Make Your Mark - Agri Business jobs with Perrin Ag

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As one of the leading agribusiness firms in New Zealand, Perrin Ag is at the forefront of developing innovative and future-focused business solutions for farmers and growers.

Our wide and varied portfolio of work, both behind and beyond the farm gate, means we’re always looking for exceptional people to join our team.

Perrin Ag is committed to investing in the growth and learning of our people. We offer you flexibility and autonomy in your work, knowing you will always have the support you need to make your mark in agriculture.

If you are passionate about agriculture and driven to empower farmers and growers to thrive, we want to hear from you.

Apply for one of the opportunities below by uploading your CV and cover letter and we will be in touch.

Join us and make your mark!

Job Opportunities

The Executive Assistant is a newly created role (25 hours per week), reporting directly through to the Managing Director.  The EA will play a critical role in ensuring the efficient and smooth operation of the office of the Managing Director.  This dynamic role offers a blend of responsibilities, including diary management, travel coordination, social media and website management, as well as providing essential support to the Executive team. 

The key functional responsibilities of this role include;
  • Provision of professional and intuitive support to the Managing Director around complex diary and schedule management, coordinate appointments, meetings and events.
  • Take charge of all travel arrangements for the Managing Director and wider team, including creating detailed itineraries.
  • Coordinate and execute the organisation’s logistics and delivery for events and client functions.
  • Administrative support to the Managing Director, including data entry and document preparation.
  • Support the development and maintenance of strategic networks and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identify new potential growth opportunities for the company in conjunction with the Managing Director and Business Manager.
  • Assist in managing social media accounts, including content creation and scheduling.  

 

What are we looking for?
The successful candidate will have a relevant administrative qualification and/or applicable experience of business management within a commercial environment.  Previous experience in a similar Executive Assistant role would be preferred. You’ll have exceptional communication skills, as well as possessing outstanding administrative capability and demonstrating a customer centric approach throughout all your dealings. A high level of computer literacy across Microsoft Office Business Suite, digital tools and social media platforms are important to this role.  Key competencies also include being a friendly and highly organised person, with the ability to relate exceptionally well to everyone across the company whilst maintaining the utmost levels of confidentiality and integrity.  This is a busy role, and efficient time management, prioritising effectively, self-motivation, initiative, and a high level of attention to detail are key requirements along with having the ability to analyse issues, identify solutions and implement effective problem solving strategies.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a professional firm of business advisors, add value to their Managing Director’s office and wider team. Located in the heart of Rotorua, there are opportunities to develop yourself further and there is also provision for flexible working options.

Please apply online with your CV and covering letter to Bex Temple, Recruitment & Human Resource Specialist, at Talent ID Recruitment Ltd.  Applications will be treated confidentially and close 20th February 2024.

Farm Systems Consultants – FULL TIME, Rotorua and Manawatū/Rangitīkei

Our agriculture industry is experiencing unprecedented change, dominated by increased social and environmental awareness. As one of the leading agribusiness firms in the country, Perrin Ag is at the forefront of developing innovative and future-focussed business solutions for farmers and growers.

Our team is dynamic and brings a strong mix of skills and experience to the table. We support each other in our work aspirations, have fun together and thrive in a truly family culture.

We are looking to add several new farm systems consultants to our growing team.  We need those who can create innovative solutions, develop genuine relationships based on trust, and provide sound advice to our clients. 

In these roles, you will focus on working with and coaching individual farmers and their whānau to increase the value and improve the sustainability of their farm businesses.

At the same time, the team-based nature of our firm will provide opportunities for you to be involved in investment analysis, broader sustainability initiatives and project work further along the value chain.

