Processing Manager – Dargaville

14 / 10 / 2021

  • Auckland
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Manufacturing / Plant Management


The company
As New Zealand’s leading procurer, processor, marketer, and exporter of premium quality lamb, beef and venison, Silver Fern Farms’ vision is ‘to become the world’s most successful and sustainable grass-fed red meat company’. Exporting to over 60 countries, they are a significant business with annual revenue in excess of $2.4bn, 7,000 employees, and 14 processing sites across New Zealand.

To find out more about Silver Fern Farms, their values and vision, and how they are increasing their presence globally, visit their website:

Regarded as an Employer of Choice and for its investment in developing people and offering an opportunity to progress their careers, they now have a pivotal leadership position on offer: Processing Manager – Dargaville  
The opportunity – Processing Manager – Dargaville
Reporting to the Site Manager, the Processing Manager is a senior site leadership role that has full responsibility and accountability for all production/processing across the entire site. This role supports all departments to ensure production is done safely and to a high standard through highly engaged and capable leadership.
You will provide inspirational and effective leadership across people, production, health and safety, quality and compliance which inspires and develops capability in others and ensures the site meets or exceeds targets and expectations.

The company prides itself on its’ agility, long-term and sustainable business strategy and response to market demands and new technologies. You will own the management of key relationships with external stakeholders and suppliers such as MPI, external regulatory bodies, and visitors to the site (including customers).

Additionally, you will be responsible for managing key internal relationships with direct reports, site leadership team, site support functions, other Silver Fern sites and the central support functions
Your previous knowledge and experience in leading production operations and people leadership in an agri-business, primary industry or similar environment will ensure you deliver continuous and sustainable results to the business.

What’s in it for you
Ideally tertiary qualified, you will be passionate and driven to achieve successful operational outcomes alongside the development of people and a winning team culture. You will be a confident and energetic self-starter with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

You will have a dedicated team focus and be able to nurture, coach, manage and develop your team effectively (of eleven direct reports and approx. 300 indirect reports), displaying humility and resilience at all times. Solutions-driven and a competent problem solver, decision-making will be one of your key strengths and your ability to influence diverse stakeholders will be second to none. 

In return, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your career and be provided with opportunities for learning, development and career progression in New Zealand’s leading marketer, processor and exporter of premium quality lamb, beef and venison products. This is a significant senior production management role and will position your career well for future growth and progression.

If this opportunity is of interest, please submit your CV by following the link below. If you would like to find out more please contact Wayne Fry on 021 656 502 or for a confidential discussion

  • Production leadership role
  • Career opportunity
  • Based in Dargaville

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