Apollo Agriculture Head of Procurement Jobs in Kenya

Apollo Agriculture Head of Procurement Jobs in Kenya


About Apollo Agriculture:

  • Apollo Agriculture is the commercial farming platform that helps small-scale farmers maximize their profits. Apollo’s ML-powered credit models and automated operations technology unlock the massive, untapped small-scale farming market, starting in Kenya. With optimized financing, high-quality farm products, and digital advice, Apollo farmers are already more than doubling their farm profitability.

  • Apollo’s team brings together technology, credit and operations experience from The Climate Corporation (acquired for USD $1 Billion), Google, Capital One and One Acre Fund. We value evangelical pursuit of mission with a pragmatic approach, humility in the face of challenge, active discussion of disagreements, and considerate listening.

    About the Role:

  • Apollo is seeking an experienced Head of Procurement to set and execute Apollo’s procurement strategy and secure the best prices for Apollo customers and best margins for Apollo. Apollo sources a wide range of products (fertilizer, seed, crop protection, etc.) from a range of suppliers and has a very cyclical sales cycle due to the timing of agricultural seasons.

  • The Head of Procurement will deftly manage this complexity while building strategic long-term relationships that enable smooth input sourcing at competitive prices throughout the year.

    Your Day-to-Day:

  • Design and execute Apollo’s procurement strategy for the range of products we sell, optimizing for price, availability, and quality. Evaluate tradeoffs and assess risks of suppliers and supply chains. Devise a thoughtful strategy to secure the best prices for each product and minimize risks.

  • Expertly manage price volatility in commodity markets (i.e. DAP and CAN fertilizer) by balancing sourcing sufficient quantities of goods in advance of planting seasons with uncertain forward projections, without over-sourcing and increasing excess inventory or Apollo’s cost of capital;

  • Own negotiations on pricing, trade credit terms, and contracting with Apollo’s suppliers. Manage the entire relationship lifecycle with Apollo’s suppliers, from identifying the right partners, to negotiating price and trade credit terms, to closing competitive contracts. This also entails working with suppliers beyond the contracting period in service of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.

  • Work across Apollo’s finance and operations teams to analyze data around expansion, product uptake, and sales forecasts and targets to continuously review and update Apollo’s procurement needs and ensure that our procurement strategy will meet demand.

  • Work with Apollo’s retail partners and logistics and distribution team to ensure that procurement models match realities on the
    ground.

  • Support the Finance team to align purchase agreements and terms with Apollo’s working capital strategy.

    You:

  • Have worked in a leadership role in a procurement function in a fast-paced environment, ideally in an agricultural context, and have experience developing and executing a procurement strategy.

  • Have experience procuring goods in local and international African markets.

  • Are comfortable negotiating and structuring contracts with suppliers for the range of products Apollo sells.

  • Are a skilled relationship builder and manager.

  • Are an experienced negotiator and communicator, who can represent Apollo’s interests across a range of audiences.

  • Are familiar with standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk and ensure supplier compliance with agreements.

  • Have experience working with or within a finance function to ensure procurement strategies enable efficient cashflow management and adequately account for risk among suppliers and within supply chains.

  • Are familiar with and experienced using procurement systems.

  • Have experience working with a technology team, or are excited to work with a technology team to seize opportunities for increased efficiency.

    We:

  • Are a collaborative team of smart and ambitious people who are dedicated to serving our customers.

  • Make magic happen to solve hard problems and always come with solutions when challenges arise.

  • Are comfortable taking risks that can result in radical scale, and understand that failures are opportunities to learn and improve.

  • Are considerate listeners and take the time to deeply understand and seek out ideas from the people around us, even when we disagree.

  • Offer a dynamic environment that fosters talent, collaboration and growth.

  • Take pride in our work and share the responsibility to see it through from conception to deployment.

  • Back up our talk with a competitive compensation and benefits package and challenging projects.

  • Value autonomy, honesty, transparency, and respect.

  • Are excited to hear from you!

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Apollo Agriculture Head of Procurement Jobs in Kenya


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