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Transport and Logistics Manager

Farmerline

Farmerline

Operations
Ghana
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Learn About Farmerline

Farmerline is dedicated to reimagining how the world thinks about and invests in the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. Our mission is to create lasting profits for farmers everywhere. We approach challenges with bold and systemic thinking while maintaining a lean and nimble operation.

Farmerline was founded in 2013, has been a fast growing Agtech company in Africa. The company has raised over $20 million since incorporation. Farmerline’s digital marketplace combines logistics, field agents, farm resources and agribusiness partnerships to support African farmers. We have reached 1.7M farmers by deploying our tools and services through 3,000+ strategic partners across 48 countries.

Impact assessments show that averagely we increase yield by ~2X and $306 increase in net income. Our technology platform Mergdata is licensed or white labelled to development partners, global food traders and governments who use its customisable tools to improve the lives of farmers around the world

We foster a learning organization where you will have the opportunity to apply your ideas and creativity to solve problems on a daily basis. If you are drawn to a dynamic, collaborative culture, set high standards, and tackle challenges with determination and to make a positive impact on millions of lives, Farmerline is the perfect environment for you to thrive.

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Details

Job Title

Transport & Logistics Manager

Department and Location

Ghana

Incumbent Supervisor

Country Manager

Suggested start date

Immediately

Length of assignment

Permanent role subject to performance

Role Overview

Connecting farmers to quality farm inputs and relevant information is key to Farmerline’s interventions in creating lasting profit for the farmers we serve while creating jobs for micro-entrepreneurs in the value chains we work in. For this, we are recruiting experienced agricultural/business professionals to scale our reach to thousands of farmers through agribusinesses, well-established farmer cooperatives and agro SMEs. The Transport and Logistics Manager will be responsible for overseeing the efficient and cost-effective movement of goods and materials for the company, work to build partnerships with related service providers, ensuring that all goods are moved from suppliers to customers on time.

Responsibilities

  • Plans and manages transportation which includes developing high-level transport strategies, selecting carriers, negotiating rates, scheduling routes, and monitoring shipments to increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Utilizes transportation management systems (TMS) and other software (e.g. barcodes and tracking software) to track shipments, analyze data, allocate and record resources and improve the general efficiency of all processes.
  • Manages, leads and motivates a team of transportation and logistics personnel, including drivers, warehouse team, and dispatchers.
  • Manages budgets by overseeing transportation expenditures, and negotiating with suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers ensuring that costs are minimized without compromising efficiency or service quality.
  • Ensures compliance with company policies, transportation legislation and safety standards.
  • Keeps abreast of industry trends and developments in transportation and logistics.
  • Develops transportation relationships, and ensures all partners in the supply chain are working efficiently to ensure smooth operations.
  • Books subcontractors and ensure they deliver within agreed terms.
  • Resolves and mitigates all issues or complaints related to transportation such as delays, damaged goods, or lost shipment and logistics.
  • Develops and maintains standard metrics, prepares reports on transportation performance, analyzes data identifying areas for improvement, and implements corrective actions.
  • Coordinates with warehouse managers to ensure proper storage and movement of goods within warehouses, optimizing inventory levels, distribution of products, and ensuring accurate record-keeping.
  • Collaborates with other managers and staff to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, and objectives.
  • Analyzes expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, and budgets for increasing profits and improving services.
  • Sets operations policies and standards, including determination of safety procedures for the handling of goods and vehicles.
  • Recommends or authorizes capital expenditures for the acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
  • Prepares management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
  • Provides administrative and technical assistance to all Farmerline units requiring transportation-related assistance.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management or related field.
  • 5+ years of professional experience - ideally managing transportation and logistics units.
  • Knowledge of the systemic challenges in transportation, haulage and agriculture logistics in Ghana.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the business community, industry players in agriculture, customers, and colleagues
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English; especially budget and proposal writing
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new processes and adapt quickly to changing requirements and roles
  • Good knowledge of logistics systems and working experience/established network with transportation service providers.
  • Record of successful distribution and logistics management.
  • Excellent oral communication and strong time management skills.