Job purpose:

To provide leadership and strategic direction for the Company. Develop annual production plans and budgets, ensuring sound and accurate execution of operational procedures including but not limited to fertigation, pest, and disease management, pruning, fruit set, harvesting, Human Resources and compliance, all managed within budget and technical parameters.

The General Manager will report to the North Regional Manager.

Suitable candidates will need to have the following minimum qualification and relevant experience:

Key Accountability Areas A. Technical and Compliance

  • Ensure accurate execution of Standard Operating Procedures on all levels of citrus production
  • Timely capturing, evaluation and reporting of key data related to production
  • Oversee that scouting teams are adequately equipped, deployed and that data available is accurate for decision making
  • Oversee that Health & Safety is maintained in all production units
  • Oversee Compliance certification

B. Financial Management

  • Development of annual budgets for operational and capital expenditure
  • Motivation of expenditures against desired and anticipated outcomes
  • Execution of operating procedures and production plans within budget
  • Ensure all expenditure well monitored for the best interest of the Business

C. Strategic Direction and Continuous Improvement

  • Identification of cost optimization procedures and methods
  • Measurement and continual improvement of labour productivity
  • Strategic interventions to improve financial return to farms
  • Inputs towards development and expansion plans, programs, and budgets

D. Manage Performance and Development of Employees

  • Implementation of strong organisational structure
  • Identification of future supervisors and managers, invest in training and development initiatives
  • Train, equip and coach managers Performance Management – measure and review performance with managers against set objectives and assist managers with goals and focus areas.
  • Measurement and regular feedback sessions with managers Fostering a healthy Teamwork environment
  • Increase staff morale and engagement
  • Oversee HR and Labour Relations

Qualification and Experience

  • A relevant qualification (Degree/ Diploma) in Agriculture, Business Management or related
  • 10 – 15 years’ experience in a strategic and general management role or a similar role with solid knowledge of the soft citrus industry

Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent leadership and people management skills; practical experience in handling people at all levels and a strong record of achievement through building high performing teams.
  • Positive work attitude with high energy level and strong motivational skills. Able to work in a
  • highly innovative and collaborative space.
  • Strong decision maker with excellent grasp of both the short and long-term macro / micro issues
  • of business, operations (production/ supply chain) and human relations interaction.
  • Multilevel negotiating and communication ability.
  • Can-do attitude and bottom-line achiever. Results driven and able to implement operationally.  The ability to plan and execute in a structured manner is essential.
  • Strong business acumen

Candidates are invited to submit their CV and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience to cvs@agricruitment.co.za

The application deadline is 19 July 2024.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you have not heard from us on or before the 30 th of July 2024, your application was unsuccessful.