Harrismith Area – Free State: Our client is looking for a Packhouse Manager to join the team.

Only candidates with the relevant experience will be considered.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a pack house or similar role in the fruit industry.
    Strong understanding and practical experience with global standards and certifications such as GlobalGAP, FSSC (Food Safety System Certification), and Siza.
  • Proficiency in working with Vitrax or similar quality control and traceability software used in the fruit packing industry.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of various cooling methods, including Regular Atmosphere (RA) cooling, Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage, and forced cooling.
  • Experience in managing cooling processes to optimize the quality and shelf life of apples.
  • Familiarity with sterilization processes as they relate to apple storage (e.g., steri rooms).
  • Experience with forced cooling processes for citrus fruits, as this will be an added advantage for the export market.
  • Ability to implement and manage quality control procedures to ensure the consistent quality of packed apples.
  • Strong attention to detail in inspecting apples for defects and ensuring that only high-quality produce is packed.
  • Proven leadership and team management skills to oversee a team of pack house staff, ensuring productivity and quality standards are met.
  • Proficiency in managing inventory, including tracking stock levels, ordering supplies, and minimizing wastage.
  • Ensure adherence to all food safety regulations and industry standards, including hygiene, sanitation, and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) principles.
  • Excellent communication skills to liaise with suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities to address any issues related to the packing process, equipment, or product quality.
  • Experience in budgeting and cost control to optimize resource allocation within the pack house.
  • Maintain accurate records related to production, quality, and inventory.
  • Comfortable using technology and software relevant to pack house operations and management.
  • A commitment to ongoing process improvement and staying updated on industry trends and best practices.
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic, seasonal industry with variable hours during peak production times.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all employees, with knowledge of safety protocols and regulations.
  • Proficiency in Zulu or Sotho will be a significant advantage.
  • A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, food science, or a related field is preferred but not always required if there is sufficient practical experience.
  • Any additional certifications related to fruit packing, food safety, or quality management would be an asset.

 ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted

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