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Agri Serbia General Manager

Job Location: ​Aleksa Šantić​

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in more than 50 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? 38,767  dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them.

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

Created in 2015, Ferrero Hazelnut Company, a division of the Ferrero Group, brings all of Ferrero’s hazelnut activities together under one structure to drive quality and innovation. For our Agri Serbia entity, you’ll drive the business as General Manager leading all the functions under your responsibility to achieve performance objectives according to the Central Guidelines. You’ll be the main interface for the Hazelnut Company department in Serbia reporting to the Head of Agri Business Development for all corporate topics and local strategies.

Main Responsibilities:


Leading this unit, you’ll ensure Functions integration by defining the Country Agenda, Projects, informing the Board on business insight, taking decisions and cascading them in the Country and towards the Group.


You’ll define the Agri Serbia’s strategic plan and budget in line with business objectives of the Hazelnut Company, guaranteeing the operational implementation and ensuring its update along the financial planning processes.


You’ll manage the relation with external parties and relevant stakeholders in line with the guidelines of Group Institutional Affairs&Corporate Communication, with local authorities, NGOs, industrial / sectoral associations, local communities; to represent Ferrero in every local initiative.


You’ll actively participate in the definition of the local owngrowing and outgrowing strategy in order to support the plan development and implementation. You’ll also act as key role in coordinating the farms and building the local Agri network to assure the progress of the activities and methodologies designed by the Agri Competence Center.


As Responsible for the hazelnut transformation facility (drying), you’ll guarantee the volume required for the production of finished good for the Company and for B2B. You’ll lead also the operational and logistic footprint design in order to assure material availability at the best efficiency guaranteeing the best feasible hazelnut quality over the entire chain from farms to outbound;


You’ll support the purchasing of Hazelnuts from supplier in order to assure the necessary supply for the Company. As guarantor for ensuring hazelnut traceability sourced for Ferrero, you’ll develop also the local social projects and initiatives in line with the guidelines of Central Social & Traceability and for the deployment of the local CSR activities.

Who we are looking for:

•    Master Degree’s or equivalent;
•    Proven experience as a General Manager or equivalent executive role in agricultural business or similar development experience;
•    Experience in managing people, ensuring a management system based on Group values, motivation, diversity & inclusion, competence development and empowerment;
•    Be able to promote the proper communication and cascading through the line managers to the teams; 


•    Good skills in MS-Office applications.


•    Fluent in Serbian;
•    Strong verbal/written communication skills in English.


How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world.