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Citrus Harvest Manager

OPE Recruiting
Winter Haven, FL
  • Posted: 11 days ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Title: Citrus Harvest Manager

Salary Range: 75k to 90k

Job Summary:

Citrus Harvesting Manager will be responsible for the successful harvest of all Citrus crops under their management. They will also be responsible for budgeting and forecasting to ensure efficiency and preparedness.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • 3-5 Years experience as a Harvest Manager in fruit or vegetable packing
  • Caribbean Fruit Fly Program knowledge and management experience
  • Labor Management

Essential Job Functions:

  • Labor management- Coordinate with sales early in the summer and project how much H2A manpower will be needed and when. Work with labor contractor throughout the year to bring crews in timely, with the appropriate manpower. Once the season has started, coordinate with contractor multiple times daily as to start time, (forecasting weather) (direct cost control), blocks to harvest, expected volume, access to the blocks and WPS information.
  • Manage company field riders as to requirements for crop being harvested i.e. clippers, rings, spot on size if so what size, color etc. Manage riders activities to include pulling of fruit tests in all blocks prior to harvesting throughout the season.
  • Maintain an open line of communication between field riders, production managers, sales and labor provider. Daily updates to all parties for harvesting results.
  • Point person for harvesting side of WPS, food safety, harvesting governmental compliance.
  • Work with grower accounting to ensure all records are correct and up to date.
  • Develop annual budget for all harvesting operations.
  • Harvesting scheduling of crews and cost optimization.
  • Citrus and blueberry crop evaluation on volume, size, grade, packout. Info to be uploaded into electronic pad for system wide delivery. Important for sales, packing, fruit accounting.
  • Grower communication both internal and external for all harvesting activity.
  • Complete knowledge of all contracts, packout reports, etc for all products.
  • Point person and contract person with H2A labor provider
  • Review all harvesting compliance to ensure contractor is on track.
  • Review and sign off on all harvesting related expenses.
  • Manage harvesting supervisors to ensure quality job is getting done by the crews.
  • Develop budget with CFO
  • Work with Food Safety Coordinator & Grove Care for Harvesting Crew- Field Inspection in both Blueberries and Citrus each year for Primus & USDA Audits
  • Caribbean Fruit Fly Program: Liaison with DPI for continuous updates on rule or policy changes, coordinate with Noble Sales Team to forecast when and where to bring groves into Fly Free Protocol. Sign, maintain establishment forms for each area to be brought in. Maintain spreadsheet with all pertinent data and distribute throughout the season to Packing and Sales Staff on an as needed basis.

Attend multiple Education Sessions hosted by DPI each year to include Carib Fly and CBS among other issues.

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Winter Haven, FL



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