Manager, Operations and Technical Services

Location: Exeter, CA

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Completes all safety training programs and follows all safety procedures required by Fruit Growers Supply Company.  Supports all safe work practices and policies.
  • Manages the service personnel who provide service to the packinghouses on a daily basis.
  • Documents and manages performance reviews of all direct reports.
  • Advises packinghouse personnel on practical issues such as equipment specifications, heating requirements or water discharge management.
  • Utilizes advanced knowledge of fruit coating application equipment to amend the applications and improve efficiency of the processes required to treat various fruits.
  • Responsible for all chemical application and fungicide reporting to the affected counties where treatment occurs.
  • Utilizes knowledge of the harvesting process, transport, packing and storage of fruit in making decisions.
  • Responsible for managing problems that are encountered in the processes of fruit harvesting and packing and for suggesting process improvements.
  • Recommends and coordinates studies and research that would be beneficial to the packer and shipper.
  • Knowledge of post-harvest diseases, their prevention, and control.

Customary Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology, Plant Science, Microbiology, or other closely related field or equivalent.
  • Five years experience in the post-harvest industry including fruit handling and applied research.
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation a QAL license and a PCA license.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license. May be required to travel away from home as business dictates.
  • Must be willing and able to lift 40 lbs. on an occasional basis.

Secondary Functions:

  • Knowledge of fungicide resistance assessment and management
  • Being able to provide support, and advise for compliance for the export markets.
  • Being able to provide advising on MRL’s requirements for the domestic and export markets.
  • Being able to conduct efficacy tests with current and new materials to prevent and control decay.
  • Knowledge of basic fruit physiology in cold storage, degreening rooms, etc.
  • Other duties as may be required.

NOTE: This is a general description of the position and is not a full description of all duties. Specifics will be discussed at the time of any interview.

 

Email us with your cover letter and resume at hr@fruitgrowers.com