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Vice President of Horticulture

Company: BlueSkySearch, LLC
Location: Salinas
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

The Vice President of Horticulture is responsible for planning and directing all activities related to the horticulture function at Growers Transplanting, Inc. “GTI” by providing direction, materials, resources and support to Growers, Assistant Growers and other horticulture support staff including PCA’s. This position requires a horticultural core competency, leadership ability, reliability, attention to detail, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management skills, ability to work cross-functionally, creativity, while maintaining a continuous process improvement mindset. Business travel 50%.

Essential Functions

Investigate and learn best product improvement process for GTI.

Focus on specific nursery action plans/initiatives, advocate/work with staff to understand and successfully implement new or existing systems, monitor agronomic activities in operated nursery locations during the growing season, design and deploy best practices, and lead specific projects geared toward innovation.

With the Operations and Production Depts., determine future crop production numbers and crop production plans.

Establish proper plant programs, crop schedules and horticultural standard operating procedures “SOP’s”.

Manage crop mapping and crop space needs. Develop of specialty crops.

Provide oversight and manage the berry and grafting programs and related activity.

Review and report crop profit analysis and quarterly financial summaries.

Business partner with Finance and Accounting to prepare and report on cost sheet management, cost sheet simulations, crop profit analyses, quarterly financial summaries.

Responsible for Quality Assurance, Quality Control.

Provide mentorship and manage Pest Control Advisors.

Partner with Operations and Production Planning Depts. to create budgets, set production plans and establish production goals and standards.

Develop and maintain existing as well as new crop source relations.

Oversee horticulture research and development projects.

Partner with Sales Dept. to enhance crop promotion.

Partner with Procurement Dept. to ensure the proper material and products are available on time for each crop.

50% business travel to numerous GTI facilities in Gustine, Nipomo, Salinas and Pajaro Valley as well as other sites and locations as needed for business reasons.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

S in Horticulture or closely related field.

MBA or Master of Science in Agriculture, Horticulture or related field required.

Licensed Pest Control Advisor

Working knowledge of new and emerging technology in vegetable and/or fruit transplanting technology.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.

10 + years working successfully in a Horticultural environment.

Ability to oversee and manage a horticulture and PCA group of 12+ employees.

PC, Mac skills and intermediate level Microsoft Office Suite competency.

Physical Requirements

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; frequently required to talk or hear; and occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include close distance and color vision.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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