Job Description

J Berry Nursery was established in 2006 and is a rapidly growing nursery, with a unique and innovative product mix. J Berry Nursery focuses on the development and production of branded programs. We own, produce and license the following brands: Black Diamond® Crapemyrtles, Déjà Bloom® Azaleas, and Hollywood® Hibiscus. Our production facility is located in Grand Saline, TX. 80 miles east of Dallas and 40 miles Northwest of Tyler.

Job Title: Young Plant Division Manager

Broad scope of the role:

  • Young plant supplier to J Berry Nursery for internal consumption
  • Establishment of a new business focusing on the sale of young plants to outside customers

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Production of young plants within a controlled propagation environment
  • Create and maintain production timelines, inventories and protocols
  • Manage a crew of laborers to accomplish assigned tasks
  • Utilize best management practices to control pests and diseases
  • Always strive for quality output

Development Responsibilities:

Create a strategy to sell our proprietary plants to other nurseries and greenhouses that will include

  • Determining varieties selection
  • Production quantities
  • Preferred brokerage partners
  • Distribution and marketing strategies
  • Execution of the strategy

Other Supportive Roles:

R&D department responsibilities to include:
New variety trialing *Performance observations *Data recording *Production protocol development *Establishing an in-ground trial area *Chemical trials *Production process trials *Automation exploration

The production process trialing will include an assessment of our current work flow to create the highest labor efficiencies and a re-design analysis based on lean flow principles.

Job Requirements

Skill Set & Qualification Requirements:

  • Degree in Horticulture (or related field) or equivalent work experience
  • Working knowledge of PGR’s, pest control management and plant nutrition
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Good organizational and communication
  • Experience supervising work crews
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products and basic computer skills
    • Successful candidate will possess both: Plant Propagation Knowledge and Business Management skills.
  • Reports to Production Manager and works with Sales and Marketing staff