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Category: Dairy
Location: Taranaki

Rural recruitment & people performance

General Manager - Dairy Trust Taranaki

Be part of providing solutions to the New Zealand dairy industry.

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 18 people. In anyone’s language, that’s a big investment in research, innovation and dairying in the region.

The role of General Manager 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 Chair and drives all research and operational performance.

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. The General Manager works closely alongside the Science Manager, Farm Operations Manager and Administration Manager.

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, there is a ‘One Team’ philosophy. You will be working with a range of people every day; the farm and science team, science community, dairy industry contractors and stakeholders. The new leader will embrace these values and will find this role diverse and exciting.
To find out more check out and to receive a copy of the job description or apply, reach out to or call 07 870 4901.

Date Posted: 2024-06-12


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