Area Manager - Stellenbosch

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Job Type:Full-Time
Our client is in die agricultural sector and has a vacancy for an Area Manager, who will be based in Stellenbosch.

The Area Manager’s main responsibility is to manage all aspects of their grower base to assure compliance to customers’ quality and program requirements. The key management areas include quality assessment, harvest estimate submission, program planning and progress reporting.

Minimum Requirements

Agriculture or equivalent and 3 years’ experience in the fruit industry, or
5 years’ experience in the fruit export industry
Valid South African driver’s licence and a South African Passport
Computer literate and be able to communicate effectively via email and telephone
Be able to travel

Gathering and communicating harvest estimates of growers on a seasonal and weekly basis to Commercial Team
Pre-harvest visits to orchards/vineyards to assess quality, volume and to estimate optimum time for harvesting
Assisting growers to identify specific harvest volumes for specific programs and feeding back to Commercial Team
Assisting growers and pack houses to prepare for harvesting and packing by providing information and support to comply with the company’s program requirements
Present pre-season quality control training sessions at specified pack houses for quality team and QC’s
Ensuring that packed product complies with specifications as set out in the company’s Packing Guide
Conducting routine pack house visits during packing to assess quality of fruit being packed and progress on weekly packing instruction
Completion of quality inspections on mobile application where product is out of spec and/or as requested by customer or the company
Assisting growers and pack houses with problem solving when non-compliant product has been detected
Daily summarising the packing progress to Commercial Team on a shared platform
Assisting the Head of Technical with the planning of packing material pre-season and ensuring that packing material required during the packing season is available, on time, in the specific area
Staying informed about the due diligence and accreditation requirements of the company’s customer base and assisting the Technical Coordinator to gather relevant information from growers when required
Keeping up to date with arrival reports and immediately informing growers of any quality claims that could have a significant financial loss
Compiling a season review per grower which include feedback on packing, program fulfilment, general quality and improvement plans
Assisting Management with preparing for and presenting of post-season feedback sessions with growers
Keeping the information in the grower profiles up to date
Understanding the procurement strategy and identifying procurement opportunities per area and commodity
Procure fruit in accordance with strategy and with the support of Management

Good communication skills
Good time management skills
Work diligently and have attention to detail
Work under pressure and make informed decisions

Our client offers a market related salary, depending on experience and qualification.

Applicants who feel they fit the above profile and meet ALL the minimum requirements are urged to apply for this position.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Reference #: Area Manager - Stellenbosch

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Finleys Recruitment (PTY) LTDMember since 2018
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