Grower Relations Manager
Reporting to the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, the Grower Relations Manager will work with growers to develop best practices and to build distinctive grower/processor relationships with our current grower base to insures long-term supply. Additionally, this person is responsible for prospecting and adding additional hazelnut tonnage by securing new grower marketing agreements. Partner with the Operations team to ensure the raw product requirements match the production schedule to provide the right raw at the right time. Position ResponsibilitiesDevelop and foster relationships with our grower/suppliers that enable business development for all parties.Identify and secure new growers.Proactively inspect and monitor raw product storage facilities for food safety, environmental conditions and product qualityDrive change within Hazelnut Growers of Oregon and within our grower group as new technologies are adapted and integrated into our business.Utilize databases as decision making tools, recommend actions and follow through to reach or exceed goals in managing in-shell hazelnuts into the plant.Participate in cross functional teams with our production partners to gain knowledge and drive continuous improvement in hazelnut manufacturing.Identify and communicate key improvement areas with respect to production, quality, and food safety, to grower/suppliers.Drive the Safety Agenda in the work environment.Successful Candidates Will HaveAt least ten years’ experience in the agriculture industry and field work; such as harvest, irrigation, application, sales or business development. A professional appearance with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to development and nurture strong cross-functional and departmental relationships.A solid knowledge of computers, GPS, and Smart phone technologies are essential.An excellent command of English, both verbal & writtenA basic mechanical aptitude.A general knowledge of food processing, or food production. Valid driver license required (Commercial Driver License recommended. Can obtain during employment) About Hazelnut Growers of OregonWilco Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is s farmer-owned cooperative with a commitment to their core values and the communities that they serve. Wilco’s respected 60 year business practices partnered with Hazelnut Growers of Oregon 30 years of reliable processing and marketing of hazelnuts ensures that the focus remains on the customers and growers, a strategic, systematic and profitable growth strategy and hiring, developing, motivating and retaining the best employees. The HGO cooperative serves over 300 hazelnut growers, and is led by more than 3000 grower owners. Hazelnut Growers of Oregon focuses on serving growers by returning profits to members and protecting the hazelnut supply chain through the highest food safety standards. The Wilco Hazelnut Growers of Oregon focus is clear, serve their customers with the products, services, and expertise they need while still striving to be a progressive company known for growth and innovation. Wilco has been named as one of the Top Work Places in Oregon and SW Washington by the Oregonian in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. They are dedicated to their team and attributes this distinction toApply for this job.