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Farm Operations Manager


Who we are  

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.  We are committed to the knowledge system of mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.


The role and opportunity  

We are looking for a self motivated and experienced Farm Manager wanting to take their career to the next level, This is a key leadership position that manages people, financial and capital resources. The successful candidate will be accountable for the delivery of revenue targets and achieving on farm science targets.


To succeed in this role, you will use your strong farming expertise to help lead, mentor and develop our passionate farming team. You will report to the Infrastructure Operations Manager and work closely with the Farm Operations Manager – North Island, to ensure consistency of approach in outcomes across the farm’s portfolio.


Your passion for the farming industry and motivation to benefit NZ Agriculture through enabling great science projects will be what sets you apart from other candidates.


This role is based at our Invermay Farm on Campus in Mosgiel, however regular travel to Lincoln (Christchurch) and Woodlands (Invercargill) will also be required.


What you will be doing


  • Working alongside two farm seniors and two farm staff, you will manage our 580ha Invermay Research Farm wintering 1,200 deer and 2,800 sheep.
  • Provide leadership and support to Farm Managers on our 130ha sheep, cattle and arable Research Farm at Lincoln and our 247ha sheep Research Farm at Woodlands.
  • Develop and maintain an on-farm environment and culture that fosters and encourages leading edge farming, attention to detail and the integration of farming and science.
  • Be responsible for farm operations within the South Island region, ensuring that farms develop and execute plans to deliver science research needs and farm deliverables.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships across the business, act as key liaison between science and farm teams.
  • Provide Health & Safety leadership by working closely with our H&S team to ensure a healthy and safe workplace focused on staff wellbeing.
  • With help from our People and Culture team, embark your staff on a learning journey of mātauranga Māori.


Your ideal background


  • Demonstrated farm management experience in a successful farming operation including leading and developing staff
  • Strong organisational skills ensuring operational efficiency and plans shared with your team
  • A priority on keeping accurate records and attention to detail
  • Competent with MS Office and Farm management software such as Farmax and FarmIQ
  • Solid understanding of financial business practices, including developing and managing budgets



  • An inquiring mind with a willingness to adapt your farming systems to enable the constantly changing needs of science
  • A resilience that is comfortable with change and willingness to test scientific theories in a practical sense
  • Current full drivers’ licence


Our benefits 

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments.

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How to apply 

If this sounds like you, apply today on the link below with your CV and cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position. 


To view the Position Description please click here

For further information contact Johan Mouton on


Applications close: Sunday 17th July.