Minimum Qualifications and Experience Required : -
MBA / B.Sc degree.
Must have farming agriculture experience - direct farming.
Extensive travel will be required.
Manage Operations : -
Provide leadership to GM’s :
Motivate Estate GM’s, assist estates to achieve targets, assist GM’s with planning, ensure company standards and procedures are maintained, participate in recruiting and appointing key staff, ensure company brand is adequately reflected, monitor performance of staff.
Formulate and implement plans to develop key staff.
Problem solving on estates :
Assist Estate Management to identify problems timeously and implement appropriate action plans to resolve problems, particularly in situations where a significant loss can be incurred.
In particular, be alert to opportunities to improve profitability, enhance revenue and save costs.
Manage budget formulation and monitoring :
Manage and control entire budget formulation and monitoring processes. Ensure budgets are accurate and staff understand budgets.
Interrogate budgets to ensure appropriateness. Ensure GM’s use budgets to manage their divisions.
Participate in strategy formulation for operations :
Understand the economic drivers of the estates in terms of crop selection, location, climate and soils, marketing arrangements and contracts with suppliers.
Identify opportunities for development and to improve profitability. Keep abreast of industry, regional and country developments affecting viability and profits.
Make appropriate inputs into group strategy formulation.
Maintain relationships with estate stakeholders :
Develop and maintain relations with government departments, specifically relating to land restitution and transformation of agriculture.
Keep abreast of all industry developments, participate in industry discussions and forums. Develop and maintain relations with Joint Venture partners.
Represent company on Boards of Joint Ventures and subsidiaries.
Strategic Initiatives : -
Identify opportunities :
Network widely, understand various industry sectors, contribute to industry boards and forums, liaise with stakeholders, evaluate agricultural markets, follow agricultural trends and regulatory changes.
Evaluate opportunities :
Assist with compiling and evaluating financial models in conjunction with management accounting. Assist with preparation of feasibility studies, identify and evaluate risks, present risk mitigation plans, prioritise projects, understand and evaluate legal aspects and country parameters.
Negotiate business transactions :
Assist Managing Director and Finance Director to prepare negotiating strategies, research prices and evaluate recent market activity.
Develop understanding of government departments and mechanisms with regards to restitution and land claims. Follow changes in regulations and applications thereof.
Assist Managing Director and Finance Director to prepare legal agreements with legal team.
Implement new developments :
In conjunction with project task team, plan new developments, employ Consultants and contractors, employ and manage Specialist Advisors, get necessary approvals, establish programs and budgets, decide on technical parameters, recruit staff and set up systems.