Director of Operations

Black Gold Farms - Louisiana, MO4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $99,000 - $130,000 a year
Black Gold Farms invites you to grow with us! At Black Gold, we strive to provide our employee’s work with a purpose. We recognize that our operation relies on many skilled and talented individuals doing many things right to successfully grow, harvest, sell and distribute our crops throughout the United States. We work on the farm, in the field, at the office and on the road. We do what we can to be good stewards of the land, good community members and good industry partners.

Here at Black Gold Farms, we work hard to ensure that each person that is a part of our team is offered: an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, rewards that include more than earning a salary, impactful work that matters, a culture that includes being a part of our family and values that extend locally and globally.

Black Gold Farms is a fourth-generation, family-owned business founded in 1928 that today operates on a national scale, growing the nation’s best potatoes on nearly 25,000 acres spread across 11 farms in 10 different states. We’re a leading supplier of chip potatoes to America’s largest snack companies, and a growing factor in the fresh sector where our focus is on red potatoes and sweet potatoes – two types that continue to show positive growth as consumers strive to eat healthier.

Our culture places a very high value on honesty, authenticity and service – we say what we do and do what we say. We strive to ensure a family atmosphere and to maintaining a positive employee environment for learning and innovation, with an emphasis on generating greater returns through teamwork powered by skilled and committed individuals. We embrace sustainable practices while producing the highest quality with the lowest costs – not by cutting corners, but by working smarter.

Director of Operations

Black Gold Farms is excited to be recruiting for a new position, the Director of Southern Operations. This position has been added to accommodate the growth of Black Gold Farms. The location of this position is flexible, relative to the candidate. Ideally, the candidate would reside in or within driving distance to one of our farming operations in Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, or Florida.

The Director of Operations provides leadership to the organization’s Farm Managers by translating Black Gold’s strategic objectives into actionable goals for performance and growth. Ensures organizational outcomes are met through their role of supporting multiple farming operations.

Provide leadership, guidance, and direction through supervisory responsibilities of the Farm Manager team.
Work with local Farm Managers to develop personnel plans with a balance of regular and seasonal personnel. Assist with employee recruitment, development, and employee relations, including performance reviews and disciplinary action issues.
Ensure crop plans are in place by working with Farm Managers, local agronomists, and regional agronomists. Follow up with the plans reviewing all sources of data and records daily to ensure proper execution.
Ensure safety is a top priority by supporting a safe work culture. Provide continuing education of employees and on-site evaluations as necessary. Demonstrate and model safe behaviors yourself.
Consult with managers on purchasing needs for fertilizer and chemical and evaluate local suppliers.
Maintain a high performance culture and accountability of Black Gold’s Farm Better Incentive initiatives, including communicating and measuring of performance to track progress and ensure objectives are being met.
Remains constantly customer focused and serves as the voice of the customer internally as needed. Maintains a knowledge of our customers and their needs and how they are supported throughout the supply chain.
Foster a culture of continuous improvement of the farming operations. Encourage a commitment to excellence and support farming operations in their pursuit of this.
Participate as a member of the Director team. Work closely with other Directors of Operations and Department Directors to share resources and support one another.
Support Farm Managers by participating in capital expenditure annual planning. Assist managers in identifying needs and prioritizing spending.
Be familiar with all forms of related technology available within the operation and utilize it as necessary. Assist Farm Managers with identifying, deploying, and utilizing technology appropriately to manager their operation.
Maintain strong relationships with customers, key suppliers and vendors, and land partners as necessary for your support areas.
Encourage Tour Readiness at Black Gold’s operations. Hold farm teams accountable for maintaining Black Gold work environment standards.
Travel to each location as necessary to assist with site management. Lead special projects at your assigned locations, i.e. building plans, construction, new crop development.
Work with Farm Managers to develop short and long term land needs for each location. Assist with creating short- and long-term leases for use by Farm Managers.
Educate and assist the Farm Managers and by extension the farm teams in the complete utilization of all internal and external support resources available for their disposal.
Positively represent Black Gold Farms in related industry organizations to further advance your development and promote initiatives important to the company or industry.
The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor's degree in agriculture or related business field. At least 10 years of progressive farm manager experience is desired. Experience working with potatoes or other high intensity vegetable crops is preferred. Must have experience leading and managing employees, interacting with customers, working with cross functional teams, managing a budget, and Microsoft Office experience.

Black Gold has an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life insurance, a company funded health savings account, short term disability, critical illness insurance, accident insurance, a 401(k) program with company match, paid time off, paid holidays, retirement bonus, and an incentive bonus. Relocation assistance may be provided if necessary.