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Category: Operations Manager
Location: Canterbury

Dairy Farm Mangement Services

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - P&E Ltd

P&E Ltd owns and operates six dairy units (milking approximately 5200 cows),
three support farms, and other support land in Canterbury and the West Coast

This is a new role being established, with the following key objectives:

  • To manage the collective assets in a productive and sustainable manner
  • To grow business performance and asset base/quality
  • To develop and execute a strategy for continued growth and resilience
Key Responsibilities:
  • Leading company culture and performance
  • Strategic planning for both individual farms and integrated farm business/group
  • Business and financial management
  • Financial management of revenue, expenditure and cash flow
  • Staff, contractors, and subcontractors’ management and recruitment
  • Farm development activities and planning
  • Compliance obligations including environmental, people (H&S) and animal welfare
  • Reporting on activities, lead indicators and business performance as per owners expectations
  • Asset management and capex planning
The successful applicant will have:
  • In depth knowledge of farm systems and broad knowledge of the NZ agricultural industry
  • In depth knowledge of agricultural science and drivers of animal production
  • Track record of delivering farm performance improvements, and financial results
  • Ability to think strategically and handle complexity
  • Understanding of the relevant regulatory landscape, animal welfare, and environmental obligations
  • Strong business acumen and an understanding of commercial realities
  • Well-developed people management, leadership, and coaching skills
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
  • An Agricultural Science based degree is preferred but not essential

The position, commences on 1st October 2022 (or beforehand) and includes a
highly competitive salary package. This is a rare opportunity for a stimulating an
multifaceted leadership role in the dairy industry.

Applications close 31st August 2022 (unless position filled earlier)

Applicants may apply via the Dairy Farm Management Services Ltd website: or email Jackie at with a CV & cover letter.


Date Posted: 2022-08-03


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