Crop Production Team Leader Job in Johannesburg, South Africa 2019

Our client, an agricultural production startup venture based in Johannesburg, South Africa is seeking to hire a Crop Production Team Leader – Agronomist on a three (3) years contract.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Crop Production Team Leader – Agronomist will oversee the crop production in the farm.

Job Purpose: To generate profitability, maximize production growth and oversee key agronomy marketing activities in the farm.

Key responsibilities include:

Researching on plants and soil in order to develop better planting, cultivation, and harvesting techniques, improve crop yield, and solve problems facing the agriculture industry.
Researching, developing, and promoting farming practices or products that diminish the effects of changes in soil, climate, and weather or prevent damage from pests.
Visiting fields to collect seed, plant, and soil samples and testing samples for nutritional deficiencies, diseases, or other changes.
Assisting with the plant selection process and the development of planting and irrigation schedules, budgets, and timelines.
Keeping detailed records regarding fields, customers, crops, and samples.
Generating reports and presenting findings to management, clients, or other interested parties.
Budget plan on the production process putting in consideration the region, Number of farmers expected per year, Materials to be used per region.
Ensuring that the produce meets both the local and international requirements including produce quality safety, legality and authenticity.
Coordinating harvest and advising the management of daily harvestings.
Manage the productivity team of agronomists to ensure crop production in all our projects meets and exceeds company targets based on inputs from investor partners.
Work directly with field personnel to assist in the establishment and expansion of new crop acreage to meet seasonal production targets.
Oversee the daily maintenance of the crop production operations necessary in producing high quality specialty crop(s).
Inspect in the fields during all phases of the agronomy season and have continual follow up visits to assure the crops are growing accordingly.
Provide personal consultation with company clients as needed and arrange for educational / promotional presentations as needed
Perform other duties as may be required by the supervisor.

Qualification and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree/ Diploma in Agricultural economics, Agribusiness management
3-5 years’ experience in agro-business development and management of agriculture focused projects
Experience with open field and greenhouse production
Excellent skills in Crop harvesting; Fertilizers; Irrigation; Planting; Record keeping; Operative planning; Greenhouse cultivation; Vegetable production
Should be business oriented and have demonstrated leadership skills, proven integrity, self-driven and self-motivated.
Able to communicate with and lead a diverse workforce.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should send their CVs and Cover letter to clearly quoting ‘Crop Production Team leader – Agronomist’ on the email subject not later than 15th April, 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Career Management is an equal opportunity Employer and does not discriminate applicants on any basis.