What are we looking for?
  • New Zealand dairy farm expertise to support clients in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and/or:
  • Sheep, beef and arable skills and experience to work with our clients in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Hawkes Bay regions.
  • Prior experience in delivering professional services in the New Zealand rural sector would be preferable.
  • Outstanding communication skills, excellent farm systems knowledge and good financial literacy.
  • A passion for the people and a drive to empower farmers and growers.
  • A tertiary qualification in agriculture is a pre-requisite.
  • New Zealand citizenship or residency visa

Apply now online or for more information contact our Business Manager Michael Matthews on +64 7 349 1212 or email [email protected]

Senior Sustainability Consultant – FULL TIME ROTORUA

Farm, horticultural and forestry businesses are facing increasing regulatory and market-driven challenges. Demand from these sectors for specialist agribusiness expertise to help them navigate these changes means we are searching for another Senior Consultant to join our specialist Sustainability team. 

This role has a dual focus. You will provide the complementary expertise needed by farmers and growers to ensure their businesses continue to meet consumer and community expectations around environmental performance. You will also work with them to keep the engine rooms of their operations – their soil and water resources – in peak condition.

What are we looking for?
  • A passion for people and a skill for delivering effective but pragmatic environmental sustainability solutions for farmers and growers.
  • A strong understanding of New Zealand farm systems.
  • Comfort in navigating through New Zealand’s regulatory and quality assurance frameworks.
  • An ability to effectively communicate with both farmers and regulators.
  • Experience with some of the key models and tools used in New Zealand to quantify and manage the externalities from agricultural land use.
  • A tertiary qualification in agriculture, resource management or environmental science is a pre-requisite.
  • New Zealand citizenship or residency visa.

Given on-farm sustainability is a dynamic space, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the services and value we offer our customers in this space. This includes both specialist services (e.g. planning and policy development) and those integrated with farm systems advisory, including nutrient management, assessing environmental footprint and optimising water resources.

Apply now online or for more information contact our Business Manager Michael Matthews on +64 7 349 1212 or email [email protected].

Our Values

Our values underpin our business and drive our success. We live and breathe these values with excellence, expertise, empathy and through the exceptional people on our team.

Perrin Ag - Integrity / Te mana

Integrity / Te mana

We believe in doing what’s right. We take accountability for our actions and strive to protect the mana of others.

Passion / Te ngakau whitawhita - Perrin Ag

Passion / Te ngakau whitawhita

We love what we do and strive to be the best. We get excited about tomorrow and the potential for innovation to breed success.

Perrin Ag - Te mahi tahi ā tīma

Teamwork / Te mahi tahi ā tīma

We are nothing without each other. We respect, value and support the contributions of others. We recognise and celebrate success. while giving and receiving feedback with professionalism and respect.

Perrin Ag - Community / Te mahi ā hāpori

Community / Te mahi ā hāpori

We thrive on the positive impact we can have on others. We take time to volunteer in, give back and empower our local communities.

Lee Matheson

Managing Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc (Hons), FNZIPIM (Reg)

Lee came to agribusiness consultancy via the unlikely pathway of a suburban Wellington upbringing, an Honours degree in plant science and a six-year career in the financial markets. In his role as the firm’s MD, Lee doesn’t get out on-farm as much as he used to but makes the most of it when he does. While having swapped the paddock for the boardroom, Lee continues to provide advice in the areas of farm business strategy, farm system innovation, corporate governance, investment analysis and economic research.

Outside of Perrin Ag, Lee loves to spend his time coaching rugby, watching his three kids play sport and gardening with his wife Haidee.

“I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sectors and the excitement of seeing clients achieving their aspirations. If we can encourage farmers to engage with their consumers, take a more active involvement in their supply chains and view their businesses through a wider lens, then I think our industries have a great future.”

Michael Booth

Consultant

Mike brings a wealth of agri-tech and dairy systems expertise to Perrin Ag. After graduating with a Bachelor of AgriCommerce from Massey, he started his career with DairyNZ as a consulting officer where he ran discussion groups and managed farm supervision.

He left DairyNZ to travel the world but within a few months Covid hit, the borders closed, and Mike and his wife Nikita returned home. Back in New Zealand, he took up a role managing DairyNZ’s monitor farms on the Hauraki Plains before joining Halter.

After finishing his OE, he returned home to live in Papamoa and joined the Perrin Ag team in February 2024.

