Farm Manager

Reference: 9372 MLR
Consultant: Michelle le Roux 

Job Description: 

  • Production Oversight
  • Supervise all production practices on the farm, ensuring adherence to industry standards and best practices.
  • Implement strategies to optimize productivity and efficiency in blueberry cultivation.
  • Regularly inspect fields and facilities to maintain high standards of production.
  • Ensure accurate and timely record-keeping of farm activities.
  • Track and optimize yield per hectare, ensuring productivity of the blueberry farm.
  • Maintain a high percentage of blueberries meeting quality standards for export.
  • Financial Management
  • Manage the farm’s financial performance by comparing actual production costs against the budget.
  • Develop and manage the farm budget, ensuring efficient cash flow.
  • Implement cost reduction measures and evaluate spending efficacy.
  • Monitor actual production costs against budgetary projections and identify areas for cost optimisation.
  • Implement effective cost reduction measures to improve profitability while maintaining quality standards.
  • Staff Management
  • Plan and implement weekly & daily staff and activity planning, coaching, and monitoring.
  • Monitor staff performance and provide feedback to enhance productivity and efficiency.
  • Conduct performance evaluations and training sessions to enhance team skills.
  • Yield Optimisation
  • Track and analyse yield per hectare, identifying factors impacting productivity and implementing corrective measures.
  • Implement strategies to optimise blueberry yield and quality, ensuring maximum profitability.
  • Compliance and Quality Assurance
  • Ensure health, safety, and security compliance on the farm.
  • Maintain compliance with government regulations and legal requirements.
  • Implement quality control measures to meet or exceed customer expectations.
  • Infrastructure and Asset Maintenance
  • Manage contractors to adhere to timelines for development projects.
  • Oversee maintenance of farm infrastructure, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Minimise downtime of company vehicles through effective maintenance planning.
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Build and maintain good relationships with suppliers & contractors.
  • Represent company in negotiations and discussions with external partners.
  • Facilitate development within the wider business.

Qualifications: 

  • B.Sc. Agriculture or similar tertiary qualification
  • Minimum of 5 – 7 years practical seasonal experience in fruit production and farm management
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years in a middle management role
  • Advanced computer skills (MS Office suite) and familiarity with IT systems (e.g., Power BI, Farm Trace, ACCPAC, DF Probes advantageous)
  • Knowledge of all audits and cultivating plants to produce fruit to required standards
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic with accuracy, thoroughness, drive, and integrity
  • Demonstrated management and leadership qualities
  • Good project planning and monitoring skills
  • Physically fit to perform the work
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency in English or Afrikaans (ability to speak Xhosa or Sotho advantageous)
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong organisation and planning skills in meeting deadlines
  • Action-oriented approach with a strong sense of accountability
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Self-disciplined, collaborative, resilient, and a team player
  • Willingness to work overtime, public holidays, and weekends when required

How to Apply: 

  • Email your comprehensive CV to exceedhr@exceed.co.za. 
  • If you are already registered, please forward your CV and the relevant reference number to the consultant with whom you are currently registered in order to avoid duplicity on our system. 
  • We reserve the right to only conduct interviews with candidates of choice. 
  • Applicants who have not received feedback within 30 days from the closing date must please accept their application as unsuccessful.