The Drumanilra Organic Farm Manager will be a key member of our senior team. Working within the guidelines of our mission and goals, you will manage our organic farms at Four Mile House near Roscommon town and Drumanilra on the Lough Key lakeshore, near Boyle, Co. Roscommon. You will be responsible for 300 acres of organic farmland, producing organic Dexter beef, lamb, outdoor pigs and laying hens. For the last five years, the farm has supplied our award winning restaurant and farm shop, the Drumanilra Farm Kitchen, in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. We will be opening two high profile restaurant and farm shop sites in the North West region during 2020, and a third in 2021. You’ll be working to increase production on the farm considerably, in 2020 and beyond, to supply the new sites. You’ll ensure the highest animal welfare, organic and conservation farming standards are maintained on our farms at all times.
You’ll be based at a farm office on the home farm near Boyle, but divide your time between the two farms. You’ll work closely with the owners, Liam and Justina Gavin, and be supported by a senior team which will include Head of Operations for the Drumanilra Farm Kitchens, HR, Marketing, and Finance professionals. You’ll also work closely with the Head Chefs in each of our locations (your key customers).
You will manage our organic farms at Four Mile House near Roscommon town and Drumanilra on the Lough Key lakeshore, near Boyle. Specifically, you will be responsible for:
- Supplying farm produce to the three Drumanilra Farm Kitchen units including liaising with processors;
- Managing, improving and expanding our Pedigree Dexter Herd;
- Developing an optimal grazing platform and rotation system;
- Improving soil fertility and grass output;
- Implementing a herd health plan compatible with our organic status;
- Planning and developing livestock housing systems compatible with our ethos of high animal welfare;
- Researching and developing a small scale efficient organic (finisher) pig enterprise;
- Developing a small scale but efficient system for organic laying hens, starting with 500;
- Maintaining a flock of 100 ewes to produce lambs for our restaurants and shops;
- Developing an efficient system for raising batches of Turkeys (200) and Geese (100) for the Christmas market;
- The ongoing care and maintenance of the farms’ assets including machinery, buildings, and farm boundaries;
- Developing close ties with Ireland’s organic Dexter breeders, developing our “Dexter Club” and working to build producer networks for other livestock types;
- Ensure compliance with Department of Agriculture and Organic Trust regulations and the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme. Explore potential membership of other regulatory schemes including the new Pasture for Life scheme faciliated by the Organic Trust.
- Maintain farm records and work with the finance team to make appropriate farm returns to the various regulatory bodies to deadlines.
You’ll also be responsible for developing a farm visitor programme which will be central to strengthening our customers’ trust in our products and promoting our research findings. You’ll be line manager to our Market Garden Manager who will be responsible for supplying, fresh organic salads and vegetables to the restaurants and shops. You’ll be responsible for leading, motivating and mentoring a small farm team. With the support of the HR Manager, you’ll run our internship and volunteering progammes. You’ll be working to promote and develop a working culture which incorporates the business’s sustainability goals into all areas of operations. You’ll be delivering on our financial targets and managing risk.
To excel in this role you will have:
- An agricultural qualification, ideally third level or similar;
- Strong farming operations management experience;
- Sound livestock management experience and a genuine passion for animal welfare;
- Good knowledge of sustainable and conservation farming methods;
- Proven track record in delivering good results;
- Experience of managing budgets;
- Track record of delivering innovation and new enterprises;
- Commercial focus;
- Strong leadership and people management skills;
- Good written and verbal communication skills including occasional presentation;
- Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work-place and an environment free of bullying, harassment and discrimination;
- Operational risk management experience including Farm Health & Safety, Security, Food Safety and Bio-Security, Fire Safety and Department of Agriculture reporting and compliance.
Find out more about working at Drumanilra and the benefits we provide.
Our Financial Benefits include an attractive salary plus a profit share scheme, mileage allowance, an annual leave allowance which increases over time, a cycle to work scheme and a discount card for nourishing lunches in our cafes on work days, and discounts in our shops and cafes for you and your guests on days off.
The well-being of our team is important to us. Alongside the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the country, we will work at creating a sociable, diverse and inclusive work space, flexible working opportunities, and will offer an Employee Assistance Programme.
We will also work hard at creating career development opportunities and pathways. We’ll invest in a robust review process for performance feedback, and for identifying opportunities for training and progression. We will commit to a minimum of two paid training days per year, for everyone, after one year’s service, plus an annual paid volunteer day for people to actively participate in their local community, and help further causes they are interested in.
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