POSITION: Chief Operating Officer

JOB LOCATION: Western Cape

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer

TOTAL STAFF RESPONSIBILITY: In excess of 1300 staff

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE OPPORTUNITY: Responsible for supporting the Chief Executive Officer in implementing and executing the Group’s business plan with particular emphasis on profitability and day-to-day operations, leading the Senior Managers and implementing Best Practice systems and procedures that entrench performance improvement

GROUP BACKGROUND: The Group is a leading Integrated Agricultural Company. Its activities span farming, packaging, technical assurance, quality control, marketing, exporting and logistics. The Companies annual turnover isin excess of R1 billion


  • Should ideally be a graduate
  • A Chartered Accountant/Master of Business Administration degree would be an advantage
  • A minimum of five years experience as Chief Operating Officer/ManagingDirector of an organisation in the food or timber sector
  • Must have been responsible for an annual turnover of R500 million and have managed at least 80 salaried staff and a total staff complement of 500 people
  • Should ideally have had experience in all areas of an integrated agricultural company from production to sales and exports


  • Analyse operations to evaluate performance of the company and its staffin meeting objectives by determining areas of potential cost reduction and productivity, improving and implementing systems to drive, capture and entrench savings and improvements
  • Assume responsibility for revenue generation and execution of business strategy plans

  • Establish and monitor performance reporting systems

  • Identify and implement action plans to ensure continuing profitable operations to maximise returns on investments and to increase productivity

  • Review operational performance, diagnose inefficiencies and implement corrective action plans

  • Identify the underlying principles, reasons, or facts behind inefficiencies by analysing facts and develop a timeous solution

  • Co-ordinate the development and implementation of financial systems,record keeping systems, or other administrative control processes to improve operational efficiencies