September 1, 2023
Different locations in South Africa, South Africa
Job Type
Job Category
Quality assurance, food safety & compliance
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The industry organization, Fresh Produce Exporters Forum, runs a number of initiatives to bring about transformation in the fresh fruit export industry. The FPEF Graduate Placement Program places high caliber graduates in junior commercial, logistics and technical (post-harvest quality management) roles at various South African fruit export companies for one year, potentially leading to long term career opportunities. The aim of this programme is to integrate a growing group of talented black individuals into the commercial and operational heart of the industry.

This is your opportunity to enter the dynamic, fast-growing, and competitive world of post-harvest fruit handling, international fruit trade and marketing.

Intern responsibilities:

The job entails

  • analysing fruit quality reports when received from overseas clients,
  • capturing them on the system,
  • identifying the root cause of the quality issue and challenging the validity of the claim as relevant,
  • communicating with clients to challenge/better understand claims,
  • communicating with growers to explain claims.
  • The job is office-bound and there is a high level of routine admin involved.

Intern requirements:

  • Degree: BSc in Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Food Science or similar
  • Attention to detail, analytical and systematic approach to problem-solving
  • High level of computer literacy and the ability to learn how to use the stock management system
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English to communicate with overseas clients
  • Verbal Afrikaans will be beneficial but not essential (work environment and growers are predominantly Afrikaans)
  • Collaborative teamwork and leadership skills
  • Ambitious, self-motivated and results-driven
  • Problem-solver able to perform well under pressure
  • Integrity, sound ethics and high standards for self and others
  • Applicants must be under the age of 30.


The respective organisations undertake to provide mentorship and market-related remuneration as applicable to interns.

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