Stone Fruit Production Manager

Our client is a medium-sized stone fruit farm near Stellenbosch. They produce, pack and export plums.

They are looking for a Production Manager who will oversee all aspects of the farming operation. This position reports to the General Manager.

The successful candidate will:

  • Manage all aspects of stone fruit production
  • Implement innovative ideas and techniques to increase crop production and quality
  • Implement, manage and maintain GlobalGap and other accreditations
  • Effective record keeping of all spray records, consultant communication, crop yields, labour expenses, water testing results and all other farm related information and expenses
  • Manage and motivate the workforce including seasonal workers
  • Manage all farm related expenses, effectively account for overhead costs


  • A tertiary agricultural qualification (B. Agric or equivalent)
  • Stone fruit experience is essential
  • A good working knowledge of pruning, tree-training and orchard development
  • Be familiar with all aspects of fruit production and be able to liaise with the packhouse
  • Relevant skills and knowledge to compile budgets and costings
  • Basic mechanical knowledge and the ability to manage all aspects of a successful fruit farming operation
  • Computer literate and familiar with computerised farming systems such as irrigation and spray programs

Please ensure that your application includes the following:

  • a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (MS Word format), inclusive of contact and email information
  • a covering letter motivating the application
  • an indication of current and expected remuneration
  • availability
  • contactable referees

Closing date: 27 January 2020

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application was not successful. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.