Manager Operations – Head Grower

Regio
Internationaal
Locatie
Qatar
Sector
Glasgroenten
Functiegroep
Management/Directie
Opleidingsniveau
Bachelor

Green Career Consult is seeking for its client, Agrico Qatar, a:

Manager Operations – Head Grower
Entrepreneurial, Leader, Experienced with Hydroponic Growing Systems

Location: Al Khor, Qatar (1 hour drive from Doha)

Agrico founded in 2011 is a private owned regional innovator in sustainable agriculture focused on the production of greenhouse fruits & vegetables in challenging climates of the Arab Gulf region. They are using world-leading greenhouse growing technologies and self-developed modified equipment.  Specializing in fruity vegetables (tomatoes all types, capsicum, cucumbers, eggplants, melon, zucchini, etc.) Agrico Qatar seeks to leverage innovative growing technology in order to pioneer year-round production of affordable, premium quality fresh produce. In recognition of regional vulnerabilities associated with water scarcity and food import dependence, Agrico is committed to resource efficiency and overcoming local climate challenges (specifically, heat and humidity during the summer months) to deliver high standards to customers with the European quality farm-to-fork fresh products at affordable rates.
For its greenhouses enterprise of > 25 hectare (50% year round and 50% seasonal production) and additional projects of 2-4 ha high-tech greenhouses, Agrico is seeking a:

Manager Operations – Head Grower
Entrepreneurial, Leader, Experienced with Hydroponic Growing Systems

You are responsible for managing all operations associated with fruit vegetable and leafy production in Qatar. You will have the primary responsibility for product delivery, meeting mutually agreed targets for yield and providing managerial oversight of all technical operations and staff. This includes responsibility for plant management (partly remote control), pre and post-harvest operations as well as quality control. You manage all greenhouse technical systems (including maintenance), labor, and third party inputs (i.e. seeds, fertilizer, co2) to deliver profitable ramp up and maintenance of steady-state production.
As a successful candidate you will build a safety and performance-driven company culture, while recruiting, training on-the-job and developing a talented group of junior growers, middle management, and labor so as to prepare the company for rapid expansion towards 100 ha. Your key mission is to deliver commercially attractive yields & quality as well as to position Agrico as main “supplier of choice” for leading fresh produce retailers and catering companies within Qatar.
You will report to the Chief Executive Officer and you will be an essential part of the core leadership team, helping to set the company’s strategic direction, guide investment decisions and propel growth.

Your profile

You have a proven professional background in hydroponic greenhouse vegetable growing including significant experience managing and motivating labor in a multi-cultural setting; minimum 4-7 years direct growing and management experience is required. You are an accomplished operations manager and “green fingers” grower who is pragmatic and capable of anticipating and quickly responding to plant needs in extreme environmental conditions. You are highly capable of instituting effective procedures and plans for high-impact factors such as pest & disease control, extreme climate conditions, labor quality, etc. You are able to acclimatize quickly as self-starter, have an excellent professional reputation, and hold a natural passion for commercial horticulture and for building up businesses. You are self-motivated. You have proven experience in developing and executing growing strategies (yield forecasting, irrigation strategy, fertilizer mix, and climate computer automation) and are willing to work entrepreneurially to overcome a significant operational learning curve in powerful organization.
You are a strong communicator, a powerful organizer and an enthusiastic people manager with natural leadership skills. You are smart / a quick learner and a highly capable problem solver
Must be willing to relocate to the Qatar for the first 3-5 years.

Offer Agrico

Agrico Qatar offers to the right candidate a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, an open organization culture, freedom and responsibility.
Importantly, performance-based incentive compensation will be a meaningful portion of your overall compensation package. In addition to competitive cash compensation, you will receive an incentive for addition yield above reasonable production targets. You will be part of an exciting enterprise with a strong expansion strategy in the Middle East region.

Information and Application

If you are interested in this unique vacancy or if you desire additional information, please get in contact with Green Career Consult, via Mr. Johan Grootscholten, Managing Partner / Senior Consultant, mobile: +31 (0)6 38976049.
Please send your motivation letter and CV via e-mail to: johan@greencareerconsult.nl
For additional information about Agrico, please visit the Company website at http://agrico.qa/ .

An assessment may be included as a part of the recruitment process.