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  Assistant Operations Manager


Job Description :

An established, national agricultural production business currently has an exciting career opportunity available at their KwaZulu-Natal facility (near Hillcrest).

The Assistant Operations Manager will be required to oversee all day-to-day aspects of production at the site, under the guidance of the Operations Executive. This will include hands-on work in the packhouse through to logistics, staff management and maintenance oversight.

This is a demanding role in a specialised environment and requires a unique candidate with good foundational management experience, strong business acumen, logic and people skills as well as a desire to learn.

Key Performance Areas:

  • General oversight of harvesting and the packhouse (generating and adhering to the daily picking plan to ensure that picking is done at the correct pick speed, correct quality etc.);
  • Providing weekly production estimates;
  • Assisting with the management of production budgets and daily distribution of production and sales figures;
  • Overseeing distribution from the facility (dispatch of stock to retailers and customers, scheduling of trucks to the Free State and other company sites, ensuring effective delivery routes are used);
  • Liaison with other sites with regards to stock movement and month-end stock counts;
  • Labour management in a unionized environment (wage negotiations, chairing disciplinary hearings, IR, grievances etc.);
  • Ensuring adherence to maintenance plans by the Maintenance Department;
  • General house-keeping around the farm and overseeing security at the site.


  • A relevant, degree-level qualification;
  • Hands-on operations management work (preferably in a controlled environment production facility or with perishable products);
  • Proven logistics, packhouse or dispatch/ stock management experience
  • Excellent track-record of managing staff, processes and procedures;
  • Foundational knowledge of FSSC 22000 and/or an agricultural background preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (fluency in English & another local language);
  • Good general understanding of mechanics and maintenance;
  • Full computer literacy;
  • Ability to work in a unionized environment.
Salary Details:

A market-related, cost to company package will be offered, linked to the experience/ qualifications of the chosen candidate. 


To be considered for this position please contact Kate Watts or email a completed CV to kwatts@agristaff.co.za. You are encouraged to complete our Registration Document if you are not currently registered.

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