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Head of Plantations

The Company

Seedlinks is working with a multinational agribusiness company to recruit a Head of Plantations – tree crops, for their subsidiary in anglophone West-Africa.

The company is a leader in the production of energy crops. 

The company is continuously expanding its plantation activities with proprietary improved planting varieties (using cutting-edge plant science technologies) and a unique downstream model. The company aspires to develop the entire value chain sustainably. Upstream development is very key for their expansion plans.

The company is playing a role in mitigating climate change through the enhancement of carbon sequestration and improved land use of open shrublands, whilst also having a beneficial impact on the livelihoods of rural communities through the creation of jobs. 

 

 

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The Role

The Head of Plantations will be responsible for:

Nucleus Plantation:  • Project planning • Timely implementation within the costs approved • Tie up resource plan to deliver on the plantation development • Monitoring the post implementation progress • Manage purchasing and inventory on all fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs used on the plantations. • Implement GAP (Good agricultural practice) on the plantations (including certification, responsible agricultural practices, efficient and effective field and crop maintenance, and the use of digital and smart agriculture tools to monitor, maintain and manage the plantations) • Reporting on project and on-going plantations – key metrics. • Oversee support functions such as workshop, logistics, field Health and Safety aspects • Lead implementing IT solutions for upstream • Work with Finance team on budgets and financial reports on plantations

 Outgrower (OG) program: • Oversight on OG Program • Implement GAP •Logistics support • Develop strong relationships with OG groups and community leaders • Scale up program rapidly • Regular review of OG program and reporting on key metrics

Processing of harvest and logistics: • Project set up as per capex budget •Deliver output at competitive costs • Logistics for export or local sales/consumption 

Sustainability: • Support in obtaining and sustain critical third-party certifications such ISCC, Carbon, etc for both • Understand calculations of GHG, biomass, etc. • Nucleus and OG • ESMS compliance

Stake holder management: • Manage and maintain relationships with Chiefs, community leaders • Promote awareness of green energy crops at key government levels to gain support for the development • Develop a network with other plantation companies

Your Profile

The ideal candidate has the following skills and experiences:

 

  • Plantation development experience – land scouting, clearing, planting, up-keep, etc. with tropical tree crops such as oil palm, rubber, cocoa, jatropha or fruit bearing trees
  • OG Management experience is key
  • Good planning skills
  • Mill or factory oversight
  • Sustainability – experience in leading certification efforts
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Ability to explain the business performance qualitatively and quantitatively with numbers to Management
  • Strict discipline to complying with regulatory matters and internal management processes
  • Good understanding using tools in agriculture – mechanization, digital devices and software solutions
  • Language skills: English is a must
  • Minimum of 10-12 years of relevant experience