Farm Manager (Avocados)

Reference: 9077 MLR
Consultant: Michelle le Roux 

Job Description: 

  • Planning, implementation, and monitoring of the total production process of crops aligned to world class growing techniques.
  • Total management of production, harvest and packhouse processes according to company standards and procedures.
  • Oversee daily farming operations, ensuring adherence to best practices and safety standards.
  • Monitor and manage crop health, irrigation, pest control, and other crucial farming activities.
  • Manages all aspects of orchard operations and overall health of the orchard and fruit production.
  • Management of trees in different stages of development.
  • Management and oversight of all orchard operations and packhouse operations like pruning, Tree trimming, Treepruning, Tree protection, Tree mulching, Fertigation, Irrigation schedules, chemical spray program, harvesting schedules, washing, sorting, grading, packing, storage, cold room, and marketing.
  • Planning and implementation of a harvesting program to maximize returns.
  • Responsible for on-farm infrastructure such as roads, water delivery systems, fences, and dam/ pump maintenance.
  • Operating costs per unit (man days, pruning, spraying, fertilizing, irrigation & land preparation),
  • Strategic planning on new developments from land preparation to planting.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reports.
  • Oversee the seasonal life cycle of fruit trees.
  • Plan, organize, and oversee the replacement and addition of new trees.
  • Identify and implement new orchard management practices, techniques, and equipment.
  • Maintain proper records and reporting of orchard production data and regulatory documentation (pick records, spray applications, produce safety documentation etc..).
  • Make decisions about equipment use, maintenance, modification, and procurement.
  • Oversee the preventative maintenance and repair of all equipment and tools used in the orchard, sorting, storage.
  • Ensure organization and proper storage of all tools and essential equipment.
  • Oversee the overall mowing and maintenance of the orchard buildings and grounds.
  • Identify new varieties and markets
  • Staff management and development.
  • Labour planning.
  • QA (Quality Assurance) Compliance management.
  • Conduct quality control and management of all daily activities, resource planning and efficiencies.
  • Provide support to cross functional teams in developing business plans, budgets, pricing structures and marketing plans.
  • Sound leadership and direction and ensuring quality product output accuracy and consistency in processes and documentation.
  • Building and implementing best practice policies and principles.
  • Ensuring exacting standards of health and safety practices.

Qualifications: 

  • A Diploma or Degree in agriculture is desirable but equivalent experience can be a substitute.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in avocado production or a similar position.
  • Deeper agricultural knowledge of avocado crop husbandry.
  • Documented experience in avocado production, agriculture and orchard / farm management is required.
  • Familiar with various farm equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Must possess an elevated level of practical orchard operations & tree fruit knowledge, and must be familiar and comfortable with equipment operation, physical hard work, and working outdoors year-round.
  • Would suit older person or someone relatively inexperienced as an early-stage farm job

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.