Propagation Manager

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Margot Julies     +27218630830


Our client is leading supplier of blueberry plants, genetic material and grower support to their global customer base. They have set up operations in the Paarl area and are seeking to appoint a Propagation Manager. 

The incumbent’s main responsibility will be the implementation, transplanting, fertilizing, irrigation, storage and shipment plans for the propagation plants. This position is further responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the department including employee supervision and development. 

 The duties among others include:

  • Implementation of the crop plan for propagation
  • Responsible for forecasting micro cuttings needs based on the crop plan
  • Scheduling delivery of plant material to ensure timelines are met
  • New cultivar initiation as well as maintenance of existing cultures
  • Monitors and ensures that optimum environments exist in the greenhouses for the rooting of hardwood, softwood, and unrooted micro cutting
  • Develops fertilizer and pesticide schedules
  • Assesses and tracks the available usable and saleable plants to ensure that the specific targeted number for each cultivar is available
  • Ensures that all plant movements including transfers, shrink and new plantings are accounted for in inventory
  • Responsible for operating within the approved budget amounts
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-term departmental goals
  • Employee management
  • Provides reporting and analysis on the propagation activities and labour on a regular basis
  • Maintenance of the propagation facilities and equipment
  • Represents the organization to visitors and guests and attends industry-related meetings and trade shows as needed 


  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in plant propagation in the nursery industry (specific experience in blueberries or similar horticultural crop will be advantageous)
  • Minimum of 3+ years in a supervisory or management position in a sales environment with proven ability to manage, develop and mentor staff
  • Knowledge of plant tissue culture and conventional plant propagation techniques
  • Full understanding of greenhouse controls for all forms of irrigation including misting, fogging, and micro-irrigation
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time management, organizational, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suit
  • Ability to develop clear action plans and drive processes with many inter-dependencies
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Must have a commitment to quality. Must be results driven and customer focused
  • Ability to travel internationally for company business or attend events off-site

 Please ENSURE that your application includes the following:

  • a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (MS Word format), inclusive of contact and email information
  • a covering letter motivating the application
  • an indication of current and expected remuneration
  • availability
  • contactable referees 

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks’ of the closing date, please accept that your application was not successful. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.