Work for Federated Farmers

At Federated Farmers we are always looking for motivated, suitably experienced people to join our team. 

While we may not have immediate vacancies we are always keen to talent spot.

If you want to make a genuine difference in New Zealand's largest and most dynamic industry and bring experience and/or the qualifications to match, we are keen to hear from you.

Current vacancies

GM Corporate Services - Federated Farmers

  • Hamilton based
  • Achieving strategic objectives
  • Making a difference to NZ agriculture.
Federated Farmers is New Zealand’s leading independent rural advocacy organisation. The Federation’s aim is to add value to the business of farming for our members and encouraging sustainability through good management practice. Federated Farmers consists of 24 provinces and associated branches giving farmers a collective voice at both a national and provincial level. 
As GM Corporate Services you will be responsible for:
  • Developing financial and business plans that enable the organisation to achieve its strategic objectives
  • Leading a direct report team of five experienced staff
  • Managing the financial integrity of the organisation by ensuring financial accounts & management, information technology systems, HR, and other administrative needs are efficient and effective to meet the on-going needs of the organisation. 
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced General Manager Corporate Services to join the team in our Hamilton office. Federated Farmers are looking for a person with:
  • An accounting qualification, preferably a CA
  • Experience in financial management at management level
  • A working knowledge of quality IT systems
  • Business planning experience
  • Experience leading Wellbeing and Safety
  • Asset management experience
  • A team focus – a team leader and keen to be a team player
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to excellence and achieving results
  • Highly organised and skilled at prioritising and juggling competing demands
  • Buckets of energy and motivation
  • An interest in making a genuine difference in New Zealand's largest and most dynamic industry.
You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

For a copy of the job description and application form please contact Gillian Bright, HR Manager gbright@fedfarm.org.nz.

Applications close on Friday, 26 November 2021

Senior Policy Advisors / Policy Advisors

  • Make a difference for our farmers
  • Do you want a fulfilling and challenging role where you can build and maintain relationships, as well as lead Federated Farmers through the Resource Management Act (RMA)?
  • Do you want to apply your skills, such as RMA planning, in a stimulating and rewarding environment?
  • Be part of the biggest non-government resource management policy team.
 Federated Farmers is the highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand, representing farmers who help generate over 50% of New Zealand’s exports. Federated Farmers role is invaluable to the rural sector, wider community and to our economy.

We have made improvements to the structure of the policy team and are implementing a range of changes to enhance the effectiveness of this team. The outcome of this refresh process has bought about opportunities.

We are recruiting for four Senior Policy Advisor / Policy Advisor roles in our regional team, two based in the North Island and two in the South Island plus a Senior Policy Advisor (Water) role preferably based in Wellington or Hamilton. We are looking for RMA and/or water experts, who want to experience the satisfaction which come with advocating on behalf of our farming members. 

Working for a membership organisation, you will have a real sense of purpose and real opportunities to make a valued contribution to our farming communities. 

In these roles you get to lead from the front and take ownership of your work. No silos or bureaucratic hierarchy here. 

This is an exciting and challenging time to be involved at the coalface of national resource management as well as regional and district plan development. Federated Farmers will give you the opportunity to be involved and lead processes from start to finish. You will be at the forefront of challenging and evolving reforms. You will work alongside some of the brightest, like-minded people (from a range of disciplines) who will value your intellect and commitment to seeing the job done. 

The roles carry a weight of responsibility because you will want to do the very best for the farmers but with that comes job satisfaction in spades. And if you know farmers you can also look forward to enjoying their generous, hardworking, down-to-earth way of being. 

So yes, we are looking for special people.

It is an extremely exciting time to be involved in the reform of resource management in New Zealand and at Federated Farmers you will have the opportunity to influence change. Tell us what you need, and we will try to make it work, for the right person.

We are looking for:

Preferably with practical experience in the fields of resource management (e.g. policy, planning or legal) or water quality or local government along with experience acting for or working with farmers.  

Your skills will include: 
  • the ability to build and maintain relationships with farmers, government, iwi and stakeholder groups.
  • enthusiasm for new challenges and rock-steady determination to see an issue through to a resolution
  • the ability to provide sound and reasoned advice, analyse policies and resource management plans, write submissions and provide sound technical advice
  • the ability to work as part of a team, bringing together multiple disciplines to present a well-rounded and credible solution.
You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email gbright@fedfarm.org.nz.

Applications close Friday, 30 November 2021.

Managers Regional Policy (3) and Policy Advisor Roles

  • Multiple opportunities available across all levels and regions 
  • Make a difference for our farmers
  • Be part of the biggest non-government resource management policy team

Federated Farmers of NZ have made improvements to the structure of the policy team and are implementing a range of changes to enhance the effectiveness of this team. The outcome of this refresh process has bought about opportunities.

There are several regional policy roles that need to be filled to begin this exciting change:

Three Managers - Regional Policy roles; 2 based in the North Island and 1 in the South Island.

