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Ag Operations Manager/Coordinator

Morning Star

Morning Star

Operations
California City, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Ag Operations Manager (Group Coordinator)

The Company

California Sun Grower Services harvests tomatoes on over eighty thousand acres supplying tomatoes to processing facilities in Central California. In addition to harvesting activities, California Sun also provides custom transplanting and other farm services. It provides a good opportunity for employment for those who have the desire to perform well and be successful.

Our company is operated by colleagues without titles or an appointed hierarchy of authority. Authority relative to other colleagues activities is lateral, with each colleagues Mission as their guiding principle of action. Respect, influence and success is based on each colleagues competency, integrity, effort, persistence and straight-forward persuasiveness. We intend to maintain a culture of individual responsibility and Mission-Focused Self-Management.

The Mission

To provide leadership and organizational competency for an operating unit within California Suns transplanting and harvesting business and achieve enviable results.

This is a full time, year round position. This person will coordinate achieving their mission with a group of operational colleagues, be based in the Los Banos area of Californias San Joaquin Valley and take responsibility for specific planting and harvesting operations, equipment and people.

The successful candidate will have competency in mission related disciplines such as large scale agriculture mechanics, harvesting, transplanting and crop production operations, and experience in maintaining and repairing farming and harvesting equipment. This position is for a hands-on professional who enjoys working on a peer level with talented and committed colleagues, and who has the self-confidence to pursue their convictions. Earnings are expected to be $90,000 to $115,000 (base) and above (DOQ). We also offer very competitive health benefits, PTO, 401K, etc.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate people, equipment and supplies for a harvesting & transplanting group to accomplish our Mission.
  • Interview, hire, train and organize all personnel required for an operating team.
  • Promote and implement proper equipment operating procedures in a manner conducive to safety standards.
  • Analyze your transplant and harvest groups performance and trends. Address issues impacting performance in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Perform routine maintenance, diagnose field break downs, personally perform field repairs and perform off season overhauls on transplant and harvester equipment with fellow team mechanics.
  • Develop and maintain a professional relationship with customer growers.
  • Responsibilities will require overnight travel.
  • Promote a culture focused on job safety, following the standards and procedures set forth in the Morning Star Company Safety Program.
  • Audit the performance and quality of service provided by your group. Use audits to improve performance and customer satisfaction.
  • Organize and coordinate field moves in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Promote and enforce a high level accountability amongst colleagues.
  • Provide operational and performance reports as requested by fellow colleagues.
  • Promote and encourage an environment conducive to the principles of Mission-Focused Self-Management.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of general farm machinery and mechanics, including but not limited to:
  • Gearboxes
  • D/C Electrical
  • Shaft & Equipment Alignment
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Bearings
  • Diesel Engines
  • Welding ability
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend complex processes and instructions.
  • Ability to understand, embrace and integrate into our Mission-Focused Self-Managementorganizational system.
  • Ability to take ownership of a group of approximately 6 harvesters and treat it as your own personal business in which you take complete responsibility.
  • Ability to build a team, share knowledge and experience with peers and play a leadership role.
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram format.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and good DMV record.