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Sector Growth Lead (Agriculture)



People & HR, Sales & Business Development
Johannesburg, South Africa
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

About us

Sabi is Africa’s leading provider of enabling infrastructure powering the distribution of goods and services. Our platform enables and empowers a broad ecosystem of users, allowing merchants, importers, exporters, distributors, and manufacturers to expand their capabilities and grow their businesses using Sabi’s technology rails.

Job Description

Vumele is a category agnostic B2B network for informal trade focused on accelerating the velocity of commerce by enabling stakeholders in the informal sector to access and offer value amongst each other.

This could mean ensuring a great assortment of low-priced goods is available to them, providing a way for them to manage inventory, or facilitating finance. Our aim is to understand the informal economy better than anyone and help them grow in ways they haven’t before.

Core Values

  • Excellence - Be the Best. Highest standards. Consistently.
  • Value Focused - Make sure we give users the best value**.  All the time.
  • Big minds - Innovate. Think big. Be open. Don’t be petty. No ego. No castles.  
  • Knuckle down - Do the work. Get your hands dirty. Deliver
  • Kindness - Be considerate. Life is stressful enough
  • Ownership - Everything is your job. Take responsibility. Drive it.     
  • Simplicity - Strip it down. Get to the essence.
Job Purpose

This individual will be responsible for providing instant access to agriculture/commodities trade and transactions through their active supply and demand networks with the aim of increasing business revenue. You will be responsible for identifying gaps and liaising with the Commercial Manger/Lead to fill in these opportunity gaps. The Sector Associate sets goals and ensures these goals are achieved within the Agricultural sector.

Job Responsibilities
  • Work with leadership in defining strategic agribusiness goals and objectives for the company.
  • Develop and execute new strategies to allow the business to penetrate and expand in the sector and increase business revenue.
  • Manage different customer relationships with focus on customer and user acquisition, activation, retention and providing excellent service.
  • Creating reports on key metrics to determine the company’s progress in meeting its goals.
  • Conduct market research to identify opportunities for new products or services within the market.
  • Provide regular two-way communication with the customers to provide strong team representation and set proper customer expectations.
  • Act as link between the commercial, marketing and product teams.
  •  Liaising with marketing to develop campaigns that target specific customer segments or geographic regions


Special Skills and Qualifications  

  • Bachelor's Degree in any Science or Social Sciences-related discipline
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in agriculture and commodities trading sector,
  • Demonstrated Trade & Business Development track record within the sector.
  • Strong supply and demand networks and contacts within the Agriculture sector/category
  • Strong Financial/business Acumen.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to exert influence where necessary
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to make recommendations by using data and judgment that is consistent with company culture as well as standards, practices, policies, procedures, or governing law.
  • Outstanding writing, presentation, and communications skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. 

Person Specification:

  • Motivated by the mission of Vumele
  • Pragmatic with quantitative and analytical ability and attention to detail
  • Driven, independent thinker and leader who can juggle multiple projects simultaneously with fast-changing priorities
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency.
  • A focus on execution. Willing and able to get hands dirty.
  • Flexibility to roll up your sleeves and attack problems and projects as they arise, where you will need to set out a clear structure, method and outcomes yourself.


  • Rapid Career Growth
  • Annual Training Budget
  • Opportunity to work in other global office.
  • Fully-funded Team Bonding Activities