The Business

Rakaia Island Limited is a proud family owned dairy and dry stock operation that is dedicated to farming for the future, being at the forefront of innovation and efficiency and promoting a culture of continuous learning.

The farm milks 9000 cows across 6 dairy units with dry stock land fully supporting the dairy business. Rakaia Island Limited employs a diverse team of over 50 people with a culture based around strong and supportive family values. For more information see

The Role

The Operations Manager is a critical part of a small senior leadership team and responsible for managing all 6 dairy units across the Rakaia Island (near Southbridge) and Woodstock (near Oxford) properties.  You’ll be leading a team of 5 Unit Managers and 1 Senior Farm Manager to deliver operational performance excellence in this industry leading business.

In addition to ensuring the delivery of the annual operational plan and the achievement of key performance indicators, this unique role focuses on developing the capability of Rakaia Island’s people.  We’re looking for someone who understands performance is delivered by an empowered team. Someone with the leadership skills to inspire top performance and coach and mentor a team to keep them motivated, engaged and growing their skills and capability with a focus on continuous improvement.

You’ll be supported by a senior leadership team including the CEO, Business Manager and Management Accountant together with an administration team who share Rakaia Island’s strong and supportive family values. 

To succeed in this role you will:

This is a really exciting opportunity with the possibility of growth and progression.  

A full position description for this role can be viewed at 2019-7-4-Position-Description-Operations-Manager.pdf

To apply

If you possess the passion, drive and competency required for this role and are drawn by the opportunity to make a difference to this successful family owned New Zealand business, submit your resume and cover letter by email to . Applications close Wednesday 24th July 2019.