Job Title

Farm Operations Manager

South Africa, Eastern Cape
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Area: South Africa, Eastern Cape
Sector: Farming / Fishing / Forestry
Posted: 24 June 2024

Job Details

Farm Operations Manager Job description

We are seeking a skilled and experienced Farm Operations Manager to oversee our farming operations in the Eastern Cape. As the Farm Manager, you will be responsible for the efficient and effective day-to-day management of the farm, as well as planting and maintenance operations.


Farm Operations:

  • Plan, organize, and supervise day-to-day farm activities to ensure smooth operations and maximize productivity.
  • Oversee nursery operations, including harvesting, sorting, weighing, cutting, seedling trays, watering schedules, rooting schedules and decanting of trays.
  • Oversee the planting process in the field, including selection of plants, planting techniques, and spacing to optimize growth and yield.
  • Coordinate and oversee planting operations, ensuring timely and efficient planting
  • Implement effective agricultural systems and schedules, ensuring plants receive adequate water while minimizing wastage.
  • Possible development and execution of fertilization plans based on soil analysis and plant nutrient requirements.
  • Monitor and control pest and weed infestations, implementing appropriate control measures to safeguard plant health.

Team Management:

  • Lead and manage a team of farm workers, providing clear instructions, training, and support.
  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities to team members, ensuring work assignments are completed accurately and on time.
  • Foster a positive and collaborative work environment, promoting teamwork and employee development.
  • Conduct regular team meetings to communicate goals, provide feedback, and address any concerns or challenges.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the team of farm workers while working on the farm.
  • Transport of staff to and from the farm (PrDP Required) and transport of staff to and from the planting sites. Discover ways in which efficiencies can be made in this space and minimise time/resources spent on transport.

Machinery Maintenance:

  • Utilize mechanical skills and expertise to diagnose, repair, and maintain farm machinery and equipment.
  • Conduct regular inspections to identify issues and perform preventive maintenance to minimize downtime.
  • Coordinate with external service providers for complex repairs and maintenance requirements.
  • Keep accurate records of machinery maintenance activities, including service dates, repairs, and costs.
  • Ensure all machinery and equipment are operated safely and in compliance with relevant regulations.

Record-Keeping and Reporting:

  • Maintain accurate records of all farm activities, including but not limited to; planting schedules, irrigation logs, fertilization plans, and pest control measures.
  • Track and record crop yields, documenting any variations and identifying potential areas for improvement.
  • Monitor and manage inventory levels, ensuring an adequate supply of materials and equipment.
  • Prepare regular reports on farm performance, including crop yields, expenses, and carbon credit generation.
  • Analyze data to identify trends, challenges, and opportunities, and provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Record initial data accurately and effectively, ensuring future data collection is easily captured.
  • Take photos and provide descriptions of all activities on the farm for reporting and record-keeping purposes.


  • A South African Professional Driving Permit (PrDP).
  • Relevant qualification in Agriculture and Forestry (or a related field).
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in farm management/supervision, preferably in a similar role.
  • Mechanical certificate or qualification or experience in diagnosing repairing, and maintaining farm machinery beneficial.
  • Proven experience in successfully managing teams and supervising farm workers.
  • Solid understanding of farming techniques, irrigation systems, and pest control methods.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make informed decisions.
  • A passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.
  • Good administration abilities including but not limited to record keeping, working on computers, telephonic communication, preparation for meetings, financial management, compliance and regulatory, risk management, and sustainability practices.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Market-Related

Location: Just outside Gqeberha

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant certifications to:

Applications will be accepted until. 30 June 2024.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.