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Assistant Operations Manager

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
A strong salary package
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Production of quality food starts with dirty hands and wellies and ends up in the best restaurants. If you relish working in the supply chain that takes you to both these places and every where between then keep on reading about this role.

This successful Agrifood business has a growth and succession strategy that means it needs to employ an Assistant Operations Manager to support the Managing Director.

This business farms, harvests, processes trades and sells best quality shell fish on the Essex coast. If you know how to plant seed, you can know how to seed oysters. If you know how to harvest potatoes you can know how to harvest oysters, if you know how to fix a grain contract you can know how to wholesale your produce. This is farming, just with different wellies.

You will have a career in a fascinating, niche sector, be well paid and well looked after in this stable family owned business. You get to work in beautiful surroundings and have an involvement with the food you produce from seeding to eating. This role has a succession opportunity that could eventually see the right person take over from the current Managing Director.

Whilst you need to 'wear many hats' here is an outline of some of you responsibilities;

  • Practical management of seeding and harvest operations
  • Production planning including forecasts
  • Overseeing and management of people in the teams
  • Logistics, stock and equipment management
  • Sales & client management - wholesale and retail
  • Budget planning and monitoring
  • Interaction with events and retailer functions

You will;

  • Working in all practical aspects of the business, you will be keen to learn, develop, take guidance from Managing Director
  • Have current experience of UK Agriculture and Agrifood production
  • Have practical farming/farm management/fresh produce production experience in the UK
  • Ability and experience in the commercial activity of selling, managing and developing customers
  • Enjoy managing people and teams - with proven success
  • Have a positive attitude to hard work and flexibility
  • The sort of enthusiastic attitude and dedication that 'brings people with you'
  • Experience in seafood supply chain would be an advantage but not essential
  • Live within or happy to relocate to around 1 hour travel time from Colchester

What you will be rewarded with;

  • A strong salary package
  • Support when you need it and autonomy when you don't
  • Working in a niche agri food sector, surrounded by beautiful environment
  • Great Career Development potential

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Stuart Goodinson on: Office 01885 483440 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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