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Farm Ops Excellence Lead

Location: Noida
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Job Introduction

Business : AGRI

Reporting to : Top Management

Education : PhD in Agri science from tier-1 institutes (IISc, ICAR etc in India and others abroad)

Required Skills & Experience :

  1. 10-15 years of work experience in Agri business with practical experience of managing multiple farms
  2. Proven track record of delivering best-in-class farm output and yields
  3. Experience of working with multiple teams
  4. Awareness of Indian Agri landscape – soils, crops, weather etc.
  5. Comfortable with travelling across farm sites

Primary Objectives of Position: Looking for a senior leader in the role of Farm Ops Excellence Lead to build out a Centre of Excellence in Farm Operations across multiple sites and collaborate with business unit teams to run the farms in the most efficient method

Job Profile :

  1. The candidate will be part of a fast-paced start-up like team and will have the chance to create best-in-class farm management practices
  2. Work closely with the R&D lead and Agri Business unit head
  3. The business aspirations are to create a 500+Cr company with a global footprint within the first 2-3 years of operations and will require an entrepreneurial and dynamic leadership team to take on the mandate for the business build.

Key Accountabilities:

Planning & Strategy:

  • Prepare a detailed annual crop calendar for each land parcel under management, in line with the annual business strategic and operating plans
  • Prepare POP (Package of Practices) containing crop calendars, plan for plant upkeep etc. for all land parcels
  • Oversee farm operations planning in line with best-in-class farm management practices
  • Prepare roadmap for implementing latest technological developments on farms
  • Forecast yield of each crop to support P&L planning for each business unit

Achieve target operating metrics:

  • Monitor on-field operations and compare the same against the plans
  • Identify the best practices and gaps and revise plans based on benchmarks across site locations
  • Codify learnings and translate them into actionable insights for field operations teams
  • Support in commercial deployment of R&D of compelling technological solutions that optimize costs and yields

Knowledge sharing:

  • Oversee training of farm teams on the latest developments – agronomical practices, technological advances, etc. – to ensure best-in-class farm management
  • Work with various agriculture research agencies (companies, universities etc.) and vendors of new age Agri technologies to explore & adopt best-in-class farm management practices

Collaborate across team:

  • Understand requirements of business and work with R&D to operationally think through the best practices and methods to achieve yield, cost, results
  • Ensure farm practices are being consistently adhered to across sites
  • Advise and collaborate with business unit teams to implement planned farm activities


Required Experience, Skills & Qualifications