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Massive Recruitment at Nzoia Sugar Kenya

Nzoia Sugar Company Limited is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries. 

To fulfill its mandate the Company, an equal opportunity employer wishes to engage a suitably qualified Kenyan for the following position:

Business Systems Analyst
1 Position
 
Reporting to the Business Systems Manager, the Business System analyst will conduct business analysis and user needs in order to develop requirements documentation for the implementation of the National Single Window System and other applications projects for specified business units within the Company. 

Working in conjunction with the business users and development teams, create and Execute application test scripts, scenarios, and test plans that validate initial business requirements.

Duties & Responsibilities
·                     Elicit requirements on system needs from Company stakeholders using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, and task and workflow analysis.
·                     Critically evaluate information gathered from the various stakeholders, reconcile anomalies, and decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding.
·                     Work with user departments to continuously identify changing business requirements and ensure these are translated to the business applications;
·                     Make recommendations on custom applications which include a number of MS-Access data capture systems and other databases which need to be moved into a central SQL repository;
·                     Understand business process management and business requirements of the customers and translate them to specific software requirements to design systems as per user specifications;
·                     Test, tune and implement interfaces between key business applications and support the same to eliminate bottlenecks;
·                     Undertake enhancement of business applications and ensure system changes to systems are appropriately recorded and approved.
·                     Document systems’ manuals including technical and user manuals;
·                     Write technical procedures and documentation for custom systems applications including operations, user guide, for new and existing applications;
·                     Investigate, coordinate and resolve application functionality related issues and provide first level support and troubleshooting of our ERP and other systems;
·                     Undertake static and dynamic testing of new and enhanced systems as well as User Acceptance Testing (UAT) in liaison with quality assurance personnel;
·                     Establish application security requirements during development and enforce effective security of application systems within the Company’s infrastructure;
·                     Train system users where necessary and assist in support of the business applications as and when required;
·                     Provide technical expertise and recommendations in assessing new and existing IT systems, software projects and initiatives to support and enhance their secure and efficient use;
·                     Participate on IT project steering committees and be involved in the design phase of any new IT software development projects; and
·                     Conduct performance testing of systems backup and recovery as may be required.
Qualifications and Experience
·                     Aged between 30 – 55 years.
·                     Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in ICT, Computer Science, Information Technology, Business IT, MIS, or related field.
·                     Certifications in OCP, SQL, MSCE are desirable
·                     Ability to work on an ERP System
·                     Proof of competency in the system development process
·                     System integration and management skills
·                     Strong trouble shooting skills with good interpersonal skills
·                     Training in Business Process Re-engineering is added advantage
·                     At least 4 years relevant experience in Business Systems function
·                     Exposure and experience in the use of ICT to automate business processes.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Network Administrator 
1 Position
 
Reporting to the ICT Infrastructure Manager, the Network Administrator is responsible for analyzing, designing, installing, configuring, maintaining and repairing of network infrastructure and application components. 

The position shall also provide direction, information and recommendations regarding network configurations and installations.
 
Duties & Responsibilities



·                     Design, setup and configure complex switching environments and complex wireless networks that support secured access and the ability to support voice and video applications.
·                     Configure and setup Cisco Firewalls, VPN Concentrators and Security appliances for access to vital mission critical applications
·                     Maintain network security through proper configuration of VPN and Firewalls.
·                     Setup and maintain the LAN and its associated components (switches, structured cabling, power provisioning etc).
·                     Assist in the design of multi-server environments including IP address schemes, DNS, WINS.
·                     To provide technical assistance and support to internal staff, vendors, and partner agencies.
·                     Maintenance of both the wired & wireless network inclusive of performance, security, throughput and upgrades.
·                     Implement network upgrades by developing, testing, evaluating, and installing enhancements.
·                     Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for all implemented networks.
·                     Implementing effective maintenance of all hardware inclusive of enterprise hardware such as servers, storage, switches, routers, and UPS’s.
·                     Troubleshooting of network hardware and software applications, IP Phones and security systems to resolve operational issues and restore services.
·                     To support the Company’s internal networks and links to other sites (Primary site, DR site and Integration points) and the Internet and other data lines, to ensure they are configured and working correctly.
·                     To ensure that all work and changes to infrastructure components are performed in such a way as to minimize disruptions to existing ICT services.
·                     To assist in keeping track of the Company’s infrastructure assets and ensure that the infrastructure and data is kept secure at all times.
·                     To ensure that technology is used, managed and supported in accordance with the Company’s standards, policies and procedures.
·                     Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the level of responsibility of this job role.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     Bachelor degree in ICT, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related field of study from a recognized institution.
·                     Both CCNA and CCNP certifications are mandatory.
·                     CCVP or VOIP certification is desirable.
·                     At least six (6) years’ experience in a multi-disciplined and busy IT environment in a medium to large scale organization with strong background in infrastructure management and configuration of different network devices.
·                     Practical knowledge and experience in network design and management, working with Routers, switches, firewalls, IDS/IPS, WLAN equipment and integrations of IP PABXs with CRM and ERP solutions.
·                     Knowledge and understanding of Operating System fundamentals especially UNIX, Linux and Oracle Solaris.
·                     Proven experience in working with different data center hardware like servers, storage and communication equipment.
·                     Membership to a relevant professional institution is desirable.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Systems Administrator
1 Position

