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Operations Manager – Agricultural Business Centre: Welthungerhilfe
Welthungerhilfe together with Gokwe farmers, local government and private sector companies are setting up an inclusive business called the Agricultural Business Centre which will facilitate market access by smallholder farmers and at the same time generate a profit to be self-sustaining. The Agricultural Business Centre aims to expand on existing agricultural business activities such as commodity brokerage, contract farming and input supply. Further business opportunities will need to be identified and implemented. The Operations Manager’s role will be to set up and lead the Agricultural Business Centre as a social enterprise. The role will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all activities of the Centre and related entities.
We are looking for a suitable candidate to fill the role. If you are prepared to dedicate yourself to carrying out projects under sometimes difficult conditions and you match the requirements set out below, we look forward to receiving your application.
Your most important duties
Create and implement a profitable business plan to grow the social enterprise; Oversee daily operations of the business; Report business performance to the board on a regular basis; Ensure overall delivery and quality of the business offering to customers; Oversee and implement key investments in equipment, infrastructure and talent; Engage with different stakeholders in broader organizational strategic planning; Build the business profile by collaborating with customers, government, community organizations and employees; Maintain quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards; Maintain professional and technical knowledge through different platforms and establishing networks with stakeholders.
Required Education, Skills and Experience
University degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Marketing, Business Management or equivalent; Knowledge of running an agricultural business and experience working with small holder farmers; Demonstrated experience with the management of an agri-business; Demonstrated ability in strategic business management including: preparation and implementation of a business plan, risk mitigation measures, preparation of budgets; Experience in implementing a market strategy, inventory management, corporate communications, supply chain management and human resources management; Ability to prepare and interpret financial reports; Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to develop and maintain strong and trusting relationships with multiple stakeholders; Ability to lead a business with a focus on maintaining a positive culture, promoting innovation and delivering continuous improvement; Drives innovation and develops profitable ideas for new markets; High level of computer skills including database and financial software applications; Problem solving skills and initiative; Hold a clean class 4 drivers licence.
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