Head of Fruit Operations

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  • Title: Head of Fruit Operations
  • Salary: Attractive salary plus benefits
  • Location: Flexible
  • Contact: Charlie van Exter
  • Reference: W / L061

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The Position

  • Lead the growing of fruit within the organisation (significant annual budget) to deliver a profitable, sustainable business which is recognised for setting the benchmark within the wider industry. Deliver additional output within the next 5 years, building on current production.
  • Work closely with the senior management team and wider business to ensure all the necessary steps are undertaken to deliver the business’ rolling 10 year strategic business plan.
  • Grow customer base using a multi-channel approach to maximise its returns across the whole crop production & value chain.
  • Deliver a compelling marketing campaign to build organisation’s brand equity and establish its name within the top fruit sector thereby paving the way for it to become the “go-to” player.
  • Work in close partnership with the two Fruit Farm Managers whose remit is to directly oversee the growing operations in Kent and Herefordshire. Lead, coach and develop the wider team.

The Candidate

  • Must be a natural leader with experience of managing a fast-paced, complex business with a geographically disparate team and diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Must possess strong commercial and financial management control and be comfortable in drawing up and managing budgets with a track record of exceeding targets.
  • Will need to demonstrate strong strategic awareness, be operationally sound and have experience in change management.
  • Should have top fruit experience in production, packing, marketing and retail. An empathy and understanding for farming systems is desirable.
  • Must be tenacious by character, have a drive to succeed and possess the perceptiveness to take a long-term view and manage teams through different market cycles.

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