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Category: General Manager
Location: Canterbury

Rakaia Island

General Manager - Rakaia Island

The business
The Turner family have grown the Rakaia Island business from humble beginnings to milking 9000 cows across six dairy units with integrated support blocks in two Canterbury locations (Rakaia Island, Southbridge and Woodstock, Oxford).

Rakaia Island combines leading farming practices with a people-centric culture built on strong family values.

We are looking for a General Manager to lead the business forward, continuing the legacy of passionate and forward-thinking farmers delivering excellent business performance.

For more information about this leading NZ farming business visit www.

The Role: General Manager
The General Manager will deliver excellent performance across this farming business. Responsible for implementing the strategic plan, the role reports to the supportive family Board and independent Board Chair.

With a diverse team of 40 employees and contract milkers, a core part of the role will be leading our people and supporting them to develop their capability: we are looking for a leader with the skills and passion to grow more leaders. A highly capable business team, leading-edge technology, quality infrastructure and assets support the General Manager.

What we are looking for:
We are seeking a forward thinking and motivated individual who can offer solutions to the challenges of our evolving primary sector. You need to be comfortable balancing hands-on, day-to-day operational oversight with providing leadership across the broader business.

To be successful you will also bring the following attributes:

  • A positive and inspirational leader who fosters a cohesive culture based on shared purpose and strong family values;
  • A proven history of delivering high performance outcomes in a large-scale farming business;
  • Strong business and technical farming knowledge and skills, with the credibility to lead and influence in the paddock and the Board room;
  • Experience of successfully providing direction, empowering, motivating, mentoring and coaching others to achieve goals and objectives with personal accountability for performance.
This position is based at Rakaia Island and offers an attractive remuneration package. A full position description for the role is available online at

To Apply
If you are ready to apply for this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter by email to

Applications close 28th January 2022.

Date Posted: 2022-01-13


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