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Our client is a specialist fruit company, based in Southern – China,  and owns and operates port facilities in the main fruit supplying countries around the world, as well as strategically placed cold stores worldwide and with nationwide distribution from 38 distribution centers. They provide their customers with a competitive advantage in terms of product quality, supply security, innovation, cost efficiency, supply chain management and transparency. The import division is a relatively new operation developed alongside China’s opening of international trade lanes and import protocols for fruit in the last 5 years. Its dramatic growth now makes it one of the key import companies in China. Currently they are seeking for a:

General manager imports (designate)

Job description:
As a general manager  you report to the current general manager imports. The objective for the role is the smooth and seamless transition in succession of the outgoing current general manager imports. The role incorporates all procedures associated with a global import company initially in a support and advisory capacity.
You assist in the management of overseas offices in South Africa and South America and you also assist in the budget process developing a global fruit supply budget and targets with key control areas as; fruit supply management, operational costs, staff costs and variance analysis. 

Developing supply programmes and source opportunities, supplier relationship management and volume and turnover targets are key responsibilities. Even as assisting in global supply chain management, shipping services, international supply management, cost management and documentation procedures. You will also assist in all areas of finance management, grower advances and payments, sales reporting and negotiated settlements. Quality management and claims settlement are also part of the role.

Candidate requirements:
Our candidate is an enthusiastic, practical and independent professional with excellent people management, team networking and communication skills. He/she is a globetrotter, who likes to travel to all areas of procurement and represents the company in a professional capacity further developing the current position as a key role player in the global fruit community.


  • a degree in Business or Agricultural Sciences, an MBA would also be an advantage.
  • minimum of 5 years experience in a senior role in a fruit / produce company, preferably in a global procurement / import position.
  • fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish desirable
  • experience of visiting China, selling / exporting to China and sometime living in China would be a strong advantage.
  • excellent knowledge of the global fruit / produce industry

We offer:
  • a challenging, independent role in a global leading fruit company backed by more than  70 years’ international experience.
  • a minimum of 3 years commitment – ideally someone committed to permanent career development in China.
  • as part of this elite team you will be rewarded an excellent remuneration structure and be working in a truly positive and welcoming team environment.

If you believe you have the necessary skills, we would love to hear from you! To apply please forward your updated resume and covering letter to:

Wim Geurts
Tel.: +31 623 686 558

Geert Houwers
+31 611 432 931

Lutgo, International Recruitment in Flowers & Food