AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Cavendish Farms is a leading producer of frozen food products in markets throughout Canada, the United States, and around the world.
We're a company that rewards performance and initiative, looking for people who deserve to be recognized for rolling up their sleeves' and getting the job done.
Reporting to : Director of Research, Breeding and Seed Development
Main Purpose responsible to create synergies and develop new agricultural products and practices to support potato commercial program.
Need to establish strategic collaboration projects with public and private Agricultural Research institutes to look for top technologies available to support Cavendish Farms business.
Manage the variety development program, provide technical support to growers and establishment of innovative projects.
Responsibilities : - in charge of 3 main platforms : Technical Support, Variety Development of new processing potato varieties, transfer new techniques for seed and commercial production.
Accountabilities - Ag. R&D manager is responsible for two direct reports (full-time) and seasonal labour.
Key Skills / Experience Required For this position is important to have bachelor Degree in Agriculture or similar, strong leadership skills, technical and business knowledge.
Ability to take decisions. To be successful as a research and development manager, it is important to be able to see the big picture as you will have to envision projects from start to finish.
At the same time, having a keen ability to pay attention to details is important, as the manager need to closely supervise every step of the development process for new products or technologies.
Leadership and managerial skills are also important in this role, as well as the ability to communicate well with directors, colleagues and lower level staff.
A strong sense of creativity will also aid in the process of thinking of new product ideas and solving problems creatively.
A requirement of role is to be able to meet deadlines and deal with pressure, particularly around planting and harvesting seasons.
Also coaching staff and helping them deal with pressures associated with the seasons is also required.
The role requires balancing and juggling of priorities as it relates to both field and office work and the time spent between the two.
Role can require extended hours during planting and harvesting, which can include weekend work and trips inside and outside of Canada.
Main interactions within & outside organization This position has monthly contact with other Cavendish Farms Departments as well as other Irving group companies (Cavendish Agri-services, Woodlands).
Frequent collaboration with public (PEI Potato Board, PEI Department of Agriculture, Ag Canada, universities) and private researchers, consultants and companies.
Comments For this position is important to work with a cross-functional business team to provide a robust service to the strategic potato supply program.