SVP, Southern Operations

Manulife - Remote3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $180,000 a year
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Job Description

Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments. As of June 30, 2018, HNRG managed USD 14.4 billion of timberland and farmland, compromising over 6.3 million acres located in the United States, Canada, and Australia. HNRG is committed to socially responsible investing and sustainable management of its client’s assets, including the ongoing reduction of environmental impact, and improvement of sustainability and stewardship performance.

Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) and Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (“HFS”) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”). HFM and HFS are property management companies that serve global institutional investors through related-party investment management groups (Hancock Timber Resource Group and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group) and third-party private investors. HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.8million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada. HFS oversees the agricultural assets and operations for approximately 0.3 million acres of farmland throughout the USA. Collectively, HFM and HFS represent the North American property management platform of HNRG.

JOB TITLE: Senior Vice President of Southern Operations

Hancock Farmland Services (HFS) provides oversight services for leased row crops throughout North America, with an expanding platform to direct operate assets. HFS provides services for Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), as part of HAIG’s integrated farmland investment management platform for institutional investors. HAIG is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. (HNRG), HFS is an HNRG subsidiary.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: this position is a champion and example of our corporate values and strategic pillars in the areas of safety, development of people; stakeholder satisfaction and continuous improvement. Position is responsible for the organization, planning, implementation and supervision of farming operations in a manner which optimizes return on investment and demonstrates good stewardship in the communities in which we operate. Position will need to have experience in managing row crops directly and with leased tenants. Need to have knowledge with crop planning, work with Farm Services Agency and all other government agencies. Knowledge of row crop markets. This is a senior leadership position within Hancock Farmland Services.

Workforce management including interviewing, hiring, training, performance management, motivation and professional and technical development. Interfaces with operations management (stakeholders) throughout the business to understand the individual operation's specific needs and implements strategies to ensure that the needs are met. Responsible for building a continuous improvement culture by championing efficiency ideas and cost reduction measures. Establishes KPI's that support the company's overall strategic goals. Promote a work environment focused on safety. Responsible for building out a direct row crop platform. Work with tenants and ensure HFS clients are receiving maximum land rents Work with various stakeholders to ensure planting and crop plan meet objectives to maximize client returns. Have a working knowledge of row crop contracts. Be a champion of building relationships with these stakeholders ensuring HFS clients are receiving best prices. Coach/mentor team in farming operations and help them expand their areas of knowledge and responsibilities. Coach/mentor team in preparing operational, capital budgets and planting schedules. Be able to work in a matrix organization and communicate in other growing regions throughout North America looking for synergies and efficiencies. Work with team to perform within the total budget framework. Coach/mentor team to anticipate and adjust for variable conditions and circumstances that may cause variances from budgeted figures. Be able to communicate to client relations unexpected variances. Coach/mentor team to anticipate and to promptly respond to special circumstances or conditions during the growing season such as weather, pest, diseases, or other extraordinary events. Coordinate communication and resources between various management areas and teams to optimize efficiency and safety in operations. Coach/mentor team in the effective handling of personnel, contractors, labor, vendors, equipment and processors in a Professional and fair manner. Oversee procurement procedures, both the formal and the informal bidding process, for fairness and compliance, as well as budget management Partner with HR and the Compliance Departments to make sure company policies are followed, personnel are trained properly, and new initiatives are implemented in the field in accordance with set practices. Ensure company safety policies and to propose and evaluate new regulations for necessary updates or changes. Other duties as assigned.

Excellent communication, verbal and written.
Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
Ability to be a coach and mentor a highly capable and energetic team.
Possess the poise, confidence and presence to be able to deal effectively with external customers, vendors, and all levels within the organization.
Highly entrepreneurial and eager to drive programs through to completion. Able to deal with pressures and timelines inherent in a fast-paced company.
Strong analytical skills, with experience in analyzing and managing methods and cost.
Experience leading a large team in a complex business model.
Be able to implement continuous improvement initiatives.
Strong working knowledge of financial statements, budgets & other standard operations metrics.
Strong computer and organizational skills.
Must be able to deliver presentations to groups and senior level management.
Willing to take on new properties and complex projects.

Four-year college degree in Farm Management or Agricultural Business preferred.
5+ years’ experience in Farm Management.
Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) certification
Must possess valid driver’s license and be insurable with company’s commercial carrier.
Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed.
Must be able to travel regionally and frequently drive long distances.

Frequent sitting, standing, and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
View & type on mobile phones, tablets, and computer screens for extended periods of time.

Work is performed outside, as well as inside an office.
Performing the essential functions of this job may require the incumbent to work with and/or around hazardous materials, perform lifting and bending, or be exposed to unpleasant scents or hazardous conditions or substances in the field including heat, exhaust or chemicals.
Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. As a result, all current and perspective Hancock employees are subject to be drug and alcohol tested in accordance with the Policy and applicable law.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.

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About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers. As of December 31, 2018, we had over $1.1 trillion (US$794 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.0 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States are where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization. It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.