General Manager - Packhouse - Fruit Industry - Hoedspruit

Thursday, 17 October, 2019
Lee-Zanne Flaatten     0824188747

Job purpose
Packers outside Hoedspruit, which mainly handles soft citrus and mango, has a vacancy for a General Manager. This person will give strategic direction and be responsible for the management of core areas including finances, production performance and client relationships.
Key Accountability Areas

  1. Manage Performance and Development of personnel
  • Establish departments and roles
  • Growth and production targets


  1. Strategic Direction
  • Development and improvement of systems
  • Optimal utilisation of all resources, capacity and costs
  • Establish more efficient procedures and processes
  • Project planning (3-5-year forecast)
  1.     Financial Management (budgets, labour costs)
  • Budget
  • Manage biggest cost drivers (e.g. labour, packing material, chemicals)
  • Production costing


  1. Monitoring and Measuring Performance
  • Understand all measurements
  • Create / establish performance management system
  • Measure production (productivity)
  • Quality management
  1. Stakeholders and Client Satisfaction
  1. Communication
  2. Producer farm visits, relationships


Qualifications & Experience

  • A relevant Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Business Administration, Management or related field and/or at least 7-10 years’ experience in a large or medium sized business.
  • Experience in a Senior management role in the agricultural environment will be an added advantage.



  • Excellent leadership and people management skills; practical experience in handling people at all levels and a strong record of achievement through building successful teams.
  • High energy level and strong motivational skills
  • Strong decision maker with excellent grasp of both the short and long-term macro / micro issues of business, operations (production/ supply chain) and human relations interaction.
  • Multilevel negotiating and communication ability.
  • Able to work in a highly competitive collaborative market space.
  • Can-do attitude and bottom-line achiever - results driven and able to implement operationally. The ability to plan and execute in a structured manner is essential.

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