Mushroom Farm Manager, Leckford

Job Type Agriculture
Region South East England
Location Stockbridge
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
07
Closing Date 30/9/2018
Vacancy Type
Secondment - 6 Months
Salary £37,000 - £48,700
Salary Frequency per annum
Hours of Work
39 hours per week on a shift rota pattern

Earliest start 07:00
Latest finish 17:00

Includes occasional weekends

Duties & Responsibilities

This role is located on the Leckford Estate, the Waitrose Farm in the Test Valley - Hampshire. The mushroom farm manager is responsible for a dedicated team of Partners responsible for growing, harvesting, and pacing produce from (currently) about 7,500 square metres of bed area (approximately 26-27 tonnes production per week from a 6 week cycle).

In your role you will be responsible for maximising the profitability of the mushroom farm through optimisation of resource use and meeting targets for yield and quality of produce (as required by the primary customer, Waitrose)

Job Requirements

Key areas of the role include:
- Coordinating crop cycle with market demands
- Cost control
- Management of mushroom farm Partners (circa 55)
- Overseeing the collection and reporting on data

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

- Ideally hold a minimum level 4 NVQ in relevant subject
- Management skills and experience
- Demonstrable experience of profitable mushroom growing
- Food quality and safety knowledge
- Experience of working with suppliers and building customer relationships

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

- Preferably an agricultural or horticultural degree holder
- Experience in budget preparation and management
- Understanding of the UK and European mushroom market
- Efficient use of IT

Please consider the following when making your application:
- We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early
- Print off the job description now if you require it
- Ensure you have an up-to-date CV

Please note as this position is a secondment/FTC, if the successful applicant is an existing Partner, benefits will remain unchanged.

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