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Senior Manager - Mixed Farming Enterprise: Western Australia

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
Western Australia
Competitive salary + performance bonus + package
Closing date
13 Apr 2023

Job Details

Whilst some businesses talk about being world class, this business delivers it, operates by it and uses is it as the foundation in everything it does. Being world class underpins the philosophy that drives their entire strategy.

This is your opportunity to share, shape and implement the strategy and growth of one of Australia's largest family-owned mixed farming businesses. Your job is to provide the vision and leadership to deliver its goal to double in size over the coming years.

You will join the senior management team of a highly profitable agricultural enterprise with a diverse but carefully aligned portfolio of farming businesses and properties generating annual revenues of $50 million+. Culture comes from the family-based values of openness, honesty, working together and farming for environmental sustainability.

You will have the autonomy that a great senior leader deserves, but the support that the family board provides when you need it. Based in one of the most scenic parts of Australia, you will be well rewarded with a generous salary, bonus and package.

This role is for someone who is a proven and astute business leader, someone who knows agriculture and can talk the language of farming. Most importantly, you will be someone who is more interested in leadership and operational performance rather than in the colour of tractors. You will be responsible for the operational performance and profitability of all enterprises to hit the goal of a $100+ million farming business.

Senior Manager - Responsibilities:

  • Provide inspired leadership across the business
  • Implement direction, policy and business strategy
  • Work closely with the Executive Chairman/Family Board to help deliver the vison of the Family
  • Report to the board of directors and keep them informed on operational and financial performance and business development against plans
  • Ensure the continuation and further development of the company's cultural values objective of building a world class mixed farming operation within a safe and supportive working environment for all employees
  • Manage and develop staff, including developing future leaders. This will be a critical component of success for this role
  • Create an environment that promotes great performance and positive morale
  • Play a central role the company's fiscal activities, including budgeting, reporting, and auditing
  • Ensure compliance in all policy areas, by ensuring all legal and regulatory documents are filed with laws and regulations being fully monitored
  • Lead a safety culture and adhere to WHS policies and legislation
  • Work with the executive board to determine values and mission, and plan for short and long-term goals
  • Identify and address challenges and opportunities
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the company
  • Build the human resource department to ensure great hiring

CEO Requirements:

  • Proven successful experience in a senior management position
  • A good working knowledge of or experience in agricultural supply chain, production or farming
  • High functional ability in P&L, balance sheet and cash flow management, plus general finance and budgeting
  • Ability to build consensus and relationships among executives, partners, and the workforce
  • Great understanding of human resources and personnel management
  • Experience with corporate governance
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Degree or master's degree in a relevant discipline or MBA
  • Ability to understand new issues quickly and make wise decisions
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively, and delegate

Person Profile:

  • Well organised with attention to detail
  • Independent, self-motivated, and reliable, with a willingness to learn and constantly improve
  • High-level interpersonal skills, with a focus on building a strong team environment and safety culture
  • Exceptional communication skills for a family enterprise
  • Clear communicator with straight forward manner
  • Cooperative and capable of working unsupervised
  • Critical thinker, innovative, able to find solutions and anticipate potential problems


  • Generous Salary
  • Car/Car allowance
  • Performance-based bonus of up to 50% of your base salary
  • Ownership participation

To apply:

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Jon Handley on: Office 01885 485522 or e-mail your CV and covering letter to

De Lacy Executive will upload your CV to our database and retain some data about you in order to process your application. More information about our processing activities can be found at Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence and your details will not be passed to a third party without your prior permission.


De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by Canada, part of the group. is a supplier of innovative technology based information products, services and publications for the global agriculture and food industry. has offices in Canada, USA, Australia and India and also owns and operates a 2,000 acre farm in Canada. A large number of leading organizations in the international agriculture and food industries are amongst its clients.

Graham Dyer, President of believes "De Lacy Executive has a unique search and selection recruitment service based upon integrity and profound industry knowledge. We are thrilled to add this excellent team to our group. It will be 'business as usual' for this professional team. We will add to the De Lacy portfolio of services and spread the model to other sectors of UK land based business and to other parts of the world, benefitting our clientele and providing additional support and guidance for jobseekers. Combined with our and job boards, we have an increasingly international offering in the agriculture and food industries."

The sale took effect on June 1st 2016. Stuart Goodinson is the Managing Director. John Davies, who founded De Lacy, will remain working closely with the company as a consultant to the business. Stuart says; "I believe the acquisition by Canada provides additional products and services for the benefit of our clients and candidates - plus growth opportunities for us, both in the UK and in international markets. This change will increase our resource pool and search capability to ensure an even greater selection of top quality candidates for our recruitment clients."


De Lacy Executive is the principal recruitment specialist in the Agricultural and Land Based Business sector operating in the UK and Internationally with regional, national and global clients. We have been awarded Preferred Supplier List status with a number of major organisations.

The company was formed in 2000 and our extensive industry knowledge enables us to successfully assist our clients with vacancies in all disciplines from sales and marketing to technical and operations and at all levels from graduate trainees to chief executives. Our team of nine includes 8 who are the offspring of farmers and 6 who are agricultural graduates. Our agricultural credential are second to none.

We offer information and frank and honest advice to clients and job seekers. Career guidance is a key part of our work with candidates. Our service is free to candidates.

The Key Points to Our Business

Consultancy - We act in a consultancy capacity, adding value by devising a recruitment plan relevant to each client and each vacancy and then proactively searching and selecting the best candidates for clients whilst offering career advice to candidates.

Proactive searching for candidates - We don't wait to see if we receive applications. We use our own database and others, search websites, "head hunt" plus advertise on the most effective job boards to build our contacts and boost applicant numbers.

Our vacancies extend from graduate trainee to managing director - from sales through to technical, marketing, operations and production to R & D management.

Our specialism extends from the agricultural supply trade (arable, livestock, machinery and equipment etc) to farm management, primary food and fresh produce, horticulture, equestrian, environment, renewable energy and a diverse range of Rural and Land-based Business vacancies.

Integrity and Confidentiality - De Lacy Executive is approved as a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which oversees the UK's recruitment industry (REC Membership Number: 00082047) and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.

Commitment - We are committed to the industry and try to give something back through sponsorship of events and scholarships.

Ambassadors - We act in a professional manner recognising that we act on behalf of our clients.

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