On May 27, the “Career Days” online event initiated by Rosselkhozbank and dedicated to the issue of human resources in the agro-industrial sector was held. Alyona Vladimirovskaya, a well-known Russian recruiter, was invited to host the event. She spoke with representatives of agricultural enterprises, HR specialists, and heads of recruiting agencies. The guest speakers of the program included Yelena Filonenko, the Head of the HR Department of the agricultural holding.
The issue of human resources is now becoming increasingly relevant in the Russian agro-industrial sector. In fact, the agricultural field is not on the list of applicants’ preferred fields of employment. Instead, they seek jobs in trending sectors, such as finance, IT, public administration, oil and gas. At the same time, domestic agricultural industry now appears to be going through a period of rapid growth and development, which is especially true for indoor vegetable production. Just over the last few years, there have been dozens of greenhouse complexes put into operation with a total area of hundreds of hectares.
According to the host, the agricultural industry is one of the most undervalued spheres in the domestic job and occupation market. It’s very rare for people from other sectors to enter the agroindustry, and there are not many students enrolled in specialized universities, either. The personnel shortage in the industry is estimated at about 60 per cent. Despite that, the salaries in the sphere have increased by 1.5 times over the last year.
Yelena Filonenko introduced ECO-Culture company to the audience and told about the scale of the enterprise, regions of presence, structure and peculiarities of production, as well as development plans for the nearest and farthest future. According to the HR Director, the work at greenhouses is mostly done manually, and that is the very segment where the staff is constantly lacking. There is a high demand for agronomists, agricultural technicians, engineers, along with representatives of the IT sphere.
Since the greenhouses are generally managed via centralized computer systems, the company needs specialists capable of monitoring and, if necessary, upgrading the process both on the scale of an individual greenhouse complex and for the agricultural holding as a whole.
Today, the agricultural holding needs people in all production, management, and service departments. There are, though, two “burning” vacancies of the top management level – the positions of top HR manager and marketing director. Meanwhile, the dynamics of the company’s development and internal changes guarantee future employees not only attractive financial conditions but also excellent prospects for professional and career growth.
One part of the program was held in a rather peculiar format, with representatives of the largest agro-industrial companies talking live with candidates running for top positions in their companies.
To watch all the “Career Day” materials, please visit the corresponding YouTube channel.