FARM MANAGER AND DRIVER JOBS WITH POTATOES FARMS, INC – BAKERSFIELD, ARVIN, CA, USA

Position Summary

CSS Farms, Inc. and Plover River Farms are vertical farming companies integrated in operations to grow, pack and market baby potatoes, fingerlings and seed potatoes. They are jointly called Tasteful Selections” which is located in Arvin, California and specialized potato company whose mission is to delight the consumers with great tasting and easy to prepare.  Tasteful Selections  is currently seeking applications for a full-time Farm Manager, to oversee our crops in our Bakersfield territory. This position has significant autonomy and requires a broad skill-set, including general management capability, attention to detail, ‘get-it-done’ attitude, superior interpersonal skills and in-depth agricultural experience.

The Farm Manager will report directly to our VP of Farm Operations and works closely with other location Farm Managers to effectively manage planting and harvest equipment for potatoes and various vegetables annually.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage crop potato production activities at farm locations within assigned territory
  • Lead field operations, including tillage, planting, cultivation, harvest, and cover crop establishment
  • Direct agronomic activities in coordination with VP of Farm Operations, including scheduling of irrigation, fertilizer applications, and chemical applications
  • Oversee potato shipping activities to deliver excellent customer service and quality
  • Support innovation in agronomic, equipment, and storage practices
  • Manage location personnel and motivate seasonal, contract employees
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are followed by employees
  • Consistently communicate with management about farm activities, challenges and innovative solutions
  • Maintain P&L responsibility with significant focus on cost management, as well as managing site budget
  • Manage purchasing of supplies, equipment, and inputs
  • Develop cropping plan to adhere to irrigation constraints and oversee all rotational crop production and disposition
  • Provide leadership for management of irrigation systems and monitoring of water usage

Job Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is required
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 3 – 5 years of experience managing agricultural programs over a large geographic region
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of work time
  • Self-directed individual who leads projects to identify and implement solutions with team input
  • Demonstrated strategic management of irrigated crops
  • Demonstrated financial management experience and budgeting skills
  • Adaptability to changing situations and have the ability to perform multiple tasks with multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated strong work-ethic, outstanding leadership ability and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in the use of Windows based computer programs (Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and a general aptitude with software systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to train and work with operational personnel on the farm
  • Superior organizational and project management skills and experience working with employees
  • Ability to acquire and hold a valid US driver’s license and successfully pass vehicle insurance verification
  • Candidates must be eligible to work unrestricted in the U.S. without company sponsorship
  • Ability to comprehend, read, write and communicate proficiently in English and interact with all levels of the organization.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in an Agriculture related program
  • 5 – 10 years of experience managing agricultural programs over a large geographic region
  • Previous experience working with potatoes and irrigated crops

Benefits and Compensation:

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

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