Packhouse Manager (Citrusdal)

Our client in Citrusdal is currently looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Packhouse Manager to join their team.

As a Packhouse Manager, you will be responsible for the efficient and effective management of their citrus and deciduous fruit packing facility. This role requires strong leadership, excellent organizational skills, and a thorough understanding of packhouse operations.


  • General Management
    • Oversee and manage all aspects of the packhouse operations, ensuring smooth workflow and adherence to quality standards
    • Develop and implement strategies to optimize productivity and efficiency
    • Monitor and evaluate performance metrics, adjusting as necessary to meet production targets
  • Producer and Market Liaison
    • Collaborate with producers to ensure timely and accurate delivery of fruit for packing
    • Facilitate communication and build strong relationships with producers and suppliers
    • Coordinate with marketing teams to execute packing programs and meet market demands
  • Quality Control and Monitoring
    • Establish and maintain quality control procedures to ensure product integrity and compliance with industry standard.
    • Implement proper controls for ongoing monitoring of product quality and packaging processes
    • Conduct regular inspections and audits to identify areas for improvement and address any quality issues
  • Maintenance and Cleanliness
    • Oversee the maintenance and repair of packhouse equipment, ensuring optimal functionality
    • Implement cleaning and sanitation protocols to maintain a hygienic and safe working environment
    • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations and certifications, such as BRC (British Retail Consortium) standards
  • Team Management
  • Lead and supervise a team of packhouse staff, providing guidance, training, and performance feedback
  • Foster a positive work culture, promoting teamwork, accountability, and continuous improvement
  • Effectively manage workforce scheduling to meet production requirements


  • Tertiary qualification in Production Management, Agriculture, Engineering, B.Com, Food Technology, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ of experience as a Packhouse Manager or in a similar leadership role within a packhouse environment
  • Proven track record in managing a diverse workforce and achieving production targets
  • Practical knowledge of mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting in a packhouse setting
  • Familiarity with packhouse technology, including packing equipment and software systems.
  • Detail-oriented and operationally driven, with a strong focus on quality and efficiency
  • Excellent observational skills to identify potential issues and implement corrective actions
  • Above-average computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office packages
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, enabling effective communication at all levels
  • Strong leadership and organizational abilities, with the capacity to motivate and develop a team

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