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Aromatic Farm Manager, Ecuador

Job Title: Farm Manager, Ecuador
Department: International
Reports To: V.P. International
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary
· Responsible for harvesting and distilling crops for essential oil production
· Determine crop quantities, draw up plans, maintain harvesting schedules, and coordinate all activities with Young Living
· Work closely with employees to ensure that production goals are met, the farm is running efficiently, and profitability is being maximized

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

· Plant, maintain, weed, cultivate, water, harvest, and distill crops for essential oil production
· Maintain detailed documentation and records on all processes and procedures
· Manage day-to-day activities, organize schedules, and direct activities that need to be undertaken
· Coordinate shipping of the oils to The United States for worldwide distribution
· Follow government and customs regulations and industry best practices for transportation and shipping
· Ensure the farm maintains Young Living quality standards
· Actively participate in activities associated with the management of workplace health and safety, including reporting hazards or dangers, accidents, and property damage at the farm
· Ensure all employees are properly trained and appropriate records are kept
· Ensure all relevant company policies are understood and adhered to
· Plan and allocate land use to achieve production targets
· Monitor expenditures in line with budgeted cash flow
· Liaise with key professionals to ensure smooth operation of the farm, including working closely with the director of purchasing to ensure farm is producing high-quality, high-value crops, based on sales trends
· Ensure oils are presented in line with company policies regarding quality, quantity, and timeliness of delivery
· Develop, review, and manage repairs and maintenance schedule for all farm machinery and infrastructure

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
· Proven ability in farm management
· Necessary planning and organizational skills to carry out company policies while achieving targets
· Ability to act with diplomacy and tact in regard to motivating and disciplining staff
· Must be receptive to learning new technologies to help improve productivity and profitability on the farm
· Ability to engage staff in teamwork and provide them with role clarity
· Be self-motivated and able to communicate effectively at all levels
· Ability to work actively as a team member in developing and achieving company objectives on the farm
· Ability to promote and project a positive attitude toward the company and its objectives

Education and Experience
· Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience in farm management
· Experience with international travel required
· An agricultural science/management bachelor’s degree preferred
· Certificate or degree in agribusiness management preferred
· Certificate or degree in rural staff management preferred

Supervisory Responsibilities
· Supervise day-to-day activities, organize rosters, and schedule tasks and activities that need to be undertaken to ensure production and employee morale is high

Presentation Abilities
· Presentation abilities are preferred but not required for this position.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, this individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
· Attitude – Demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude, show motivation, must be goal oriented and a self-starter, be “solution-minded” rather than “problem-minded”
· Work Ethics – Must be dedicated, responsible, hard-working, and a team player
· Oral Communication – Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listen and get clarification, respond well to questions, demonstrate group presentation skills, participate in meetings
· Written Communication – Write clearly and informatively, edit work for spelling and grammar, vary writing style to meet needs, able to read and interpret written information
· Organizational Support – Follow policies and procedures, support organization's goals and values, benefit organization through outside activities
· Strategic Thinking – Develop strategies to achieve organizational goals, analyze market and competition, identify external threats and opportunities, must be able to contribute to group initiatives
· Quality Management – Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness
· Diversity – Demonstrate knowledge of EEO policy; show respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educate others on the value of diversity; promote a harassment-free environment; build a diverse workforce
· Teamwork – Balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others' views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; put success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support everyone's efforts to succeed
· Judgment – Display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process; make timely decisions
· Professionalism – Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments
· Safety and Security – Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly
· Adaptability – Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events
· Attendance/Punctuality – Be consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time
· Dependability – Follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; complete tasks on time or notify appropriate person with an alternate plan
· Innovation – Display original thinking and creativity, meet challenges with resourcefulness, develop innovative approaches and ideas

Language Skills
· Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
· Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals
· Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Reasoning Ability
· Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
· Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Computer Skills
· Knowledge of Internet, spreadsheet, and word processing software

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.
· The employee is routinely required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
· The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is usually pretty noisy. The individual must be able to tolerate the scent of essential oils.

Young Living Essential Oils is an equal opportunity employer. Young Living participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA to confirm work authorization
 
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