Finlays Project Manager Job in Kenya

Job Opportunity: Project Manager
Finlays is a vertically integrated and geographically diversified agri-business that takes a leadership role in sustainability. 
The group has established itself as a reliable, responsible, innovative and sustainable producer with a deep knowledge and passion for its products.

Sustainability is pivotal to the group’s success and it lies at the heart of what Finlays does and stands for.
Finlays is Kenya’s largest agricultural export group employing over 12,000 people and annually exporting over 130 million stems of flowers, 26 million kilos of black tea and 3 million kilos of tea extract. 


The organization is geographically located in Kericho and Mombasa and works with over 10,000 tea out growers.

We need a dynamic individual with strong planning & organizing skills, interpersonal & communication skills and a team player to fill the following vacant position in our Kericho based operations.
Project Manager
Reporting to Head of Engineering and based at Tea Extracts Kenya, the job holder as part of the site management team will be responsible for:
  • Safe project operations and to ensure that projects of up to $20m are delivered timely, cost effectively and meeting the business requirements for performance.
  • Strategic oversight and supply of performance data and information to the Project Sponsor and Head of Engineering to enable effective control of the projects
  • Work with the Head of Procurement / Programme Office in the United Kingdom to assist with the set up of the required best practice project processes, procedures, systems and tools to ensure the successful delivery of projects
The tea extracts business is in a growth phase and investments in new advanced technologies to improve efficiency and provide new products to the market are being implemented.
The Project Manager will need to be integrated into the product development teams to be able to
translate the trials and research into full scale commercial output under tight time constraints.

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in managing large complex projects in a food manufacturing or industrial businesses.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide project management leadership to the project teams;
  • Day-to-day management of the task and completion of project deliverables using agreed resources, by agreed dates, to agreed quality, within an agreed budget, and delivered safely;
  • Commercial management of third party contracts to ensure timely delivery of deliverables;
  • Lead the front end capital and asset planning processes, establish and manage the project plan including mapping of internal and external dependencies to provide the facts and data required to allow the business to make robust investment decisions.
  • Coach the work stream leads to support successful development of project management
  • Ensure the project complies with relevant regulatory requirements, local and global standards (Planning / Code / License to Operate as well as Food Safety; GMP and EHS);
  • Identify, engage and manage stakeholders whilst ensuring effective communications plans are in place
  • Implement and use an effective projects tracking / reporting process for key criteria (e.g. time / KPIs / benefits / quality / safety) suitable for reporting at various management levels;
  • Review of the project portfolio of opportunities to maintain a pipeline for a 3 year plan
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Food Science from a recognized institution.
  • At least ten years of project management experience in a busy food processing plant with proven experience of managing projects of such magnitude
  • Experience in ensuring food safety (HACCP etc.) requirements are designed in from the start.
  • Highly proficient in the use of MS PowerPoint, MS Project, MS Excel, MS Word and MS Visio.
  • Experience of operating in and managing situations characterized by complexity, ambiguity and high levels of uncertainty with an ability to map out and understand complex, highly interdependent issues – to distil simple, elegant and cost effective solutions;
  • Experience in balancing the delivery of tactical and strategic objectives;
  • Experience in constructively challenging sponsors, stakeholders and budget holders
How to Apply
If you meet the requirement of the above positions, please submit an application including a detailed CV, your postal, e-mail and telephone contacts, current & expected remuneration, names and addresses of three referees, indicating the position you are applying for to reach us not later than 11th March 2016 and be addressed to:

Human Resource Director
P.O. Box 223 – 20200
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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