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To support the implementation of the Bon Pasteur Strategic Plan 2018-2022, BP Kolwezi and GSIF are setting up a Social Business which aims to support the long term financial sustainability of the BP Kolwezi Program, and at the same time to promote food security and well-being of the local communities.
In detail, the ‘Agri-business Social Business Project Kolwezi, DRC’ is implemented in the province of Lualaba with the objective of to increase productivity and employment in three selected value chains:
Equip designated communities with state-of-the-art technology to industrialize production in the subsectors of agriculture, fish farming and egg farming;
Strengthen the organisational and operational capacities of farmers’ organisations to respond to market actual and potential demands in the agriculture, fish farming and egg farming subsectors;
Professionalise the farmers to increase their margins and strengthen their organisations to have a joint access to the markets;
Strengthen the production capacity of farmers to increase their production and improve the quality.
Overview of the Position
The operation manager is a fundamental figure for the development of the described social business project. In particular, the agriculture component’s operation manager is a professional with significant experience in agriculture that combines technical and agronomic skills with experience in the business field. At least 5 years of experience in the agricultural sector are required, with management and supervision roles. Moreover, proven experience in the management of mechanized irrigation systems is a key advantage.
The operation manager will have the responsibility to implement the planned operations on a day-to-day basis, reports in English on provided report forms, manage staff planning, staff schedules and payroll staff, plan and perform scheduled maintenance activities, participate on a weekly basis at project meetings with Project Manager and stakeholders.
Operation manager will report directly to Project Leader and Project Manager.
The incumbent is responsible to assist and back-up Project Manager and Project Leader fort he management of the Social Business’s agricultural component, with particular reference to:
Implement planned activities on a daily base.
Manage staff planning and workload in an ethic and efficient way.
Report directly to Project Leader and Project Manager.
Address operational issues and concerns in a timely fashion.
Supervise operations team to ensure operational excellence and excellent customer services.
Educate operations team on best practices, company policies and service excellence standards.
Develop and maintain operational guidelines for staffs.
Develop productive, profitable and achievement oriented working environment for employees.
Oversee operational cost.
Assist in training, performance evaluation, promotion and termination activities.
Determine staffing requirements, work assignment and schedules for planned activities.
Perform, directly or through external companies, routine maintenance and repair works for equipment.
Maintain the farm clean, safe and organized.
Coordinate with Project Leader and Project Manager in different operational issues and promotional activities.
Evaluate current operational strategies and recommend improvements.
Generate operational reports for management as needed.
Agriculture technical knowledge is mandatory (degree in agronomy is a key advantage)
Mechanized irrigation systems knowledge is an advantage.
Average to Good English is mandatory;
Good communication skills;
Leadership and interpersonal skills;
Basic computer skills;
Driven and goal-oriented.
How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by sending your CV and letter of motivation in English