Vice President of Harvest Operations at Bonita Packing - Joe Produce | Produce Jobs, Produce Careers, Agriculture Jobs, Agriculture Careers

Vice President of Harvest Operations

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Job Description: 

Bonipak’s Harvesting department is responsible for the year-round harvest of 25 million packages of fresh cut vegetables a year. With growing locations in California & Arizona, the harvest department travels to different growing regions to assess the quality and quantity of all planted commodities and report back to the Sales department on a daily & weekly basis. The Harvest Department interacts with the Production and Operations department to ensure a consistent volume is available to supply Bonipak’s top tier contracted customer base.

The VP, Harvest evaluates harvest operational performance results against organizational and departmental goals. Develops operating budgets. Ensures compliance with standards and regulations The VP, Harvesting will Develop strategies and deploy tactics to attain short- and long-term financial and harvesting operational goals. Executes organizational strategies and ensures the continuous development of the Harvesting Team.


  • Plans and directs the Harvesting Operational Policies, objectives and initiatives.
  • Oversee the harvest of 25M cartons of fresh produce each year, including strawberries, iceberg lettuce, spinach, cilantro, celery, red leaf, green leaf, broccoli, cauliflower, romaine, and parsley.
  • Direct operations for 12K acres of land within multiple growing regions, including San Maria, California and Yuma, Arizona.
  • Maintain harvest and labor budget, carefully monitoring all expenses to effectively manage department finances.
  • Reduce product rejection rates.
  • Manage the overall accuracy of estimated volume in the harvest department.
  • Serve as a key member of the Executive Leadership Board.
  • Work directly with Payroll, HR, Worker Safety, & Accounting department.
  • Communicate, Manage, and direct large teams across California & Arizona.


  • Harvest managers (3)- Leafy Greens
  • Director of Harvesting – Brassicas


  • Financial Analysis
  • Decision Making
  • Evaluating performance
  • Attend board Meetings
  • Reviewing Employee Performance
  • Implement and or enforce company policies
  • Manage daily operations
  • Direct management of Harvesting
  • Employee development and team Building


  • Working with CEO and Executive Team
  • Overseeing Budgets
  • Overseeing daily activity and production
  • Setting goals for Directors and Managers
  • Regularly attending Owner/Board Meetings


  • Previous 5+ years of field level experience, FLC experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in using critical things, problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and as a part of a collaborative team. Ability to prioritize deadlines & projects, including coordinating the efforts of multiple contributors, and establish time frames for completion of projects and assignments.
  • Willingness and ability to embrace and follow the Company Handbook. Ability to interact constructively and employees at all levels, upper management, owners, and community members, with diverse personalities and cultures, exercising sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy with an emphasis on flexibility, customer service and professionalism.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, including effective writing skills to prepare correspondence, various documents and reports, and email with knowledge of correct usage of English language, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Willingness and ability to meet Company and department standards for attendance.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Windows operating systems and related business and communication software and a demonstrated ability to learn and use various campus administrative computing systems and applications including, but not limited to Outlook, Microsoft 365 (work, PowerPoint, Excel) with the ability to update and expand skills as needed.


  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Interaction with others
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Analytical Skill
  • Business
  • Listening
  • Flexible
  • Creative


  • Employee must have the ability to walk, talk, hear, see, speak, concentrate, reach in all directions, stoop, bend, lift up to 60 lbs.
  • Use a computer, telephone and other equipment needed for the position
  • Possess the ability to reason and communicate clearly with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K
  • Profit Sharing


The Company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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