Four Senior Policy Advisor / Policy Advisor roles, two based in the North Island and two in the South Island plus a Senior Policy Advisor (Water) role preferably based in Wellington or Hamilton. 

The regional policy manager roles – these roles will have a focus on staff management, leading regional policy teams and reporting to the Group Manager Regional Policy that manages resource policy over the whole of New Zealand. There will be provincial liaison with delegated provinces ensuring high quality regional policy issues are resolved, identifying potential regional issues for submissions.

Senior Policy Advisors / Policy Advisors roles- we are looking for RMA and/or water superstars, who want to experience the satisfaction which come with advocating on behalf of our farming members. 

Working for a membership organisation, you will have a real sense of purpose and real opportunities to make a valued contribution to our farming communities. 

In these roles you get to lead from the front and take ownership of your work. No silos or bureaucratic hierarchy here. 

This is an exciting and challenging time to be involved at the coalface of national resource management as well as regional and district plan development. Federated Farmers will give you the opportunity to be involved and lead processes from start to finish. You will be at the forefront of challenging and evolving reforms. You will work alongside some of the brightest, like-minded people (from a range of disciplines) who will value your intellect and commitment to seeing the job done. 

The roles carry a weight of responsibility because you will want to do the very best for the farmers but with that comes job satisfaction in spades. And if you know farmers you can also look forward to enjoying their generous, hardworking, down-to-earth way of being. 

So yes, we are looking for special people.

It is an extremely exciting time to be involved in reform of resource management in New Zealand and at Federated Farmers you will have the opportunity to influence change. Tell us what you need, and we will try to make it work, for the right person.

We are looking for:

Preferably with practical experience in the fields of resource management (e.g. policy, planning or legal) or water quality or local government along with experience acting for or working with farmers.  Your skills will include:

  • the ability to build and maintain relationships with farmers, government, iwi and stakeholder groups.
  • enthusiasm for new challenges and rock-steady determination to see an issue through to a resolution
  • the ability to provide sound and reasoned advice, analyse policies and resource management plans, write submissions and provide sound technical advice
  • the ability to work as part of a team, bringing together multiple disciplines to present a well-rounded and credible solution.
  • for the management roles –  Staff management experience preferable. Ability to lead and manage group projects, and the ability to make sound decisions and follow them through. 

You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email gbright@fedfarm.org.nz.

Applications close Friday, 5 November 2021.

 

Provincial Sales & Engagement Advisor 

Federated Farmers of NZ (FFNZ) is the highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand.   
 
We are looking for THREE provincial sales and engagement advisors to join our team of seven advisors throughout New Zealand. 

  • Our Advisors have the opportunity to work in vibrant rural NZ
  • Be able to see our wonderful countryside
  • Work for a respected organisation 
 
As one of our team you will be a driven salesperson who can live and breathe rural life, you must understand farmers, speak their language and understand what makes them tick.  
 
As a highly skilled and motivated person you will have the capability to embrace relationships with our provincial representatives working to develop and execute sales plans providing engagement opportunities. 
 
Federated Farmers is a voluntary membership organisation and, the more members we have the stronger the voice of farming, your ability to confidently deliver key messages is essential. 
 
The purpose of this role is to ensure continued growth of revenue by developing and delivering activities which support the strategic priorities of FFNZ with the goal of empowering farmers. 
 
Your key responsibilities will be: 
  • Selling and promoting Federated Farmers memberships, services, and products to achieve targets.
  • Facilitating the development and delivery of provincial sales and engagement plans
  • Facilitating provincial events to successfully optimise objectives.
  • Working collaboratively with the Provinces to build strong, effective and enduring relationships
  • Networking with rural communities to optimize engagement. 
 
There are three full time roles, one looking after Mid & South Canterbury and Westcoast areas so ideally based in the Ashburton or Timaru area. The other role is looking after South Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Ruapehu areas so ideally based in the Rotorua or Taupo area. And the third role is looking after North Waikato, Northland, Auckland and Hauraki-Coromandel so ideally based in the South Auckland region.
 

Skills/Experience Preferred: 

  • Proven experience in sales roles.
  • Experience creating sales plans and reports.
  • Experience organising & facilitation of events.
  • Proven ability to build relationships by adapting to the needs of the audience.
  • Positive, motivated and results driven. Proven ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively.
  • A self-starter who is independent and shows initiative but also able to work with others in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills in both one on one and one to many situations.
  • Shown to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Embrace technology to streamline workflow through systems. Able to learn new applications to help.  

You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand. 

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email gbright@fedfarm.org.nz


For a copy of the position descriptions and an application form please contact:
Gillian Bright
HR Manager
E:  The Federated Farmers style for staff and elected officials’ email addresses is – first initial surname@fedfarm.org.nz e.g. fdagg@fedfarm.org.nz