The Production Manager develops and leads the Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) regional wholly-owned farming operations in a manner that is technically innovative, strategically oriented, and economically successful. The Production Manager is directly responsible for all aspects of the production of RAC’s crops that includes managing a budget and overseeing all day to day operations from ground (soil and/or substrate) preparation through harvest. The position uses horticultural, organizational, and leadership skills to deliver maximum fruit yield and quality results, at the optimum cost, in order to meet RAC’s business, supply objectives and long-term growth objectives for the region
Develop and manage the long-term planting plans in alignment with Company strategic objectives for the assigned district to include but not limited to, developing long-term substrate plan (acres, ranches, water) where applicable. Develop and manage operation/financial budgets and capital expenditures and provide periodic financial and production results to management. Assure maximum financials results through improved efficiencies and managing variances. Collaborate with Driscoll’s on crop planning, forecasting, and any other area that assures a mutually beneficial interface between the two organizations. Lead all aspects of crop production, from land development / soil preparation, through crop maintenance and production. Provide periodic financial and production results. Manage non-harvest costs. Collaborate with and leverage local and corporate administrative services in support of achieving operational and business objectives. Collaborate with appropriate production team to determine best irrigation, fertility, and pest control inputs to produce maximum yields and quality. Create and foster a culture of safety, performance and quality.
Transact and/or facilitate purchase of farm materials, as needed in purchasing required materials. Monitor and ensure capital purchases are in accordance with approved budgets and guidelines.
Manage a cost-effective team of production and administrative staff that is motivated, empowered, and highly skilled in areas of responsibility. Assure an adequate supply of skilled and quality-oriented harvesters. Provide an environment of maximum employee performance, job satisfaction, and career advancement. Ensure workforce is trained and follow all regulatory and Company safety practices.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to: Think strategically Lead others Manage projects Collaborate and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and stakeholders Analyze data and make qualified judgements on results Demonstrate a very high level of professionalism Treat others with respect Communicate fluently and proficiency (verbal, written, and presentation) in English and Spanish. Knowledge of additional languages maybe useful Persuade, guide, influence and negotiate through expertise and when necessary direct action to be taken. Demonstrate very high level of organizational and time management skills Demonstrate a very high level of customer service orientation Competently use Microsoft Office Suite Competently juggle competing priorities and changing expectations Innovate and share knowledge and best practices Knowledge of: Strategic business and financial acumen Farming industry and issues, ideally within local region Agronomy
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in agronomy, agriculture, horticulture, plant science or related field or combination of education and experience Agricultural Pest Control Adviser (PCA) license, preferred Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) license, preferred Minimum 5 years’ of experience in managing production agriculture with direct berry crop farming experience in managing people Valid driver’s license suitable for insurability through company insurance plan Travel Requirements Ability to travel 5 to 10 percent of the time – domestic and international70% of the time will be spent on the farm, with the production and harvest teams, and with crops; 25% on administrative, business, and planning functions; and 5% on travel for interaction with other districts, conferences, etc.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.