6 Apr '21
Farm Manager Horticulturist

Agriculture, Africa Lesotho

R 45000 - R 65000 Monthly

Farm Manager - Horticulturist with Growing and Propagation knowledge and experience with growing flowers or the likes relating to commercial farming. Large scale experience ideally with Cannabis will be preferred yet not essential. Position based in Lesotho with accommodation in Ficksburg.

Farm Manager 

Must be a highly talented formally trained Grower / Farm Manager to join a team in Lesotho

This position reports to the company Agronomist based in Cape Town.

In Lesotho you will work with a Registered Pharmacist and Quality Assurance team and have an experienced informally trained Grower and Farm Foreman and their respective teams under you.

The Farm is GAP certified and audited annually.

Processing takes place under ISO FFSC 22000 food safety conditions led by the QA team under a Registered Pharmacist and is audited annually.

Your responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Manage all phases of plant growth (propagation, growing, flowering, harvest under your supervision and processing under QA supervision).
  • Managing staff under you and working in very close collaboration with QA at your level.
  • Application of fertilizer and plant protection products as per SOP’s.
  • Troubleshoot and correct nutrient deficiencies or toxicities in plants and soil.
  • Execute Integrated Pest Management program to manage pests and disease.
  • Build the grow team and train and schedule daily work assignments for assistant growers
  • Supervise preventive maintenance and basic repair of growing equipment via farm foreman.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow SOP’s (Standard operating procedure) all duties are governed by established SOP’s.
  • Ability to work within a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, generating weekly and seasonal cultivation reports.
  • Excellent attention to detail and record keeping abilities.
  • Always ensure cleanliness of facility.
  • Keep daily records for production accuracy and compliance with all laws via QA team.
  • Budget, cost, and perform general administrative duties.
  • Comply with all regulations, audits, and inspections of grow facility. 

KEY ATTRIBUTES

  • Organised with a high level of accountability.
  • The ability to think on your feet and solve problems.
  • Willingness to put in extra effort to meet deadlines.
  • Be eager and willing identify and contribute to continual system improvements and implementation.
  • Flexibility and quick turnaround time.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • High level of curiosity.
  • Humble and down to earth.
  • Confident, comfortable and effective in a disruptive environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in order to effectively communicate between departments, different staff levels and multiple countries.
  • Willing to take on new challenges.
  • Being able to self-manage and work remotely.
  • Time management, perform under pressure and demonstrate flexibility and agility in a fast-paced environment.
  • Own reliable transport.
  • Sober habits

 QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture
  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture
  • Horticulture or related tertiary education
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in overall farm management and working in teams.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a commercial GAP farming environment
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in working in a highly regulated environment, food safety preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Experience with Netafim Fertikit fertigation system and related activities.
  • High level of business acumen

Ad Visible Until: 6 May 2021
Ref: CT001494/GJ

Vacancy Type: Permanent