Orchard Supervisor

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at Southern Cross Horticulture (view profile)
Location Te Puke, New Zealand
Date Posted 27/10/2023
Category Kiwifruit
Job Type Need Staff Now
Number of Roles Available 2
Start Date 2023/10/30
End Date 2024/01/28
Starting Rate $27-$29 per hour
Job Benefits Accommodation, Flexi rosters, End of season bonuses, Social club / staff events


Southern Cross Horticulture is a New Zealand family-owned operation that has been planting, growing, and exporting kiwifruit for more than 40 years. Today, Southern Cross Horticulture is one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful orchard developers and producers of SunGold (G3 Kiwifruit).

For more information visit: www.southerncrosshorticulture.co.nz

Our mission is to create and manage the best kiwifruit orchards in the world. This serves our purpose of enhancing the lives of our team, customers, shareholders, and community. We strive to live our values: Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Relationships, Attitude.

Significant growth in the business, brings opportunities for experienced Orchard Supervisors to join our dynamic team. As an Orchard Supervisor, you will play a crucial role in leading, training, and supporting a high-performing team of Horticultural Technicians to achieve our mission of creating and managing the best kiwifruit orchards in the world.

Reporting to Regional Leader, your areas of responsibility may include:

  • Complete the start of the day process with the team, including daily toolbox meetings to ensure Health and Safety compliance, productivity, and quality standards.
  • Lead and motivate the team to achieve all quality specifications, fostering a culture of high performance and teamwork.
  • Collaborate with orchard and operations managers to set and monitor productivity targets, ensuring efficient operations.
  • Communicate work details to the team, Orchard Managers, and Regional Leader, ensuring clear and effective information flow.
  • Record timesheets daily and report any absentees on our timesheet software system each morning.
  • Identify and address any behavioural concerns, promptly communicating with the pastoral care team for appropriate action.

The successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Previous experience as an Orchard Supervisor or similar role in the horticulture industry.
  • In-depth knowledge of kiwifruit orchard tasks and techniques.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with different stakeholders.
  • Commitment to creating a safe working environment.
  • Proven ability to meet quality specifications and productivity targets.
  • Flexibility to work in variable weather conditions and adapt to seasonal demands.
  • Valid driver's license and valid work visa status.

As a leader in the horticulture industry, Southern Cross Horticulture offers excellent career opportunities for growth and advancement. We are committed to investing in our employees' development, providing ongoing training and professional development programs to enhance your skills and knowledge.

If you are an experienced orchard supervisor looking for a challenging and rewarding opportunity with a company that values its employees and aims for excellence, Southern Cross Horticulture is the place for you.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in joining Southern Cross Horticulture to michaela@schort.co.nz. We look forward to hearing from you!