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Dorset General - Growing Manager Dorset

Vitacress Salads Spetsbury, Spetisbury Farm, Blandford, Dorset, United Kingdom Req #25
07 November 2023

IT’S A FARMER’S LIFE…. Because you love the outdoors and you value harvesting the freshest produce.   



Job Title: Dorset Farm Manager 

Location: Dorset 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Hours: Full-time, 40-50 hours, Monday Friday (Weekends if required) 

Salary: £32,000 - £38,000 depending on experience and qualifications 

You enjoy nothing better than getting up to those early frosty mornings, birds singing, sliding into your muddy wellies, and working outdoors with nature. Your exceptional farming knowledge and managerial experience ensures the smooth running of your organic and conventional production. Your attention to detail, overseeing operations and making sound business decisions, gives you joy and excitement in harvesting the fruits of your labour. Our customers delicious watercress wouldn’t make it their tables without your leadership, hard work, and dedication.  

Your love and passion for this extraordinarily consuming job, drives your focus and organisation skills to the next level. Farming is beyond a full-time job, battling the weather conditions, working weekends, and never really being able to take time, doesn’t stop you because your crops won’t take care of themselves. You admit that the satisfaction of making something with your own hands makes the challenge all worth it. Doesn’t this sound just like you? 

The additional benefits of living on the farm in your housing accommodation and with your own vehicle, will give you the right start and opportunity to work closely with your experienced and dynamic team, helping pioneer new growing techniques and technology to your unique crop. These ideas will help grow and supply the freshest and highest quality watercress to our customers and suppliers.   

This role will be Monday – Friday, Sunday harvesting during season depending on operational requirements. A life on the farm may sound really tiring and full of effort, however the satisfaction and fulfilment working with a single crop gives you a real sense of pride and love for your work.  

Vitacress Salads, based in leafy St Mary Bourne, Andover is one of the principal salad and watercress suppliers in the UK. With our own salad leaf farms, we take immense pride in delivering a field to fork operation. We grow, wash, pack and distribute salad and watercress for retailer own brands and our own brand Steve’s Leaves. We take pleasure in ensuring the best possible standard and we will empower you to do the same. From the way we grow our products, to the relationships we maintain with customers, everyone knows exactly what is going on. We are authentic and grounded. At the centre of everything is a trust that you can feel every day at work. From the salads that are grown on site; to the investment in facilities and the growth of the business; to growing and nurturing out talented employees, growing is truly at the heart of what we do. Join us and become a trusted partner in our business.  

If you have a strong desire to lead your team to success, then this is the perfect role for you. You can apply really easily, either click the apply now button here or contact our recruitment team on Happy to answer any questions, so get in touch.

About Us 

We are one of Europe's leading suppliers of fresh produce, specialising in watercress, salads and fresh herbs. 

Established in Hampshire 1951, we became part of the RAR Group in 2008. We have a proud heritage of market-leading innovation including the introduction of living herbs, and baby leaf salads, and market-defining salad leaves including bagged watercress, rocket and baby spinach. We have a wide range of customers in the UK, both under supermarket own brands and Steve's Leaves, we are branded market-leaders in Portugal and also operate in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We employ 1500 people across Europe. We're passionate about promoting the use of fresh produce, which is why we have introduced the Herbilicious and Wild for Watercress campaigns, as well as participating in the Make More of Salad campaign run by the British Leafy Salad Association.   

We have farms in the UK, Portugal, Germany and Spain, and a global sourcing network to ensure that, no matter what the season, we supply the freshest, tastiest, healthiest, most exciting products on the market.   We are determined to leave things better than we found them, and as such we have set up the Vitacress Conservation Trust to promote the well being of the unique chalk stream habitats where many of our watercress sites are based.

Please visit our sustainability section to learn more about our work and our partners. 

Culture Close to the Soil 

The Vitacress team has one goal; to provide the freshest, tastiest, healthiest and most exciting produce throughout the year. Inspired by our heritage and pioneering spirit, we constantly strive to bring new ideas to the market.

We win customers’ trust by delivering the best in quality, service and ethical standards.  Our people care for and endeavour to protect and enhance nature, our growing business and the communities in which we work.

This translates into the company values:

Always deliver quality - We take pride in ensuring our product is of the best possible standard.

Do the right thing -
From the way we grow our products, to the relationships we sustain with client, everyone knows exactly what is going on. At the centre of everything is a trust that has been built over years of excellent service.

Nurture the future - 
From the herbs and salads that are grown on site. To the investment in facilities and the growth of the business. We're focussed on always improving our offer and ourselves, leading the way forward.

Other details

  • Job Family Agriculture
  • Pay Type Salary
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