Assistant General Manager - Uganda

Location: Kampala, Uganda

ED&F Man is one of the worlds’ most successful and established agricultural commodity trading businesses, one of our core commodities is Coffee where we manage a range of assets in origin countries across the globe.

With a growing business in Uganda we are looking for talented individuals with existing knowledge of the agri-commodities sector to become part of our commercial team.

The specific requirement is for an Assistant General Manager to work alongside our General Manager supporting the day to day running and on-going strategic development of our business.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the coffee business and how to lead and run a business, the successful candidate will become part of the management team and develop both business and leadership skills and experience.

Main Responsibilities: 

Main responsibilities, including but not limited to, would be as follows:   

  • Assist the General Manager with all aspects of staffing, financial management and operational requirements of the warehousing, logistics and distribution.
  • Provide input to the business strategy, operations and people management.
  • Help ensure a safe working environment for staff and all stake holders.
  • Trading administration (contract entry, maintaining positions, updating databases).
  • Sourcing Coffee and handling customer base.

  Person Specification: 

  • Degree level qualification within a relevant field of study,
  • Experience working in a similar level role within the Coffee Industry
  • Commercial acumen (Trading and Finance) with the enthusiasm and drive to expand our sales into new markets and increase our customer base
  • Customer focused with a passion for ensuring customer satisfaction for existing relationships as well as seeking to expand the market and initiate new business.
  • Experience of logistics, warehouse operations & quality control: an ability to work across all of these areas improving procedures, personnel capacity, taking full responsibility for outcomes for selected areas
  • Excellent communication skills and a can do attitude
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to different attitudes and behaviours
  • Robust resilient character with the ability to work autonomously and confidently.
  • Knowledge of financial management and managing budgets
  • Practical experience in working with sustainable supply chains would be beneficial.

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 6,000 people in 60 countries and annual revenue in excess of $8bn.  We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. We help our counterparties manage price risk through hedging and provide access to commodity and capital markets through our brokerage business.

ED&F Man’s coffee business, Volcafe, is one of the world’s largest traders of arabica and robusta coffees and provides beans for 50 billion cups of coffee each year. Our expertise spans green coffee procurement and preparation, quality control, risk management and logistics. 

We work in countries that collectively account for over 90% of world production. From single origin micro-lots to mainstream commercial grades and customised blends, we have what it takes to get the right product to our roaster and retail customers – on time, every time. We are also big on sustainability and traceability: our unique farmer outreach programme, known as The Volcafe Way, works direct with coffee growers to train them in best agronomy practice and sound business management.

Equal Opportunities Statement 

ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.  



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