Agribusiness

Helping your organization harvest its potential

The global agribusiness market is engaging with a new breed of leaders to navigate constant changes in supply and demand. Leaders in the market need to be strategic thinkers, capable of finding new ways to enhance the integrated value chain, foster organizations to be customer centric, and speak the language of governments, universities and NGOs. The agri-food industry will continue to face constant changes in the food supply chain, as well as society and customer views and needs relating to food security, sustainability and biodiversity.

With the continuing population growth, rapid urbanization and rising per capita income, the growing demand for higher-quality proteins and, faster, more efficient production has never been higher. Leaders must be able to address the rise of smart agriculture and precision farming and IOT in trading and logistics, using technology to drive innovation and productivity, developing new technologies and alternative sources of nutrition. Are you and your organizations prepared with the right team to help the global agricultural community to thrive?

Here at Korn Ferry our agribusiness consultants are at the forefront of this critical global talent discussion and advise on every element of the transformation, from the requirements of self-disruptive leadership to new ways of working. We’ve helped more than 300 clients in 52 countries identify new leaders and professionals, growing their talent pipeline. We’ve also conducted more than 700 projects across every agribusiness sector, from crop protection to flavors and fragrances, food ingredients, fertilizers, commodities, precision Ag, animal health and nutrition and farming. Our Agribusiness practice helps you adapt your organization to changes in the market, and then helps you determine the talent you need, addressing the talent shortage and delivering an exceptional employee experience while elevating talent retention and acquisition in this rapidly changing industry.

Where we can help

Your performance and results are what matters. We partner with you to continually evolve and optimize to reflect the changing needs of your business. We have helped our agribusiness clients address challenges like these.

Addressing the talent shortage

Finding qualified talent isn’t a new conundrum for agribusinesses, but these problems are soon to intensify. Up to 50% of the agricultural workforce may be eligible for retirement soon, and with the accelerated changes in the sector, leadership profile needs will change as well. There’s plenty of opportunity for young, talented candidates in agribusiness, but it’s still a challenge for the agri-food sector to continue to attract skilled professionals, women, and diverse candidates.

With talented agribusiness consultants located around the globe, paired with our unmatched insight into the agri-food industry, Korn Ferry is ready to help you identify and develop a skilled, diverse workforce ready to handle the challenges of the future. We work with organizations to assess the skills in their current workforce, identify gaps that need to be filled, and recognize hidden potential candidates primed to develop into future leaders.

Leading digital transformation

Investors continue pumping funds into agtech companies, accelerating the pace of digitization in the industry. Automation and connectivity are defining new norms for research, testing, supply chains, plant operations, food and worker safety, transportation, marketing and sales. Already, advanced analytics and the Internet of Things are providing insights that could lead to higher crop productivity, less waste, better resource conservation and tighter cost control, enabling advances such as smart agriculture and precision farming. All of this data and technology is valuable—if you have the right people who understand it.

Agribusinesses need leaders equipped with the skills required to keep up with technological changes and ready to manage diverse groups through disruption. We help agribusinesses find qualified talent with STEM backgrounds to address the industry’s growing need for technical skills. Our agricultural consultants also help organizations identify leaders with the capabilities to address challenges, lead change and deliver results.

Delivering an exceptional employee experience

Given the challenges of recruiting new talent for the agribusiness sector, employee engagement and retention are imperatives for agribusinesses. Organizations need strategies that help them continuously put their employees first, improving the employee experience throughout the employment lifecycle. Agribusinesses that invest in their employee experience will see higher engagement, retention, and overall performance over those that don’t.

Our agribusiness consultants work with you to build a comprehensive employee experience program. First, we survey your employees to determine their needs and assess how well your organization is meeting them. We help you spot areas of opportunity to improve and build feedback loops. By listening to your employees and creating new opportunities for enablement, engagement, and motivation, you’ll boost your employees’ performance and help them find greater fulfillment in their work.

Improving diversity and inclusion

We help companies create a positive, engaging and inclusive environment for all agribusiness sector employees. We examine your hiring, development, compensation and promotion practices to ensure that opportunities are equally available to everyone. We use our proprietary assessments and other research-validated tools to help you identify and develop high-potential talent. And we work with you to construct clearly defined career tracks that give up-and-coming agribusiness sector talent the experience that positions them for leadership roles. In short, we help you build a transformational, inclusive talent strategy that will accelerate performance.

Let us be part of your success story. Contact us and discover how we can help you plant the seeds for a stronger future.

Let us be part of your success story

Contact us and see how our industry expertise can help you achieve your business goals.