Fresh Production Manager (JHB)

Babylonstoren is now acquiring a Fresh Production Manager with a strong interest in new product development and sourcing, a passion for quality, and the ability to manage our fresh food suppliers in the Johannesburg area.


  • Tertiary qualification in logistics, procurement, operations and/or supply chain management.
  • Minimum three years’ proven experience in a logistics, distribution, production or warehousing environment, preferrably within the agricultural fresh produce industry.
  • General knowledge of the agricultural fresh produce industry and fresh products that are supplied.
  • Knowledge of product packaging (quality and ordering).
  • Passion for agriculture and a commitment to sustainable farming practices.
  • Strong knowledge of fresh produce varieties, quality standards, and market dynamics.
  • Track record for excellent customer service.
  • Proven experience of team management – minimum 10 staff.
  • Computer literate with experience in using MS Office (Excel/Word/Outlook) and working knowledge of Sage.
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal), specifically in English and Afrikaans, with the ability to interact with people of all levels.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours during peak seasons or emergencies.


  • Reporting to the National Fresh Produce Manager in CPT.
  • Compiling weekly reports to management.
  • Creating and monitoring key measurable outputs for which the production team will be responsible.
  • Executing efficient and accurate ordering and expediting orders.
  • Expediting stock requests and communicating requests with depot personnel for minimum stock levels.
  • Monitoring stock levels of fresh produce and packaging at BT depot.
  • Bi-weekly inspections of external processing plant.
  • Participating in stocktake.
  • Prioritising tasks and managing time correctly in order to complete daily tasks timeously.
  • Addressing and investigating customer complaints.
  • Adhering to all internal control policies of the company.
  • Adhering to all legislation pertaining to the enforcement of hygienic practices.
  • Upholding and working according to all internal and external safety guidelines.
  • Local travel to farms and producers of fresh products to maintain good supplier relationships.
  • Sourcing new suppliers (farmers, growers or materials).
  • Liaising with BT Cape Town for merging of optimal stock procurement.
  • Investigating cost-saving opportunities within the fresh production space.
  • Managing the production team according to the company’s standards through ensuring productivity and desirable work ethics.
  • Identify opportunities for process optimisation and implement innovative techniques to enhance productivity and yield.
  • Cultivate strong partnerships with suppliers and stay updated on industry news, new products, and emerging trends.

Please send your CV and salary expectation to [email protected].