General Manager – Valley Pride, Inc., Castroville, CAThe General Manager will provide the leadership and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. The Manager will accomplish this through a respectful, productive and energetic style, as guided by company objectives.This executive role will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the business operations of Valley Pride, Inc. and JTD Equipment Leasing. This dynamic role will direct and manage the following areas;Field OperationsAdministrationCommunicationCOMPETENCIESLeadershipStrategic ThinkingResults DrivenBusiness AcumenDecision MakingField ManagementFUNCTIONSProvide day-to-day leadership and management to a product and service organization that mirrors the company?s mission and values. Bottom line: Continue to add innovation, operational excellence and build upon our 30-year legacy.Provides timely, accurate and complete reporting on the operating condition of the company.Spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes.Collaborate with the management team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the growth objectives of our organization.Motivate and lead a high performance management team and provide mentoring as a cornerstone to the management career development program.Assist, as required, in customer meetings and visits to enable the company to meet sales, growth, and market share objectives.Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment.Champion projects to improve internal efficiencies and provide direct benefits to our customers.Professionally represent the company with clients and business partners.SCOPE OF ROLEThis job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all the role?s responsibilities. All of our roles include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products and service.Duties and tasks must be planned and executed to meet crucial deadlines, efficiently serve our clients, and build the success of our programs. The following job functions are not all-inclusive and may change as required by the needs of the company.ADMINISTRATIONManage the company?s budget from proposal to annual review with the Board of Directors.Management of quarterly reviews for expenses and revenues; involves work with financial counsel, as well as company?s CPA and auditing firms in the review of financial statements.Build dynamic programs to ensure proper management of competitive salary and benefits programs, including 401(k), profit sharing, health, life, holiday, and time off.Successfully lead contract negotiations:SubcontractorsEquipment leases and purchasesCarton suppliers and other packaging vendorsInsurance agents and all types of policiesProperty leases & subleasesEmployee programs & benefitsCost of goods sold vendorsLegal actionsProfessional service providersLicensing agenciesProfit retention and rebatesOversee the development and proper implementation of company policies, including but not limited to:Employee handbooksHealth and safety programsCompensation and benefits administrationPolicies and procedures for office operationsRecruitment, training, performance reviews, disciplinary actions, layoffs and terminationsEmployee relationsPrepare and review financial statements and records:Cost and yield reportingRebates/retention schedulesEnsure the operations maintain a profitable conditionOversee the acquisition and maintenance of all equipment necessary to accomplish field operations.FIELD OPERATIONSOversee the planning and execution of field operations, harvesting and field work.Ensure harvesting operations meet or exceed shipper quality standards.Ensure accurate accounting of packaged produce according to grower, venture, commodity, and variety.Oversee team performance in all commodities in all areas.COMMUNICATIONSRepresent and communicate with external entities on behalf of the company, such as:?Growers: regarding all harvest decisions and resulting dataShippers: regarding volume and quality decisionsPCAs: regarding pest controlVisiting governmental authorities in enforcement and regulatory actions regarding field operations & licensingSKILLS, ABILITIES AND REQUIREMENTSThe ideal candidate will follow company policies and practices while representing the company in an ethical and professional demeanor in all interactions.Masters or bachelor?s degree in agricultural science/economics, operational or business management, agricultural management or related field is preferred. Continuing education in supervision, safety and other job related areas.An experienced leader with a minimum of 5 ? 7? years of progressive agricultural operations including time as an individual contributor as well as managing diverse operations. Experience as an agricultural manager responsible for multi-site operations and personnel management is highly desired. Experience in and knowledge of fresh produce is highly desired. A proven track record managing harvesting of several commodities.Ability to successfully motivate and lead cross-functional teams across the company, and to develop alliances and relationships with individuals and functional departments in Ocean Mist Farms and its affiliates.Fluent in conversational and written English-Spanish is highly desired.Experience hiring, training, developing, and mentoring direct reports.Experience developing and managing a budget.Proficient software skills and knowledge of cost accounting software are required, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications, (i.e.,? Excel and Word); prior Famous experience is highly desired.Be insurable and maintain a valid driver?s license.Excellent physical condition particularly for extensive presence in fields.Personal attributes must include,High integrity and strong work ethicsFlexible and able to deal with multiple tasks simultaneouslyCalm under pressureExcellent communicator one-on-one and in group settingsSuperior time management*A complete job description is available at www.OceanMist.com**Candidates who apply must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.ABOUT USHeadquartered in Castroville, California near Monterey Bay, Valley Pride Inc. harvests and packages crops in the Salinas Valley, Huron, Coachella, California, and Yuma, Arizona. Valley Pride, Inc. employs approximately 800 employees throughout the year.? Our operations are year-round, with year-round harvesting in California and Arizona during the winter season.Valley Pride, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity EmployerApply for this job.