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Group Estate Agriculture Head (E3)

Location: Corporate Head Office, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal
Requirements: - Develops the medium and long term Estate Agriculture Strategy aiming to commercialise and modernise the company farming operations - Ensures required quantity, productivity and quality of inputs and outputs is achieved at optimal cost to improve sustainable profitability - Oversees, sets and assures group-wide internal and external minimum standards and processes for crop production, agronomy, engineering, farming systems and innovation - Builds local country and site Estate Agriculture capability with appropriate people, processes, systems, training and technology development to reduce reliance on and assistance from Group Office - Oversees provision of technical expertise to Grower Agriculture through respective CoEs in Estate Agriculture - Provides input into key decisions and reports around Illovo that require Agriculture expertise (e.g., capex policies / prioritisation, procurement, contracts, insurance, technology, process standardisation, ecological resilience) - Oversees and signs off on regular internal / external benchmarking required to support continuous improvement - Ensures best practices and minimum standards/ processes are easily accessible and regularly updated on Illovo platforms (catering for Group Office and Country operations) - Effectively leads a team of technical Agriculture specialists, managing talent and performance management for the function - Provides world class learning, coaching, support and development for Agriculture Management - Supports the country operations with best talent placement in critical Estate Agriculture roles across the organisation - Holds budget accountability for Group Estate Agriculture.
Description: Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of Group Estate Agriculture Head in the Group Agriculture team, based at the Group Head Office in Ridgeside, Umhlanga. Reporting to the Group Operations & People Director, the successful incumbent will be responsible for setting the direction and strategy as a champion of the Illovo Way of Agriculture through ongoing farming system modernisation, capability building, performance optimisation and commercialisation of company farming operations to support best-in-class sugar production.

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