-term strategy and making plans for the organization regarding the core values and objectives
• Making sure that the organization fulfils all its regulatory responsibilities and legal statutory in country
• Making sure the offices in country are financially healthy and also implement the right auditing and financial systems

What we are looking for:
• Minimum 10 years related working experience (operations/ warehousing/ transport/ freight forwarding), of which 3 should be at management level. Central African work experience is an advantage
• Strong organizational and management skills, including being comfortable in delegating responsibility
• Solid financial background with full understanding of P&L management and budgeting
• Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills, including ability to successfully build and lead a team, make the proper decisions, communicate the vision of the organisation, manage conflicts, and solve problems
• A strong track record of developing people and proven people management skills in a multi-cultural environment
• Management skills that motivate staff and support team building, demonstrated leadership
• Experience with working in fast changing environments, hands-on
• Problem solving and decision-making skills, entrepreneurial mindset

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

Expiring: Aug 04, 2022

Business Manager - Accra, Ghana , Ghana

Job Title: Business Manager
Reports to: Country Director, Ghana
Location: Accra, Ghana
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Role summary:
Our client is looking for a driven and passionate individual, who has a proven track record of creating businesses from scratch. Working within an agreed business timeline, the individual will work to develop a deep understanding of their trucking business in Ghana and update/ develop and/or build on a business strategy for the organisation.

You will be required to identify the success and sticking points for all stakeholders which will result in the successful adoption of an e-logistics platform. A team player who can work with both internal and external stake holders to supervise the development of the required platform to successfully initiate operations.

Functions include but are not limited to, providing strategic direction, managing stakeholders, optimizing operating costs, budget, and plan marketing with high ROI, expand client and trucking base. Lead, supervise and energize the team to achieve its goals and objectives. Provide and support creative and innovative ideas for sustainable business growth.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy development:
• Identify key success factors and test the hypothesis for the same
• Identify stake holders
• Identify the route to market

Operations Management:
• Build systems and procedures to ensure business growth
• Identify, analyse, and implement key success factors to ensure operational effectiveness
• Prepare and implement an SOP for business activities
• Build a cost efficient and robust back-office team to sustain the business
• Oversee software development and implementation thereof to ensure all business needs are met
• Lead change management while integrating new systems with legacy business operations

Business Development:
• Identify and onboard clients and create tailor made solutions
• Create a benefits plan for truck owners and operators
• Create a supplier benefits plan
• Market analysis and and competitor analysis to build business strategies and identify opportunities
• Establish CAPEX needs and submit proposal to encourage growth of the business

People Management & Development:
• Motivate and coach team members; ensure efficient teamwork and coordination of activities
• Maintain an alignment of individual goals and targets for each team member
• Ensure ongoing learning to improve skills through training and workshops
• Responsible for building the cultural framework to ensure business success
• Create, implement, develop, and enforce the code of conduct, related policies and Health and Safety rules
• Perform job evaluation of existing and new roles that supports business growth and sustainability
• Performance management and development of team based on agreed goals

Business and Financial Reports:
• Prepare and execute business budget and forecasts
• Create, develop, and enforce action plans to follow financial constraints
• Prepare and attend monthly review meetings
• Provide regular data for Financial Reports

Experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Minimum education qualifications: Master’s Degree in Management, Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain, or a related commercial field
• At least 10 years work experience in the field of procurement, supply chain and logistics
• Experience of the Logistics and e logistics sector highly advantageous
• IT skills: Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint are required for report writing, doing presentations, record keeping, data analysis and budgeting
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
• Ability to make decisions under pressure and handle emergencies
• Ability to communicate instructions clearly and present goals and objectives to the team
• Strong initiative and leadership skills
• Task prioritization, scheduling, and allocation thereof
• Plan and organize the tasks of both white collar and blue-collar employees/ colleagues

Expiring: Aug 04, 2022

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