OPERATIONS MANAGER

As operations manager you’ll be responsible for ensuring the business runs efficiently and that all parts are working towards achieving goals and targets. You’ll have sound financial, strategic and farm system capabilities.

DUTIES
Operations managers are in charge of farm management and often responsible for planning, reviewing, executing and reporting against the overall business goals.
FEEDING
You’ll develop, implements and monitors policies for feeding, including cropping, pasture (management and renovation) and supplement.
milk harvesting
You’ll set milking policy, with the aim of driving efficient work routine, and production. You’ll develop and communicate the milk harvesting policy for the farm; and monitor and analyse milk production results and milk quality, and takes appropriate actions.
ANIMAL HEALTH
You’ll set a health, calving and mating plan, and evaluates outcomes and take appropriate action.
PEOPLE
You are responsible for wages,
recruitment, employment law and
liable for any legal oversight.
Environment
You’ll set, manage and monitor environmental and effluent management plans.
STRaTEGY
You can identify key risks to the business, sets business performance targets and goals; and analyse benchmarking results to
improve farm performance.
SKILLS

Operations managers are often associated with a large-scale dairy farming business that have a number of farms.

Operational roles are strategic in nature and are directly responsible for returning farm/shareholder profits and ascertaining long term farm viability.

WORK EXPERIENCE
With over five years’ on-farm experience, having worked effectively as farm manager, you will have gained expertise in all the required elements needed for productive farm management.

You will also have considerable experience in managing staff, and be able to communicate effectively at all levels of the business.

 

SALARY
* Average operations manager salary, Farming Salaries 2018, Remuneration Summary Report 2017/18, Federated Farmers.
CAREER STORY
Dairy farming is many jobs.
STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU
“My future is with large, corporate farms where the career opportunities through the scale of the operations are great.”

Athol New, Operations Manager

TRAINING AND STUDY
The following formal and informal training is additional to the experience you’ve gained and training and study you might complete in a previous roles.
FORMAL
Polytechnics: Wintec, Ara, EIT, SIT, Toi Ohomai

  • Diploma in Agribusiness Management – HR Module
  • Resource Management & Planning Module
  • Business Financial Planning and Management Module
  • Mastitis Management
  • Effluent Management Planning
  • Farmers as Trainers

University

  • BAgSci, B Ag, BVetSci, BCom
  • AgriOne Short Courses
  • Tactical Risk Management
  • Farming Systems
  • Precision Dairying
INFORMAL
DairyNZ

  • Online Discussion Group
  • Regional Groups
  • Annual Conference
  • Financial Capability
  • Water Efficiency on farm
  • Building your Team Webinar
  • Dairy Days DVDs
For a comprehensive list of training and industry-agreed dairy farm role descriptions visit DairyNZ.
WHERE TO STUDY
A number of training providers offer courses, from taster courses to New Zealand Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees. Check out the interactive map.

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NEXT STEPS
Given the high level of skills and experience needed, it is not unusual for many operations managers to move straight to farm ownership.

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