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Planting Manager

Posted on: January 10th, 2019 | Agriculture | Bakersfield

Position Summary

Our client is seeking qualified applicants for our Planting Manager position responsible for overseeing planting activities at our various farm locations. The Planting Manager will be responsible for all field operations for Planting, including management of field team with an annual production volume of over 8,500 acres of baby potatoes.


The Planting Manager will report directly to the Variety Development Manager and will work closely with other members of the Farm Team, including our Director of Agronomy, various Farm Managers, and our Director of Agricultural Assets.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility will center on daily planting operations
  • Schedule planting based on communication with Variety Development Manager and Farm Managers
  • Coordinate equipment and potato seed hauling logistics, including communication with the trucking company, truck drivers, and the potato packing facility
  • Manage planting crew of operators (planter operators, tractor operators, forklift operators)
  • Keep accurate records of potato varieties, seed sources, and fields
  • Communicate all updates and/or issues to Senior Management in a timely manner
  • Keep accurate time and attendance records for crew members
  • Manage maintenance and repairs for all planting equipment
  • Maintenance of company vehicle and tools
  • Ensure that all planting equipment is kept in proper working order at all times, which includes servicing intervals and cleanliness
  • Responsible for planter repairs, servicing of planting field tractors, and inventory management of all necessary planting parts
  • Order replacement parts in a timely manner
  • Monitor and make recommendations for Field Operations, such as pre-planting irrigation needs
  • General shop and repair work during non-planting schedule

Required Skills & Qualifications

Experience and Skills:

  • 5+ years experience operating and maintaining farm equipment
  • 2+ years experience managing and/or leading others
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • High mechanical aptitude
  • Previous experience in production agriculture
  • Ability to organize multiple priorities and projects to achieve expected business results
  • Ability to lead and manage people
  • Ability to acquire and hold a valid US driver’s license and successfully pass vehicle insurance verification is required
  • Candidates must be eligible for unrestricted work in the U.S. without company sponsorship to be considered for this position
  • Ability to travel 60% of work schedule, including spending nights and weekends away from Bakersfield area
  • Ability to comprehend, read, write and communicate proficiently in English and interact with all levels of the organization

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Business, or related field of study
  • Previous experience and/or working knowledge of row crops
  • Proficiency in use of a computer including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programsThe work environment and physical demand characteristics described here represent those that an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, and/or airborne particles
  • frequently exposed to outdoor elements and/or humid conditions
  • occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, chemicals, and vibration
  • regularly required to walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl
  • frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • occasionally required to sit, climb, or balance
  • regularly use hands, fingers, arms to hold, handle, feel, and/or reach
  • frequently required to speak and hear
  • occasionally required to taste and smell
  • specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.  Company has a complete benefits package, including health, dental, vision and life insurance, company matched 401(k) and bonuses

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