Assistant Growing Manager

Greenvale Growing

Skills Required

BASIS qualified, clean UK driving licence, Effective communication, Effective organisation, Forklift Certificate, Pesticide Application, Team management



Job Description

As one of the UK’s largest grower of fresh potatoes we supply our factories with the highest quality potatoes all year round. We pack fresh potatoes in our two strategically located packing facilities in the UK for retailers, wholesalers and processors.

The potatoes that we pack are grown by around 200 of our UK growers, most of whom we supply seed to, and along with the potatoes from our own growing operations provide our pack sites with the material to store, manage and pack for our key customer base 364 days of the year.

We aim to lead the industry in our understanding of key trends. Each of our retail customers are unique and we have not only the expertise to understand them but also their customer base. We work closely with our retail customers to help them understand changing shopper and consumer attitudes. Our investment in market and consumer understanding enables us to pinpoint and capitalise on our customers ever changing priorities.

Greenvale Growing is the largest British grower of fresh potatoes. Growing across two hubs in the UK, Norfolk (400) and the Scottish Borders (800), we plant around 1,200 acres per annum. In the south, we grow mainly salads with some maincrop across both Norfolk and Suffolk, working with the latest machinery and technology in the process.

The geographic spread of these hubs means that we can deliver quality potatoes into our pack sites all year round, providing our customers with the products they need, when they need it.

We are now looking to recruit an Assistant Growing Manager at our Norfolk/Suffolk growing hub. Reporting to our Head of Growing, you will be responsible for managing all Greenvale Growing operations including all work carried out by the growing team and by third party contractors or agency staff.

  • Planning of all crop production to suit procurements needs throughout the year
  • Sourcing and negotiation of suitable land and land rents
  • Planning and managing the purchasing and application of all agro-chemical and fertiliser inputs
  • Planning all field operations and crop irrigation
  • In conjunction with external contractors planning seasonal/weekly/daily work plans and ensuring all operations are carried out correctly.
  • Planning, managing and purchasing all machinery/vehicles and maintenance required, ensuring the appropriate records are kept up to date and machinery is kept in a safe condition
  • Planning and managing all crop storage from harvest through to delivery
  • Managing stock control
  • Delivering monthly reports monitoring crop yield and quality
  • In conjunction with HR, managing the supply of temporary labour, ensuring compliance with legislation and Ethical Trading Standards
  • Leading and participating in improvement projects
  • Ensuring that the growing business meets all crop protocols at the highest level
  • Co-ordinating and managing the purchase of parts and consumables for Growing equipment
  • Managing all statutory inspections required for compliance with company protocols
  • Assisting with all storage operations, box movements and lorry collections/deliveries

Our ideal candidate will have the following;

  • Experience leading a team, demonstrating managerial skills
  • Understanding of budgetary requirements and efficiencies
  • Experience and knowledge of potato production operations
  • Good communication skills and record keeping
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Forklift Certificates – Counterbalance essential, telescopic may also be required but not essential
  • A team player and to maintain Greenvale’s high standards and reputation with landlords, customers and other parties
  • Emergency First Aid Certificate would be desirable
  • Pesticide Application (PA1, PA2 ,PA4G) would be desirable
  • BASIS and FACTS qualifications would be desirable

In return we will offer;

  • A competitive salary
  • A benefits package including the following;
    • Company vehicle
    • 32 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays), increasing with service.
    • A salary sacrifice* Pension Scheme
    • A salary sacrifice* Electric Vehicle Scheme
    • Income Protection
    • Life Assurance
    • Company Bonus Scheme
  • The opportunity for progression with the wider Greenvale business – and we can provide a number of examples of people who started in this type of role and who remain with the business in more senior positions.