Cocoa Operations Manager (UGANDA) 2022
Career Kenya: Cocoa Operations Manager (UGANDA) 2022
Employment vacancy : Today Recruitment Kenya

Latitude Trade Company (LTC) is
a rapidly growing social enterprise in Uganda sourcing specialty cacao for
export and producing bean to bar chocolate at origin. Working with over 2500
certified organic smallholder farmers, our mission is to sustainably increase
incomes and reduce risk for our suppliers while positively impacting the
community and environment surrounding our operations. We aim to provide
chocolate makers and consumers in East Africa and around the world with the
highest quality, transparently sourced and fully traceable Ugandan cocoa
products.

The Operations Manager position is a full-time senior leadership role based in rural Uganda (Kasese or Mayuge), and requires a high level of autonomy and responsibility. The Operations Manager will lead all sourcing and production activities at our central cocoa processing facilities and will report directly to the General Manager working closely with the Managing Director.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

• Plan and manage the procurement, processing, storage, and shipment of cocoa beans 

• Supervise field activities (contracting, training, certification, buying) for 2,000+ smallholder farmers 

• Supervise the construction and expansion of additional processing facilities 

• Assist in the coordination of cocoa shipping/delivery logistics 

• Ensure quality control and food safety measures are maintained throughout the supply chain 

• Project monthly and seasonal production plans and track against team targets

• Develop monthly budgets and spending reports

• Oversee organic and fair trade certification activities

• Implement systems and controls to improve traceability throughout sourcing and processing 

• Compile weekly and monthly staff reports on accounting, procurement, storage, and production 

• Management of field and production staff, including performance reviews and professional development

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