Minimum qualifications and experience

Ideal candidate must have a minimum tertiary qualification, B.SC Agriculture or B.Comm Agricultural Economics degree. Demonstrated work experience of minimum 5 to 8 years will be an advantage.

Duties & Responsibilities :

Plan, execute, manage, and report on the designated South Africa Farming units.

  1. Planning:
  • Oversee the construction of crop production plans by Field Managers for maize, soybeans, sunflower, wheat, and canola for designated farming units in conjunction with the Contractor.
  • The production plan includes making chemical-, seed, fertilizer & lime recommendations in conjunction with respective chemical representatives and agronomists.
  • Oversee the building of a set budget for each unit covering all necessary scenarios within an achievable cost range with the Field Manager.
  • Evaluate different input prices and farming practice to determine the most efficient production plan.
  1. Execution:
  • Oversee the execution of the production plans within the set budget together with Field Manager and Farming Contractor.
  • Oversee that land preparations are done accurately and on time.
  • Ensure timely planting and application of inputs within correct procedure and circumstances as set out in the production plan with Farming Contractor and Field Manager.
  • Ensure timely and accurate delivery of inputs and contracting services rendered by Field Managers
  • Ensure accurate delivery of harvested crops into designated silos and/or coordinating on-farm loading of harvested crops to end-point destinations.
  1. Managing:
  • Assist Field Managers with advice on how to coordinate his/her Farming Contractors with their day-to-day crop production activities and decision making.
  • Continuously visiting fields planted to follow up and help solve challenges, problems and monitor general progress.
  • Ensure that Field Managers arrange continuous farm visits by agronomists and representatives to the farms to evaluate crop development.
  • Ensure that Field Managers manage on-farm stock, do regular stock taking and implement correct inputs.
  1. Reporting:
  • Frequent updating and reporting on crop progress as well as projecting production outcomes based on agronomical characteristics and facts for the designated area.
  • Reporting on factors that influence the crops during the season and potential damage and/or solutions to it.
  • Reporting on the planned budget and any factors that may influence it toward potential over or under spending for the designated farming unit.
  • On-farm as well as storage facility stock quantities and making use of Shed to assist with inventory management.
  • Ensure that crop estimates are complete, reported and updated pre-harvest.
  • Ensure correct reporting by Field Managers of deliveries into designated delivery points of harvested crops and reconcile with reports from Support in Stellenbosch Head Office.

Qualifications and Experience :

  • B.SC Agriculture or B. Comm Agricultural Economics degree.
  • 5 to 8 years in related Industry
  • Management of  teams across a widespread geography area
  • Leadership experience

Essential skills

  • Self-Driven and Results orientated.
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Management of people skills
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Innovative
  • Ownership & Accountability
  • Decision making, initiate action.
  • Detail orientated.
  • Customer orientation
  • Effective change management skills
  • Computer skills, Microsoft Office

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge of the grain industry and/or experience in farming / agriculture in South Africa
  • Agility
  • Able to stay focused in a high intensity- and pace working environment.

General

  • Reports to Agronomy Lead.
  • Salary is market related basic salary with provident fund and medical aid benefits

EMAIL CV IN WORD FORMAT: cvs@agricruitment.co.za

Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks.

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