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Purchasing / Logistics Specialist Job in Kenya

Purchasing / Logistics Specialist

A newly formed Animal Feeds manufacturing and marketing company in Kenya. 

The new company is a joint venture partnership between a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in Africa with a strong East Africa presence and a recognized food and agriculture cooperative in the United States.
Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

This position, based in Nakuru, Kenya, is responsible for procuring raw materials and supplies for the company’s animal feed facility and monitoring raw materials and supplies in an effective manner to ensure that operations are able to flow efficiently.  

This role is also responsible for overseeing material handling of raw materials and warehousing and shipping of finished product.  

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Understanding the animal feed production schedule and ensuring raw materials and supplies are available to meet scheduled production
  • Purchasing raw materials and supplies that are not provided by joint venture partner and coordinating with finance to ensure timely payment of suppliers
  • Verifying raw materials have passed company lab tests to be released to operations, overseeing material handling needs to move these materials to production, and recording quantities received
  • Verifying finished product has passed company lab tests for release, overseeing material handling needs to move product to the warehouse, and maintaining finished product records and inventory levels
  • Ensuring finished product is stored in appropriate conditions, managing finished product inventory levels to meet customer requirements, and allocating stock to minimize aged inventory
  • Managing the shipping methods, costs, and schedules for outbound finished product and coordinating daily warehouse operations to achieve timely shipments and order completion
  • Managing the compliance to safety, regulatory, and company procedures, as they relate to procurement, transportation, and warehousing/storage
  • Higher diploma in related field of study required; Bachelor’s degree in procurement, logistics, inventory management, or related field of study highly preferred
  • 8+ years related experience in inventory management, procurement, logistics, customer service, and/or warehouse management in a manufacturing environment, preferably within a feed or food facility
  • Prior supervisory experience beneficial, but not required
  • Familiarity with SAP strongly preferred
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills
  • Self-motivated with high accountability and ability to make sound decisions with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment where quick decision making and managing of multiple priorities is required
  • Financial and mathematical accumen
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Language skills: fluent in verbal and written English and Kiswahili

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