GROWER AGRICULTURE MANAGER- ZAMBIA -
- Harare, Zimbabwe
|Company Type||Agriculture (Regional) / Sugarcane|
|Job Role||GROWER AGRICULTURE MANAGER- ZAMBIA|
|Joining Date||June 2020|
|Employment Type||Full Time|
|Monthly Salary||$ Negotiable|
|Career Level||Senior Management|
|Years of Experience||8|
|Degree||Agriculture degree or equivalent|
The position reports to the Agriculture Head, and operates within the Agricultural function. The successful incumbent will be responsible for Develop Grower development strategy with a view towards long-term sustainable cane supply, optimisation of Grower operations, relationship management and practices for environmental sustainability and climatic resilience. The role will also be responsible for Ensuring a long term, sustainable cane supply by holding the function accountable to the highest standards of sustainable cane supply and Grower optimization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop the long term cane supply plan; ensure that appropriate processes are run to refresh plan at appropriate intervals and that initiatives are in place to deliver on the plan strategy
Oversee coordination of a rateable supply of cane to the mill aligned with mill requirements, ensuring delivery equity between Growers (including Estate cane) and hauliers is maintained, and that “no cane“ stops, other than those for rain, are minimised and plant crushing capacity & OTE maximised
Develop crop forecasts from review of strategic analysis of crop growing areas being cognizant of prevailing conditions e.g. weather, soils, politics, social etc.
Build a strong leadership team and talent pipeline for Grower agriculture through ongoing coaching, mentoring and guidance
Drive rigorous performance management, biased towards rewarding strong performance and compliance with critical behaviours, and including managing consequences where required
Drive operational excellence across Grower agriculture by making informed tradeoffs and driving initiatives that will deliver a sustainable cane supply at optimal cost and quality levels
Ensure adoption of group standards and processes for identifying and securing cane supply, supporting the Grower ecosystem, managing Grower relationships and managing Grower cane supply.
Oversee integration of Estate Agriculture technical expertise into Grower Optimisation initiatives
Drive synergies with the group, effectively partnering with group counterparts to identify, share and embed opportunities for optimisation
Oversee relationships with Growers, key stakeholders and 3rd party suppliers
Report on cane supply and Grower performance, including key adverse or positive developments, to Country Executive and Group Grower Agriculture
Initiate and develop the business case for key projects (including innovation opportunities), ensuring required outcomes are delivered on
Establish and maintain a cane production and grower relationship management database that satisfies business requirements
Manage and coordinate sharing of identified best practices, frameworks and minimum standards within function through Head Office platform, and provide additional opportunities for problem identification and knowledge sharing
Oversee effective talent and performance management within function
Promote and adhere to Business procedures, policies and guidelines, including, without limitation, those relating to SHERQ, Competition Law and Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC)
Ensure enablers are in place to promote success (e.g. systems and processes)
Identify and monitor KPIs to track performance and flag any issues
Good business acumen and agricultural expertise, with ability to anticipate, interpret and respond to changes
A passion for Agriculture.
Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
The ability to make decisions in stressful environments.
Superb communication and interpersonal skills.
Willingness to work overtime as required.
8 years experience in sugar cane agricultural operations, Grower liaison and cane supply
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