Job ID 5418
Our client, The Little Potato Company, began its journey in 1996 with the owners (Jacob and Angela – father and daughter) wanting to be able to produce little creamer potatoes, like what Jacob knew from his Dutch roots. They grew their first acre by hand; planting, weeding, harvesting, and washing it themselves. They then packed them into the back of Angela’s hatchback, setting off to farmers markets and restaurants. The potatoes were popular with chefs early on, with one of their first accounts being the Banff Springs Hotel. Jacob and Angela bought their first plant in 2000 and with their continued success, have expanded to increasingly larger facilities over the years with their current production facility located in west Edmonton. With further expansion and growth across Canada and into the United States, LPC partnered with a co-packing plant in PEI and opened a second production plant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Today, Angela leads the organization as CEO and Jacob runs a research and breeding company for little potatoes. The Little Potato Company has grown to have products on store shelves in every Province in Canada and State in the United States and operates with over 360 employees across Canada and the United States.
The Little Potato Company continues to experience growth year over year and continue to be the market leading producer of Creamer potatoes. They continue to set their sights high with their purpose being to “Save the Potato. Feed the World, better” where “everyone, everywhere deserves to have healthy, great food”. At The Little Potato Company, they believe in living by a set of deeply held core values representing both their history and how they strive to live every day to make the world a better place. The core values that guide their corporate family are:
Importance of Family: We are a family-based Company and since our prime support comes from our family, we encourage a healthy work-life balance. We honour the place that family has in our employees’ lives.
Go Beyond: We acknowledge that employees come to us with their own experience and resources. We support and encourage our employees to go beyond what they bring, beyond what they envision they can do, and certainly beyond a mere job description. We trust in our employees’ passion and creativity so that they can extend themselves not just for the Company, but for themselves.
Elevate others: We are a diverse and inclusive work environment that embraces new ideas and ways of doing. When we enhance another by recognizing their skills and expertise we contribute to an overall feeling of worth.
Down To Earth: We are approachable and recognize the common humanity of all. We do not pretend to be other than what we are. Whether we are in the office, in the plant, in the field or with a customer we are approachable, genuine, and warm.
Do What You Say: We walk our talk. Being honest and impeccable really means that we waste no time in pretending, glossing over, or making unfounded promises. We are reliable, accountable and our words communicate an actual reality.
It is a great time to join The Little Potato Company as they continue to grow and be a North American producer of their unique, healthy, and delicious Little Potatoes! For further information on The Little Potato Company, please visit their website at www.littlepotatoes.com.
Reporting to the Director of Agronomy, the Regional Agronomist for Western Canada will be responsible for the overall continuous improvement of both creamer and seed potatoes across Southern Alberta, Central Alberta & Saskatchewan. The Regional Agronomist will be accountable for maintaining the technical relationship with all Little Potato Company’s (LPC’s) farmers in Western Canada. The Agronomist will have a clear focus on improving yield and quality of the raw product, while driving down production costs and improving grower profitability by utilizing company best management practices, industry knowledge, variety development and agronomic research to reach set targets. They will work closely with LPC farmers and the field management team to ensure that the agronomy, research, and production plans are precisely executed. The ideal candidate will have an extensive background in potato agronomy with 5-10 years of prior agronomy and/or agriculture research experience.
- Manage grower relationships from a technical standpoint, maximizing yield and quality
- Provide technical and crop intelligence advice to regional field and operations staff
- Develop and implement agronomy programs and plans for creamer & seed farmers
- Collaborate with growers, 3rd party researchers and department staff on agronomic research trials
- Advise growers on storage best management practices for creamer & seed production
- Conduct in-season crop assessments including yield projections and forecasting
- Liaise with regional crop consultants and local research community
- Organize & present crop year and research results at annual grower meeting
- Work closely with the Variety Commercialization Agronomist to ensure implementation of research outcomes as well as provide input for future research
- Train all regional staff on potato quality and agronomics
- Directing, advising, and mentoring field reps on agronomy activities in the growing regions
- Work closely with Field Management on Seed planning, variety performance and production
- Lead post season review crop improvement process
- Accountable for the execution of topkill program with support from field reps
FIRST YEAR – MEASURES OF SUCCESS
- LPC has set a BHAG (“big hairy audacious goal”) as it relates to their yields, pack-out and quality. Work collaboratively as a team, both internally and with growers, to meet or exceed KPI targets.
- Develop strong working relationships with contract growers and the LPC agronomy team.
- Execute well on the annual crop plans and processes, staying within budget.
- Communicate proactively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
- Live the values of The Little Potato Company.
Given the pivotal role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of the company and in supporting the success of the organization, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:
- Bachelor of Science or Master’s Degree in Agriculture
- Professional Agrologist Designation or eligibility
- Certified Crop Advisor Designation considered an asset
- 5-10 years experience needed in the agriculture industry; specifically, in horticulture and/or field crops.
- Farming background considered an asset.
Competencies and Knowledge
- Ability to manage staff and external consultants
- Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Effective time management skills
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Proven ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others
- Proven ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft office programs
- Ability to work in outdoor conditions (fields and storage)
- Ability to lift 50 lb samples
- Driver’s license required
- Must be willing and able to travel 25% within Alberta and Saskatchewan
- Highly accountable
- Positive attitude and energy
- Strategic and operational performer
- Can build and maintain strong relationships
- Critical thinker with problem solving skills
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and without supervision
- A positive attitude when faced with adversarial situations
- Exhibits sound judgment
An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.
The successful individual will work from a home office and is expected to be in the field and at grower sites between 60-70% of the time. The ideal location is Southern Alberta (ie. Lethbridge, Brooks, Rolling Hills) as the majority of grower’s are in this region. Travel will be required to Edmonton, Alberta and Outlook, Saskatchewan regions. Consideration will be given to individuals wanting to reside in Edmonton or Saskatchewan with greater travel being a requirement.
HOW TO APPLY
For the opportunity to join Little Potato Company in the role of Regional Agronomist – Western Canada, please email your resume to DreamBig@profoundtalent.com referencing Position ID #ADTK-142632.
Should you have an inquiry regarding this position, please contact Stacey Laing at 587-200-0114 ext. 104.
For further information on ProFound Talent Inc. please visit: www.profoundtalent.com
* We thank all applicants for your submissions, however only candidates being considered for this role will be contacted. *