We are an agricultural production company
that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for
local consumption. Over the next five years, we intend to increase production
in its world-class farming operations, forward-integrate into tomato processing
via the construction of a processing facility and distribute its products
nationwide. Our mission is to make tomato production a sustainable, profitable
business for the Nigerian farmers with whom we work, and deliver all-natural,
locally-sourced packaged goods produced in Nigeria for Nigerian consumers
Position Purpose: Chief
We are seeking an exceptional Chief
Operating Officer who is committed to helping us achieve our ambitious growth
plans and make a meaningful impact to the West African economy. The ideal
candidate is a problem solver who possesses a unique blend of strong
analytical, communication, interpersonal and organizational and project
planning skills. The candidate will have a demonstrated track record of
building and leading successful teams and a sincere interest in coaching and
developing others. Being a self-starter with a sense of adventure is a
requirement, and experience working in an emerging market and/or for an
early-stage or growth-equity-stage company is a big plus. Finally, we are
seeking a candidate who shares our passion for the mission and values of our
Company, and is willing to act as an ambassador for the Company in both public
and in private.
The COO will report into the company’s
founder and CEO, and develop a close working relationship with the VP of
Farming, Financial Controller and external stakeholders. Direct reports
to the COO will include Corporate Administration, Human Resources, Security,
Procurement and Logistics. Specific duties include, but will not be limited to:
Systems and Process
org structure and reporting requirements to enhance transparency, improve
decision-making/approval and communication, and create a robust and scalable
company. Develop processes for management, effective execution and
communication of work within and across teams.
Strategic Planning: Develop and
implement an annual strategic-planning process, resulting in well-defined
organizational goals that are tracked and reported on quarterly.
quarterly adjustments informed by execution and leanings.
and coach the operational team, so that middle management learn to think
analytically and effectively move from goal setting to execution success.
Reporting and Accountability: Design,
implement, and achieve successful adoption of a system-wide dashboard that
captures and reflect strategic and tactical goals, results, and next steps in a
timely manner, improving transparency, accountability and results.
Improve and streamline review budget approval process, with success
measured by CEO time spent improved accuracy and reduced waste.
Policy Handbook: Develop and
maintain a simple, clear and structured Policy Handbook and Human Resources
Manual for the organization, aligned to the employment laws of Nigeria.
regular internal communications across the organization.
Recruiting and Retention: Streamline
and improve recruiting, hiring, on boarding processes to improve outcomes and
reduce turnover. Standardize employee contracts and separation
Performance Management: Implement system to
accurately track employee time reporting to managers and HR. Lead the
development and roll out of performance management processes and tools across
the development of relevant content for quarterly management training, with
success measured by increased staff productivity and morale and reduced
Equipment management: Optimize
maintenance and operation of company-owned transportation assets, reducing
operating expense and down time and improving on time transportation for our
employees and delivery of our products.
Construction Projects: Own management of
construction projects (warehouse, staff housing, land clearing and road), with
success measured against execution and delivery of project on-time and
relationships with police and security contractor, with success measured by a
reduction in the number of issues and improved safety for our employees and
Community Relations: Oversee relocation
of squatters on our Company land, with success measured by on-budget, on-time,
and limited damage to standing within community. Create a non-profit arm of our
Company to receive grants for the purpose of capacity building with smallholder
Government Relations: Develop and
strengthen relationships with off-takers, distributors and traders of Company
products, with success measured by # and strength of relationships.
Marketing & Sales: Develop and
maintain a periodic reporting of market overview and competitive analysis,
including business and operational implications; manage sun-dried tomato
project, resulting in relationships developed in year 1 and sales in year 2
Distribution: Develop, refine,
and manage Company distribution channels and planning process, measured by
effect on margin, timeliness, availability and overall reach.
A start-up personality:
entrepreneurial, ambitious, independent, resourceful, structured thinker
with an attention to detail, goal-oriented, flexible and able to deal well with
setbacks - with patience, a sense of humor and high sense of drive and urgency
to achieve our vision.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship
management skills to work effectively with others. Able to work with a wide
range of people and personalities across the organization, from farm workers to
the CEO – all coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Ability to manage multiple projects in a
fast paced environment and to remain graceful under pressure.
to take ownership and accountability of project timeline and results.
Exceptional attention to detail and high
quality deliverable outputs.
Ability to effectively communicate
timelines and project progress with both internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to develop and implement a process
by which work gets planned, managed and communicated across the organization
with clear accountability.
A demonstrated passion for social
enterprise in Africa
Exceptional written communication skills
and with experience in writing compelling messages that communicate clearly,
confidently, and precisely.
Strong presentations skills, including
excellent oral communication skills; passion to make yourself understood in an
engaging and pleasant way at all times.
Minimum Qualifications and Proficiencies:
Bachelors Degree (minimum) in Business,
Economics, Engineering or similar from a recognized university with a GPA of
3.4 or higher (or a second class upper if educated at Nigerian university).
Proficiency in Excel, Project, PowerPoint
8 years of professional work experience,
with at least 3 years in a senior management role at a manufacturing or
production company, with project management experience.
Masters degree (or higher) in Business
Administration (MBA), Economics, Marketing, or similar