Head – Asia Operations

20 - 30 Years

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications from dynamic Indian Nationals for the position of Head Asia Operations. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru, Telangana and reports to the Director, Corporate Services.

  • Oversee Operations at ICRISAT Headquarters at Patancheru, India, and at other locations in Asia where ICRISAT staff are deployed to ensure ICRISAT staff and facilities operate efficiently, effectively and safely in all aspects of their work responsibilities
  • Maintain relationships and liaison with local authorities within which ICRISAT HQ is a constituent
  • Identify and make recommendations regarding opportunities for improvement in the Institutes processes for managing its facilities/operations, and undertake new initiatives as agreed by the ICRISAT Management Group (MG)
  • Oversee the Institutes risk assessment framework and risk management policies in the areas of Administration and Operations in Asia; coordinate regular risk assessments and act as a resource person for the ICRISAT Risk Management Team
  • Oversee the operational management of Purchase, Supplies and Disposal services through direct reporting of its Head, Purchase, Supplies and Disposal Services
  • Oversee the operational management of Housing & Food Services through direct reporting of its Manager, Housing and Food Services. This includes regular food safety assessments
  • Oversee the operational management of Field Medical Unit through direct reporting of Medical Doctor
  • Oversee the operational management of Security and Safety services through direct reporting of the Head of Security and through the conduct of regular security assessments and safety audits
  • Oversee the operational management of Transport Services through direct reporting of the Transport Unit to ensure adequate processes for transport management and travel desk for travel logistics, for domestic and international travel of staff
  • In close coordination with the Heads of respective units maintain an inventory of all non-IT infrastructure assets for the office facilities
  • Identify and suggest enhanced business processes in coordination with IT Head and to effectively integrate, deploy and update to contemporary IT tools to support operations


  • An advanced degree in a field related to business administration or operations
  • At least 20 years of proven expertise in managing Facilities/Operations functions, preferably in an international organization or private conglomerate. Out of this at least 8 years as a leader/ Manager independently managing facilities/operations functions
  • Outstanding service approach and service management
  • Good personal organization and priority setting skills
  • High integrity and ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and service orientation
  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues
This is a Scientific and Managerial Group (SMG) cadre position, initially for a period of three years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position

How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 31 March 2018, with their latest Resume, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Employment Type:Permanent Job, Full Time

Key Skills

Desired Candidate Profile

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PG:MBA/PGDM - Any Specialization

Company Profile

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru, Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR System Organization. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.
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