Future Leaders Program


The Role

We are looking for future Branch Managers to join our FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM. The successful candidates will join Olam’s global future leaders program , which will provide 18 months of structured learning in various modules of the supply chain operations – Procurement, Processing, Imports and Exports, Trading, Risk Management, Finance & Accounts in different countries across the globe. After successfully completing the program, the candidate will be part of a Global Talent Pool and assigned as a Branch Manager position for their country of Origin or where the company has operations.


The Branch Manager role will involve managing day to day operations of the Business (example Coffee business) for a specific location in the country. This will primarily include procurement, processing, quality, risk management, import and exports and people management. It is a well-rounded role that acts as first level of management control on the business and provides the experience of managing the operations of the large business location independently. The responsibilities are as followed:

  • Design and implement the procurement strategy for the business/product in the location with the respective teams below him/her to drive and deliver volumes as per the overall business plan.
  • Coordinate all day-to-day activity in product between procurement, processing, quality and logistics to ensure smooth operations. 
  • Optimize utilization of resources in the location to derive optimal utilization. Eliminate controllable losses and minimize the impact of non-controllable losses. 
  • Support the Business Head in trading and positional decisions by providing market intelligence and insights. Lead the implementation of the required infrastructure to deliver volumes as per the business plan. 
  • Ensure that all the direct and indirect costs for the business are within budgets. Ensure high motivational levels in the team and drive the team’s alignment to the overall business strategy for the Country. 
  • Build relationship and interface with the appropriate trade and regulatory bodies in the location. 

The Candidate

To be successful in this role the ideal candidate must have:

  • Post graduate qualifications with maximum of 2-3 years of experience in Sales/Supply Chain/Operations. MBA preferred.
  • Advanced English both verbal and written.
  • Be willing to travel.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Willing to be based in up-country (non-city) locations (for example in Africa/South America).
  • Interest in pursuing a career in agribusiness 
  • Excellent communication skills with both junior and senior team members
  • Like to be autonomous, responsible and result focused
  • Entrepreneurial and collaborative mind-set
  • Be flexible, client minded, good contact skills
  • Ability to work rapidly on fast-moving projects while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, Skype/Lync) 

This position will be available from 2020. You can already apply for this position, but we'll be actively recruiting from October 2019.

For recruitment agencies:

We have made a conscious decision to do the recruitment ourselves. Therefore, we kindly ask you to not forward any candidates, as we will not accept their applications.

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