Farm Supervisor/Assistant Manager ensures the smooth running of a farm or estate by overseeing operations and making sound business decisions. An opportunity is available for an Assistant Farm Manager/supervisor based on a new organic farm in Kobape, Ogun state.
- Minimum Qualification:HND
- Experience Level:Graduate trainee
- Experience Length:No Experience/Less than 1 year
As a farm supervisor/manager, you'll implement strategies for maximum yield, organise farm administration, work machinery and manage any associated businesses and staff.
As a farm supervisor/manager, you'll need to:
- plan finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters
- undertake practical activities, such as driving tractors, operating machinery, feeding livestock or spraying fields
- market the farm's products
- buy supplies, such as fertiliser and seeds
- arrange the maintenance and repair of farm buildings, machinery and equipment
- plan activities for trainee staff, mentoring and monitoring them
- maintain and monitor the quality of yield, whether livestock or crops
- understand the implications of the weather and make contingency plans
- make sure products are ready for deadlines, such as auctions and markets
- ensure that farm activities comply with organic regulations
- monitor crop, animal health and welfare, including liaising with vets
- maintain knowledge of pests and diseases and an understanding of how they spread and how to treat them
- apply health and safety standards across the farm estate
- protect the environment and maintain biodiversity
- keep financial records up to date
- worm farming
- processing products from the farm, e.g. vegetables or cold-pressed oils.
- Farm supervisor/manager has been achieved, salaries are in the region of NGN70,000 to NGN100,000.
- With significant experience of more than 10 to 15 years, farm managers may earn over N100,000.
- Salaries are usually dependent on experience and the size of the farm. Other benefits might include personal and/or a company performance bonus, being able to work from home occasionally, accommodation, and a mobile phone.
You'll be on call day and night, seven days a week. The work pattern is seasonally influenced, often with 16-hour days at busy times, such as harvesting and lambing.
Seasonal labour can reduce your direct involvement in the day-to-day work on the farm. It can also be possible to build up a management team with different people having advisory and consultancy input to lighten the load.
What to expect:
- The work may be highly stressful due to factors beyond your control.
- Fluctuations in market prices can make long-term forecasting difficult.
- Although much of the work can be office based, many work activities will be outside and highly dependent on the weather.
- You should be prepared for an element of isolation, although many farming communities have a strong social life.
- Travel during the working day may occasionally be necessary. Where farming companies and customers have interests.
- Previous hands-on farming experience and technical knowledge are as important as academic qualifications, we may appoint you on the basis of your experience alone. However, a degree is greatly valued, and most farm supervisors hold at least a degree or HND/foundation degree in agriculture or a related subject such as:
- Agricultural engineering
- Crop management
- Farm business management
- Land/estate management.
You'll need to show evidence of the following:
- Knowledge of food production and an awareness of customer demand, food standards and sustainability
- Organisational and time-management skills
- The ability to work under pressure
- Supervisory skills and management ability
- Numerical aptitude
- Willingness to be outside in all weathers and patience to undertake all sorts of practical, sometimes repetitive jobs
- A full driving licence
- Self-motivation, with the ability to motivate others
- Larger-scale business awareness
- Marketing skills
- Negotiation skills
- Genuine commitment to farming
- IT skills
- Good technical knowledge
- A good understanding of modern farming methods
- A commitment to Agroforestry
- An understanding of the ways in which farming impacts the environment.
- A significant amount of farming experience or work experience in agricultural practice is normally required before you can be appointed to a trainee supervisor/management position. Having practical experience will make you stand out and will demonstrate your passion for the industry.