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Production Manager (seedling nursery)



Job Description :

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a disciplined and motivated candidate to join the management team of an established commercial nursery near Ixopo, Kwazulu-Natal.

Reporting to the Nursery Operations Director, the successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day running of the nursery, which specializes in the production of forestry, fruit and vegetable plants.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Management of supervisors and a labour force of 100-120 people, including task planning, training, discipline and related administrative tasks;
  • Customer liaison, follow up, extension and promotional events;
  • Logistics- management of drivers, maintenance of fleet, scheduling, loading of trucks, deliveries and stock control;
  • Overall management of production including seedling growth and fertilization, spraying operations, record keeping and seedling irrigation (water management);
  • Procurement, record keeping and inventory control;
  • Maintenance of nursery infrastructure (including borehole and irrigation);
  • Maintenance of general nursery hygiene.

Candidate Requirements:

  • A relevant horticultural qualification
  • At least 3-5 years of hands-on management experience in an intensive agric/hort setting;
  • A passion for growing plants and a real desire to be a part of the nursery industry;
  • Prior experience in the seedling, vegetable or forestry industry is preferred;
  • Excellent customer relations skills and work well in a team
  • Strong labour management ability
  • Fluency in isiZulu, English and Afrikaans
  • A high level of self-motivation and the ability to pay great attention to detail.

This is a demanding and hands-on role which requires exceptional attention to detail and will best suit a technically and practically minded grower who will treat the operation as their own. It's not a '9-5' job and requires dedication, discipline and self-motivation with flexibility in time being required, depending on the season. An excellent, rewarding career opportunity and great team to work with await the right person!

Salary Details:

A competitive salary including benefits will be offered to the right candidate, dependent on experience and qualifications.


To be considered for this position please contact Kate Watts or email a completed CV to kwatts@agristaff.co.za. You are encouraged to complete our Registration Document if you are not currently registered.

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