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Grower / Operations Manager Vertical Farm Berlin

The potential of vertical farming is significant. However, knowledge and experience are required for this controlled cultivation of vegetables and herbs on a small surface with multiple layers. A skilled and driven cultivation person is sought for a young vertical farm in Berlin who can fulfill expectations of much higher production.

Grower / Operations Manager Vertical Farm Berlin

-Knowledgeable, motivated, decisive –


The Company

This vertical farm is located in the eastern part of Berlin. Recently acquired by a large investment company aiming to strengthen sustainable agricultural activities and promote local and traceable food supply. In this vertical farm, vegetables and herbs are grown in multiple layers under artificial light, primarily for the local market, from Berlin restaurants to supermarket chains. It mainly involves smaller crops with a relatively short cultivation cycle. Advanced technology is utilized for water recycling and purification, ensuring sustainable and reliable production. In principle, this cultivation process is even the safest and cleanest production method possible in horticulture. However, the current production is only a small fraction of its potential. Prior to the acquisition, there was a focus on environmental sustainability, but insufficient attention was given to increasing productivity and profitability. There are opportunities and conditions for a significant increase in production, but the current approach must be completely overhauled.


The Role

Therefore, an experienced Cultivation Chef/Operations Manager is sought to revamp operations in Berlin. There's a lot to be addressed and improved, from seeding and cultivation to harvesting and logistics. Additionally, the sale of the harvested products to local Berlin supermarkets and retail stores is not well established yet. The main cause is the lack of a clear overview of the current production costs of harvested vegetables and herbs. However, the primary priority for the selected candidate is to significantly increase the current low production as quickly as possible.


The Challenge

The ideal candidate for this highly challenging position must have demonstrable knowledge and experience in vertical farming. They should be a proactive individual who knows exactly what it takes to increase production. From seed procurement to optimal cultivation and harvesting, they have the overview, knowledge, and mentality to significantly improve everything. This requires strong persuasive skills, so a decisive communicative approach is necessary. In addition to demonstrable knowledge of a relatively young branch in agriculture through education (Bachelor's or Master's degree) and proven experience, they must be willing to live in the dynamic metropolis of Berlin or its immediate surroundings. Knowledge of German and/or English is highly desirable for this role. This is a unique international position where you can apply your knowledge, experience, and energy. Vertical farming is relatively young but evolving rapidly, offering considerable future prospects. In Berlin, you can develop both professionally and personally quickly.

If the vibrant life of the global city of Berlin appeals to you, this is an opportunity not to be missed. The primary and secondary employment conditions are excellent, including support with relocation and finding suitable accommodation. You bring valuable knowledge, experience, and dedication, and the company appreciates that. Respond immediately or get in touch for more information. Confidentiality is, of course, assured and maintained.

He or she must be an EU citizen, willing to live and work in Berlin for 100%.

 

Frans Neijenhuis

Mob: +31 6 10782861

Email: [email protected]

Internet: www.therecruitingspecialist.nl