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Head of Talent Acquisition – Citrus Division

Head of Talent Acquisition – Citrus Division

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Wonderful Citrus is seeking a Head of Talent Acquisition for its Delano, CA location. This position is responsible for building a best-in-class talent acquisition function inclusive of building our organizational capabilities with interview/selection/hiring decisions, building a cohesive employment value proposition, and on-boarding talent.   This position will provide the highest-level partnership in understanding our business with leaders and employees while delivering high quality, hourly, technical, professional, managerial, and executive level candidates.

Wonderful Citrus is America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus. Our citrus varieties can be found in the produce department of grocery stores across the country under the flagship consumer brands of Wonderful Halos mandarins and Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red grapefruit.

To learn more about Wonderful Citrus Company, visit www.wonderfulcitrus.com.



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Partner with leadership to identify human capital needs, workforce planning strategies, and search assignments.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with Wonderful Citrus hiring managers, vendors, and community organizations. Creating partnerships that yield successful candidate pools and potential employees.
  • Develop and deploy appropriate strategies and tools to capture staffing and quality metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of recruiting initiatives and solutions and make data-driven recommendations and decisions. This may include ATS vendor selection and implementation of new ATS.
  • Manage recruiting budget and forecast spending.
  • Lead development and execution of employment brand to relay Wonderful Citrus’ culture as an employer of choice.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert on employment brand awareness
  • Oversee the presentation, selection, offer, negotiation, closing, and administrative components involved in full lifecycle recruiting; under the direction of the hiring managers and within the guidelines of the Wonderful Citrus compensation programs.
  • Maintain accurate and well-ordered documentation on all candidates, searches, hiring manager’s interactions, and other recruiting activities to ensure a legally compliant process.
  • Visit all hiring-manager departments to develop a thorough understanding of the department culture and uses that understanding to help candidates fully understand the opportunity.
  • Participate in the development of ongoing creative and cost-effective sourcing strategies.
  • Develop and implement:
    • on-line strategy to build brand awareness and become an employer of choice.
    • University relations program
    • Program to upskill our interview/selection/hiring capabilities
    • Lead the Citrus division in selection of ATS (currently on ICMS)
  • Provides leadership and guidance around continuous improvement initiatives and an eye for streamlining processes within talent acquisition and HR-related work.
  • Develop an effective pipeline of key talent potentially available for immediate hire as succession planning needs dictate.
  • Stays informed of trends and innovative recruiting techniques to be competitive in state-of-the-art recruiting practices.
  • Ensure that the recruiting function is capable, streamlined and well aligned with the vision and goals of the organization.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, shall, and/ or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. 

  • B.S. in Business Administration, Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, or related discipline desired and 8 + years’ experience in full lifecycle recruiting across all levels, preferably in corporate environment or equivalent combination education and experience.
  • An expert level of knowledge in all full lifecycle recruiting components including, but not limited to, sourcing, qualifying, networking, assessing, legal, job analysis, wage and salary trends, relationship management, and due diligence.
  • Experience in recruiting all levels from hourly non-exempt, to Vice President.
  • Desire and experience in building a best-in-class talent acquisition team and processes.
  • Experience in working in a matix environment requiring strong collaboration skills as this role may have key stakeholder partnerships across Wonderful Company divisions.
  • Excellent project management, writing, and oral communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to command the attention and respect of senior level leaders.
  • Ability to develop business cases and service requirements, while creating and managing strategic alliances.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit for a broad/deep range of positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function and recruit on a national, multi-location, and multi-levels capacity
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
  • Strong initiative and solid judgment abilities/skills.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of applications and the use of email.
  • Must be Internet savvy and experienced in mining online databases, social media as used in sourcing and attracting talent through brand awareness.
  • Must be able to quickly assimilate technical information and build solutions to the optimal balance of meeting business needs, beating competitors, and operating within financial resource constraints. 

Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 8,500 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful Pistachios one of America’s top-selling salty snacks. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI Water is the No. 1 premium bottled water in America. JUSTIN Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora is the world’s largest flower delivery service.

The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $120 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $45 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $30 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, visit www.wonderful.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.