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Company Cherry International
Location Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Pay & Benefits 100,000-150,000
Listed Thu 29 Mar, 5:17 pm
Type Full time, Permanent
National Horticulture - Manager Advertisement
March 2018

Cherry International Ltd (“CIL”) is an exciting and innovative entity determined to improve the production, quality and returns from cherries.
CIL has a strategic plan to improve production with new growing practices, implement state of the art supply chain processes and heavily invest in consumer packaging and display trends.
The business is well funded with significant investment in land in Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago and is seeking additional investment to fast track its orchard development aspirations over the next 3 to 5 years. It is in this capacity that Cherry International is seeking to employ a “Star Horticulturist” to oversee these developments.
With its Head Office based in Hawke’s Bay, CIL has growing and packing operations in Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago. Sales and marketing activities are conducted from Hawke’s Bay. Most of the production is destined for export markets.
Based in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, our client is keen to attract the very best talent to the region. The remuneration package will reflect this.
Hawke’s Bay offers an enviable lifestyle, affordable housing, excellent schooling, high sunshine hours and a vibrant business community.
CIL is looking for an experienced Horticulturist with significant orchard development and management experience, a knowledge and passion for new growing systems, a respected manager of staff and strong commercial acumen.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the strategic growth of this fledgling business.
We need someone who is capable of working “in” the business but also capable of providing strategic support and advice to ensure horticultural needs and solutions meet the growth aspirations of the Company.
The role of the National Horticulture Manager is to:
• take responsibility for the development of the annual planting programme and to motivate and empower teams to achieve excellence.
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• control major orchard development and operational spending
• manage the Post-Harvest interface between the orchards and pack houses
• take responsibility for the performance and results from new growing systems, plant nutrition, irrigation, pest and disease control and weather-related risks
• implement IT solutions for the management of orchard activities and labour management
• take responsibility for Orchard Health and Safety practices.
This is a senior management role based in Hawke’s Bay with the expectation that significant time will be spent in Central Otago over the next few years as the development of new orchards is accelerated.
You will need:

• a tertiary or industry recognised qualification
• understand nursery processes and procedures
• experience with the development of new orchards/vineyards
• a knowledge of orchard structures for birds, rain or hail would be an advantage.
• at least 10 years practical horticultural experience with 5 years’ experience as a manager of a medium to large horticulture or viticulture operation. -
• proven ability to manage pest and disease and weather-related risks
• proven ability to manage costs to budget
• to demonstrate the ability to grow quality produce while maximising orchard yields
• an understanding of the commercial drivers of value and their competing conflicts in a horticultural business (orchard, post-harvest and sales)
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• a knowledge of orchard structures for birds, rain or hail would be an advantage.
• relevant industry certification eg, Gro-safe
Please email your CV and application to:
or apply in writing to:
Cherry International Limited
P O Box 8263
Havelock North

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.