Area Manager - Citrus & Grapes (CR376)

Our client, a fruit export company based in Stellenbosch, is looking for an Area Manager (Citrus & Grapes) to join their team. The Area Manager’s main responsibility is to manage all aspects of their grower base to assure compliance to customers’ quality and program requirements. The key management areas include quality assessment, harvest estimate submission, program planning and progress reporting.


  • Gathering and communicating harvest estimates of growers on a seasonal and weekly basis to Commercial Team

  • Pre-harvest visits to orchards/vineyards to assess quality, volume and to estimate optimum time for harvesting

  • Assisting growers to identify specific harvest volumes for specific programs and feeding back to Commercial Team

  • Assisting growers and pack houses to prepare for harvesting and packing by providing information and support to comply with the company program requirements

  • Present pre-season quality control training sessions at specified pack houses for quality team and QC’s

  • Ensuring that packed product complies with specifications as set out in the company's Packing Guide

  • Conducting routine pack house visits during packing to assess quality of fruit being packed and progress on weekly packing instruction

  • Completion of quality inspections on mobile application where product is out of spec and/or as requested by customer or the company team

  • Assisting growers and pack houses with problem solving when non-compliant product has been detected

  • Daily summarising the packing progress to Commercial Team on a shared platform

  • Assisting the Head of Technical with the planning of packing material pre-season and ensuring that packing material required during the packing season is available, on time, in the specific area

  • Staying informed about the due diligence and accreditation requirements of the the company's customer base and assisting the Technical Coordinator to gather relevant information from growers when required

  • Keeping up to date with arrival reports and immediately informing growers of any quality claims that could have a significant financial loss

  • Compiling a season review per grower which include feedback on packing, program fulfilment, general quality and improvement plans

  • Assisting Management with preparing for and presenting of post-season feedback sessions with growers

  • Keeping the information in the grower profiles up to date

  • Understanding the procurement strategy and identifying procurement opportunities per area and commodity

  • Procure fruit in accordance with strategy and with the support of Management


  • BSc. Agriculture or equivalent and 3 years’ experience in the fruit industry, or

  • 5 years’ experience in the fruit export industry

  • Fluent in Afrikaans and English

  • Good communication skills

  • Computer literate and be able to communicate effectively via email and telephone

  • Good time management skills

  • Work diligently and have attention to detail

  • Work under pressure and make informed decisions

  • Be able to travel

  • Valid South African driver’s licence and a South African Passport


Negotiable depending on experience

Please use the following reference number in the subject line of your email: CR376 when applying for this position. Please submit your CV in Word Format to Kindly consider your application unsuccessful should you not receive feedback within 1 week.

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