Field Harvest Manager, Tasmania - Berry Category

About the role

Our harvest function operates over approximately 7 months of the year, and is responsible for harvesting our crop of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. The harvest function employs around 1000 people at the peak of the season, in roles ranging from pickers to team supervisors. The Tasmania harvest operation is spread across a number of sites in Northern Tasmania.

The Field Harvest Managers are responsible for coordinating the harvest operation, with the support of the Production Manager. This involves making sure that the right picking crews are in the right places at all times to maximise our crop picking rotations, to have the greatest quality of fruit delivered to our customers.

The Field Harvest Managers are also in an integral position to build and maintain relationships with other departments that the harvest function interacts with, including Farm Managers, Distribution Centre Leaders and the Recruitment Team.

Reporting to the Production Manager Field Harvest Managers are responsible for:

  • Providing feedback to Harvest Coordinators and supporting them to improve the performance of the harvest crews where needed
  • Maintaining, updating and analysing figures on pick rates to enable KPI’s to be effectively managed
  • Providing supervision to the harvest support team and communicating daily with the team on harvest issues.
  • Ensuring that all harvest teams are operating in line with current safety practices and have completed all relevant paperwork
  • Championing quality performance of the teams and ensuring that quality management systems are adhered to.
  • Managing a seven day roster for the duration of harvest.
  • Living and promoting the company values to all staff

 About You

We are looking for someone that is able to promote high levels of commitment and performance from the harvest teams, demonstrating the Costa values at all time and supporting all teams to perform at their best.

In order to be successful, you will;

  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Be able to manage multiple priorities and organise your time well
  • Be self-motivated and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Have an intermediate level of computer skills, particularly within the Microsoft office package
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be adaptable and able to manage a fast moving environment
  • Be highly customer orientated and focused on  food safety
  • Have experience in understanding and influencing KPI’s to achieve positive outcomes
  • Have an understanding of working to budgets
  • Possess good coaching skills
  • Have experience supervising or leading teams
  • Have a current driver’s license and own vehicle
  • Experience in farming is desirable but not essential.

This role requires working variable and sometimes long hours over the harvest period, including over the weekend and public holidays, in order to ensure that the fruit crops are picked at the right times. The ability to be flexible with working hours is essential.

For more information, please contact Sarah Willder through

Full time, Contract / Temp

Job no: BX004

Location: Devonport, Dunorlan, Lebrina, Sulphur Creek, Wesley Vale

Category: Berries

Closing Date: Monday, 23 September 2019