Orchard Manager

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at Southern Cross Horticulture
Location Tauranga, New Zealand
Date Posted 10 March 2021
Category On-Orchard
Job Type Full-time


About the business

Our mission is to create the world's best kiwifruit orchards.

This serves our purpose; to enhance our team, our customers, our shareholders, and our community

We strive to live our values: Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Relationships, Attitude

We're a family-owned operation that's been planting, growing and exporting kiwifruit for more than 40 years. Today, Southern Cross Horticulture is one of New Zealand's most successful orchard developers and producers.



About the role

Significant growth in the business brings an opportunity for a motivated, dynamic individual to join our Team in a hands-on role of Orchard Manager

Reporting to the Cropping Operations Manager, your areas of responsibility will include:

  • Plan, co-ordinate and execute seasonal orchard activities to specification, on time, in budget
  • Active education and coaching of orchard supervisors and seasonal workers/contractors to facilitate all seasonal growing requirements to achieve a quality yield
  • Maintaining a practical safe working environment and practices for all parties within the guidelines of SCH Health and Safety policies
  • Orchard administration and compliance


Benefits and perks

This is a full-time position based in the Bay of Plenty.

Remuneration will be based on level of experience and your ability to deliver on key areas of responsibility.


Skills and experience

The successful applicant will have the following skills and attributes:

  • An ability to work effectively alongside people from various cultures and consistently communicate in a positive manner
  • A strong desire to grow world class crops to a high level of excellence of vine health and vigour and consistently achieve targeted orchard gate returns
  • Ability to plan & prioritise workload, make decisions and problem solve complex issues autonomously
  • A positive “can do” attitude and enthusiastic team player with a personal growth and continuous improvement mindset
  • Proficient in machinery operation eg. tractors/ trailers/ forklift
  • Humble, hungry and socially smart
  • A valid New Zealand drivers license and current work visa/ NZ residency status

To apply for the role, send CV with 3 references for attention lee@schort.co.nz.  Applications close on 20 March 2021

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