The Company

Boortmalt (the malting business of the French cooperative group AXEREAL) is currently the largest malting company globally with 3 million tonnes of malt sold throughout the world every year.

Our 1000 employees spread over 5 continents are focused on producing an extensive range of high- quality malt types in order to meet the requirements of our brewing and distilling customers around the world.

By using the most modern production techniques and with our far-reaching logistics capability, we are able to supply world markets both effectively and efficiently.


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Permanent contract


Description of role

The main tasks in this role are:

  • Identifying all potential malting barley suppliers in Ethiopia
  • Identifying all potential malting barley import routes (via Djibouti) - most affordable ones
  • Build relationships with key suppliers - especially with GMS Ethiopia
  • Identifying all the logistics (trucks, temporary storages if required, etc…) required to secure the malting barley quantities for the malting plant
  • Articulating the BM-E barley sourcing annual plan (to be declined in monthly, weekly pieces)
  • Contracting with selected suppliers (both barley and logistics) - requiring legal inputs
  • Build a benchmarking cockpit on barley pricing vs GMS pricing, including quality parameters
  • Daily overseeing the barley position of BM-E and act accordingly and within tolerated risk limits established by the Boortmalt Group. Liaise with the Group Barley Procurement and Risk Manager when required. Liaise with the BM-E CFO when required (balance sheet impacts).
  • Report in a timely manner and according to the Group standards the key parameters of the barley position
  • Engage with the Commercial Team (Antwerp) and the Technical Team (Ethiopia) to align on barley specifications (several times per annum)
  • Apply for malting barley import permits (if required) and organise logistics with Boortmalt HQ (Antwerp). Liaise with Authorities.
  • Deal with barley sourcing related problems and propose solutions to the business / BM-E GM


Required skills

  • Strong communication, presentation and reporting skills
  • Project management skills
  • Strong analytical, critical and synthesis thinking
  • Ability to interpret large amount of data, to supply management and inventory control
  • Proficiency in ground logistics in complex environments
  • Diploma in agricultural / agro-ecology engineer
  • Willingness to work on the ground with all stakeholders of the barley supply chain in Ethiopia
  • Experience:  experience in developing / improving / managing cereal supply chains.
  • Language / IT: good knowledge of English, Amharic and Oromifa, working knowledge of French appreciated, Microsoft Office skills.