Agriculturalist (Hydroponics / Vertical Farming)

Posted 13 June 2021
LocationSaudi Arabia
Job type Permanent
DisciplineEngineering & Supply Chain

Job description

  • Hydroponics / Vertical Farming Operations Leadership

  • Diverse work culture & great benefits

  • Location: Saudi Arabia


The Company

The company is a market-leading vertically-integrated conglomerate, driven by petrochemicals as a core pillar but with a multitude of additional Business Units and integrated corporate services functions. The company seeks high-performing employees and who are typically attracted by its challenging and rewarding work and its social conscience. It now seeks an experienced Agricultural Specialist to oversee its Hydroponic / Vertical Farming operation and which supports its in-house community services solution.


The Position

The appointed Agriculturalist will play a pivotal role leading, planning and implementing hydroponic / vertical farming projects from design concept, procurement, construction and maintenance of equipment whilst taking responsibility for all key technical and budget decisions. Whilst strongly empowered to experiment, the role will consider the optimum selection of each plant species, life-cycle management (calendar planning), species productivity / yield and relative cost effectiveness; this will include necessary studies relating to soil, water, plants /seeds to refine planting and cultivation practices with a view to optimising results for gardens, leisure parks and sports stadia pitches and similar. Moreover, additional R&D, experimentation will identify external factors that may influence crop success (insects, wildlife, nutrition, climate) whilst developing hydroponic processes that will diminish or counter their impact. The Agriculturalist will oversee farm operations, hire and develop a core operational team whilst establishing acceptable benchmark standards for productivity including grow/harvest timetable and nutrient intake processes.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a global powerhouse whilst building a unique hydroponics farm complete with financial stewardship and reporting responsibility. A strong push for experimentation will foster strong R&D capability whilst the entire operation will play a major role in improving the lifestyle and habitat for a sizeable community.


The Person

Interested candidates should offer a Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture and a minimum of 5 years’ experience specialised in hydroponic management. Current or prior Middle-East experience would be highly advantageous. Naturally, you will offer extensive expertise of botany and plant growth without soil complemented by strong research and problem-solving capability as well as sound awareness of industry trends and technology developments within this field.