Reporting to the ICT Infrastructure Manager, the System Administrator is responsible for installation / configuration, operationalization, maintenance, performance, security and availability of systems hardware, software and related application components. 

The role involves the design, implementation and maintenance of systems as well as providing 24/7 support to users, partner agencies and clients.

Duties & Responsibilities
·                     Installation, configuration and optimization of operating systems.
·                     Providing first line support to users, partner agencies and clients
·                     Applying OS patches and upgrades on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities.
·                     Configure and add new services as need arise.
·                     Developing, testing, documenting, implementing and enhancing of backup and recovery procedures as well as application of change-management procedures and activities.
·                     Managing user accounts.
·                     Designing, setup and configuring of complex Multi-Server environments i.e. Virtualization, SUN Solaris, Linux, and Windows systems.
·                     Design, development, testing and documenting scripts and routines as needed for enhancing and automating Administrative Applications monitoring and management.
·                     Perform daily backup operations, ensuring all required file systems and system data are successfully backed up to the appropriate media, recovery tapes or disks are created, and media is recycled and sent off site as necessary.
·                     Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for all implemented systems.
·                     Monitoring the performance of systems and related services. Notes trends and initiates appropriate action when necessary.
·                     Designing solutions to resolve system related business challenges, meet user requirements, and streamline system workflows.
·                     Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for system administration tasks.
·                     Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     Aged between 30 – 55 years.
·                     Bachelor’s degree in ICT, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering or related field from a recognized institution.
·                     At least six (6) years’ experience in Systems Administration actively engaged in configuration and management of different systems platforms.
·                     Proven knowledge and understanding of Operating System fundamentals especially UNIX, Ubuntu, Windows and Oracle Solaris.
·                     Experience in working with different data center hardware such as servers, storage and communication equipment.
·                     Practical and proven experience in working with and administrating systems on Oracle SOA, Weblogic, and Elixir as well as in administering Symantec Netback up or equivalent and Oracle Storage systems.
·                     Membership to a relevant professional institution is desirable.
·                     Project management experience is an added advantage.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Sales and Marketing Manager
1 Position
 
The successful candidates will report to the Managing Director. 

He/she will be involved in the formulation and execution of strategic sugar sales and marketing systems and thus he/she should have full understanding of marketing of fast moving consumer products.
 
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
·                     To ensure effective receipt and storage of sugar in the bonded warehouse.
·                     Conduct market research, product development, pricing and establish market positions / locations.
·                     To plan and execute sugar strategic marketing plans that achieves set targets.
·                     To formulate and ensure effective implementation of physical sugar distribution channels that cut across the country.
·                     To create and maintain good customer relations and loyalty.
·                     To ensure maintenance and accurate stock/sales information.
·                     To timely submit accurate daily and periodical reports to management.
·                     To design and implement appropriate product promotional activities.
·                     To initiate development of new products compatible with the prevailing market needs.
·                     To prepare annual budgets and control costs.
Qualifications and Experience
·                     Aged between 35 – 55 years.
·                     Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing option) or equivalent. An additional Diploma in Sales and Marketing from a recognized institution and membership of a professional body will be an added advantage.
·                     ICT knowledge.
·                     At least eight (8) years working experience in a large and busy manufacturing concern, three (3) must be at senior management level.
Personal Qualities
·                     Practical, result oriented and self-driven to realize goals.
·                     Strong analytical skills.
·                     Team building skills.
·                     Good communication skills.
·                     Strong leadership and negotiation skills.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Purchasing Manager
1 Position
 
The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director. 

He/she will be involved in the procurement process in a busy manufacturing environment and thus he/she should demonstrate high integrity, maturity and ability to work independently under pressure.

Duties and Responsibilities
·                     To liaise with user departments and procure goods and services at competitive prices.
·                     To prepare for both Management and Board Tender Committee meetings for purposes of awarding tenders.
·                     Process all orders, both from local and international suppliers, within the regulations.
·                     To prepare, administer and moderate annual procurement plans.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
·                     First degree preferably in Business Administration, Commerce, Economics or equivalent.
·                     Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies preferably C.I.P.S or equivalent.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience
·                     Aged between 35-55 years.
·                     ICT knowledge.
·                     At least 7 years’ experience in a large and busy manufacturing concern, three of which must be at senior management level.
·                     Should have good knowledge in tendering procedures and systems. 
·                     Good knowledge of procurement regulations and particularly international procurement is necessary.
·                     Must be a member of K.I.S.M, C.I.P.S is an added advantage.
·                     Practical, result oriented, analytical and focused.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Agriculture Services Manager 

1 Position
 
Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate is expected to be aged between 35-55 years old. 

