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Farm Business Manager - Diversified Agricultural Enterprise (UK) - JN185

You're an accomplished Farm Manager seeking to play an integral role in the long-term future of an ambitious agribusiness. Lead the evolution of this well-funded, progressive agricultural operation set within a glorious country estate.

With a farming portfolio comprising a 1200 acre arable operation, several hundred acres committed to environmental initiatives, a commercial shoot and holiday lets, the owner is seeking a passionate and innovative Farm Business Manager to guide the estate through the uncertainty of UK farming and capitalise on emerging opportunities.


While being a seasoned manager of farm business operations with a strong financial skillset, you will be the type of person who doesn’t want to lose touch with their practical farming roots.

You will have a passion for being out amongst the crop and will demonstrate a ‘hands on’ approach.

You’ll also lead on business management including P&L, people and implementing strategic initiatives in-line with stakeholder objectives.

The right individual will benefit from being surrounded by a well-established, cohesive and passionate team to support.


Key responsibilities:

• Develop and execute comprehensive and data-driven business plans, including CAPEX, crop rotation schedules, portfolio management and land use optimisation.

• Reporting into the CEO, manage budgeting, financial forecasting, and cost control measures to ensure the profitability and financial sustainability of the enterprise.

• Maintain a consistent presence on farm and a commitment to leading from the field as much as the office.

• Embrace and apply progressive farm management techniques, tools and data to achieve environmental, operational and commercial objectives.

• Lead and mentor a team of skilled farm operatives, providing guidance, training, and support to maximise productivity, personal development and performance.

• Implement and maintain rigorous health, safety, and environmental standards across all farm operations.

• Foster positive relationships among the team and with suppliers, contractors, and stakeholders to enhance collaboration and ensure the seamless functioning of the farm business.

• Stay abreast of ongoing changes across the agricultural space, subsidy frameworks, and regulatory requirements to inform decision-making and drive innovation.

• Monitor and report Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) progress against budgets and plans.


Your profile:

• Bachelor's degree in Farm Business Management or a related discipline preferred.

• Proven experience in farm management, with a track record of success in overseeing and diversifying agricultural enterprises.

• A ‘hands on’ approach borne out of a practical farming background.

• Strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate and inspire teams towards common goals.

• Exceptional financial acumen and business management skills, with experience in budgeting, financial analysis, and strategic planning

• Ability to draw appropriately upon modern farm techniques and adopt a data-informed approach.

• In-depth knowledge of agricultural practices, crop production and agronomy.

• Commitment to and working knowledge of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and ethical farming practices.


What you can expect:

• Competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience.

• Homely accommodation whether single, a couple or a family.

• Company vehicle.

• Access to on-site amenities and facilities within the stunning country estate.

• A supportive and collaborative work environment within a passionate team of agricultural professionals.

• The chance to make a meaningful impact within a renowned agricultural enterprise committed to sustainability and excellence.


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

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