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Category: Operations Manager
Location: Canterbury

PeopleMAD Limited

Operations Manager - NEW!

Rakaia Island Limited

The Business
Rakaia Island Limited is a proud family owned dairy and dry stock
operation that is dedicated to farming for the future, being at the forefront
of innovation and efficiency and promoting a culture of continuous

The farm milks 9000 cows across six dairy units with dry stock land fully
supporting the dairy business. Rakaia Island Limited employs a diverse
team of over 50 people with a culture based around strong and supportive
family values. For more information see

The Role
The Operations Manager is a critical part of a small senior leadership
team and responsible for managing all six dairy units across the Rakaia
Island (near Southbridge) and Woodstock (near Oxford) properties. You’ll
be leading a team of five Unit Managers and one Senior Farm Manager
to deliver operational performance excellence in this industry leading

In addition to ensuring the delivery of the annual operational plan and
the achievement of key performance indicators, this unique role focuses
on developing the capability of Rakaia Island’s people. We’re looking for
someone who understands performance is delivered by an empowered
team. Someone with the leadership skills to inspire top performance and
coach and mentor a team to keep them motivated, engaged and growing
their skills and capability with a focus on continuous improvement.

You’ll be supported by a senior leadership team including the CEO,
Business Manager and Management Accountant together with an
administration team who share Rakaia Island’s strong and supportive
family values.

To succeed in this role you will:
• Be a top dairy farmer with the technical skill to deliver excellent farm
production and best practice management
• Have experienced previous success with coaching and developing
people to successfully reach their potential
• Be an excellent communicator who can set expectations, share a
vision, get people excited about what is on the horizon and hold them
accountable for their actions
• Have experience managing diverse large scale dairy operations across
multiple platforms and relating to culturally diverse teams
• Share Rakaia Island’s family values and model these through your
personal leadership
• Be a team player, able to collaborate, build successful relationships,
share knowledge and information and contribute positively to the wider

This is a really exciting opportunity with the possibility of growth and

A full position description for this role can be viewed at

To apply
If you possess the passion, drive and competency required for this role
and are drawn by the opportunity to make a difference to this successful
family owned New Zealand business, submit your resume and cover letter
by email to

Applications close Wednesday 24th July 2019

Date Posted: 2019-07-12


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