Based in Southern Scotland, the Horticultural Manager is the most senior role within our clients Tree-growing team, with the Propagation Team, Miniplug Team, Nursery Team and Biosecurity all reporting in to that position. The key objective is to manage those separate processes to ensure the overall Production Plan is met, that plant husbandry requirements are delivered, and that each department works in a timely fashion to manage the interchange of stock between the functional teams.
With planned volumes in excess of 30m trees produced per year, resource planning is key including understanding the seasonal variation of resource requirement. Phasing the Sowing Plan and the Transplanting Plan is critical due to crop development, as is identifying growing space in advance of the transplanting stage. Ensuring availability of key components – cell trays, compost, fertiliser, additives etc will also fall within the responsibilities.
The business aims to train and upskill the team and offer long-term career development opportunities, the Horticulture Manager is to oversee that horticultural training process.
The Horticulture Manager will sit within the business’ senior leadership team and be expected to contribute to future business direction and capital investment planning. In addition to analyse previous and current investments and report on all activity within the functional area.
The business is planning significant investment in automation solutions to improve efficiency. Working with and improving current processes to maximise the benefit of automation solutions will be a key objective.
The business has exciting plans for both organic growth and diversification. The Horticulture Manager role is critical to manage both the quantity and quality of tree stock, which will underpin expansion plans.
Investigating the wider industry and identifying potential new or changed processes would be encouraged. As the business develops, some internal processes will need to evolve or change and they would be looking to the Horticulture Manager to analyse current processes and look for improved ways of working.
Success in the role will involve maintaining or improving current processes and developing new fit for purpose processes which allow the business to realise its future plans. In addition to contribute to and help shape future business plans.
For a confidential chat about this role, please give Ian Reed at Redfox a call or apply via. this website without delay.