Farm Manager

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  • Howe, IN, USA
  • 2021-04-07
Do you have experience working on a vegetable farm?  Do you have solid leadership experience?  Do you want to join a very successful family owned farming operation that is ” an essential business?”  If you can answer “yes” to these questions,  you should consider this opportunity.
Our client is a potato farming operation focused on continuously improving the quality and quantity of its products that are delivered to its customers. Our client has been a family farm for over 70 years with farms in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and South America.  Our client incorporates state-of-the art processes and technology with a modern fleet of equipment.
As Farm Manager you will be responsible for the general supervision of all farming operations of up to 2500 acres,  including planting, growing, and harvesting a potato crop.  This will be a dual role of operations management and continuous improvement of operational structure and development.  Responsibilities will also include training personnel, managing/planning daily operations and budget development/execution.  You will have some responsibility for farm operations in Howe, IN and may provide support farms in other locations.  This is a very hands-on role including field engagement.  You will manage a team of up to 50 employees, both full time and seasonal.
As Farm Manager you will:
  • Plan and schedule resources, employees, and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting
  • Ensure the effective management of multiple farm locations
  • Implement crop plans and strategies
  • Ensure maintenance of cost effective and high-standard production 
  • Estimate production costs and determine the high quality standards
  • Monitor the schedule and set labor schedules as required
  • Provide necessary training
  • Make decisions regarding the operating unit’s layout, size, and range of service or design and arrangement of the work process
  • Select and maintain equipment, supervising product standards and enforcing quality control programs
  • Work with managers effectively to execute the policies and goals of the organization
  • Keep abreast of health, safety strategies and adhering to GAP policies
  • Supervise and inspire a team of workers and review the work performance of your team
Your background should include:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.  Associates degree will be considered
  • 7-10 years of Farming experience which may be growing up on farm or working on a farm during your career
  • Experience with a vegetable farm
  • Experience supervising a team of at least 50 employees
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to travel to other locations when needed
  • Must be willing to work very long hours during planting, growing, and harvesting
Prefer local candidates, but will consider assisting with relocation.