We are recruiting a Team Leader to support and assist the propagation area manager in activities leading to plant production, space allocations, grading and quality control (QC) of plugs and liners.
The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the post-sticking operations from plant hardening to moving on of successive batches to other greenhouses as appropriate and ensuring the assigned grading, QC or other relevant tasks are precisely executed in accordance with agreed plant specifications and work rates.
Participation in plant and facility quality control training and planning meetings where required and filling in records required by the management team. Responsible for the final grading of plant batches in consultation with the specific production area manager.
Grading, cleaning and counting of plugs and liners produced in various nursery production programs
Collaborating with and giving relevant feedback to all relevant staff involved with the plug and liner production at earlier and later stages of the production process
Assisting propagation area manager with batch watering support and feedback, (when and where needed) of plugs and liners according to agreed work plans each week
In addition to the grading tasks, trimming, spacing and execution of assigned cultural tasks on plants agreed in weekly work plans
Reporting of weeds, liverwort, mosses and hand cleanings where needed, of plugs, liners and surrounding production areas in compliance with the nursery weed and hygiene control programme
Reporting to the propagation area manager proactively on pests and diseases identified in the course of execution of the weekly work schedule
Ensuring facilities and work areas assigned are kept clean, properly organized and tidy at all times during and after the execution of given tasks
Ensuring all tools and equipment used are kept clean and stored properly after use bringing to the attention of the manager where broken or faulty in advance of the need for replacement
Updating report templates provided by the manager on losses recorded through the grading and QC tasks assigned and passing to the propagation area manager as required
Leading other grading staff assigned to grading work, especially during the busy production periods and supporting new staff in achieving standards in quality output in the grading of plugs and liners
Communication with the propagation area manager on any issues encountered with teams assigned to the tasks of grading and QC
Reporting to the propagation area manager any observed, shortfalls in the quality of plants during the grading process by grading teams
Supporting the propagation area manager in the assessment of quality and grading speed of other team members
Notifying the propagation area manager of any non-compliance or infringements by the staff of any of the regulations outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Research and Development
The purpose of R&D at FitzGerald Nurseries should be to improve the company's performance in both technical production improvements and new products with the purpose to increase company profitability. New product line development that strengthens the company’s offer should not come at the expense of company performance.
Supporting the propagation area manager with small batches of plants and any output data collection required from time to time in the company R&D programme where necessary
Ensuring clear and effective records are filled in on record sheets as required by the propagation area manager
Ensuring safe systems of work by all team members and compliance with the Company Health & Safety Policy in the area of responsibility
Assisting with other activities where time permits and as agreed with the propagation area manager
Performance of work rates and standards to be appraised on an annual basis formally at end of November each year
Communication in a clear manner of any causes whether personal, professional or any other reasons why the outlined job description as above cannot be performed to be made to the propagation area manager as soon as such circumstances prevail
RESPONSIBLE TO: Propagation Area Manager
Keeping agreed KPI metrics in line with set targets for productivity
Part-time or full-time worker teams are assigned from time to time to grading and QC tasks
LIMITS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
This area covers where management does not expect any responsibility from the Team Leaders. Cultural applications of hazardous chemicals, decisions on dumping of plants without the agreement of the propagation area manager, the discipline of team members, and changing of agreed protocols or work schedules assigned weekly. Repair of equipment or infrastructure.
History: The nursery was built in stages since then on the FitzGerald family farm in Co. Kilkenny Ireland. The farmland has been farmed by the FitzGerald family since the 1700's and was a typical traditional farm of the time containing approximately 100 acres.
In the centre of the nursery activity is a well preserved neolithic ring fort or in Gaelic (Rath). This is the remains of what was probably the first agricultural activity by the Celts on this farmland. Patrick FitzGerald diversified from the traditional Cattle, Dairy and vegetable enterprises to focus mainly on nursery production. He established the nursery and specialized in the production of young plants for sale to growers in Ireland at first and now 18 countries around the world.
Description: FitzGerald Nurseries sell young plants in 30 countries as plugs, liners and food crop mother plants produced from tissue culture explants. the company is interested in developing volume contract production in each of these categories. From simple product development and marketing starting in 1994 the company is now to the forefront in developing exciting plant ranges for the future, including newly introduced vegetables to both Agricultural and hobby market applications.
In December 2004 FitzGerald Nurseries took over Plant Technology Ltd Irelands only commercial plant tissue culture laboratory. With a research staff team of 5 and production staff of 10 the laboratory now produces exclusively for FitzGerald Nurseries and takes on contract propagation for select clients. The focus of the laboratory is on novel and licensed plant varieties with a very special emphasis on food crop development and maintenance of its own genebanks.
During 2005 further work on formalizing the structure of the nursery product development was undertaken. In 2009 planting has begun on the new trial and display gardens in 2013 more research emphasis were put on venetable crop development. In 2019 Beotanics sister company to FitzGerald took over specialist R&D activities and food product development investigations for the group and launched a new plan for the future of the company. In 2020 the company has added a 2000 m2 innovation and product development greenhouse and a Plant Health Quarentine greenhouse making a large financial commitment to the future export development of its food crops all this despite some challenges of COVID-19.