The General Manager of Farming Operations is responsible for the day-to-day management of the internal Salinas / Castroville farming operations, encompassing 4,500 physical acres.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and management for farming operations of all commodities.
  • Foster and encourage a success oriented and accountable work environment for all field staff.
  • Work with VP of Production and accounting team to develop crop budgets and manage crop input costs.
  • Provides timely and accurate reporting of operational issues regarding equipment and personnel.
  • Work with VP of Production to oversee the acquisition, repair and maintenance of all equipment necessary to accomplish seasonal farming operations.
  • Work with Ranch Manager to ensure farming operations meet or exceed quality standards for all commodities grown at the highest yield and lowest cost.
  • In a leadership role, collaborates with Ranch Manager and accounting team to develop and implement plans for operational efficiency gains.
  • Work with vendors to ensure that the farming practices utilized and inputs used are on the cutting edge of technology.
  • Work with Ranch Manager to maintain accurate records of timing, inputs, irrigations, pest control and cultural operations to ensure optimum growth and quality of crops.
  • Plan into the future, in conjunction with the VP of Production for rotation, timing and the best utilization of ranches & blocks for scheduling purposes.
  • Be an advocate of the Ocean Mist label and professionally represent the company with customers and business partners as required.
  • Knowledge of all farming equipment utilized in the operation and can adjust or accurately reset, as necessary.
  • Coordinate and be responsible for all compliance with Food Safety, chemical use and requirements, environmental affairs, as well as governmental and administrative issues.
  • Oversee the management of the farm shop.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture science, operations, business management, or related field is preferred.  Continuing education in management, supervision, safety, or other job-related areas.
  • An experienced leader with a minimum of 7 – 10 years of progressive agricultural operations including time as an individual contributor and manager. 
  • Experience in and knowledge of fresh produce is highly desired, along with a proven track record of managing the farming operations for several commodities.
  • Ability to successfully motivate and lead cross-functional teams throughout the organization and develop working relationships with individuals and functional departments within Ocean Mist and its affiliates.
  • Fluent in conversational and written English-Spanish is highly desired.
  • Experience in hiring, training, developing, and mentoring direct reports is essential.
  • Proficient software skills and knowledge of cost accounting software is required, including working knowledge of Microsoft office, Excel, Word, and Famous.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and must be insurable and maintain a valid driver’s license. 
  • Excellent physical condition, particularly for extensive presence in fields.
  • Personal attributes must include:
    • High integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to work long hours as necessary including weekends.
    • Flexible and able to deal with multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Strong communicator one-on-one and in group settings.
    • Excellent time management skills.