Nelspruit Area – Mpumalanga:   Our client seeks to seeks to appoint a Procurement Officer with suitable qualifications and extensive experience in the Fresh Produce. The primary focus of the Procurement Officer will be to initiate and implement strategic procurement of imported and local avocado and complimentary product ranges to positively influence the attainment of the SA Sales Strategic objectives

Build and maintain sustainable business relationships with both suppliers and select customers.

The role requires an innovative mind-set to enable implementation of cutting-edge best practice in procurement.  The incumbent will be required to develop and maintain existing and new sourcing opportunities to achieve growth strategies. 

While fostering an environment of performance excellence the Procurement Officer will be required to meet overall business strategic objectives.


  • Minimum 3 years Diploma or certificate NQF Level 5 in a relevant field.
  • Extensive experience (minimum 3 years) in a similar role, ideally in the Fresh Produce field.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated leadership track record with a large team.
  • Track record of success in technically advanced sub-tropical packing operations.
  • Self-motivated, with high standard of excellence and attention to detail.


  • Develop and maintain existing and new sourcing opportunities to achieve growth strategies.
  • Actively search and explore procurement opportunities for out of season supply windows.
  • Develop and maintain an avocado supply stream into SA Ripening programme for 365 days’ supply to customer base.
  • Stay abreast of the changing parameters within the SA Avocado Industry.
  • Active continuous Grower Relationship Management.
  • Procure fruit according to industry recognized food safety protocols and general environmental sustainability norms.
  • Analyse technical and operational data and where required be in a position to write up a report document to establish effective feedback loops.
  • Regular liaison with operational management to keep a finger on the pulse with respect to stock management through the ripening and processing cycle.
  • Be abreast of any potential industry innovations to align with the strategic goals.

Personal Attributes:

  • Enthusiastic, engaging, dynamic personality
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Demonstrate high integrity
  • Result orientated
  • Proactive planner
  • Negotiation skills
  • Good financial understanding
  • Technological know-how

ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted

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