Background: Equatorial Nut Processors is one of the leading edible nut concerns in East Africa. 
The company’s range of products, for both local and export markets, focuses on three principal nuts – Macadamia, Cashew and Peanuts. 
ENP was founded in 1994, and it has grown over the years to occupy a prominent position in the region’s nut sector.

Job Title: Purchasing Officer (PO) –  Cashew
Reports to: Senior Purchasing Officer (SPO)
 
Based at: Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu

Overall Purpose: To ensure ENP gets enough cashew nuts during the buying season at the coast covering Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu Counties.

Main Job Description

  • Coordinating purchasing, drying and delivery of nuts to factory.
  • Meeting procurement targets (quantity and quality).
  • To implement ENPs out-grower management scheme (registering and organizing farmers, link farmers to key service providers among other activities)
  • Extensive travelling in our purchasing regions as may be required from time-to-time.
Key Skills
  • To manage large farmer out-grower schemes
  • Collect and share reliable farmer information
  • Experience in working with smallholder farmers and agents
  • To regularly produce project reports and forward the same to the SPO.
  • To train the  suppliers / farmers through 3rd party actors like input suppliers, agents, banks and insurance companies
  • To proactively engage relevant stakeholders helpful in achieving the goals and vision of company.
  • To coordinate purchase/supply of farm produce
  • To ensure that all farm produce from our farmers is timely delivered to our factory
  • To develop and annually update a procurement policy document
  • To correctly follow procurement policy
  • To carry out any other duties related to this assignment as may be directed from time to time by the SPO.
  • Experience in working with farmer groups and ability to coordinate stakeholders.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with working with small scale farmers
  • Ability to work under pressures and making correct critical decisions under pressure
  • Ability to diligently work with limited supervision
  • Ability and experiment in getting market intelligence on prevailing farm gate pricing
  • Experience in making presentations to small and large groups
Education / Qualifications: Degree / Diploma or equivalent in relevant discipline such as Agronomy, Economics Agribusiness and business or any other relevant degree.

Other Skills:

  • Leadership: setting a strategic vision and getting performance from juniors
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Project management
  • Excellent English  and Swahili
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Ability to facilitate stakeholder workshops
  • Computer literacy; proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power-point and Outlook
  • Valid driving/riding license
Responsibilities and Relationships
  1. Internal relationships: Working in consultation with Senior Purchasing Officer and Programmes Manager and other staff to efficiently deliver your activity goals.
  2. External relationships; Working with stakeholders within the Cashew sector. Managing their expectations and guarding the interest of the company.
Standards of Performance and Behavior
  • Honesty and integrity in dealings with staff, stakeholders and clients.
  • Commitment to the aims, ethics and moral code of ENP
  • Attention to detail in relation to the big picture
  • Professional conduct in all operational matters, with an appropriate balance between the needs of staff, stakeholders and clients and the interest of the company.
Desirable but not Mandatory
  • Prior knowledge and exposure the agronomy and supply chain of Cashew, Macadamia and Peanuts
  • Experience in managing supply chains
Personal Qualities:
  • Honesty, integrity and a set of values that encourages productive work in others
  • Willingness to travel extensively and to work long hours if required
  • Ability to engage with a diversity of audiences both within target communities and beneficiaries.
If you possess the above skills, abilities and competencies, we are happy to engage with you. 
Please provide us with a cover letter and a resume, clearly stating your availability and salary expectations. 
All applications are to be sent via email to info@tradecareafrica.com with a copy to fmwilu@equatorialnut.co.ke to be received on or before the COB on 7th October 2014.
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.




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