Production Manager - Covered Cropping

Founded by Murray McPhail in 1975 in sunny Gisborne, LeaderBrand is now one of New Zealand’s  most diversified and recognized farming businesses. Growing in four regions across New Zealand, our mantra, “From  garden  gate  to  dinner plate” is  about providing  safe, superior,  fresh  quality produce that  tastes great, to all families in New Zealand and around the world.

LeaderBrand  continues  to  experience  exciting  new  growth  and  in  particular  within  our salad  business, where we are NZ largest producer of fresh packaged salads to both retail and food service, with this growth and  in  complementing  our  outdoor  growing  operation  we  are  developing  a  “first  of  its  kind”  covered production programme for leafy greens here in Gisborne, New Zealand.

We are seeking a “one of a kind” experienced, enthusiastic and passionate Production Manager-Covered Cropping for our “first of its kind” covered production programme. You will be wholly responsible for the management and execution of fresh vegetable crops grown in our covered production facility including all management of supply and maintenance operations associated with supply.

Essential Skills and Experience

-     Crop Production and Supply management

-     Culture and Leadership experience

-     Financial and Reporting management

-     Knowledge of systems pertaining to growing and supply of crops

-     Proven planning and logistics skills

-     Excellent communication and relationship building skills at all levels.


Why should you apply?

-     NZ’s Leading food producer

-     “First of its kind” covered production programme

-     Staff recognition programme

-     Excellent remuneration package

-     Supported growth and advancement opportunities

-     Gisborne lifestyle.

base in Gisborne. As a large scale farming operation we grow, pack, distribute and
market a wide range of annual and permanent crops, as well as added value products
for the domestic and export markets.
Our continued growth creates exciting opportunities for our existing staff and also leads
to new roles and opportunities for fresh ideas and expertise to join the team.
We are currently seeking to attract an enthusiastic Crop Supervisor. This will be
a support role to the Crop Manager which will encompass all aspects of crop
production from pre-planting to planting, crop walking, irrigation, crop estimates
and harvest.
Alongside crop operations will come a level of team management and leadership.
Although not necessary it would help if the applicant had a background in crop
This is a broad scope role which covers all aspect of our horticulture operation
including hands on help when required. The ideal candidate would be someone who
can think on their feet to problem solve as they go and using their initiative to make
decisions to complete the task at hand.
This is a fulltime permanent role based in Gisborne, with exciting real potential for
further ongoing personal and professional development. If you believe you possess
these competencies, have a passion for growing and the outdoors, thrive on
challenging yourself and want to further your career in horticulture with a vibrant team
then we would love to hear from you.
Applicants must hold a full current NZ Driver’s License and should have NZ Residency
or a valid Work Visa.
Applications close: Friday 15 November 2019
Please forward your CV and cover letter to:


Please forward your CV and cover letter to: