Post Harvest Trial Officer (MATERNITY CONTRACT)
United Exports
Paarl, WC, za
13h ago

Job Description

United Exports is looking for a Post Harvest Trials coordinator to cover a Mat Leave for our current incumbent. We are looking for someone who has the ability to operate individually and as part of a bigger team.

Reporting to the R&D Manager, the person will be based and Cape Town but will require frequent traveling to Gauteng and staying there for long periods.

Starting late June 2021.

Key Performance Outputs :

The Post Harvest Trial Coordinator will work closely with technical, operation and packaging teams looking for sustainable solutions focusing on :

  • Maintaining quality (appearance, taste, texture, flavour and nutritional value) post-harvest.
  • Reduce losses, both physical and market value, between harvest and consumption.
  • Maintain food safety.
  • Produce quality reports on trial findings for the wider business.
  • Travel will be an essential part of the job for extended periods in the north of the country and in the Western Cape .
  • Requirements

  • BSc (Hons) in Horticulture or related studies and experience with highly perishable fruits or vegetables.
  • Experience in the fresh produce sector focused on post-harvest handling of perishable fruits and / or vegetables. Experience in berries is preferable, but not mandatory.
  • The ideal candidate has experience in managing trials and delivering results.
  • An understanding of the retail and / or agricultural industries.
  • Fruit marketing knowledge and some degree of product knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills.
  • Strong time management skills and deadline-driven.
  • Requirements

    BSc (Hons) in Horticulture or related studies and experience with highly perishable fruits or vegetables. Experience in the fresh produce sector focused on post-harvest handling of perishable fruits and / or vegetables.

    Experience in berries is preferable, but not mandatory. The ideal candidate has experience in managing trials and delivering results.

    An understanding of the retail and / or agricultural industries. Fruit marketing knowledge and some degree of product knowledge.

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent planning and coordination skills. Strong time management skills and deadline-driven.

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