The Farmers Friend Saro AgroSciences Ltd the first company in the Group started out in 1991. Today it’s the leading marketer of Crop Protection Products in Nigeria & Ghana, committed to empowering Two Million Farmers within the next 5 years with superior agro-input (CPP, Seeds & Fertilizer) Knowledge.
A leading Seed Company with interest across Africa is searching for an Assistant Production and Processing Manager capable of leading the team to the next level as it’s deepen its operation in Nigeria.
The Assistant Production and Processing Manager is charged with the responsibility for managing and ensuring sustainable and cost effective supply of high quality seed products in Nigeria, by delivering excellence in terms of the required volume of the right products at the right time.
He/She will provide leadership and direction to production and processing operations and also liaise with third parties and licensees to ensure excellence in production stewardship.
Duties / Responsibilities
Formulate and provide clear production and processing strategies to achieve set targets for both foundation and certified seed
Budget preparation and cost control for production and processing function. This includes formulation and ownership in continuous improvement of cost saving projects/models for the business unit
To provide necessary resources required for smooth functioning of the department.
Prepare production schedules for parent and certified seed each season and five year forecasts in alignment with the business unit strategic plan.
To ensure seed legislation as laid down in the Nigerian Seeds Act and Seeds (Certification Scheme) is complied with throughout the seed supply chain.
Frequent liaison with seed regulatory authority in Nigeria to ensure effective field inspections and seed certification. Collaborate and provide guidance to growers, contractors, and licensees on the production and processing of seed
Negotiate and establish production contracts and processing agreements including determination of viable grower prices
Build and maintain a sustainable grower base in the best production areas to ensure a consistent supply of high quality and reliable quantity seed
Drive the parent seed production plan in Anchau Farm including growers’ recruitment, field inspections and monitoring, processing, inventory control and storage.
To maintain seed quality through quality assurance and control during field production, harvesting, processing, storage and warehouse management
To ensure all seed deliveries and grower payments have been done in accordance with the contracts
Prepare progress reports and ensure that all relevant production information is sent to the business head and relevant departments
Maintenance and reconciliation of all seed production and processing records.
To ensure optimum asset utilization and security.
To provide technical advice to management
To ensure adequate controls to minimize risk in the seed production chain
Liaise frequently with other supply chain functions and business units to ensure the reliable supply and delivery of seed in Nigeria
Set and monitor subordinate staffs’ annual goals in alignment with the functional performance targets and carry out performance evaluation at the end of the financial year
Training of all field and processing officers, build and maintain an effective team
Promote an actively caring culture for safety amongst all personnel, growers and contractors.
Education and Experience
Minimum of a second-class upper University Degree in Agronomy or similar area of expertise.
M.Sc holder in Agronomy or other relevant course will have an advantage.
5 years prior experience and technical proficiency in field production and seed processing activities.
Required Skills / Abilities:
MS Office software (Excel, E-mail, Word, Power Point etc.)
Fluent in English
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Project management skills and team work
Leadership skills and Mentoring of direct reports in technical and soft skills
Strong organizational and planning ability (Setting appropriate milestones and demonstrating forward progress)
Age Requirement: 28 - 35 years
Method of ApplicationInterested and qualified? Go to Saro Agrosciences Limited on saroafrica.com to apply