Field Service

- Status: Full Time
- Location: Kelowna/North Okanagan Valley, BC

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic and energetic team player to be a part of a state-of-the-art, fresh fruit company.

Consolidated Fruit Packers has been a leader in the Canadian fresh fruit industry since 1993, supplying premium Okanagan valley apples, cherries, blueberries, and more to satisfied consumers. With over 60 years of combined experience and the backing of The Star Group, we bring new varieties and fresh approaches to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.

Our Osoyoos packing facility receives fruit (including cherries, peaches, and apples) in bulk from Okanagan-based growers and sorts it for quality and size before packaging it for shipment to our domestic and international customers. Our Field Service team partners with our grower community, packing facilities, and sales team to ensure the highest quality produce for our customers.

- Work with our growers in providing horticultural and quality control at the orchard level in the Kelowna/North Okanagan Valley, including:
* becoming a trusted advisor to growers
* researching and sharing best practices in crop protection, production, harvesting, new technologies, and fruit varieties
* conducting in-field maturity, grading, and quality assurance evaluations of fruit and providing feedback and recommendations to maximize growers’ return
* providing decision support on multi-commodity farms
* connecting growers with other specialists in the industry
- Work with our Field Service team to:
* help build the market for Okanagan fruit
* communicate crop quality, schedules, and other harvest logistics to ensure consistent messaging to our Sales team
* work closely with our packing facilities and cold storage facilities to ensure the highest quality product possible
* stay current on changing market factors and customer specifications
* interpret and communicate other countries’ import regulations regarding pesticides
* establish details of growers based on location and size of orchards, as well as what fruit is being grown
* continue the development and implementation of measurement tools for new key performance indicators and goals for field service as well as growers’ report cards
* continue the development of a grower standard measurement to assist in identifying the characteristics of premium growers
- Communicate with our packing house regarding growers’ bin volumes, to ensure accuracy of data in our system
- Assist in the development of future programs by bringing forward suggestions of potential growers of cherries, stone fruit, and apples, as well as details regarding their crops’ availability, variety, and potential volumes
- Ensure compliance with all legislative and organizational policies and procedures, including Occupational Health and Safety requirements, food safety requirements, and customer specifications
- Other responsibilities as assigned

Skills & Qualifications
- Leadership
- Energy
- Problem Solving
- Teamwork
- Analysis
- Initiative
- Information Monitoring
- Collaboration
- Organizational
- Technical/Professional Knowledge
- Mentoring/Teaching

- Completion of post-secondary education in areas such as Agronomy, Horticulture, Field Production and/or Nursery are preferred, as well as Organic Inspector Certificate are preferred, or an equivalent combination of credentials, training, and experience
- Interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, written, listening)
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and ability to learn in-house software programs (including Sky, Aurora, and Microsoft Dynamics 365)
- Knowledge of legislation regarding food safety requirements
- Agriculture, produce, and/or food industry experience is an asset

Working conditions
Work is conducted indoors and outdoors at growers’ sites and at a fruit processing plant environment and can be subject to extreme temperature conditions. Work at growers’ sites may also potentially involve exposure to pesticides. Plant operating hours are dependent on crop, production, and shipping needs, with extended hours and seven-day-a-week operations typical during peak harvest months (i.e. June through October). The work involves frequent travel to growers’ sites and cold storage sites throughout the north Okanagan Valley, with periodic travel to our Kelowna office and our Osoyoos packing plant. To meet the requirements of the business, there are times the work involves electronic correspondence, telephone calls, and site visits after regular business hours and/or on weekends.

Physical requirements
- Frequent standing, walking (including climbing stairs), stooping, crouching, and using ladders
- Frequent sitting and reaching with hands and arms
- Manual dexterity for keyboarding, computer, telephone operation, fruit picking, pruning, and other repetitive tasks
- Occasional stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying of up to 20 kilograms (45 pounds)
Contact Seller
Name:CFP Osoyoos
Location:Kelowna, British Columbia
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Post Date:Apr 20, 2021
Exp. Date:May 20, 2021
Listing Type:Private
Ad Number:4409361