Area Sales Manager

Application Deadline: Rolling basis

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief summary or e-mail introducing yourself with the subject line: Area Sales Manager

Location: To be determined based on region in Uganda

Start Date: July 2019

About the Company

Uzima Chicken is a rapidly growing enterprise focused on making smallholder farmers healthier and wealthier. Uzima’s sister company, EthioChicken, is the market leader in Ethiopia with over 1,000 employees, eight production facilities, and annual sales of 15m day-old chicks. EthioChicken was awarded the 2018 Financial Times “Boldness in Business Award” and has attracted investments from Finnfund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Arabica Investments, AgDevCo, and Acumen. Uzima seeks to grow to a comparable scale in Uganda and plans to deliver 1 chicken per Ugandan household per year by 2025. Uzima aims to be the leading smallholder-focused poultry enterprise in Uganda and Rwanda.

Job Summary

Uzima is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial Area Sales Manager with a passion for improving the lives of smallholder farmers. The Area Sales Manager must ensure consistent sales growth by recruiting, training, and managing his or her portfolio of customers through providing exceptional customer service and support. The Area Sales Manager will report to the Managing Director in Uganda.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Identifying leads and selling improved breed day-old chicks

  • Coordinating delivery of day-old chicks, feed, and vaccines to customer

  • Providing technical field and business support to customers

  • Technical support: train customers on poultry management (housing, feed, biosecurity, vaccination, etc.) related to brooding day-old chicks and ensuring a quality product

  • Business support: coordinate marketing and sales of 45-day chickens to smallholder farmers by identifying, training, and supervising Village Ambassador network

  • Engaging local stakeholders (government officials, village leaders) within one of Uganda’s 124 districts; championing Uzima Chicken with external parties

  • Tracking performance of customers and Village Ambassadors; developing sales plans to reach targets and grow sales

Key Characteristics

  • Passion for serving smallholder farmers and customers in rural areas

  • Solution-oriented and entrepreneurial

  • Ability to work independently with limited follow-up

  • High level of integrity and accountability

  • Strong communication and organizational skills

  • Leadership potential - desire and capacity to grow into leadership roles

  • Interest in frequent travel to sub-counties, parishes and villages within district to drive sales growth

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent BA/MA in livestock, agriculture, or agribusiness

Compensation & Benefits

Uzima Chicken offers a competitive salary and benefits package, alongside a fun and entrepreneurial work environment.