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Sep 18, 2017

Flowers Exporter Production Manager Job in Kenya

Summary: Our client is an exporter of flowers grown by farmers in Kenya. 

They manage both own-farms and out-growers striving to ensure that the quality of their flowers from farm to end-user is paramount to international standards. 

They are looking to fill the role of the Production Manager who will take charge of entire production process from planning based on targeted sales volumes to delivery of quality products to the packhouse; a major part of this will be overseeing the agronomic practices on all the farms to ensure best yield and to satisfy market demand.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement sustainable and time bound strategies and operational plans for extension services for selected crops.
  • Supervise and support the agronomists and their field teams on efficient and effective delivery of training programs at field level to improve crop productivity, post-harvest handling, and incomes of small holders.
  • Facilitate innovation and use of technology to improve yield and post-harvest handling.
  • Facilitate the development of learning and training materials as well as information and communication bulletins.
  • Ensure organization and implementation of farmer field days, farmers’ exchange visits, exposure visits for government officials and other partners as well as such similar learning and awareness creation endeavors.
  • Supervise in conjunction with other Agronomic staff as may be required, field surveys related to agriculture and livelihood such as yield measurement, adoption rates, impact of extension services etc
  • Contribute to organization’s quarterly and annual planning meetings and budgeting process by furnishing timely information on the agronomic aspect of crop cultivation.
  • Write monthly, quarterly summaries and annual reports to the sector managers as may be required for the purpose of program documentation, M&E and reporting to board of directors
  • Plan for the hiring and management of production staff.
  • Liaise with Production team in production planning and ensure implementation of area production plan
  • Planning and organizing the carrying out of demos and trials and analyzing demo results for production planning.
  • Ensure that production intensification approaches are environmentally sustainable and market relevant.
  • Engage the regional and county government in strategizing and planning to improve agricultural programs and practices.
  • Support the market development unit to facilitate linkages of program producers groups to relevant value chain actors for improved profitability for farmers.
  • Ensure adequate and useful communications linkages are maintained between the project management, the communities and other stakeholders in a transparent manner that eliminates confusion.
  • Logistic planning and execution for inputs and produce for own-farm crops
  • Develop and ensure implementation of spray programs
Qualifications and Competencies
  • Bachelors Degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or any relevant agricultural field
  • Minimum of four (4) years in a horticulture farm with growing responsibilities
  • A solid understanding of the challenges of working with contract farmers
  • Broad knowledge of the international flower business
  • Experience of managing field based staff
  • Good communication skils both oral and written
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and with minimum supervision
How to apply:
Send your application including a cover letter why you are the best candidate for this role; a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees by close of business Friday 29th September 2017 to:

Adept Systems
Management Consultants
P O Box 6416, Nairobi, GPO 00100
Email: [email protected]

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