Nutreco Africa B.V. is a global producer of animal and aqua feed, headquartered in the Netherlands. The company has over 100 production facilities in 30+ countries worldwide and is tasked with a colossal mission: to help feed the 10 billion people who will inhabit the planet in 30 years. To achieve this goal, expansion in the Middle East and Africa regions – where the population is rapidly growing – was key to Nutreco.
In 2020, Nutreco had no local entities in Africa.
And yet, they needed to expand to not 1 but 10 African countries in as little time as possible. With such a significant undertaking, Nutreco Africa was looking for a mostly hands-free solution, where onboarding, payroll, benefits, and tax compliance would all be delivered as part of one solution. But what the Nutreco expansion team also needed was a single point of contact for all 10 countries, to avoid mistakes and confusion, and instead allow them to focus on expansion rather than on administration.
Beyond speed and compliance, it was important for Nutreco Africa to find a partner who would understand their human-centric company culture. Nutreco Africa, always looking to improve employee experience, wanted to boost well-being and morale through generous benefits packages.
Through our Employer of Record (EOR) solution, Nutreco Africa was up and running in Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia in a matter of weeks.
We onboarded 30 employees across these 10 countries compliantly while navigating language and cultural barriers, thanks to our fully bilingual team and local experts. We ran Nutreco’s payroll efficiently and on time, calculating overtime, leaves, and other benefits according to local legislation. Crucially, we provided the Nutreco Africa team with a single point of contact for all their needs across these 10 countries. This significantly reduced the time they spent on administrative processes, giving the team more time to dedicate to their expansion projects.
On occasion, we also processed expatriate workers’ working permits, enabling Nutreco Africa to access a wider talent pool across the continent.
Even more importantly, we stayed true to our offer, and become an extension of Nutreco Africa’s HR department. We espoused their values and company culture to serve their employees in the way Nutreco wished. On several occasions, the company wanted to offer better benefits – on par with international standards – to their employees. Africa HR Solutions helped them find the most advantageous healthcare plans and assisted in the compliant implementation of salary increases and other employee-centric projects like a zero-interest, company-financed car loan.
Over the course of 3 years now, Nutreco Africa B.V. has been able to penetrate 10 African markets rapidly, onboard 30 employees, and provide them with additional benefits compliantly. Ultimately, this has brought them closer to their goal of supporting sustainable feed production.
Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.
Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.
His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.
Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.
Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.
Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.
Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.
Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.
In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.
A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.
Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.
He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.
Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.
With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.
His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.
He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.
Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.