Head of Agriculture/Agriculture Director

Location: Abuja

Company: SAO Agro

Type of job: Full time

Do you have a passion for agriculture and a vision for building a thriving, sustainable future? Are you a proven leader with the expertise to drive operational excellence across diverse agricultural sectors? If so, then SAO Agro, a subsidiary of the innovative SAO Group, wants to hear from you!

About SAO Agro

SAO Agro, a subsidiary of SAO Group, is dedicated to transforming the Nigerian agricultural landscape. We focus on key areas like oil palm, poultry, fisheries, and cash crops, applying innovative practices to ensure sustainable and profitable production. As the Head of Agriculture, you will play a vital role in leading our team of over 50 employees and hundreds of dedicated workers.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive agricultural strategy aligned with SAO Agro’s vision and SAO Group’s overall goals.
  • Oversee all aspects of farm operations for various agricultural projects, including production, processing, and sales within the framework of SAPZ (Special Agricultural Processing Zones).
  • Implement best practices in sustainable agriculture to ensure efficient resource utilization, high-quality yields, and environmental responsibility.
  • Lead a team of over 50 agricultural professionals, fostering a culture of collaboration, continuous learning, and high performance.
  • Drive profitability by optimizing resource allocation, cost control, and revenue generation strategies.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, identify new technologies, and implement innovative practices that enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability.
  • Represent SAO Agro at presentations with agricultural agencies, actively seeking funding opportunities and grants for further agricultural development.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, including government agencies, suppliers, local communities, and investors.

Who You Are:

  • A seasoned agricultural leader with a minimum of 10+ years of experience in managing diverse agricultural operations.
  • Proven track record of success in developing and implementing strategic agricultural plans for profitability and growth.
  • Strong understanding of sustainable farming practices and a commitment to environmental responsibility.
  • Excellent financial acumen with experience in budgeting, cost control, and achieving financial targets.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a large team.
  • Proficiency in agricultural software and data analysis tools (a plus).
  • A bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, or a related field; a master’s degree is a strong plus.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience working in the Nigerian agricultural sector, particularly with SAPZ projects.
  • In-depth knowledge of specific crops/livestock relevant to SAO Agro’s focus areas.
  • Experience in international agricultural markets or trade.

Why Join Us?

At SAO Agro, you’ll be joining a fast-paced, dynamic environment that values innovation and initiative. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, pension, leave allowance, a 13th-month allowance, and the opportunity to make a real difference in the agricultural sector.

Ready to lead the charge in shaping a sustainable agricultural future? Apply today!

Please submit your resume and cover letter via info@saoagro.com