The Farming for the Future Agricultural Economist is responsible for developing and implementing an economic model linking sound scientific agricultural practices to agricultural economics. The model aim to qualify and quantify, in monetary value, the direct and indirect benefits for the farmer and for Woolworths Foods when the recommendations as set out in each farmer’s Farming for the Future report are implemented.
The implementation of the model must meet the economic, social and environmental needs of the business, its suppliers, and customers, underpinned by sound science with a relevant business and supplier engagement plan.
- Stakeholder Management (internal & external)
- Manage and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders across the business
- Ensure that Enviroscientific the Farming for the Future manager are informed on a regular basis during the development of the Farming for the Future economic model.
- Provide subject matter expertise to the relevant stakeholders
- Identify potential stakeholders and develop sound working relationships that will support the outcome of the economic model
- Agronomy horizon scanning
- Stay abreast and identify emerging agricultural environmental and technological aspects and the impact thereof on the economics of fresh produce, pastures and flower production.
- Design relevant solutions in collaboration with the Enviroscientific colleagues and external experts and/or key stakeholders
- Influence to ensure implementation and adoption of solutions by the relevant farmers, Enviroscientific colleagues and Woolworths Food’s technical team
- A deep interest in agriculture and the natural environment.
- Interest in economics.
- High mathematical, analytical and scientific aptitude.
- Creative, thorough and analytical.
- Problem-solving abilities.
- Good communication, research and organisational skills
- Excellent team player
- A BSc. Agriculture degree with a major in agricultural economics with soil science on second-year level
- Less than two years’ experience
- Understanding, and knowledge of vegetable, fruit, pasture and flower production
- Awareness of key sustainability risks, issues and opportunities in the supply chain.
- Effective strategy building in line with business objectives
- Project management capabilities
- Building relationships with colleagues
- Effective stakeholder management
- Strategic agility
- Strong integrator – able to work within a matrix and across different agriculture disciplines
- Approachable and collaborative
- Excellent communication skills (persuasive influencer) with good listening skills
- Structured and organised
- Concise and accurate reporting
- Systems knowledge (Excel, Microsoft Project, various agriculture economic systems)
- Critical thinking and problem solving ability
- Proactive and continuous improvement approach
- Willing to locate to Gordon’s Bay (Western Cape) or surrounding towns.