Fruit Trader

Our client is a Stellenbosch-based grower-packer marketing company with their key focus on local retail supply from their preferred group of partner farms and packhouses. They have built their business around dedicated local supply to a select few South African retail supermarkets and they are currently seeking to appoint a Fruit Trader to join their company.

The Fruit Trader will be responsible for the following:

 Sales and Planning

    • Planning and procuring the required product for their customer base
    • Understanding the cost structure and ensure cost management is within company thresholds
    • Logistics planning of product
    • Stock management of fresh product
  • Technical
    • Ensuring any new packhouse that comes on board is compliant with basic food safety certification
    • Ensuring all product packed for customers is according to specification
    • Ensuring all packhouses send “Airtable Pallet Release QC Reports” with load outs
    • Management of all rejections back to grower
  • Supplier Management
    • Managing current relationships with supply base
    • Developing new relationships with packhouses that have complimentary supply base
  • Customer Management
    • Manage current relationships with customer base
    • Develop new relationships with customers that complement the business model

 Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Min 5 years’ experience in fruit trading/procurement
  • Excellent knowledge of the fruit industry
  • Strong negotiator
  • Very well-organized, ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Good team leader, very proficient in Excel
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Some exposure to import / export would be most beneficial

Please ensure that your application contains the following information: 

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (in Word format) with contact numbers and e-mail details
  • A covering letter motivating your application
  • Availability
  • Contactable references

If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.