Agronomist/ Farm Manager Job in Kenya

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Agronomist/ Farm Manager Job in Kenya

Title: Agronomist /Farm Manager, 

Industry: Agriculture, 

Gross Salary: Competitive, 

Our client, a private coffee estate situated in Nakuru County, is inviting applications for the position of Farm Manager. The overall responsibility for the position includes but is not limited to leadership and management. The Farm Manager will report to the Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Prepare records involving cost (finances) and production (technical performance) and keep them up to date.
  • Plan finances and production to maintain farm progress against budgeted parameters.
  • Manage the procurement of supplies and farm equipment such as fertilizer and seeds.
  • Prepare and plan the work schedules of full-time employees and decide when temporary workers will be needed.
  • Marketing the farm’s products, deciding when and to whom crops and all other farm produce should be sold for maximum profit.

  • Arranging the maintenance and repair of farm buildings, machinery and equipment.
  • Monitor crop health and welfare, including liaising with agricultural experts.
  • Maintaining and monitoring the quality of yield.
  • Understanding the implications of the weather and making contingency plan.
  • Making sure that produce is ready for deadlines, such as auctions and markets.
  • Ensuring that farm activities comply with government regulations and other programs related to agriculture.
  • Maintaining a knowledge of pests and diseases and an understanding of how they spread and how to treat them.
  • Applying health and safety standards across the farm estate.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the farm estate inclusive of those areas that are not (yet) in use.
  • Making expansion and development plans (including financial implications) for the development of various areas of the farm estate.
  • Monitoring and documenting all yields and land use, if production goals have not been met, the manager is responsible for identifying and correcting the problem to ensure that the farm runs as efficiently and profitably as possible.
  • Protecting the environment and maintaining biodiversity.
  • Having basic knowledge of and being able to supervise farm building and construction.
  • Advise the Directors accordingly.

Key Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in an agriculture-related field, Agronomist or equivalent.
  • A business management qualification will be a plus.
  • Minimum 5 years of extensive experience in managing a large horticulture farm.
  • Strong general management, staff management, and demonstrated leadership skill.
  • Be able to properly manage teams and employees within a difficult environment 
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • The ability to make decisions in stressful environments.
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Report writing skills.

Qualifications

  • Agriculture or a related subject as horticulture, crop management, agronomy or Agribusiness.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as Farm Manager in a similar function.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to farming.

Terms of Engagement

  • Contract term of 3 years, renewable depending on performance.

How to Apply

Send your Application Letter and CV as one document stating your current position, contact details as well as names and contacts (telephone and e-mail address) of three (3) referees familiar with your qualifications and work experience.

Indicate the title of position and reference number on the subject line of your email to transcendhumanresource@gmail.com 

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