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Packing Facility Manager

We require a Packing Facility Manager with experience in fruit packing operations

•    Large and dynamic seasonal fruit packing operation
•    Domestic and international product sales
•    Strong expansion plans and bright future

This role is all about leading a modern and efficient packing facility with around 55 casual/itinerant staff and packing over 5,000 tonnes of stone fruit. This is a large and busy (yet seasonal) packing facility. You will need to be hands-on, someone who leads from the front, who knows packing machines and understands the processes of packing a fresh, perishable and quality product and possess meticulous attention to detail.

The prime function of the Packing Facility Manager is to drive the packing facility to achieve budget and efficiency targets, making the best use of market opportunities and available resources. This role requires a hands-on approach and you will be required to participate in the packing process and be an active manager who can lead the team. This role will manage the day-to-day packing facility operations, co-ordinate all quality assurance to ensure products meet market requirements and work to optimise return within available resources. You must be a good leader with an eye for detail, not only for the end product, but also for the running and maintenance of the packing equipment and machinery. A key outcome will be that you build an effective team to assist you in managing the packing facilities

•    Extensive experience in the management of large scale fresh produce packing operations
•    Tertiary qualifications in management, though not essential, would be highly regarded
•    Sound knowledge of fresh produce packing operation, stone fruit is a strong preference
•    An understanding of financial management, production costing, export procedures and shipping documentation
•    Experience in working with QA and HACCP systems with fresh produce
•    Sound understanding of OH&S legislative responsibilities and previous experience operating within an OH&S management system
•    A comprehensive understanding of product perishability and specific packing and handling issues
•    Logistical skills to efficiently manage the day-to-day operations of the packing shed
•    Mechanical aptitude and previous exposure to preventative maintenance programmes
•    Must communicate effectively and courteously with internal and external clients
•    Comfortable meeting with key stakeholders, including overseas visiting buyers
•    Strong people management and leadership skills

Location is at Swan Hill in Victoria. A very generous remuneration package is on offer for the right candidate.

Please apply for this role via email at ray@agri.com.au, Dr. Ray Johnson, Senior Agribusiness Consultant and Managing Director, Agricultural Appointments. We are a specialist agriculture, food and wine recruitment company. See more roles at www.agri.com.au