Organic Exotics

Assistant Farm Manager/Supervisor

Organic Exotics

Farming & Agriculture

Agriculture, Fishing & Forestry | NGN 75,000 - 150,000 | Negotiable | Plus Commission
2 months ago

Job Summary

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

Job Description/Requirements

As a farm supervisor/manager, you'll implement strategies for maximum yield, organise farm administration, work machinery and manage any associated businesses and staff.


Responsibilities:

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.


Salary:

  • 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.


Working hours:

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.


Qualifications:

  • 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
    • Horticulture
    • Land/estate management.


Skills:

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.


Work Experience:

  • 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.

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