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Assistant Research Manager
Reporting to the Research Manager, the successful candidate will work as an integral part of the Tea Estate management team and provide varied experience in agricultural research environment with a high degree of focus in supporting plantations in their day to day operations.
The key responsibilities for this position include:
Developing, planning, and implementing field experiments.
Overseeing entire estates fertilizer distribution and application in liaison with tea estate managers.
Supervising and monitoring herbicide usage, regular spray equipment maintenance, and planning appropriate training programs for spray supervisors and applicators.
Planning and implementing tea and eucalyptus vegetative propagation nursery programs ensuring sufficient quality plants are available and timely to estates.
Conducting detailed pest and plant disease surveys and instituting corrective actions.
Preparing, coordinating, implementing and monitoring soil and water conservation programs in tea plantations
Monitoring Planting and infilling program to ensure annual targets are attained.
Preparation of pruning plan in accordance with the annual pruning policy. Check and advice estates on standards of prune works.
Preparing documentation and offering technical back up on good agricultural practices
Providing technical support to out grower farmers
Prepare and present agricultural demonstrations and field days
Making detailed observations, analyzing data, statistics and interpreting research results.
Maintaining familiarity with current scientific literature as well as investigating, creating, developing new methods and technologies for project advancement
Liaising with internal and external research and development personnel in collaborative trials
The ideal candidate must possess the qualifications / competencies outlined below:
Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy or closely related field.
Minimum 5 years working experience in agricultural set up.
Good computer skills
Willingness to work in a variety of conditions
Ability to design and conduct field trials of agricultural inputs
Good analytical skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Good planning and organizational skills
How to Apply
If you meet the requirements of this position, please submit an application, including a detailed CV, your postal, e-mail and telephone contacts, names and addresses of three referees.
Your application should reach us not later than 24 May 2013 and be addressed to:
Human Resources Director
P O Box 223 – 20200 Email: careers [at] finlays.co.ke
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For more information and application see: Finlays Jobs
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