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    General Manager - Farms

Reference no: 8HR1418
Posted: 25 Aug 2021
Salary: Negotiable - based on experienced
Location: Waikato, New Zealand
Duration: Permanent - Full time
Start Date: Negotiable


Bellevue Enterprises provides Embryo Transfer Services to the Genetic Improvement industry around New Zealand alongside some international clients. It manages a growing portfolio of farms – currently three dairy and two large scale dry stock farms, and has investments in pork, commercial property and other ancillary businesses primarily located in the Waikato. We are proud to offer services to elite breeders in new Zealand and run a high performing farming business. We are now looking for a General Manager to lead us into an exciting future. 

The role is accountable for the overall performance of the farming business including service quality, P&L management, growth initiatives, and strategy. To begin, you will be working closely with the CEO, who has been acting in a Finance, Business Development and partial operational role to date.

What is so exciting about this role?

Having received substantial shareholder investment over the last three years, Bellevue is in growth mode.   Our experienced senior leadership team and directors boast wide-ranging experience including:

  • leading large Rural Lending teams 
  • launching NZX listed Companies
  • pioneering genetic improvement via Embryo Transfer
  • conducting large scale mergers & acquisitions in listed and unlisted New Zealand Companies, and 
  • managing and owning stakes in  some of New Zealand’s largest and best performing privately owned Dairy Farming groups

This experience, combined with a diverse team of approximately 25 in the farming team and around 60 in the wider group, means the role will provide an opportunity to lead a growing and changing business, with an extremely supportive board to back you in the journey. 

This is a career defining role with an ability to grow significantly with the business.  It is an awesome opportunity for someone to learn the skills of business ownership and leadership without the risk that can come with it.

As Bellevue works daily with progressive farmers in the area of breeding and genetic improvement, particularly in the dairy industry, this provides you the opportunity to build strong relationships within these key networks.


You will be responsible for the overall performance of the farming business. This includes working with the board to create the 1 and 5 year strategies for the business, and executing on these. The key metrics you are responsible for are:

  • Health and Safety leadership and compliance
  • Delivery in full on time
  • Elite Farm Performance
  • Staff satisfaction and development
  • Customer growth

Key Skills

The skills that would make you successful in this role are

Operational delivery - be able to build a high performance, high efficiency organisation who can deliver elite on farm performance.

Team leadership - create a strong team culture across multiple business units. Individually build and coach people, setting them up for success. 

Business building - embody and engage people with the companyboth existing and new customers.

New project delivery - can implement technological and operational advancements (ie new on farm measurement / operational systems), run expansion to new services / markets, and small to medium growth projects.


We are looking for someone who has experience leading teams/businesses. Ideally someone who has run a small business before, or who has led large teams before. Some examples are below, but we are open to people with lots of different experience sets.

  • Small business leadership / business ownership
  • Leadership within a farming or ancillary business
  • COO / CFO looking to move into a GM / CEO role
  • Senior manager at large company


Negotiable, including performance based pay and/or profit share.


  • Supportive culture with a great team
  • Excellent office environment
  • Supportive, development and people focused team from management to the board and owners
  • High performing business
  • Competitive market salary
  • Great progression opportunities
  • Bonus day of leave for your birthday each year


For a confidential conversation about the role please call Toni Trusler on 0275 998 909 or click Apply today!