Our client is looking for an Operations Manager to support and develop our international expansion, particularly into the European, Middle East and Asia territories.
5-10 years of experience in Operations Management or Corporate Management in an agriculture or horticulture business
Ability to lead, develop and train employees
Positive attitude with first-class, high English verbal and written communication skills
Experience and ability to coordinate performance and compensation reviews in accordance with company policies
Superb communication with the CEO, board and your direct reports
Highly effective 3rd-party vendor management
Maintain high morale, low turnover and commitment to excellence within your team.
Anticipate issues sufficiently in advance to take corrective action before they become problems.
Recognize what judgment calls are being or need to be made and seek input to ensure we make the best decisions to reach potential.
Be effective: create systems that others follow; teach others to do the work and answer questions themselves.
Provide superb analyses and recommendations for budgets and business plans; Create clear job descriptions for all your staff.
Push all open issues to a clearly identifiable and tangible conclusion/solution. Leave nothing open.
Must be willing to travel.
Communicate and provide information to supervisors, peers or subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail or in person.
Ensure effective management of operational activities
Management meetings on Monday and Wednesday
Staff meeting on Mondays to set agenda and priorities for the week
Daily coordination meeting with staff to monitor and steer team delivery
End of week management report to monitor plan vs progress
Manage the Operations
anticipates, identifies and communicates issues, risks, and consequences of proposed management decisions
makes astute decisions with the available information
anticipates tight decision deadlines with astute decisions
decides based on both the here and now and longer-term outcomes
stands behind their decisions
evaluates decisions and follows up on impact
Ensure that Production, Trading and Fixed costs is less than budgeted cost.
Identify and implement 3 cost reduction opportunities. Target cost reduction of 20% to baseline organization cost.
Financial Goals/Sales and Production Plan
Establish a 1-year and 3-year business plan to be reviewed annually. One will need to have good understanding of markets and competitors in order to optimize sales and positioning according to the market.
New Business Development
Implement new business development opportunities the organization
Manage the Farm
Supervise the Agronomist
Build relationships with the District and the Cooperative
Records information, such as farm management practices and production results.
Manage the Employees
Coordinate the staff to accomplish these daily, weekly and monthly business goals
Provide guidance to warehouse staff in staging orders for shipment
Supervise the office staff in budgeting, reconciliation, sales and purchases
Provides direct supervision over staff to include discretionary authority to determine methods of work; plan, assign and direct the work; in coordination with human resources and corporate policy, recommend personnel actions (promotions, salary and wage adjustments, demotions, discipline, discharge, etc.); administer routine performance appraisals; and interview/select employees.
Motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
have a deep and broad knowledge of and current successful management experience in large scale, multi‐functional operational programmes
position themselves anywhere between strategic outcomes and the technical details and know what the operational situation, requirements or impacts are
are proven people leaders
work under pressure in a way that inspires others to do their best
plan and budget accurately
organize and simplify complex technical and operational information into management options and implications
make sound decisions under significant pressure based on their experience, wisdom, and judgment
have high personal integrity that includes maintaining confidentiality
have influence and credibility internally and externally with senior leaders and stakeholders
have recent or current successful horticulture operations experience
Ability to speak excellent, fluent English
How to Apply
Applicants can upload their CVs and application letters onto the website www.nftconsult.com as well as view the detailed Job description.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 13th December 2019.
Note that only applications in MS Word or PDF will be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.