General Manager – Farming Operations

  • Full time
  • Zimbabwe

Reference: MLR 6616

Consultant: Michelle Le Roux

Description:

  • General farm operations management – drive quality KPI’s, unit volumes and unit costs,
  • Drive development of all supporting infrastructure (cableways, irrigation & fertigation, packhouses, electrical, housing, and other infrastructure)
  • Drive ongoing continuous improvement, focusing on detail around quality, volumes, and yields: Production Planning, Nutrition, Orchard Management, Irrigation and water Management, Bunchcare, Pest/Weed/Disease Control, Harvesting Operations
  • Recruiting, leading, planning and developing a first-class operational team at all levels throughout the operations,
  • Attention to detailed operations systems and SOPs; – to drive productivity and quality; and crop planning from field through to packhouse and delivery to customers,
  • Forecasting expected production levels for marketing & logistics planning,
  • Drive adoption of global best practices and benchmarks with local innovation
  • Implement Global GAP throughout all operations,
  • Manage & ensure that all assets are accounted for, and are in good working condition,
  • Plan all new development, determine ROI’s, implement on time and to pre-determined budgets.
  • Manage financials against budgets and cashflow forecasts,
  • Manage farming operations business accounts through monthly finance reporting and corresponding financial KPI’s,
  • Plan & manage interaction with the procurement function to ensure quality, timely & adequate supplies, to support operations,
  • Effective stakeholder management through team leadership & cohesiveness in all farm activities,
  • Drive adoption and use of new and changing technologies throughout the operation,
  • Work with sales & marketing teams to develop and build premium end market channels,
  • Closely guard reputation and integrity of the business.

Qualifications:

  • A strong university degree from a reputable organization, in a relevant subject.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a relevant context, including at management level.
  • Management level in high-end banana or other orchard or horticultural production,
  • Demonstrated strategic, hands–on experience in transforming operations to world class standards.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, QGIS, and any applications specific to agriculture.
  • Confident and open team player,
  • Strong leadership capacity, with high impact and influence with the ability to develop and maintain a high potential team,
  • Strong attention to detail,
  • High degree of accuracy,
  • Proactive and entrepreneurial bent, with proven high agency and ability to make things happen,

How to Apply:

  • Email your comprehensive CV to exceedhr@exceed.co.za.
  • If you are already registered, please forward your CV and the relevant reference number to the consultant with whom you are currently registered to avoid duplicity on our system.
  • We reserve the right to only conduct interviews with candidates of choice.
  • Applicants who have not received feedback within 30 days from the closing date must please accept their application as unsuccessful.

To apply for this job email your details to exceedhr@exceed.co.za