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Managing Director / French Speaking Africa

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Job Title:  Managing Director

Location:  French Speaking Africa

Reports To:  SOMC Vice President/Board of Directors

Job Type:  Senior Manager/Expatriate


General Purpose

The Managing Director will manage a large-scale 24-hour, 7 days per week, modern food processing operation located in French speaking Africa. Responsibilities will include providing leadership to develop and grow the business, achieving profitability through implementation of a plan based on detailed analysis and strategic thinking; creatively and developing a strategic business plan for growth that will include annual goals, objectives, budgets and targets with key performance indicators.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Propose and execute the company’s strategic business plan.
  • Responsible for managing all department heads in the company.
  • Develop and oversee the commercial/sales department.
  • Develop and oversee port and mill operations; communicate regularly with mill management and assist when necessary.
  • Develop and oversee the finance and administration departments of the company.
  • Oversee all safety matters to provide the safest environment possible for employees and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee and manage development of new products and distribution of all products.
  • Oversee branch offices to ensure efficiency and maximization of throughput and income.
  • Monitor, manage and approve daily credit control of all credit clients.
  • Develop and implement cost/profit center budgets.
  • Oversee cost control and margin maximization.
  • Maintain daily/weekly/monthly management reports.
  • Proactively review and approve weekly/monthly financial reports; review income and cash-flow projections.
  • Ensure company is operating in a continuous improvement environment by encouraging new ideas through open communication.
  • Oversee and prepare proposals and implement approved projects for new business projects and capital expenditures in a most efficient and timely manner.
  • Proactively communicate with key stakeholders and partners, BOD and government officials as necessary.
  • Manage primary raw material inventory levels and other ingredients in an efficient manner to avoid any grind-out and/or production delays, while maintaining an optimized grist cost.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with key customers that will include regular on site visits.
  • Manage and develop the management team for further opportunities; including development of key point person when MD is absent.
  • In coordination with company legal counsel and retained counsel, ensure all legal matters are being proactively addresses to protect the company and its assets.
  • Oversee and manage employee relations including collective bargaining negotiations, structuring, discipline and recruitment.
  • The responsibilities outlined in this job description are not a comprehensive list; additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time.


Education & Experience

  • University degree in related field required.
  • 10+ years management experience with an industrial operations or manufacturing company, preferably in flour milling or similar industry.
  • Understanding of agricultural commodities markets required.
  • Experience with managing commercial, industrial or logistical operations in a developing country.
  • Experience with food distribution preferred.
  • Fluency in French and English required.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership/decision making skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels required.
  • Experience with combating theft and fraud in a developing country environment required.


Working Environment/Conditions

  • Must be in good physical health.
  • Travel outside of main countries as needed for conferences and further personal development.
  • Able to operate in complex and stressful working environments.