Chief Production Officer

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This is a very exciting opportunity for someone to join a successful Fresh Produce Group in South Africa …  Our client is looking for a Chief Production Officer to join their team in Tzanzeen, Limpopo.

The Chief Production/Operations Officer will be responsible to manage all the group operations to optimize the production, sustainability and profitability of the group. The company is a Southern African group with agricultural operations in the Limpopo, as well as an export company based throughout South Africa. The group specializes in the production of agricultural products including citrus and banana production.

The CPO job requires 8 to 15 years of hands on citrus production and agricultural project management experience.


 The Group is looking for a business partner and wants a candidate who can be part of the strategic executive team.


The CPO is to provide strong implementation and execution production guidance. This position reports to the MD of the Group and provides oversight and leadership.

The ideal candidate will be able to make sound business decisions as they relate to the balance sheet and the profit & loss statements. The successful candidate must be an intelligent, quick learner, who is mature and proactive, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the Senior Management Team.

Demonstrated excellence in agricultural production, managing finance, budgeting, control and reporting

Key Performance Areas

  • Manage Operations
  • Provide leadership to GM’s
  • Problem solving on estates and other agricultural initiatives
  • Manage budget formulation and monitoring
  • Participate in strategy formulation for operations
  • Maintain relationships with all stakeholders
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Identify opportunities
  • Evaluate opportunities
  • Negotiate business transactions
  • Implement new developments
  • Communication: Delivers clear, effective communication and listens to others
  • Conceptual/Systems Thinking: Recognizes patterns, trends, themes, and connections in information to develop innovative ideas and solutions
  • Constructive Engagement: Expresses ideas and disagreements, constructively resolves conflict, and encourages others to do the same
  • Customer Orientation: Meets the expectations and needs of internal and external customers
  • Decision Making: Makes good decisions in a timely manner
  • Empowerment: Takes initiative and solves problems
  • Talent Development: Maximizes potential and improves overall performance
  • Influence: Proactively builds relationships and influences others
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Accurately assesses problems and effectively and efficiently arrives at solutions

Skills / Qualifications / Experience

  • Tertiary qualification – Agronomy, B.Sc. Agriculture and/or Agricultural Economics
  • MBA will be advantageous
  • At least 10 years’ experience in senior/executive multidisciplinary management positions.
  • Seasoned managerial and leadership skills.
  • Experience in decision making in a production environment.
  • Proven track record in agriculture in a competitive context.
  • At least 10 years of senior management experience.

Chief production officer: R 1 500 000 – R 2 000 000 pa CTC that includes profit share structure


Please contact Georgina or Frank on +44 (0) 1273 720 599 / +44 (0)7734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV to (*not or com) and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company.

Quality Assurance Supervisor

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Our client is a major international marketers, producer and distributor of Fresh Produce globally…They are a successful and highly respected company and it would be a fantastic career move to join their Quality Assurance team based in Belgium…To strengthen their Quality team they are keen to speak with a highly experienced Quality Assurance Supervisor to join their team in Antwerp.


As the Quality Assurance Supervisor you would be….

Reporting to the Regional Manager QA Fresh and you will be responsible for:

  • Undertake daily quality control for incoming and out bounding products.
  • Coordinates all quality control/inspections functions under the supervision of Regional Manager QA.
  • To manage on a day to day basis the QC team including resource allocation and communication with the team ensuring we have proper and adequate shift cover & timely communication.
  • To ensure a correct handover between shifts and from one day to the next.
  • Responsible for verification of the quality of products, record and report of every quality Inspection of the product at arrival, in stock and at delivery, quality test. And communicate result of inspection to the team members.
  • Support in the management of the quality, improvement of the process related to quality control.
  • Train quality inspectors
  • To attend and partake planning meeting, where required.
  • To ensure compliance to customer product specifications and service levels.
  • Inspect rejections from customers up on return to ensure accurate & timely communication to the whole team and external sources as required.
  • To be primary interface for daily quality issues from commercial colleagues & to action their enquiries regarding quality.
  • Maintain and ensuring proper understanding of produce quality and safety is obtained by QC personnel
  • Assist Quality Manager in designing & implementation of quality assurance policy / quality management system (QMS) ensuring it is efficient, implemented and is effective.
  • To develop and use training tools to ensure the training frame work is kept up to date and accurate.
  • To ensure that company QC procedures and adhered to and updated.
  • To oversee/control the quality assurance systems and standards of product packed at third party sites by handling and analysing claims if required.
  • To liaise with technical manager & suppliers to help prevent repeat rejection issues.
  • Handle all Ad Hoc QC/QA mission/matter (including Labo preparation, data inputs).


We are looking for a candidate who is/has:

  • University degree in Agronomy/Horticulture or related agricultural studies (experience at field level)
  • 2-5  years’ experience with fresh produce
  • Specific knowledge of Quality Control, Quality Management and Certifications (GAP, IFS, BRC, HACCP, SCS).
  • English fluently is a MUST. Other language is a plus
  • Good analytic skills
  • Excel, power point
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Professional, well organized, establishing and following Processes and Procedures
  • Able to work independently and travel as required
  • Teamwork


Please contact Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV to (*not or com) and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company.