Madar Farms - Abu Dhabi, UAE Lead Grower - The Opportunity
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Seeking Lead Grower
It’s the chance to join a dynamic and fast-growing organization focused on delivering food security to the GCC through the construction and implementation of the latest Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) technologies and techniques to grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables. You will implement the best practices of CEA growing in a brand new, state of the art facility, documenting processes that will become the template for expansion for the GCC region.
In this full time role, leading a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of growers responsible for all aspects from seeding, trimming, pollinating, harvesting, and delivery. Reporting to the Head of Operations, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the delivered product to our final customers. Managing all aspects of attendance and employee leave, ensuring adequate staffing skills and availability to meet operational requirements. Be the technical focal point for all growing issues within the company (GCC region). Must be experienced with hydroponic fruit and vegetable growing, everything from leafy green vegetables to vine crops and strawberries.
Lead all prototyping activity for launching production scale new crop varieties. Sourcing local supplies at the right quality and cost, procuring items, and managing stock levels of all growing consumables. Enforcing HAACP documentation requirements and hygiene best practices. Implementing a robust Integrated Pest Management strategy and providing hands on training to a team of new growers. Ensuring adequate EHS preventative measures are taken, and team is provided with appropriate training and PPE.
To succeed at Madar Farms, the candidate must demonstrate the following characteristics:
Self Guided: Ability to work with loosely defined roles and authorities in a rapidly expanding company
Creative Communicator: ability to work with individuals that don’t speak English as their first language. Can organize, summarize, clarify and communicate ideas simply and accurately.
Problem Seeker: proactively looking for potential problems, and then understanding and solving the root cause. Quickly responds to issues and takes ownership of resolutions before escalation.
Bravery: possessing the strength of character to express well thought through ideas, and then act upon them, even when potential outcomes are unknown
Pragmatic, Organized, and Detail Oriented: has a big capacity to both think and do. Flourishes in a hands-on role, adding value at different levels. Is strong on details, and highly organized.
Pace: moving at the speed of business, often juggling multiple projects and objectives. Able to change direction quickly and get robust results in a short time frame.
Inwardly driven, outwardly focused: motivated by the “big picture” idea of Madar Farms to improve nutritional availability with minimal environmental impact.
Education level: bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant biology, horticulture, or agricultural studies. Preferred Master’s or Ph.D.
Experience: minimum 10 years experience in CEA growing
Certifications and Training: HAACP certified. Must be aware of GAP principles.
Physical abilities: able to work in a growing environment, occasionally required to work outside
normal office hours to support harvesting and delivery requirements
Travel requirements: able to travel as required independently within the GCC region
One round trip air ticket, based on IATA rates to your home country per year
Health Insurance for employee and immediate family
Participation in ESOP
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