EVP/GM of Agriculture
Position Summary:The EVP Agriculture (EVP) will be comprehensively responsible for all aspects of the company's growing operations, grower management, agricultural policy, agricultural processing facilities and serve as the external face of the company for agricultural industry leadership. This will include the management of company-owned olive orchards and the contracting of olives with unaffiliated growers. In addition, the EVP will take a leadership role at an industry level, continuing to advance the use of technology throughout the enterprise. S/he has responsibility for the strategic oversight and operational performance of the company’s farm assets, raw material procurement and olive oil production. The successful candidate will be very hands-on, working closely and collaboratively with the other members of the senior leadership team in executing the company Olive Ranch’s aggressive growth strategy. Principal ResponsibilitiesDevelop and implement a strategic and tactical plan for all agricultural operations to ensure on-going ability and capacity to grow. Includes both company-owned orchards, sourcing olives from other growers and processing activities.Develop planning and budgeting for the all areas of the company’s olive oil production operations.Identify state of the art processes and resources to use inputs efficiently so that resources such as water and land are used to optimize production and profitability.Plan, coordinate, and control the daily operation of the agriculture organization through its managers.Manage the agriculture strategy and P&L, including all agricultural revenue, capital expenditures and direct costs.Motivate and lead the agriculture team; improve employee productivity and efficiency through training, internal growth, programs, etc.Ensure that the growing operations are aligned with changes in changing customer requirements, such as sustainability, and growing consumer demand (for example organic olive oil).Contribute cross-functionally as a member of the senior leadership team.Professionally and competently represent the company externally in dealings with government, media and industry in a manner that supports and perpetuates the Company’s leadership position. Other Position ParametersThe role reports to the President/CEO and will have the GM-Consumer Packaged Goods, CFO and VP of Technical Services as peers.The position is supported by a team 60 people (higher during harvest) including seven direct reports.The Company is located in Chico, CA, but location can be flexible for the right candidate.Regular local travel to meet with growers and other constituencies and stakeholders. Otherwise driven by research, recruiting and strategic activities. Ideal Candidate ProfileWe seek a results-driven executive who has excellent strategic thinking skills, relevant management and experience in a rapid-growth environment, a strong team-oriented attitude, and a business builder’s perspective, thought process, and execution capability. The winning candidate will have an at-the-farm gate, dynamic management style, and strong interpersonal skills that are equally effective in an on-farm visit with a grower and in the boardroom, along with an entrepreneurial view that supports the Company’s growth strategies. Successful candidates will have a proven track-record of building lasting, trust-based relationships among stakeholders. Experience and skills requiredMinimum of 10 years of full P&L management experience in businesses larger than $50MM, preferably some in the agriculture or manufacturing arena. Minimum 5 years experience with external supplier / customer account management and / or technological developmentA solid grounding in and deep knowledge of capital-intensive industries where long-term planning attuned to market risk is crucial.Initiative to develop new policies, systems and procedures to make work processes more efficient.A strategic thinker—and hands-on doer– with the knowledge, skills, experience and judgment to evaluate the existing and ongoing utilization/performance of the company’s orchards.A track record of designing and executing plans that drove improvements in the sustainable performance of a business.Knowledge of enterprise-wide business practices and the systemization of total quality management.Proven collaborative, negotiation, communication, and integrative skills that are effective at all levels of the organization from board room to the farmer tailgate.Demonstrated strong leadership and team-building expertise.Experience with and understating of sustainable agricultural practices in a large growing operation.Strong analytical aptitude and mind set.A business builder’s perspective and thought processSolid understanding of how technology can be used to improve efficiency and drive out costs. Superior judgment to quickly prioritize opportunities and build consensus upon them Personal characteristics requiredEncourage the open expression of ideas and opinions. The ideal candidate puts team, culture and values first.Highest integrityAbility to inspire and generate trust with all stakeholders. A true hands-on style and approach, with high physical and intellectual energy, and a robust entrepreneurial spirit with a “never give up” tenacity. Passion for what s/he does and a desire to learn about the company’s business and the olive and olive oil industries. The company's future General Manager of Agriculture will leave a historical footprint on the global olive oil industry. Education level desiredBachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Crop Physiology, Production & Operations Management or other relevant technical field. A graduate degree is highly preferred, with an MBA or MS in Agricultural Economics particularly valuable. CompensationLucrative compensation package consisting of base salary, targeted bonus opportunity, equity participation, relocation package, and benefits. Unique to this roll is the ability to participate in value created throughout the value chain, from field to consumer.Apply for this job.