Hassan Baaziz, Technical Director at Zalar Senegal
What is your job title and location?
I am a Technical Director at Zalar Senegal.
Zalar Senegal is a poultry group that from among other things like strategic mergers, has become completely vertically integrated across the poultry-meat value chain. Zalar Holding consists of market shares including grain trading, animal feed, hatchery, broiler, and slaughtering and meat processing. This particular Zalar location is located in Sandaria, Senegal.
How long have you worked for Zalar Holding/Zalar Senegal?
I have worked for Zalar Holding since 2015 and Zalar Senegal since May 2017.
What are your responsibilities?
To begin with, I am responsible for supervising the well conduction and direction of all the activities related to the implementation and launch of the poultry projects of Zalar Senegal. Also, I collaborate with contractors to evaluate all requirements of the projects. As well as, develop statements of work, provide my team with all the technical advice and support that we need with an emphasis on technical reliability and resource efficiency, and establish standards and procedures to track and measure projects’ progression.
What is your history/career path with Zalar Holding/Zalar Senegal?
In 2015, I started as a Quality Manager at UMA Volailles, which is a subsidiary of Zalar Holding that is specialized in chicken and turkey broilers. I was in charge of approximately twenty modern farms across Morocco. Then, I was promoted to Development Manager one year later. Then, in January 2017 I received a promotion to be the Technical Director of Zalar Senegal.
What do you enjoy most about working for Zalar Holding/Zalar Senegal?
I really appreciate the sense of family in the work place at Zalar. Also, I enjoy the opportunities the company provides for us everyday.
What’s your favorite story/memory about working for Zalar Holding/Zalar Senegal?
My favorite memory is my first day at UMA-Volailles. There, my co-workers were so happy to greet me.
What important values do you think Zalar Holding/Zalar Senegal delivers on?
I believe that Zalar Holding’s values are based on recognizing and assuming responsibilities and encouraging employees to take initiatives to give it their best.
What surprised you most about your job?
I was surprised the most by the sincere appreciation that I receive from my boss, CEO, and all the people I work with. I feel that a genuine “thanks” goes a long way when trying to increase my productivity and have a positive attitude.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
Overall, I spend my free time at the gym, practicing sports. Practicing sports helps me brainstorm, shape my planning, concentrate on my objectives and solve many problems.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
A hidden talent of mine is that I am a Risk-taker. I believe that the higher the risk, the higher the return. In addition, many of my friends refer to me as,”the psychologist.” People come to me and talk about their personal problems in hopes of receiving some advice and solutions.