Regional Livestock Manager – Western North Island


Highly sought-after leadership role in a proud and progressive company

Farmer engagement and relationship management

Significant ability to positively impact company performance

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 $2.4bn, 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 exciting opportunity has arisen for you to join the business in a pivotal leadership role as the Livestock Regional Manager for the Western North Island.

The opportunity

Reporting to the General Manager Supply Chain, you will take on a key leadership role combining procurement, operational, people, strategy, business and commercial responsibilities. Your primary objectives will be to achieve long-term sustainable business objectives and supply relationships, specifically positioning Silver Fern Farms as the leading grass-fed red meat processor and one of New Zealand’s leading food production companies.

The company prides itself on its’ dynamism, long-term and sustainable business strategy and response to market demands, regulatory requirements and new technologies. You will own the livestock responsibilities and supplier relationships for the Western Region of the North Island while ensuring that the wider livestock function is aligned and responsive 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 environment will ensure you deliver continuous and sustainable benefits to the business. Your demonstrated ability to evaluate and investigate current and alternative sources and methods of supply will guarantee you provide the required quality, price, service and support in the sourcing of Silver Fern Farms livestock.

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

What’s in it for you

Your experience in an agri-business, primary industry, or similar business will position you to successfully lead and develop Livestock Management activities and your team of 15 across the Western North Island Region.

Not essential, but ideally tertiary qualified you will be passionate and driven to achieve successful commercial 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 genuine desire to add value to the business and will enjoy a hands-on role as you collaborate with multiple teams across the organisation.

You will have a dedicated team-focus and be able to nurture, coach and manage your team effectively. 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.The role requires travel throughout the Western Region of the North Island (encompassing the Kapiti Coast in the south through to the King Country in the north) to meet supplier’s and enable you to work closely and one-on-one with your team. The success of your team will directly impact the operational, financial and commercial performance of Silver Fern Farms. The role offers you a diverse range of responsibilities encompassing leadership, key account management, procurement, supplier relationship management, business development, supply/livestock planning, strategic planning, etc.

You will be provided with the tools and support to thrive in your position and be given the opportunity to develop and progress your career in the business. The company has a proven track record in developing its people and future opportunities in operational and commercial leadership roles are a very real possibility.

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary and additional package to include a company vehicle, bonus, laptop, mobile phone and KiwiSaver

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: 

5 May 2021