Farming Operational Manager (Agronomist/ Agriculture/Economics) – Free State, South Africa

Location: Bethlehem, Free State, South Africa
Date Posted: 11-10-2018
Job Description:
  • Consolidate all seasonal plans to construct Farming Budget and establish inputs needed.
  • Conduct practical research to evaluate performance and efficiency of the different inputs utilized each production season to enable critical analysis of seasonal plans and potential new inputs to be utilized.
  • Support Field Managers with information and decisions to optimize production at lowest cost for each crop produced, as well as decisions regarding potential new units.
  • Take part in the procurement process for the identified inputs each season and in conjunction with Farming Financial Manager manage the pre-payment process for these inputs.
  • Manage orders and logistics of the inputs to ensure timely delivery within the constraints of the decision-making matrix of the company.
  • Coordination with representatives of different input suppliers.
  • Stock management in conjunction with Farmers, Field Managers, Financial Manager Farming and Financial Admin Manager.
  • Communicate and discuss Budgets vs Actual/Projected with Field Managers and Farmers and maintain monthly reporting and feedback to different role-players.
  • Facilitate pricing decisions per unit based on the relevant tons derived from the budgets/crop estimates and targeted levels to optimize profitability within the parameters of the pricing strategy.
  • Report crop development and progress with scenario analysis for potential outcomes and impact on budgeted outcome.
  • Manage logistics of the crop into destination in conjunction with Logistics Team to ensure safe and timely delivery.
  • Manage and maintain the data of the Farming Operation and perform statistical and historical analyses as well as benchmarking and ensure timely reporting of data to Research Desk as needed.
  • Manage month-end and end of season process in conjunction with Financial Manager Farming.
 Requirements: Qualification and Skill
  • Degree in Agricultural Economics.
  • Preferably at least 5yrs experience in a row crop production environment.
  • Proven ability to construct, manage and report budgets.
  • Must utilize whole of Farming Team to reach goals and therefore must have excellent people skills to direct team members.
  • Basic knowledge of inputs associated with crop production and ability to do research to evaluate alternatives.
  • Knowledge of SAFEX market to apply different instruments available to hedge tons produced.
  • Solid administrative discipline with good back ground of accounting.
  • Ability to function independently.
 Benefits and Contractual information:
  • Permanent position.
  • Market Related Salary.
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Lukas Louw
Recruitment Associate
The CA Global Group
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