Operations Manager

Application Deadline: 17 December 2018

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief cover letter or email introducing yourself, and answering the following questions with the subject line: Operations Manager

  • Why do you want to work for Kumwe Harvest?

  • How do you meet the requirements for this role?

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

About the Company

Kumwe Harvest is a social enterprise aggregating and processing maize in Rwanda. Founded to eliminate the presence of aflatoxin in Rwanda’s maize value chain, Kumwe Harvest has developed a novel approach to maize aggregation. We transform the post-harvest process into a quick and mechanised operation, enabled through efficient logistics, the purchase of unshelled maize (on the cob) and mechanised grain processing (shelling and drying). The 'just-in-time' process prevents the growth of aflatoxin, enabling farmers to sell to high-value commercial markets, reduce their post-harvest expenses and losses, and ultimately increase their incomes by more than 60%. With ambitious growth planned for the next three years, we are looking for a responsible and experienced Operations Manager to join our innovative, high-performing and multi-cultural team.

Job Summary

This is a new role, created in order to expand day-to-day operations. The Operations Manager will own Kumwe’s day-to-day operations and lead a small Operations Team.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the planning and implementation of harvest seasons, including procurement, logistics, processing and delivery of maize;

  • Oversee all logistics and processing at Kumwe facilities;

  • Identify and procure processing machinery and other equipment and supplies;

  • Hire, train and manage the team necessary to carry out operations;

  • Support the creation of and management of operating budgets;

  • Work with the Finance Manager to ensure the prompt payment, filing and reconciliation of hired labour;

  • Provide daily reporting on performance and stocks;

  • Interface with other managers to identify problems or opportunities for growth;

  • Ensure company values are communicated and upheld on the ground.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and managing grain systems;

  • Experience overseeing, managing and reporting on large and complex projects;

  • Experience overseeing, managing and recording a large team of hired labour;

  • A strong understanding of maize value chains in Rwanda and East Africa;

  • Knowledge of aflatoxin and experience in aflatoxin prevention projects a bonus;

  • Experience of just-in-time logistics and processes;

  • Fluent written and spoken English. Kinyarwanda, Swahili, and French a strong bonus;

  • Attention to detail and highly organised;

  • Desire to take initiative and tackle challenges;

  • Comfortable with Office Suite or Google Docs, particularly Word/Docs and Excel/Sheets;

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years’ experience in a relevant field are strongly desired.

Compensation:

Kumwe Harvest believes everyone should be committed to and share in the success of the company. Compensation will be determined based on candidate qualifications, including the potential for performance commissions.