Production Zone Manager
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the administrative management and efficient operation of pacific northwest production zone, including all production sites, facilities and staff within the zone. This includes all production with third parties. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Establishes objectives for designated production zone and prepares reports that outline progress toward these objectives for review by management.Furnishes, revises and updates accurate and efficient internal and external reports as required by the production manager.Reviews and approves adequate plans for the control of all designated production zone sites and facilities, including budget spending, labor efficiency, material efficiency, production effectiveness and human utilization.Reviews performance against operating plans and standards. Provides reports on interpretation of results and approves changes in direction of plans.Responsibilities include coordinating the planning of crop schedules, field inspections, crop reports, crop recipes, lot sheets and reporting systems.Defines and recommends objectives in each area of production zone. Develops specific short term and long term plans and program, together with supporting budget requests and financial estimates.Reviews cost control reports, cost estimates, human resources and facilities requirement forecasts.Approves production contracts and settlement reports for designated production zone.Reviews budgets for the designated production zone.Develops plans for new areas of technology for the production functions, along with sufficient planning for areas that support the mission of the corporation. MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:Ensures optimum performance of the production function. Recommends and implements techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs and maintain up-to-date production practices.Acts within scope of authority and consistent with company objectives and policies.Assures a positive employee relations position is maintained. Ensures the company’s principles, policies and programs are consistently practiced.Directs, monitors and appraises the performance of units immediately reporting to the Production Zone Manager and provides the necessary coordination between activities.Identifies training needs, initiates development of subordinates, and recommends effective personnel action.Keeps employees informed as to company/department plans and progress.Coordinates activities of assigned units with those of other company units. Seeks mutual agreement on problems involving coordination.Consults with all segments of management and staff responsible for policy or action as necessary.Ensures that duties, responsibilities, authority and accountability of all direct subordinates are defined and understood. EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:B.S. degree in business, agriculture or related discipline required. M.B.A. highly desired. KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.Strong analytical and reasoning abilities.Ability to establish credibility and be decisive.Demonstrated participative management style, advocates team concept.Well developed interpersonal skills.Ability to train, supervise and evaluate the performance of subordinates.Results oriented with the ability to balance other business considerations. EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND:A minimum of 15 years experience, ideally gained through increasingly responsible management positions within a seed production environment.A minimum of 8 years upper management experience with the responsibilities of a seed production department. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Must be able to work long and irregular hours.Must be able to travel for long periods of time throughout the year. Must be able and willing to travel to foreign countries.Apply for this job.