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    General Manager - Operations

Reference no: 8HR1408
Posted: 6 Jul 2021
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
Duration: Permanent - Full time
Start Date: October/November 2021

Be part of providing solutions to the New Zealand dairy industry


It all started in Taranaki back in 1917 when a group of progressive and forward thinking entrepreneurs set up the Stratford Demonstration Farm (SDF) and the Waimate West Demonstration Farm.  This was the start of a commitment to and from farmers in Taranaki, and the wider community, to dairy excellence, discovery and innovation.


In 1978 the Taranaki Agricultural Research Station (TARS) added additional farm system research infrastructure and science to the province and in 2016 these innovation imperatives were amalgamated to form Dairy Trust Taranaki (DTT). DTT is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong commitment to servicing Taranaki and the New Zealand dairy industry and now operates over 408 effective hectares, milking 1300 cows, and employs 13 team members.  In anyone’s language, that’s a big investment in research, innovation and dairying in the region. 


The new role of General Manager - Operations is an investment in the future of the organisation, the farms, the team, the region and the industry, all of whom ultimately benefit from the work of the Trust.  With a mission to provide answers and solutions to current dairy farming issues, this role reports to the DTT Board and drives all research and operational performance. 


Not for the faint of heart, the successful applicant will be involved with the development of strategic direction, leadership, research management and reporting.  They will oversee the operational performance of the four farms, liaise with the science community, write proposals for research funding, promote and support the work of the Trust, set and manage the budget. A science officer and technical officer will work closely alongside the appointed person; there’s lots to do and your success will be limited only by your skills and energy.


This role has a very diverse skill set. If you take a look at the position description you’ll see that strong leadership, a high level of organisation, an excellent understanding of scientific protocols, commercial acumen, ability to influence, strong decision making skills and the ability to cope with pressure are amongst a long list of the professional and personal attributes required by the successful applicant.  If you have some or all of the skills outlined we encourage you to apply.  There is scope for the right person to develop and expand their skills within the role.


People management is an essential part of the role.  At DTT, we have a 'One Team' philosophy.  You will be working with a range of people every day; our farm and science staff, trustees, science community, dairy industry contractors and stakeholders. There is potential for flexible working arrangements for the right candidate. We expect that the new leader will embrace these values and will find this role diverse and exciting.

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