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Managing Director - Africa

Millar Cameron are supporting Omnia Holdings in the recruitment of a Managing Director Africa, to provide strategic leadership and management to the organization to achieve the objectives of promoting regional agricultural development and food security across the African continent. This involves overseeing the development and implementation of strategies, policies, and programs related to agricultural development, building relationships with key stakeholders, identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, providing overall operational management, and representing the organization at regional and international events.

South Africa
The Role

The Omnia Group is a leading, diversified group of companies that manufactures and supplies chemicals, specialist services and solutions to the agriculture, mining and chemical industries. With a 70-year legacy, their innovative culture, intellectual capital, and industry relationships drive safer and more efficient solutions. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Omnia operates in 26 countries with a distribution network spanning 40 countries. Omnia operates in primary sectors and our solutions enable the creation of products that form the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life and supports economic growth. They are focused on securing a healthy and adequate food supply for a growing population globally, liberating commodities responsibly, effecting a lower impact on the environment, and ensuring safer operations for our employees and customers. Omnia’s purpose which is ‘innovating to enhance life, together creating a greener future’ forms the cornerstone of our strategy. It speaks to their relentless pursuit to enhance lives through innovation, because they know that quality life translates to quality mind, opportunities, and the future of nations. They work together with their business partners and diverse stakeholders around the globe to unlock enduring value from the ammonium nitrate value chain for the benefit of the communities they serve, countries in which they operate and for their shareholders.

About the role

  • Develops and ensure execution and implementation of strategies, policies, and programs related to agricultural development and food security within the African continent.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including member governments, international donors, agricultural producer organizations, and other relevant actors.
  • Leading the development and implementation of programs that support all farmers, increase productivity, and promote sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with national and regional organizations focused on agricultural development and food security.
  • Providing strategic leadership and oversight in the areas of budgeting, financial management, and reporting, in line with Africa's broader objectives.
  • Representing Africa Agriculture at regional and international meetings, conferences, and events, promoting the organization’s interests and objectives.
  • Managing the overall operations of the Africa Agriculture subdivision, including staff recruitment, training, and development, to ensure effective functioning and delivery of the organization’s mandate.
  • Responsible for achieving sustainable growth, profitability, cash flow and other business goals and objectives for Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality.
  • Supply Chain; Production.
  • Operations & Finance and Brand Awareness, Promotion & Marketing functions.
  • Responsible for maturing the people, process and technology capabilities and measurement, reporting as well as continuous improvement, ensuring efficient, effective, timeous, consistent, predictable and reliable quality outputs and services.
  • Ensure execution of a governance, risk and compliance frameworks for Production, Supply Chain, HR, SHERQ, Marketing and Africa Operations including policies, processes and procedures that are aligned to Omnia Agriculture and the Omnia Group.

Key dimensions of the role

  • Leadership of in-country teams
  • Business Development
  • Supply Chain
  • Distribution Channels
  • Financial Management
  • Customer Satisfaction


South Africa - Johannesburg or Zambia - Lusaka

Skills and experience

To apply for this role, please ensure that you have the following skills and experience:

  • 5 years or more experience as a senior role in agribusiness, production and/or manufacturing and/or engineering business.
  • Agricultural Technical background.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and executing strategies and business plan.
  • Experience in quality assurance and continuous improvement management.
  • Proven people management experience and managing high performance diverse teams.
  • Experience in governance, risk and compliance management.
  • Exposure to lean manufacturing initiatives (including measurement and audit tools) in a manufacturing / production environment.


  • Post Graduate degree in agribusiness, engineering, accounting, economics, commerce or related qualification.
  • MBA / MBL / MSc or related post graduate qualification in a relevant field.

Preferred Experience:

  • 7 to 10 years executive leadership level.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Millar Cameron, we are dedicated to supporting our Clients in building and supporting diverse and inclusive workplaces and culture, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and keyperson talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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