Operations Manager

Our client, a company in the agricultural industry situated in *Stellenbosch*, is looking for an *Operations Manager *to join their team. Our client is a global company with operations across 4 continents and specializes in soil fumigation for fruit-, vegetable- and berry farms, nurseries, golf courses, sports fields and more. *Role objective:* Expanding the business nationally through increasing the client base, delivering good quality work at an efficient pace, and keeping costs to a minimum. Ensure a motivational work culture is created for employees. *Key responsibilities:* * * **Operational:* * Draft and communicate operational plan and ensure it is executed accordingly by the teams. * Co-ordination of all operational activities and departments to ensure smooth running of the day-to-day activities. * Identify and implement process improvements / other improvements to increase efficiency and quality of work. * * **Technical:* * Provide new and existing clients, as well as internal teams, with high quality agronomical support and recommendations in conjunction with the companys products. * Understanding current and future needs of clients whilst being able to identify problems and provide agronomic and technical solutions to them. * Staying up to date with industry trends, legislation, and competitors. * * **Marketing:* * Identify and peruse new clients. * Build relationships with current and potential clients. * Identify any other opportunity to market the companys current services / products or new areas for the company to expand in. * * **Stock management:* * Oversee monthly stock takes, analyse results, and always ensure sufficient stock levels. * * **Team management: * * Draft and implement employee motivation plan and ad hoc initiatives. * Performance management of team according to performance management system. * Manage staff compliment and recruit new staff to ensure company is correctly resourced. * Draft staff schedules and allocate teams to clients. * Ensure effective team communication. * Ensure staff is well trained on technical skills, people matters and company policies. * * **Financial management:* * Review financial statements and other financial data. * Prepare, control, and track operational budget. * Identify and implement cost saving initiatives to improve company profitability. * Record keeping of individual expenses according to company procedures. * Approve and allocate expenses to correct cost centers / costings. * Approving of quotes. * * **General:* * Assist Managing Director with any other tasks. * Understand and adhere to the companys operating procedure as well as Health and Safety procedures and ensure their team adheres to these. * Any other reasonable task required by company. *Key requirements:* * Tertiary qualification related to Agricultural Science or Agronomy (advantageous). * Minimum of 5 years previous experience in Agriculture or a relevant field. * Code EC1 Drivers license. * Knowledge of agricultural practices. * Good physical health. * Previous experience in managing teams. * Previous experience in managing budgets and other financial exposure. * Good communication and interpersonal skills. * Good time management skills. * Good planning and organizing skills, as well as project management skills. *General:* * This role reports to the Managing Director. * Travel will be required. * Long working hours in season. * The Assistant Operations Manager / Branch Manager reports to this role. Area: Stellenbosch and surrounding area. Starting date: As soon as possible. Salary package: R30 R35 per month. Please apply online if you meet the above-mentioned requirements. Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within 4 weeks.
Stellenbosch, WC, ZA