Packhouse Operations Manager - Fruit Industry - Ohrigstad, Limpopo

Friday, 13 May, 2022
Lee-Zanne Flaatten     0824188747

Job purpose:

To manage the packing facility and related quality and protocol measures, operational teams and processes to meet Packhouse requirements in a safe and efficient manner including human resources and customer services. Suitable candidates will need to have the following minimum qualifications and relevant experience:

Qualifications and Experience:

• National Diploma (Relative qualification)

• 5 years of experience in a Packhouse Management role or similar within the food, beverages or manufacturing facility

• Relevant marketing and farming experience in Citrus agriculture will be an advantage.

• Excellent knowledge of BRC, HACCP, and Global Gap Accreditation

• Production management experience is essential

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Key Accountability Areas Operations:

• Drive the implementation of the business unit strategy to ensure overall success of the business

• Excellent mechanical aptitude of packhouse equipment (Compac) and sound knowledge of maintenance requirements

• Setting and maintaining correct sorting and packing targets and standards to maximise net farming income (Compac - Spectrim)

• Implement Packing Programmes as per the General Manager’s requirements

• Development and improvement of systems ensuring the creation and implementation of a strategy designed to grow the business

• Optimal utilisation of all resources, capacity and costs

• Design and implement more efficient procedures and processes

• Plan, assign and direct work to team members to achieve optimum productivity and utilisation of the Packline/s

• Monitoring and analysing volumes and throughput vs capacity

• Verifying stocks and investigating delays

• Managing the volumes of fruit and ensuring that the Packhouse does not compromise service delivery at any cost

• Computing the quantities, qualities and types of materials required by production programmes.

• Monitoring and evaluating service delivery of suppliers and notifying the General Manager where problems occur

• Directing, supervising and evaluating the work activities of professional clerical, service, maintenance, and other personnel

• Align the business unit strategy with the organisational strategy, goals and objectives.

Financial Management:

• Manage budgets and cost drivers (e.g. labour, packing material, chemicals, Overtime, Tipping Cost etc)

• Ensure finance policy & procedures are complied with in operational packhouse

• Controlling expenditure and ensuring the efficient use of resources controlling chemical stock and overseeing the mixture thereof.

Monitoring and Measuring Performance and Quality:

• Understand and enforce all performance and quality measurements

• Measure Production (Productivity) and review packhouse performance on daily, monthly and annual basis as well as yearly sales performance of Packhouse to ensure long term business goals and objectives are met

• Overall service delivery and quality management

• Responsible for maintaining good quality according to packing standards

• Monitor correct packaging material, correct PLU, fruit quality packed, packing patterns used and carton weights.

Human Resources/ Industrial Relations:

• Managing staff and maintaining high levels of discipline by enforcing the Company rules and facilitating disciplinary processes where necessary

• Perform supervisory responsibilities complying with organizations policies and applicable laws

• Identifying and assisting in training requirements of packhouse personnel

• Performance Management – measure and review performance with individuals and teams against set objectives quarterly and annually

• Overseeing the selection, training and performance of staff

• Fostering a healthy teamwork environment

Customer Service and Communication:

• Ability to liaise with all suppliers and maintain correct working capital levels for all consumables and packaging materials

• Meet all handling and packing protocols.

• Understand and manage packhouse information and tracking systems Skills and Competencies

Key Competencies required:

• Self-disciplined and Detail-orientated

• Coping under pressure

• Positive work attitude, relationships and ability to handle customer questions and/or complaints

• Excellent leadership and people management skills

• Results Orientated