Job Info
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Brentwood, CA
Job Number: 11988
Posted Date: 8/17/2021
Job description

Job Summary

Habitera Farms is an 84-acre organic farm that grows premium fruits in the farming community of Brentwood in Northern California. We are looking for a leader with 8-10 years of farming experience to focus on both the long term vision along with day-to-day operations, including the farm’s budget, infrastructure, team, marketing, branding, and sales. This individual will be in charge of growing and scaling the farm, helping create a great collaborative culture while maintaining maximum profitability. The CEO will report to Anil Godhwani, who is one of three owners of the farm.

Job Responsibilities

Management

  • Runs existing operations, crops, staff, and financial documents to enable all systems and processes to run smoothly.
  • Manages a growing team of farm staff, including occasional contractors and handymen, as well as seasonal labor for picking months (May & June).
  • Conduct interactions with all employees, customers, vendors & partners with respect and build a collaborative work environment and culture.
  • Responsible for the profit and loss of Habitera Farms - Ensure that the farm runs profitability and maximizes profits with a long term mindset.
  • Maintain budget and accurate financial records to ensure the farm is profitable and meets projected financial targets.
  • Oversee accounting team to handle paperwork and keeping administrative records for sales and purchases.

Operations & Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure and Safety - Plan and coordinate the building of infrastructure which includes a barn, cooling center and a couple of additional dwelling units (ADU’s).
  • Ensure our infrastructure including equipment and machinery is in great condition at all times by scheduling repairs, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and machinery as needed.
  • Maintain compliance with government regulations and health and safety standards including getting and maintaining our Organic Certification.
  • Harvest and Post Harvest Handling - Hire sufficient seasonal labor for harvest and post harvest handling.
  • Create excellence in the shaking and catchment system as well as post harvest handling in cold storage till the berries are delivered to customers within 24-48 hours from the time they are picked.

Marketing & Sales

  • Marketing & Branding - Develop a market for Himalayan Mulberries in California.
  • Manage branding and messaging on the farm’s website and social media accounts for the “Very Mulberry” brand.
  • Sales - Design and execute a sales plan to sell the mulberries and derivative products direct to customers, via CSA’s, Online Delivery companies, farmers markets and wholesale relationships to always have more demand than supply.
  • Create and maintain professional relationships and networks to grow sales for the farm and establish distribution routes and deliveries.

Innovation & Expansion

  • Perform R&D in various areas including derivative products, water management and other key areas.
  • Explore potential expansion plans in Northern and Southern California and move forward with implementation following approval from owners.

Job Requirements 

  • 8-10 years of experience in farming
  • 5+ years of management experience
  • 5+ years of P&L responsibility
  • A positive, collaborative and solutions oriented attitude
  • Great team building skills
  • A passion for organic, sustainable farming
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to make decisions in stressful environments
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills

Compensation 

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Generous profit sharing
  • Three weeks Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical benefits / stipend

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