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Homegrown Senior Horticultural Manager, Kericho Region Job Vacancy

Homegrown is a market leader in the production and processing of flowers and vegetables for export and as part of the larger Flamingo Group, their added value products supply markets in the UK. Europe and USA.
Flamingo is part of Finlays one of the largest Agricultural organizations in East Africa and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swire Group the largest privately owned company in the UK.
The company is one of the largest Flower growers in the world, and as our business is undergoing continual growth and change we continue to look to support and strengthen our team in Kenya.
As a part of these planned changes we are looking for a dynamic and focused self starter who is able to underpin strategic horticultural business plans with operational best practice in order to be part of long term sustainable results.
Senior Horticultural Manager, Kericho Region
Background:

Based in Kericho where we have 3 farms with 90ha of flowers comprised mainly of roses and carnations, this is an exciting key management position coming about with the forthcoming retirement of the current job holder. It recognizes the need for a senior professional to lead and manage a team, continuing to develop an integrated and sustainable horticultural growing strategy within our flower operations.
The Job:
Reporting to the Regional General Manager and working as part of the group horticultural team, the person will strategically manage a team to efficiently plan our supply and production operations to ensure we profitably maintain stakeholder satisfaction and customer service levels in a sustainable manner.
The key result areas for this position are outlined below
  • In collaboration with the regional and group commercial and flower operations teams plan, develop and implement a best practice strategy which aligns the company’s supply plans to horticultural best practice in a profitable and sustainable manner.
  • Through effective communication and mentoring, lead, manage and develop individuals and the team while contributing to the management of the company, promoting a culture that enables people to think, be stimulated, enjoy what they do and have the perception that being a member of the Finlays team is of value to them.
The person:
The ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications / competencies:
  • Ten years demonstrable senior horticultural (growing) management experience where experience with Roses will be a distinct advantage.
  • Outside of growing this will involve devising and implementing business-relevant planning strategy at a senior level.
  • The depth of experience and skills should be such that sound people and line management competence is taken for granted.
  • Self driven, reliant and motivated, being energetic and positive in outlook with hands on and energetic approach in seeing things through to completion.
  • Highly numerate and computer literate.
  • Able to structure a plan, marshal resources, work as a team and deliver on commitments.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills: persuasive and with the gravitas to gain senior management confidence.
  • Should be a graduate and having experience of the horticultural sector will be an added advantage.
If you feel you fulfill the above requirements and wish to be considered, please send your detailed CV and copies of certificates and testimonials together with a daytime telephone contact to reach the undersigned not later than 4th September 2010.
Human Resources Director
Homegrown (K) Limited
Nairobi Business Park, Unit B
P. O Box 10222-00400, Nairobi
careers. homegrown@f-h.biz
Those who will not have heard from us by 15th October 2010 should consider their applications unsuccessful.
Finlays/ Homegrown (K) Ltd is an equal opportunity employer

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