Head Grower - Avoine, France

Head Grower

Le Jardin de Rabelais, Avoine, France.

Le Jardin de Rabelais is a family own company, growing high quality tomatoes for more than 30 years. We are members of “Demain la Terre”, a group of growers gathered around a common project of sustainable development.

We have currently 17 ha of glasshouse, including 8 ha semi closed greenhouse. We grow year round, and have 14 ha LED light.

Le Jardin de Rabelais is looking for a Head Grower to supervise and coach assistant growers in good horticultural practices and techniques for hydroponic tomatoes greenhouse(s) operation.

  • Supervise the assistant growers in areas of climate, irrigation, growing techniques,
  • Monitor crops daily.
  • Manages team on monitoring and reporting on plant growth, plant balance and plant health factors including fertilizer, irrigation, CO2 dosage, climatic conditions and light conditions.
  • In collaboration with the general managers and the crop consultant:  develops and implements growing strategies to optimize plant balance, quality, production and climate conditions.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate, and supervise all pest and disease scouting, evaluation, and pesticide applications. Ensure that IPM procedures are being maintained
  • Cooperates with operations in monitoring quality standards for crop work.
  • Monitor and control production and product quality, computerized greenhouse environments, irrigation schedule and CO2 settings, peroxide dosing, nutrient and environmental systems to maintain specified level and conditions.
  • Provide water and tissue samples to labs as needed.
  • Experience managing a team of 10 peoples and experience with Priva or similar climate computer systems required.
  • Duties will be planned during the Week Ends.

The head grower should be :

  • Passionate about growing tomatoes.
  • Driven with a self-disciplined approach to achieving results.
  • Someone who can exercise the necessary authority to assure policies and procedures are followed.
  • Experienced in leading, managing and delegating to a team.
  • Someone who has a sense of urgency while maintaining high quality standards.
  • Comfortable with managing multiple priorities.

The Head Grower reports directly to the General Managers. This position oversees 6 Section Growers, 4 IPM assistants, 3 Pesticide Applicators. It Requires 5 years of experience as a head grower.

Will accept any suitable combination of education, training or experience.

Please contact matthieu.serrault@lejardinderabelais.fr 



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