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Hiring specialists and regional talent

To support our business diversification into upstream (plantations and farming) and midstream (manufacturing) operations, we have built significant expertise in the organisation in these 2 areas. In the last 5 years our expert technical talent has grown from 45 to 150 people.

Regional talent

Enhancing internal capability to drive business growth has always been a key element of Olam’s Human Resources strategy. Aligned to our business strategy of prioritising Africa as a key pillar, over the years we have created a solid foundation of talent in the region and a unique set of operating competencies.

We have created extensive experience in our leadership talent of working in the African context. For instance, our Country Heads in Africa have deep contextual experience, with an average time spent in businesses in Africa at 13 years per leader.

A critical piece of our overall manpower planning for the region is the regional trainee scheme introduced in 2010. We have been able to tap into a rich source of early talent with more than 50 trainees joining us in Africa in 2015 across the disciplines of Sales, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

In addition, we welcomed scholars from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria to the Olam Scholarship Programme for Change Catalysts in Africa. Between them they are studying business management, developmental economics and public administration at Harvard and INSEAD business schools, The London School of Economics and Political Science and The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Launched in 2014 in celebration of our 25th anniversary, this postgraduate scholarship programme is for nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa who are committed to catalysing change in their home country during their career. Through the scholarships and Olam mentoring, we hope to play our part in creating a generation of leaders who will contribute towards economic transformation, provide good governance, and act as change agents in their home country.

Growth in manufacturing and plantation managerial talent