Cluster Manager

Posted on July 6, 2021
Overview

Berytech is looking to hire a senior manager for its QOOT Agri-Food Innovation Cluster to continue in the mission to create a synergistic environment for SMEs and existing companies in Lebanon’s agri-food sector that fosters innovation, collaboration, prosperity, and growth. The role involves active coordination across teams and demands exceptional interpersonal skills and international networking.

Reporting to:  QOOT Cluster Board [Operationally], Berytech’s Programs Director [administratively]

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & JOB TASKS

The Cluster Manager ’s responsibilities will include Strategic & Board Management as well as Stakeholders and Members Support.

 

Strategic & Board Management:

  • Implement and continue to improve the Cluster’s strategy with Berytech and the elected Board and building a long-term sustainable model.
  • Ensuring the Cluster becomes partially sustainable within a year, and self-sustainable within two years.
  • Enhance communications and marketing strategy to increase visibility of the Cluster.
  • Growing a national and international network.
  • Maintaining and developing positive working relationships with all internal colleagues, cluster members and external agencies and professionals.
  • Organizing fundraising and other activities to sustain the Cluster.
  • Acquiring and implementing joint projects for the Cluster members to cooperate on, including on large projects funded by international donors as the EU, USAID, and others.
  • Present measurable data, statistical analysis results and different reports to the board members and if needed to the members.
  • Proactively research and map international cluster opportunities and support the board in developing the cluster strategy to unleash the opportunity in the market.
  • Ensuring the supervision and development of all staff in the Cluster, as well as mentoring and developing any employees that directly report to them.

 

Stakeholders and Members Support

  • Working with different stakeholders into understanding the needs and opportunities of the Cluster and its members.
  • Improving cooperation between member companies, associate members ,local universities, innovation stakeholders and international partners
  • Generating economies of scale and synergy effects through cooperation between Cluster members and associate members
  • Contributing to the continuous training of professionals in innovation and internationalization (technical and management)
  • Providing specialized Cluster services to members and monetizing on them.
  • Present a quarterly calendar to all members with all webinars, events sessions, and trade missions
  • Create informative presentations; present and deliver information to potential members at members meetings, industry exhibits, trade shows, and conferences.
  • Facilitate the opening new markets in and outside Lebanon in food, agriculture, and related sectors for Cluster members.
  • Recruiting new cluster members.

 

The Cluster Manager we’re looking for:

  • Understands the way both smaller and bigger companies work and can connect and align them.
  • Has impeccable communication skills, as will need to communicate effectively with the members the Cluster supports, its partners, and a wide range of other professionals.
  • Has a clear vision on what the role of universities and government can be in such a Cluster, but always acts from the needs of companies as a starting point.
  • Ensures that spending is kept within budget, and that services have the resources they require to function effectively.
  • Can gain the trust of Cluster stakeholders and build trust within the Cluster.
  • Builds the face-to-face connections across the Cluster; building the ecosystem and increases the concentration of interactions within.
  • Is confident in exploring new areas for collaboration, building joint action, business networks and consortia.
  • Acts as a natural networker, a broker, a consensus builder, a bridge builder across the cluster
  • Is well connected within their network and beyond and can draw in resources, knowledge, connections to support the cluster; is aggressive in identifying new business opportunities.
  • Can respond professionally, quickly, and flexibly in any scenario.
  • Is comfortable in leading, able to empower others, not seeking glory.
  • Is transparent in terms of strategy, yet able to hold confidences.
  • Is active at the Cluster’s periphery … where disruptions start.
  • Has no vested interest in the Cluster.

 

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Degree: Bachelor’s or higher in Business, Economics, Agriculture Management or related field
  • Experience: maximum of 10 years of relevant experience in managing and/or coordinating projects or operation of Clusters, Professional Associations, NGOs, or commercial private sector
    • Experience in managing and integrating tactics and operation.
    • Experience within the commercial sector
    • Experience in fundraising
    • Problem solving skills.
    • Commercial acumen and Proven negotiating skills
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple tasks.
    • Ability to work in matrix environment.
    • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and cross-functional environment, strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to deliver efficient operational procurement in a challenging environment.
    • Ability to synthesize and analyze complex data.
  • Languages: fluency in Arabic and English, French is a plus

  

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants meeting all the above requirements are to submit by email to jobs@berytech.org, mentioning the position name in the subject line

  • Cover letter on why they qualify for the position
  • CV, clearly demonstrating experience and skills
  • Names and contact details of three references. References will not be contacted without prior consent.

Deadline for submission is 25/07/2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About Berytech

Championed by Berytech and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and supported by FoodValley Company, QOOT Agri-Food Innovation Cluster brings together SMEs and existing companies in Lebanon’s agri-food sector, creating a synergistic environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, prosperity, and growth. The core objective is to bring Lebanese agri-food industries on par with the most innovative economies globally, thus reclaiming Lebanon’s place on the world food innovation map. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the economic performance.