The Company :
Van Oers United is an internationally operating supplier and producer of year-round fresh vegetables. The company has been active on the European market and beyond for decades.
Van Oers Uniteds intensive partnership with its own divisions and associate production companies guarantees the shortest possible chain, which assures optimal freshness.
Van Oers United believes drive, commitment and professionalism are the most important core values in its operational management.
These core values enable us to achieve our mission statement : Delivering Excellent Produce, every day.
The challenge :
2 farming entities in Morocco located in Agadir and Kenitra, 100 out growers, 2000 ha of vegetables.
Within the Moroccan farming entity one of the Leader in the fields of vegetables, and renowned by its great diversity of vegetables production in different countries, we are looking for a Vegetable Production Director.
Member of the board of Directors and attached to the General Manager of the Moroccan entity, your mission is to advise, technically support and manage the vegetable production (own and from out growers), in order to get a product in line with the market needs and standards (quality, quantity and delivery time).
For this, your missions consist of :
Planification of the Production : making sure that the drilling plans are aligned with the market needs, carry out an efficient production management from sawing until harvesting
Manage the farms Agric operations, the farms managers / collaborators and carry out visits to out growers to ensure the establishment of cultivation routes and a proper crop management
Plan and manage input supplies and follow up inventory levels (inputs, spare parts)
Manage the equipment and workshops
Establish and monitor relevant KPIs and scorecards
Build the farms budget
Follow the budget and financial results as per farm and crop
Contribute to the identification of dysfunctions
Ensure the minimization of expenses and the resources optimization
Study and propose investments in order to improve the crop and human productivities, product quality
Ensure the proper functioning of the Department within the Organization
Manage the relationship with the mother Company (Holland), the other Departments (HR, Finance, Quality, Pack Station, etc.
and the other farming entities concerning production planning (volume and quality)
Ensure a watch on innovation, technique and regulations
Organize end of season meetings and build progress plans
Ensure compliance with certification standards at farm level
Ensure compliance with health, safety and environmental standards and suggest any investment likely to increase staff safety, energy savings and compliance with environmental standards
Supervise and coach the team of farm managers and crop coordinators (technical side; organization)
Guarantee clear communication at team level
Detect training needs and communicate them to the HR Director for the implementation of training programs
Anticipate the recruitment needs with HR Director
Reporting & communication
Provide reporting to the General Manager on performance in terms of production and human resources on a weekly basis
Ensure permanent communication with the main stake holders (Quality department, Pack Station, Finance / Business Control, HR, mother Company, etc)
Ensure the establishment of an internal communication system for upward, downward and mutual information
Competences and Qualifications
Knowledge in agronomy and experience in vegetable crops is essential (cultivation techniques from soil preparation to harvest, inputs, equipment and irrigation)
Management and planification skills
Capacity for analysis and synthesis
Knowledge of standards and certifications related to the sector (GGAP, Good pesticide practices, etc.)
Interpersonal communication skills
Fluency in French or Arabic and English
Working experience in Africa / Morocco is a plus
The keys to success in this function are : thoroughness, team spirit and pragmatism!
Experience : >
5 years in a similar position.
Type of contract : Permanent Contract
Location : Morocco / Agadir
Contact : Jolanda Maarseveen / jomaarseveen vanoersunited.com