Manufacturing Manager

MoringaConnect is an MIT-Harvard spin-out on a mission to move smallholder farming families from poverty to prosperity through moringa. Our vision is to create a world powered by the moringa tree- a crop known locally as ‘the miracle tree’ for its nutritional, medicinal, and economic value.

Starting in Ghana, we’ve built the first vertically integrated moringa supply chain in the world to turn moringa leaves into nutritious beverages and snacks under our Minga Foods brand in Ghana and turn moringa oil seeds into hair, face, and body beauty products under our award-winning True Moringa brand in North America. Since Q4 2013, we’ve created 150 jobs along the value chain for women and youth, provided $600K in income to moringa farmers, built a network of 5000 farmers, and planted over 2,000,000 trees.

MoringaConnect was founded by an MIT-trained rocket scientist and Harvard-trained economist and our leadership team and advisers bring to bear decades of expertise in sustainable agriculture, agro-processing, food formulation, cosmetic chemistry, retail distribution, marketing, and advertising. We are backed by world-class venture investors, as well as top impact investors. Our work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, Good Morning America, The Guardian, Quartz, and UpWorthy.

Your Role

Your role as Manufacturing Manager is to coordinate and manage activities across manufacture of all products in Ghana. You must be proactive at problem solving and come up with creative solutions to obstacles that arise. These will always require critical thinking skills and often considerable emotional intelligence (obstacles are often people related.) You will be accountable for all manufacturing and related systems in Ghana and will need to ensure they’re always functioning smoothly and seek ways to improve them whenever possible.

This is a unique opportunity to be a key driver in growing a dynamic business into a world leader in a rapidly growing industry, while creating sustainable impact in the form of jobs and income to smallholder farmers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Production and Processing
    • Measure and track operational performance using KPIs
    • Supervise and support team leads to ensure consistent production growth
    • Collaborate with team to solve problems 
    • Set quarterly targets with team and hold management accountable for reaching targets
    • Support the design of a new factory
  • Engineering
    • Familiarity with drying, oil extraction, millling, form/fill/sealing and other types of relevant machinery
    • Comfortable and able to quickly and easily understand mechanical problems and address in the most prudent and effective manner possible
    • Networks of technical experts for relevant areas of work: drying, oil extraction, form/fill/sealing, etc
  • Maintenance & Asset Management
    • Manage Capex planning and procurement
    • Responsible for commissioning and machine maintenance systems
    • Efficient utilization of assets to ensure maximum profit (OEE, etc)
  • Quality Assurance
    • Ensure best practices are being implemented and followed
    • Responsible for all product meeting internal and external quality standards
  • Supply Chain
    • Ensure manufacturing plan is aligned with raw material supply
    • Work with procurement supervisor to ensure effective, quality, and timely procurement for all raw materials, packaging materials, and associated processing supplies for all business units
    • Monitor and work with relevant team lead to improve quality of key raw materials (moringa leaves, moringa seeds)
  • Logistics
    • Research and coordinate procurement activities as needed
    • Oversee logistics team for in-country and international exports
  • Strategy
    • Relentlessly work to identify opportunities to improve profitability of business
    • Capable of understanding complex problems and articulating clear steps forward
    • Ability to learn quickly and make data-driven decision
    • Create and improve systems as needed in order to streamline operations
  • General
    • Lead the 30+ people engaged as processing officers and supervisors across all business units
    • Serve in any capacity needed to ensure the success of these operations

Your Profile

You will likely fulfill many, though not all, of the following requirements.

    • 3-5 years in a leadership role in a relevant industry with responsibilities and competencies including:
      • Food processing
      • Oil Processing
      • Quality Assurance
      • Logistics
    • Graduate degree is preferred, in one of the following:
      • Management with a focus in manufacturing
      • Engineering
      • Food Technology
      • Operation Management
      • Supply Chain Management
      • Other degree similar to above

 

 

  • 2+ years managing multiple direct reports, with hiring and firing experience
  • Excellent organizational skills w/ an ability build and supervise functional, efficient, and relevant systems
  • Effective communicator both in person and remotely (using different manner of communication technologies)
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies 
  • Exhibit company values (passion, integrity, excellence) professionally and personally

What’s in it for you

  • Opportunity for advancement to Director of Operations (all Business Units) or other Senior Operational level roles
  • Directly impact the lives of thousands of people in Ghana
  • Create a made in Ghana product that is retailed on the shelves of the biggest retailers in North America, Europe, and Asia
  • Be a part of a purpose driven business and work alongside a talented global team

Compensation & Benefits

  • Full time role with competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Social Security Tiers 1 & 3
  • Transport stipends, company laptop, mobile phone with data, etc.
  • Occasional international travel

Location & Reporting Structure

  • You will be splitting time between Bono East region and Accra.
  • You will report directly to the CEO, who is based in Accra.

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