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14 Jun 2018

West Coast Farm Operations Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #33711

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: (Including but not limited to)

  • Lead and manage crop production activities at farm locations within assigned territory
  • Lead field operations, including tillage, planting, cultivation, harvest, and cover crop establishment
  • Direct agronomic activities in coordination with VP of Farm Operations, including scheduling of irrigation, fertilizer applications, and chemical applications
  • Manage location personnel and motivate seasonal, contract employees
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are followed by employees
  • Consistently communicate with management about farm activities, challenges and innovative solutions
  • Manage P&L responsibility with significant focus on cost management, as well as managing site budgets
  • Manage purchasing of supplies, equipment, and inputs
  • Develop cropping plan to adhere to irrigation constraints and oversee all crop production and disposition
  • Provide leadership for management of irrigation systems and monitoring of water usage

Requirements: (Including but not limited to)

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 3 – 5 years of experience managing agricultural programs over a large geographic region
  • Self-directed individual who leads projects to identify and implement solutions with team input
  • Demonstrated strategic management of irrigated crops
  • Work closely with the Farm Accounting Manager regarding budgets, income projections, construction projects, industry trends, monthly reporting, contracts
  • Provide feedback to management on its current processes regarding custom farming, from tracking employees hours, current rates charged to implementation on new farming practices and new venues for opportunity
  • Demonstrated financial management experience and budgeting skills
  • Adaptability to changing situations and have the ability to perform multiple tasks with multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated strong work-ethic, outstanding leadership ability and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in the use of Windows based computer programs (Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and a general aptitude with software systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to train and work with operational personnel on the farm
  • Superior organizational and project management skills and experience working with employees
  • Ability to acquire and hold a valid US driver’s license and successfully pass vehicle insurance verification
  • Candidates must be eligible to work unrestricted in the U.S. without company sponsorship
  • Ability to comprehend, read, write and communicate proficiently in English and interact with all levels of the organization.

Preferred Position Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science degree in an Agriculture related program
  • 5 – 10 years of experience managing agricultural programs over a large geographic region
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is required

Please contact Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com

Job Categories: Farming. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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