Job Info
Job Title: Harvest Operations Manager
Location: Arizona and California
Job Number: 11953
Posted Date: 7/26/2021
Job description

To provide leadership and organizational competency for the harvesting operations of a major fruit and vegetable grower shipper.

Specific Activities:

  • Coordinate people, equipment and supplies for a harvesting operation.
  • Interview, hire and train all personnel required for your operating team. 
  • Promote and implement proper equipment operating procedures in a manner conducive to safety standards. 
  • Train equipment operators and others in proper operating procedures. 
  • Analyze the harvest group’s performance and trends. Address issues impacting performance in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Minimize equipment damage to transplant and harvest group equipment.
  • Perform routine maintenance, diagnose field break downs, perform field repairs relative to diagnostics and perform off season overhauls on transplant and harvester equipment.
  • Develop and maintain a professional relationship with customer growers.
  • Promote a culture focused on job safety following the standards and procedures set forth in the 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 and contractors.
  • Provide operational and performance reports as requested by fellow colleagues. 
  • Promote and encourage an environment conducive to the principles of Mission Focused Management.

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 Phoenix area and take responsibility for specific planting and harvesting equipment. Overnight travel required during the season. 


  • The successful candidate will have competency in mission related disciplines such as large-scale agriculture mechanical harvesting, transplanting, crop production, extensive experience in maintaining and repairing farming and harvesting equipment and be bilingual in English and Spanish for hiring, training and organizing personnel. 
  • 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. 
  • Must be bilingual and bi-cultural with the ability to effectively communicate and manage a diverse group of harvesters and supervisors.
  • Must be able to plan effectively and estimate crop harvesting volumes and communicate this information to all other departments including cooler/packinghouses, sales, management.
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of large-scale harvest management experience.
  • Must be computer savvy with a Bachelors Degree. 

Skill set should include:

  • Extensive knowledge of general farm machinery and mechanics. Including but not limited to: Gearboxes, D/C Electrical, Shaft & Equipment Alignment, Hydraulic Systems, Bearings, diesel engines, multiple buses and custom fabricated harvesting equipment.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend complex processes and instructions.
  • Ability to understand, embrace and integrate into our Self-Management organizational system.
  • Ability to take ownership of a group of approximately 600 harvesters and treat it as your own personal business in which you take complete responsibility.
  • Ability to build a team of supervisors and foremen, share knowledge and experience with peers and play a leadership role within a group. 
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram format.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good DMV record.
  • Must be a capable trouble shooter and problem solver.
  • A good sense of humor goes a long way.

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