National Livestock Manager – based in Otago or Waikato


Leadership role with career development

Multi-site operational and strategic responsibility

Farmer engagement

Job Description:

The company

The business is one of New Zealand’s leading agri-businesses with a deserved reputation for producing a high-quality product range while striving for Best Practice performance across its farming operation. It is focused on investment for growth and to implement new technologies to exceed industry standards.

The business is focused on adding value to New Zealand’s natural, high-quality agricultural product offerings, which positions the company well in the market. This coupled with a strong balance sheet and capital to invest, means that the business is well-positioned for growth and continued success on an international scale.

The company is highly regarded as an Employer of Choice and for their commitment to developing their people and offering ongoing opportunities for you to learn, develop and progress your career.

We are pleased to advise an opportunity has arisen for you to join the business in a pivotal leadership role as the National Livestock Manager.

The opportunity – National Livestock Manager – based in Otago or Waikato

Reporting to the General Manager Operations, you will take on a key leadership role combining overall responsibility for animal welfare, biosecurity, planning, operations, people management and commercial responsibilities. Your primary objective will be to lead and execute livestock operations including the day-to-day affairs while working towards the wider strategic development of the farm network in order to deliver on P&L expectations around budget setting and cost delivery.

The company prides itself on its’ dynamism, long-term and sustainable business strategy and response to market demands and new technologies. You will own livestock responsibilities for the national farm network, working cohesively with the wider business in a responsive manner to changing market demands.

Your previous knowledge and experience in developing and fostering strong business relationships with suppliers, customers and key stakeholders in an agri-business, primary industry or similar environments will ensure you deliver continuous and sustainable benefits to the business. Your demonstrated ability to evaluate and investigate current and alternative technologies, practices and systems will guarantee you provide the required quality, price, service and support to your stakeholders and customers.

Your collaborative style will enable you to partner with key internal and external stakeholders to provide strategic direction and champion Livestock interests. Your proven experience in the development and implementation of commercial and operational strategies, policies and processes, will position you well in leading the business towards best-practice operations and livestock management.

What’s in it for you

Your experience in a leadership role in agri-business, primary industry, or similar will position you to successfully lead and develop Livestock management activities across the national farm network with the support of a dedicated team.

Ideally tertiary qualified (preferably in Farm Management, Management, Business Administration or similar) you will be passionate and driven to achieve successful commercial outcomes, a continuous improvement culture and high performing and engaged people. You will be a confident and energetic self-starter with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

You will have a genuine desire to add value to the business and will enjoy a hands-on role as you collaborate with multiple teams across the organisation, maintaining strong cultural awareness and sensitivity as you do so. You will have a team-focus and be able to nurture, coach and manage your people effectively, displaying humility and resilience at all times. Solutions-driven and a competent problem solver, decision-making will be one of your key strengths and your ability to influence diverse stakeholders will be second to none.Based in Dunedin the role requires travel throughout the North and South Island to enable you to work closely and one-on-one with your stakeholders. The success of your input and the farm network will directly impact on the operational, financial and commercial performance of the wider business. The role offers you a diverse range of responsibilities encompassing leadership, financial management, strategic and operational planning, risk management, HSE, compliance, relationship management, continuous improvement and everything else in between!

You will be provided with the tools and support to thrive in your position and will be given the opportunity to develop and grow your career within the business.

You will be rewarded with a salary commensurate with your experience including a company vehicle, fuel card, laptop and mobile phone as part of your package

If this opportunity is of interest, please submit your CV by following the link below. If you would like to find out more please contact Wayne Fry on 021 656 502 or for a confidential discussion

Posted on: 

February 3, 2021

Office Address: 126 Vincent Street, Auckland.

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