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Manager Raw Fruit & Souring

Company: Dole Packaged Foods
Location: Atwater
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

The Field Department Manager position will be responsible for sourcing fruit that meets or exceeds quality required to support the Dole branded and private label frozen fruit products we manufacture and bag. This includes securing quality fruit and management of relationships with current and potential suppliers; providing intelligence and guidance on market conditions and industry supply position to senior decisions-makers for their consideration and direction. As well as developing an in-depth understanding of nuances associated with the various growing regions we source raw fruit from.

  • Develop strong business and professional relationships with contracted growers as well as to cultivate relationships with potential growers
  • Initiate and advance negotiations under the direction of the General Manager that are aligned with our current business needs and our growth plans
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the various growing regions we source from including aspects associated with climate and soil, a knowledge of grower reputation and their affiliations and attitude toward quality and service
  • Stay educated on the latest farming techniques and variety development, organic practices and industry developments
  • Promote improved raw fruit quality through frequent field visits and knowledge sharing.
  • Continually evaluate ranches/farms for conditions that can negatively affect quality and yield (including but not limited to rot mildew, presence of harmful insects/pests, and disease
  • Ensure growers are following Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Provide information on market conditions to senior managers as requested including information on pricing trends, planting activity and competitor activity
  • Collect field data necessary to estimate annual and future yields for all raw fruit types Dole sources
  • Continually gather and supply up-to-date information on global crop size and condition
  • Participate in industry organizations as requested
  • Manage field department staff
  • Experience with budgeting and financial analysis
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with all levels of internal and external contacts including management team members, growers, processors, etc.
  • Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, MS Word & PowerPoint) with ability to easily learn new systems
  • A valid CA Drivers License and operate a company vehicle in compliance with the law and Dole Company vehicle policiesKEY COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
    • Strong leadership skills
    • High analytical capacity
    • Strong problem solving skills
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Multi-tasking
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Initiative
    • Communication
    • Work efficiency
    • Second language a plusEDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
      • Bachelors degree in Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Crop and Soil, Horticulture or related field preferred or and 5 years of progressive agricultural experience in a similar capacity or;
      • 6-10 years of progressive agricultural experience in a capacity closely related to grower managementPHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
        • Ability to drive a motor vehicle long distances and travel extensively within the various growing regions
        • Ability to work in all weather conditions
        • Ability to sit and use a computer for extended periods of time; ability to answer phones, and utilize a variety of office equipment. Ability to lift 40 lbs., climb stairs
        • Ability to traverse through areas without roads, sidewalks, etc. (ex: dirt fields)TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
          • Approximately 50%Employment is contingent upon drug screen, background verification and skills test required for some positions.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.Req No.: 2022-2449 External Company Name: Dole Packaged Foods External Company URL: www.dolesunshine.com Street: 7916 W Bellevue Rd

Keywords: Dole Packaged Foods, Merced , Manager Raw Fruit & Souring, Executive , Atwater, California

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