Farm Manager (Broilers) – Worcester

Job Description

The nursery rhyme goes “Old Mac Donald had a farm…” However, RCL Foods has a very well run farm and we need someone who is excellent at managing a team and is ‘Broiling’ with excitement to join the team! The Farm Manager position will be based in Worcester. RCL FOODS is looking for a dedicated individual with strong management skills. The purpose of the role is to manage the operations and resources of a three or more Farms thereby ensuring the optimal number of the right quality birds at the right time and at the lowest cost. To manage and supervise the Poultryman across the Farms.

Duties & Responsibilities

Production Management Conduct operational planning for future production. Manage the various farms under your responsibility to achieve production targets at the lowest possible cost. Ensure operational planning, placements or depletions are completed and implemented by Agricultural Planning to ensure optimal production. Ensure the highest standard of fertile eggs, chicks and broilers are produced to optimise production efficiency. Prepare the various farms to receive chicks in accordance with best operating practices (BOP’s). Correctly calculate and issue feed and water requirements to ensure that supply is sufficient to meet nutritional requirements. Manage feed stock levels and order when necessary. Check that the grading of chicks is done according to best operating practice and that the relevant data is recorded on the flock sheet. Ensure that the ventilation and lighting systems are working properly to enable correct levels of production output. Ensure the submission of samples to the laboratory (blood, water, dust, mortality and feed) as required by best operating practices to enable proactive management of potential animal health issues. Ensure that all mortalities are removed from the chicken sheds as per best operating procedure and removed from site on a daily basis to prevent potential contamination and bio-security issues. Manage the vaccination process to ensure immunisations and vaccinations are done in time and according to the RPM, BOP and veterinary specifications. Ensure that hygiene standards are maintained through fumigation in accordance with BOP. Manage cold room temperatures, stock and egg rotation. Ensure the correct number of chicks are placed in the chicken houses as per the specified stocking density. Ensure the correct number of birds are caught for processing as per the plan from the Agricultural Plann Information and Data Management Analyse livestock growth performance and adjust farming practices to ensure performance delivers the right bird. Use relevant information from Agric cubes and Mtech to analyse and to make the right decisions with regard to operational management and costs. Budget and Cost Control Provide input into and utilise the financial budget optimally. Understand basic finance and management thereof to enable optimal cost management for the farm Ensure the farm meets budgetary targets by working within agreed financial boundaries. Manage immoveable and moveable operational assets to ensure optimal maintenance and usage in line with best production practices. Provide input into annual capex requirements and implement approved capex programmes. Manage consumable and emergency stock to ensure prudent financial control Administration Ensure that daily flock data is captured accurately and promptly into the information system on a daily basis. Place and follow-up on orders well in advance of potential shortages. Ensure that daily/ weekly and monthly reports are comprehensive and submitted on time to enable effective decision-making and proactive trend analysis. Ensure that daily utility meter readings (water/gas/electricity) are taken and communicated to the relevant administration clerk. Monitor and record feed levels on a daily basis to enable the calculation of relevant statistics. Ensure that immovable and movable asset registers are updated monthly. Team Supervision With support from HR and the Production and Regional Agricultural Managers, employ farm staff in vacant and approved posts. Supervise the activities of the team to ensure production targets are met. Coach and support team members where necessary to achieve individual, farm and strategic objectives. Manage leave and general time management issues in line with company policy. Bio-Security Management Ensure that protective clothing is always available and clean for staff and visitors. Ensure that staff and visitors always shower when entering and exiting. Ensure that all material that enters the site is fumigated. Apply all other bio-security standards in accordance with BOP and the RPM. Ensure that effective rodent and pest control measures are in place Farm Compliance Ensure the farm and all its operations comply with all relevant TQMS, health, safety and environmental requirements as well as farming legal requirements relating to fire breaks, water usage and effluent management. Implement and ensure compliance with the national best operation practice. Maintenance Ensure maintenance of areas that require specialist attention. Resolve daily maintenance and urgent maintenance issues in conjunction with the responsible maintenance personnel. Test equipment and the standby generator on a weekly basis to ensure reliability and good working order.

Minimum Requirements

A degree or diploma in Agriculture (3 years) Valid Code EB drivers’ licence Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in a similar environment, 2 to 3 of which should be in a supervisory capacity