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Agriculture Optimisation Manager- Zambia
Nakambala, Zambia, Nakambala
• Develop sustainable agronomic strategies with the objective of closing the gap between the actual and the attainable yield potentials for each field on the estate • Drive agronomic modernisation, and optimisation improvement plans through innovation and new farming systems, improving the cost of production through yield and efficiency improvement • Support adoption and embedding of agreed best practices, frameworks, minimum standards and processes for agronomy • Develop an estate master plan that guides strategic decision agriculture to maximize sucrose production and profitability– e.g. seasonal planting variety and ground usage, sugar cane agronomic trials, Estate nursery fields management, seed quality, plant nutrition, water usage, fertilisers, and cane improvement practices • Develop an integrated pest and disease management program across the cane supply area, monitor / report on status and changes, and ensure best practice is applied • Provide Agronomic support service to Growers through Extension Officers • Own design and management of systems + data analytics methodologies / reporting • Manage data to maximise accuracy and integrity • Coordinate capability building in data management, analytics and benchmarking, and drive on-site utilization • Set direction, implement and monitor continuous improvement by designing standardized work practices for in-Country nuances, and ensuring that tools and techniques are being applied to deliver high quality, sustainable supply of Estate sugar cane • Develop and update standardized work procedures in line with Head Office best practices and on-site constraints
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the position of Optimisation Manager. The position reports to the Agriculture Head, and operates within the Agricultural function. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing direction, technical guidance and leadership in agronomic optimisation, including agriculture business systems and data management, to ensure estates realise their full potential.To lead the adoption and embedding of step-change improvements in sugar cane production and optimize crop production performance by holding agronomy teams accountable to the highest standards, whilst meeting the required cane crop volume and yield at the optimal cost. The operational performance ensuring accurate agricultural data is managed effectively in all data management systems, and is used effectively in farm management, estate performance monitoring, and decision making
Grower Agriculture Manager- Zambia
Nakambala, Zambia, Nakambala
• Develop the long term cane supply plan; ensure that appropriate processes are run to refresh plan at appropriate intervals and that initiatives are in place to deliver on the plan strategy • Oversee coordination of a rateable supply of cane to the mill aligned with mill requirements, ensuring delivery equity between Growers (including Estate cane) and hauliers is maintained, and that “no cane“ stops, other than those for rain, are minimised and plant crushing capacity & OTE maximised • Develop crop forecasts from review of strategic analysis of crop growing areas being cognizant of prevailing conditions e.g. weather, soils, politics, social etc. • Build a strong leadership team and talent pipeline for Grower agriculture through ongoing coaching, mentoring and guidance • Drive rigorous performance management, biased towards rewarding strong performance and compliance with critical behaviours, and including managing consequences where required • Drive operational excellence across Grower agriculture by making informed tradeoffs and driving initiatives that will deliver a sustainable cane supply at optimal cost and quality levels • Ensure adoption of group standards and processes for identifying and securing cane supply, supporting the Grower ecosystem, managing Grower relationships and managing Grower cane supply. • Oversee integration of Estate Agriculture technical expertise into Grower Optimisation initiatives • Drive synergies with the group, effectively partnering with group counterparts to identify, share and embed opportunities for optimisation • Oversee relationships with Growers, key stakeholders and 3rd party suppliers • Report on cane supply and Grower performance, including key adverse or positive developments, to Country Executive and Group Grower Agriculture • Initiate and develop the business case for key projects (including innovation opportunities), ensuring required outcomes are delivered on • Establish and maintain a cane production and grower relationship management database that satisfies business requirements • Manage and coordinate sharing of identified best practices, frameworks and minimum standards within function through Head Office platform, and provide additional opportunities for problem identification and knowledge sharing • Oversee effective talent and performance management within function • Promote and adhere to Illovo’s procedures, policies and guidelines, including, without limitation, those relating to SHERQ, Competition Law and Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) • Ensure enablers are in place to promote success (e.g. systems and processes) • Identify and monitor KPIs to track performance and flag any issues
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the position of Grower Agriculture Manager. The position reports to the Agriculture Head, and operates within the Agricultural function. The successful incumbent will be responsible for Develop Grower development strategy with a view towards long-term sustainable cane supply, optimisation of Grower operations, relationship management and practices for environmental sustainability and climatic resilience. The role will also be responsible for Ensuring a long term, sustainable cane supply by holding the function accountable to the highest standards of sustainable cane supply and Grower optimisation
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