Candidate location: Cote D’ Ivore,

Home & other languages: English, French

Designation: Plantation Director

Highest qualification type:  National Diploma

Discipline: Agricultural Engineering

Years of experience:  More than 30 years

Cost to company:  R2.1   mil – R2.5 mil

Company size: ‘1001 – 5000

Division: Manufacturing / Production / Plant / Producing Commodities

Seniority level: Regional / Country / Area / General / Project Manager / Department Head


Have managed livestock & crops
Owned my own ranch & sugar farms
Have had many years experience working in Africa


Ethnicity:                                 Caucasian/White

Nationality:                              Mauritian

Highest Formal Qualification:  Sugar Cane Diploma / Oxyco Welding Certificate

What is your current/ most recent job title?

Plantation Director

What is the primary purpose of this position?

Increase yields tons/ha
Discipline in the labour force – reduce absenteeism
Increase export quality of bananas
Lower our cost/hectare
Increase training to improve worker output & efficiency
Increase the profit of the plantation
Encourage outgrowers to deliver to the Company
Replanting of the plantation

What are the core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order for you to achieve your primary purpose? 

Effective team & management
Regular management meetings
Set priorities
Budget discipline
Applying the code of conduct
Increase yield in order to reduce cost
Effective security

What are some of your greatest achievements (When and how have you saved your employers time, money and resources)?

Constructed a fruit packshed for the export of the crop
Installed effective irrigation systems that was cost effective in water usage & labour
Managed ineffecient projects & made them more viable
Turned problematic plantations into effecient plantations
Trained people to manage their departments effectively
Replanting 1,000 hectares of sugarcane after a major drought

If you were to illuminate your skills and abilities along with your greater purpose and passions in life, how would you describe yourself?

Team builder & player
People are assets & not a liability
Like to be a hands on manager & not being office bound
Mentoring young people to better themselves
Turning something from zero to something productive & viable
Strives for excellence
Family man

What is the business title of your ideal position? 

Project Manager

What are the key responsibilities and accountabilities of your ideal position?

Starting a new project from nothing
Developing the project including infrastructure
Forming a team to achieve this
Being hands on the project
Implementing new farming technology
Inserting new irrigation systems

What are the manufacturing processes/ technologies that you have experience in relevant to your ideal position/ next career steps?

Project management
Development of new projects & infrastructure
Irrigation systems
Plantation crops
Heavy duty equipment

Describe your career in years of experience per sector/industry/commodity serviced:

Cotton & wheat – 3 years
Sugar cane – 14 years
Horticultural crops – 10 years
Construction – 4 years
Palm Oil – 6 years
Rubber – 2 years
Bananas – 8 mths

Describe the kind of company you would like to work for including the culture and values it should possess:

A Company that takes care & understands its employees
A Company that’s honest
A Company that communicates & informs
A Company that rewards for results achieved
A Company that has values & ethics
A Company that provides the means to achieve the results required

What do you absolutely love doing?

Enjoy developing – creating something from nothing
Team building – the right person for the right job & seeing those people evolve higher
Training people
Heavy duty equipment
Evolving the project with new & more effecient technology
Excellence & quality of work

Motivation to move (please select): New opportunities

Location Preference: I am specifically interested in opportunities in Africa.