This is a senior and critical position in the organization and therefore the successful candidate must demonstrate leadership qualities, maturity, high integrity, ability to work under pressure and communicate effectively.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
·                     Plan, direct and co-ordinate agricultural services operations and programmes to satisfy the company requirements.
·                     Plan, and co-ordinate effective cane harvesting and transportation to the factory within set targets: repair and maintenance of company vehicles and agricultural machinery for effective operations.
·                     Plan, design and execute road construction and maintenance programs in consultation with authorities as required.
·                     Research into new technological innovations in relation to machinery/equipment with a view to enhancing operational efficiency.
·                     Provide expert advice to management and the Board on procurement and disposal of machinery/equipment.
Qualification and Experience
·                     BSc in Agricultural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automobile or equivalent science degree.
·                     Those with an additional Diploma in Transport/Fleet management or Agricultural machinery maintenance will have an added advantage.
·                     At least 8 years relevant working experience in a large and busy manufacturing/Agricultural sector: three (3) of which must be at senior management level.
·                     Management skills and ICT knowledge.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Instruments Engineer
1 Position
 
Reporting to the Engineering Manager (Electrical), the successful candidate will ensure proper maintenance / functioning, control systems and equipments in factory. 

He/she should be aged between 30-55 years. 

This is a senior and critical position.

Key Responsibilities



·                     To ensure proper operation and maintenance of instruments and control systems in the factory.
·                     To timely initiate the procurement/replenishment of relevant spares for the instrumentation and control system processes.
·                     To ensure proper functioning and maintenance of the weighbridges and other weighing/measuring equipment and branded sugar packaging equipment.
·                     To calibrate and standardize all scales in line with Government regulations.
·                     To ensure proper adjustment and setting of safety shutdown systems of the equipment in the plant.
·                     To efficiently carry out preventive maintenance of all plant instrumentation and control systems.
·                     To ensure installation and commissioning of the instrumentation equipment in liaison with relevant authorities.
·                     To ensure accurate maintenance of instrumentation, control systems and equipment inventory.
·                     To carry out suitable modifications to improve/sustain operations.
·                     To liaise with other departments to ensure that all instrumentation equipments are functioning.
Qualifications
·                     BSc. Electronics Instrumentation or equivalent.
·                     Computer literate.
Experience
·                     5 or more years
·                     Essential knowledge and skills.
·                     Full understanding in instrumentation and control engineering in manufacturing set up.
·                     Practical experience in sugar industry set up will be an added advantage.
·                     Must be registered with Engineers Registration Board (ERB).
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.

Public Relations Officer
1 Position

Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate is expected to be aged between 35-55 years old. 

This is a senior and critical position in the organization and therefore the successful candidate must demonstrate leadership qualities, maturity, high integrity, ability to work under pressure and communicate effectively.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities



·                     To support corporate relations through constant links with farmers, suppliers, customers, employees, the media and shareholders.
·                     To develop the companies pride by building both internal and external confidence and cultivating partnerships.
·                     Develop concepts, materials, publications and journals that would minimize rumours and hearsay.
·                     Writing, Editing, publishing and distribution of in-house magazines and newsletters.
·                     Initiate promotion programmes that will create desire and excitement in the consumer market in liaison with the Sales & Marketing Department.
Qualification and Experience
·                     Minimum of first degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Mass Communication, Journalism or Public Relations from a recognized University/Institution. Post graduate qualifications in the relevant field will be an added advantage.
·                     At least 5 years working experience preferably gained in manufacturing environment with at least 3 of them in a senior position.
·                     Good interpersonal skills and Computer literacy.
Candidates are Expected to Possess the Following:-
·                     Excellent communication skills both oral and written
·                     Ability to multi task with high stress tolerance levels.
·                     Strong work ethic with personal and professional Integrity.
·                     Good problem solving and analytical skills.
·                     Analytical and Reporting skills
·                     Customer focus and relationship building expertise
·                     Project Management experience.
How to Apply

Applications enclosing detailed CVs, two coloured passport size photographs. 

Vital copies of academic and professional qualifications and testimonials together with daytime telephone contacts and names of three (3) referees (one of whom must be current/previous employer) should be addressed to;

The Managing Director
Nzoia Sugar Co ltd
P.O. Box 285-50200
Bungoma



Applications should be received not later than Friday 28th November 2014.

Qualified female candidates, persons living with disability, and people from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

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