Overview

Branch: Worcester ~ ~

Our client has a number of growing operations overseas and grows produce using modern and innovative growing techniques to drive and support its thriving year-round soft fruit import business. Their principal customers include the major multiple food retailers.

The Role:
To be responsible for growing a high yielding crop that meet the needs of retail supermarket customer specifications including quality assurance, crop husbandry, achieving production targets & goals in areas designated by Head of Soft Fruit Growing. Managing and Monitoring the cycle from plant delivery to harvest.

Overview:
* Ensure that all purchased plants meet quality specification. Report any problems to the Head of Soft Fruit Growing immediately.
* Ensure that tunnels and troughs are prepared in accordance with operational procedure as directed by the HoSFG, including stock control of relevant materials. Oversee the planting operations and quality of all commercial crops.
* Plan and deliver against the annual husbandry tasks and labour requirements. Implement irrigation, fertigation and plant protection products as required throughout the season and maintain records to enable future analysis and improvements. Ensure that spraying is in compliance with current legislation and agreed guidelines.
* Providing accurate yield information, developing an annual crop calendar, husbandry manpower plan, carry out monthly stock takes of chemical and fertilizers; ensure that field maps are correct and up to date.
* Ensure that crop and environmental systems are accurately controlled and monitored all the times. Arrange leaf, soil and water analysis to the matrix plan. Ensure bio controls are applied in time. Ensure pests and diseases are monitored and appropriate action is taken. Produce a crop prediction report on weekly basis. Ensure that all growing practices and procedures are compliant with Nurtures Choice, Assured Produce and any other auditing bodies.
* Work closely with Technical Department. Ensure that any potential problems are reported to HoSFG or in his absence the operations Director.

Attributes:
 Practical and decisive. Understands how an effective and efficiently run growing operation can contribute to stronger overall business profitability.
 Plans and organises meticulously to ensure successful outcomes in terms of adherence to quality, cost and time frame parameters.
 A strong communicator both within and outside the Growing team. Able to develop productive working relationships with colleagues in other parts of the business.
 FACTS, BASIS, PRIVA, PA1, 2, 6a and b