Production Manager – Finegand Site


Production leadership role

Career opportunity

An employer with vision and purpose

Job Description:

The company

Silver Fern Farms’ vision is ‘To become the world’s most successful and sustainable grass-fed red meat company’. Founded in 1948, Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s leading procurer, processor, marketer and exporter of premium quality lamb, beef and venison. Exporting to 60 countries, Silver Fern Farms is a regionally significant business with annual revenue in excess of $2bn, 7,000 employees, seven offshore offices and 14 processing sites in New Zealand.

To find out more about Silver Fern Farms, their values and vision, and how they are increasing their presence globally, visit their website:

The company is highly regarded as an Employer of Choice and for its investment in developing people and offering opportunities for you to learn, develop and progress your career. An opportunity has arisen for you to join the business in a pivotal leadership role as the Production (Section) Manager for the Finegand Site in Balclutha

The opportunity

Your primary objective will be to lead the effective and efficient leadership and supervision of the personnel and operations of the Primary and Secondary Butchery processing operation at the Finegand Site.

Reporting to the Processing Manager, you will take on a key role on site covering production management, leadership and management, people, Health & Safety, quality and compliance responsibilities.

The company prides itself on its’ agility, long-term and sustainable business strategy and response to market demands and new technologies. You will own the management of key relationships with external stakeholders and suppliers such as MPI, external regulatory bodies, and visitors to the site (including customers).

Additionally, you will be responsible for managing key internal relationships with direct reports, site leadership team, site support functions, other Silver Fern sites and the central support functions

Your previous knowledge and experience in leading production operations and people leadership in an agri-business, primary industry or similar environment will ensure you deliver continuous and sustainable results to the business.

What’s in it for you

Ideally tertiary qualified you will be passionate and driven to achieve successful operational outcomes and in the development of people and a winning team culture. You will be a confident and energetic self-starter with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

You will have a dedicated team-focus and be able to nurture, coach and manage your team and develop your team (of eight direct reports and approx. 450 indirect reports) 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.

In return, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your career and be provided with opportunities for learning, development and career progression in New Zealand’s leading marketer, processor and exporter of premium quality lamb, beef and venison products. This is a significant senior production management role on a large site and will position your career well for future growth and progression.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: 

6 May 2021