Commercial Manager

Star South was initially established as a wholesaler in the South African fruit market. The company has since built a well-balanced portfolio of international clients and suppliers within a reliable distribution and supplier network. Star South’s vision is to develop an optimized global supply chain. Our mission is sustainable profitability for all, and our core value is to meet our commitments, always! Star South supplies various International Regions within the retail, wholesale and processing sectors with individually tailored shipments in terms of both quality and quantity.

To strengthen our team in our office in Ridderkerk we are looking for:            

Commercial Manager


  • Based in Ridderkerk, Netherlands
  • Tertiary qualification
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in the fruit industry
  • Computer literate, especially in Microsoft Office
  • Able to travel frequently, both locally and internationally
  • Fluent in English

Beneficial Experience & Knowledge

  • Tertiary qualification in logistics, finance or marketing
  • Marketing and/or sales experience
  • Product knowledge of grapes and citrus
  • Experience in business development of procurement and sales
  • Proven ability to build strong business relationships
  • Costing proficiency
  • Familiarity with industry trends
  • Microsoft Business Central experience
  • Proficiency in European languages advantageous; preferably Dutch and Spanish
  • Proven relationships with clients and suppliers


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proactive and innovative mindset
  • Ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment
  • Energetic and outgoing personality
  • Disciplined and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work co-operatively in a team
  • Problem-solving capabilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Decisiveness

Job Description

  • Manage current and new business relationships effectively
  • Conduct marketing, programme management and co-ordination of product flow
  • Maintain and grow sales in assigned markets
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to expand business
  • Analyse sales and finance reports to gain insights into how to improve performance and maximise growth
  • Ensure profitable sales


Market related, depending on experience, qualifications and capabilities. Sales incentives to be considered.


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