Qualibasic Jobs

by admin on July 3, 2017

QualiBasic Seed Company Ltd.

Job Vacancy  – Warehouse Supervisor (WS)

QualiBasic seed (QBS) is a company established in 2017, to produce and supply Foundation Seed (FS) to seed companies in East and Southern Africa, with the aim to be the preferred supplier of Foundation Seed to the ultimate benefit of Africa’s Farmers.

We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified person for the position of Warehouse Supervisor (WS) based at our headquarter warehouse in Nairobi, Kenya. The job requires a qualified, experienced individual who has experience of managing a warehouse, ideally working with seeds.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the WS is responsible for managing the warehousing, goods-in and goods-out operations of our Kenyan warehouse as well as assuring HSEQ compliance and inventory protection with respect to the warehouse.

The Warehouse Supervisor will control the storage and movement of all seed; raw, processed and treated, according to QBS warehouse guidelines; Ensure all inventory movement is fully documented according to QBS policies and systems; Ensure customer orders are fulfilled and dispatched in a timely manner and are accompanied by the required documentation; Liaise with transporters to ensure cost effective movement of inventory; Ensure the security of the inventory and make sure it’s free from any pests and vermin; Plan fumigation of the seed in the storage warehouses and co-ordinate third party fumigation; Supervise and train warehouse workers on Health, Environmental, Safety and Quality (HSEQ) policies, warehouse operations and seed storage procedures; Carryout activities in the warehouse according to agreed HSEQ procedures; Assist in the liaison with Seed Certification Agents and regulatory authorities; Destroy and dispose of all written off seed as approved; Report any nonconformities to the Operations Manager; Assist with inventory management and control, using agreed systems and processes and support the Finance department in monthly stock taking; Suggest improvements to warehousing & HSEQ procedures and policies to ensure best use of QBS resources and achieve improved efficiency and safety.

The candidate must have Diploma level education in a relevant discipline; Supervisory Skills and experience; Computer literacy; Valid Driving License; Awareness of regulations and certification pertaining to in-country & cross border seed trade in ESA; A customer focused individual, committed to building a reputation for trust and reliability; A highly proficient level of written / spoken English; Performance and results driven attitude; Willing to work flexibly with respect to starting and finishing times; Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Job Vacancy – Commercial Manager (CM)

QualiBasic seed (QBS) is a company established in 2017, to produce and supply Foundation Seed (FS) to seed companies in East and Southern Africa, with the aim to be the preferred supplier of Foundation Seed to the ultimate benefit of Africa’s Farmers.

We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified person for the position of Commercial Manager based at our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya or at our operations in Zambia and South Africa. The job requires a qualified, experienced individual who has experience of the seeds Marketing and Sales in Africa.

Reporting to the Managing Director (MD), the CM is responsible for strategically managing the commercial relationship between QBS and its seed company customers in order to build trust and a reputation for reliability with the customer and meet the commercial targets of QBS.  The CM will regularly interact with all QBS customers (current and potential) in ESA, to develop deep enduring commercial relationships in order to achieve target sales and assure payment; Provide technical support (including complaint management) & advice to customers and prospects; Craft and Implement a Marketing and Sales strategy for QBS in ESA as well annual budgets and implementation plans. To include Market and Competition analysis, customer/product/opportunity matrix as well as the QBS value proposition along with clear financial objectives; Review & report monthly sales and future demands at the S&OP meeting; Develop and agree FS pricing and terms (order placement, pricing, credit terms, cash discounts, and others) with the MD; Establish an SME seed companies’ CRM QBS Customers database, available to the company to manage all customer interactions; Develop Marketing materials to create company and product awareness; Ensure that seasonal wide-spread on-farm variety demonstrations and field-days run annually by partners, convey the optimum commercial message for QBS and customer visits and interactions are effectively managed.

The candidate must have deep experience of African Agricultural inputs sales and marketing; Personal knowledge of and good relationships with the QBS target customer base; Both commercial (marketing and sales) and technical skills with respect to the seeds business in Africa; A customer focused individual, committed to building a reputation for trust and reliability; Will have worked in a seed marketing and sales environment in a similar role for at least 5 years; A highly proficient level of written / spoken English; Performance and results driven attitude; Ability to work with minimal supervision; Willingness to travel frequently to the company’s operations and customers in ESA; Experience of working with a start-up business is desirable.

Job Vacancy – Supply Chain Operations Manager (SCOM)

QualiBasic seed (QBS) is a company established in 2017, to produce and supply Foundation Seed (FS) to seed companies in East and Southern Africa, with the aim to be the preferred supplier of Foundation Seed to the ultimate benefit of Africa’s Farmers.

We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified person for the position of Supply Chain Operations Manager (SCOM) based at our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya or at our operations in Zambia and South Africa. The job requires a qualified, experienced individual who has experience of the seeds supply chain in Africa.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the SCOM is responsible for strategically managing the production, processing and logistics of the FS in the QBS portfolio.   The SCOM will ensure that production and demand plans and activities are aligned and visible across the business; develop systems and S&OP processes, including timely reporting of any issues that may impact plans; Field production is done in both a timely and effective manner, to make sure that the planned quantities of seed of specified QBS quality are produced and available as required; Coordinate recruitment of growers and the implementation of the field production plan; Ensure phytosanitary, regulatory and quality requirements, including certification, are adhered to and all shipments of seed made do not contravene any country or international regulations or good practice; Effectively manage inventory (including storage and transport) to optimise working capital deployment and assure seed quality is maintained, providing visibility to inventory by line by stocking point; Liaise with regulators and testing stations to provide independent certification with respect to FS quality parameters and assure required documentation is issued; Liaise with the sources of breeder seed to ensure sufficient quantities are available in a timely manner to meet the production plan, ensuring agreements are in place with the seed or hybrid owners; Putting in place planning and logistics systems and processes that integrate with the company finance system; Procure, install and operate seed processing equipment at company sites in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa; Ensure customer orders are fulfilled, dispatched and invoiced in a timely manner; Ensure the companies HSEQ rules and procedures are established and fully implemented.

The candidate must have deep experience of the African Agricultural inputs supply chain including seed supply; must have managed production planning and S&OP systems and developed processes in a cross border business; must be aware of regulations and certification pertaining to cross border seed trade in ESA; Must be a customer focused individual, committed to building a reputation for trust and reliability; Ideally will have worked in a seed production environment in a similar role for at least 5 years; A highly proficient level of written / spoken English; Performance and results driven attitude; Ability to work with minimal supervision; Willingness to travel periodically to the company’s operations in East & Southern Africa; Experience of working with a start-up business is desirable.

Those who meet the above qualifications and specifications are invited to submit their applications together with updated CVs and references to info@qualibasicseed.com no later than Friday 14th July 2017.

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