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Root Veg Team Lead – West Cornwall

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
West Cornwall
Competitive with accommodation
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has a good practical background in growing root vegetables on a commercial scale to step up and take the lead.

Due to growth and reorganization within this impressive farming business, a Root Veg Team Lead is required to oversee the management of their root crop and flower enterprises.

The ideal candidate will currently be working within a team and may well be responsible for a small number of people, however is wanting to take more of a front seat and assist in the day to day operation management of the farm whilst still being passionate about the practical side of the job.

This impressive business farms over 1500ha including 800ha of combinable crops, 200ha of potatoes and 80ha of daffodil bulbs; mainly for the supply into manufacturing and food service wholesalers in the South West of the country. Daffodil flowers are sold into UK Supermarkets and also exported to Europe and bulbs exported internationally.

The successful person will work in a close knit team where communication between themselves, the MD, arable manager and in house agronomist are paramount; you will all support each other within this family business.

This is a role suitable for someone who has solid practical experience in veg production or other relevant experience with a strong desire to manage people, you will have a ‘hands on’ attitude and will have the ability to take a strategic approach when required and have the ability to ‘manage from a distance’.

Your week could look like:

• Plan the planting, cultivation, harvesting and storage of crops in conjunction with the MD and Agronomist

• Manage the day to day operations of a large staff of experienced colleagues, seasonal and casual workers

• Work with the arable manager to ensure that staff are deployed in an efficient manner and therefore maximising production

• Implement an agreed irrigation plan

• Have responsibility for meeting quality requirements through crop inspection and managing grading and storage

• Liaise with customers to ensure that their demands of product are met and to plan production appropriately

• Ensuring farm machinery is maintained and that all required records are kept up to date.


This role comes with a competitive salary, 3 bedroom modern house on the farm and farm vehicle.


Sound Interesting?

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Jadine Huxtable on: 01885 485525 / 07506296301 or e-mail your CV (in word format) and covering letter to , thank you.

De Lacy Executive will upload your CV to our database and retain some data about you in order to process your application. More information about our processing activities can be found at Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence and your details will not be passed to a third party without your prior permission.

Please note that this advertisement is not a job description and you should satisfy yourself about the full details at interview.

De Lacy Executive is an Approved member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which promotes high standards in recruitment practice, and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office. De Lacy Executive complies with all relevant data protection legislation.


De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by Canada, part of the group. is a supplier of innovative technology based information products, services and publications for the global agriculture and food industry. has offices in Canada, USA, Australia and India and also owns and operates a 2,000 acre farm in Canada. A large number of leading organizations in the international agriculture and food industries are amongst its clients.

Graham Dyer, President of believes "De Lacy Executive has a unique search and selection recruitment service based upon integrity and profound industry knowledge. We are thrilled to add this excellent team to our group. It will be 'business as usual' for this professional team. We will add to the De Lacy portfolio of services and spread the model to other sectors of UK land based business and to other parts of the world, benefitting our clientele and providing additional support and guidance for jobseekers. Combined with our and job boards, we have an increasingly international offering in the agriculture and food industries."

The sale took effect on June 1st 2016. Stuart Goodinson is the Managing Director. John Davies, who founded De Lacy, will remain working closely with the company as a consultant to the business. Stuart says; "I believe the acquisition by Canada provides additional products and services for the benefit of our clients and candidates - plus growth opportunities for us, both in the UK and in international markets. This change will increase our resource pool and search capability to ensure an even greater selection of top quality candidates for our recruitment clients."


De Lacy Executive is the principal recruitment specialist in the Agricultural and Land Based Business sector operating in the UK and Internationally with regional, national and global clients. We have been awarded Preferred Supplier List status with a number of major organisations.

The company was formed in 2000 and our extensive industry knowledge enables us to successfully assist our clients with vacancies in all disciplines from sales and marketing to technical and operations and at all levels from graduate trainees to chief executives. Our team of nine includes 8 who are the offspring of farmers and 6 who are agricultural graduates. Our agricultural credential are second to none.

We offer information and frank and honest advice to clients and job seekers. Career guidance is a key part of our work with candidates. Our service is free to candidates.

The Key Points to Our Business

Consultancy - We act in a consultancy capacity, adding value by devising a recruitment plan relevant to each client and each vacancy and then proactively searching and selecting the best candidates for clients whilst offering career advice to candidates.

Proactive searching for candidates - We don't wait to see if we receive applications. We use our own database and others, search websites, "head hunt" plus advertise on the most effective job boards to build our contacts and boost applicant numbers.

Our vacancies extend from graduate trainee to managing director - from sales through to technical, marketing, operations and production to R & D management.

Our specialism extends from the agricultural supply trade (arable, livestock, machinery and equipment etc) to farm management, primary food and fresh produce, horticulture, equestrian, environment, renewable energy and a diverse range of Rural and Land-based Business vacancies.

Integrity and Confidentiality - De Lacy Executive is approved as a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which oversees the UK's recruitment industry (REC Membership Number: 00082047) and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.

Commitment - We are committed to the industry and try to give something back through sponsorship of events and scholarships.

Ambassadors - We act in a professional manner recognising that we act on behalf of our clients.

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