“I’m not someone who likes to sit still and I like to be continually learning. I saw an opportunity with Perrin Ag. As a business their ethos is about continuous improvement and learning. There are always new and better ways of doing things and we need to be at the forefront of that for our clients.”

Abbey Dowd

Consultant

B.Ag.Sc (Hons), MNZIPIM

Abbey joined Perrin Ag in February 2023 as part of the firm’s graduate recruitment programme, Empower.

Abbey grew up surrounded by dairy farms in a close-knit community in South Waikato. She saw first-hand how local farmers supported her community, which is what inspired her to study at Lincoln University.

Growing up in a rural community Abbey has always been impressed by how much local farmers contribute to the community. She wanted to help give back to the industry and play a part in helping our primary sector continue to produce quality food in a sustainable way.

In 2022, Abbey spent the summer as an intern on one of New Zealand’s first commercial deer milking operations. Her Honours project was researching deer milk alongside other more traditional milking operations and assessing the deer milking industry’s future production possibilities.

“Growing up I didn’t live on a farm, but I always knew I wanted to work in the farming sector. I wanted a role where there was a balance between working on and off farm and where I could support farmers to get the best out of their businesses.”

Sam Gray

Consultant

Sam grew up on a dairy farm in the Far North. After graduating from the University of Otago in 2005 with an Honours degree in molecular biotechnology, he spent several years working in medical research in New Zealand and Scotland. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2012, he spent four seasons dairy farming in Northland before purchasing a 56 ha block in Taupо̄, where he was first exposed to farming under a nitrogen cap. Sam joined Perrin Ag in 2023 and brings his strong analytical skills that are grounded by a pragmatic approach to problem solving. Outside of farming and consultancy, you’ll likely find him fly fishing, hunting or snowboarding.

“A lot of farmers feel overwhelmed in the face of a rapidly changing regulatory landscape. I strive to help farmers understand what these environmental regulations mean for their business, and offer practical solutions that allow them to keep doing what they do best, whilst remaining compliant”.

Danni Armstrong

Finance administrator

Danni grew up on a life style block in Atiamuri and spent five seasons as a relief milker in the area. During this time, her full time roles were in various fields including the rental car, health care and marine industries. Danni has had a focus on administrative and accounting duties, but is also proficient in looking after customers especially well, social media and website operation, running a rental car fleet and the associated tasks like training, rosters, H&S and organising repairs! Danni joined Perrin Ag in May 2021, to be part of a business in an industry she is passionate about.

During her spare time Danni can be found reading a book with her cats or out enjoying the walks in Rotorua’s Redwoods.

“What motivates me each day is knowing that I will be challenged with a range of problem solving tasks. I love to see all the figures adding up and knowing that my role makes a difference to the team.”

Duncan Walker

Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc, MNZIPIM (Reg)

Coming from a drystock and dairy farming background, Duncan has always been passionate about growing primary sector businesses. Whether it’s pastoral farming, forestry, horticulture or investments outside the farm gate, sustainably optimising business performance is Duncan’s passion. After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness, Duncan’s first opportunity to optimise a farm business was by undertaking a dairy conversion. Duncan project managed the conversion and continued to run the dairy farm for a further three years.

Since joining Perrin Ag in 2011 Duncan works with a wide range of clients including those ‘outside the farm gate’. With his strong background in investment analysis, business strategy and project management, Duncan is increasingly working with clients to analyse and integrate horticulture and forestry investments into their farm businesses.

“I enjoy helping clients navigate through the complexities of today’s operational, financial and environmental challenges. Seeing clients achieve their goals is very rewarding”

Lee Matheson

Managing Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc (Hons), FNZIPIM (Reg)

Lee came to agribusiness consultancy via the unlikely pathway of a suburban Wellington upbringing, an Honours degree in plant science and a six-year career in the financial markets. In his role as the firm’s MD, Lee doesn’t get out on-farm as much as he used to but makes the most of it when he does. While having swapped the paddock for the boardroom, Lee continues to provide advice in the areas of farm business strategy, farm system innovation, corporate governance, investment analysis and economic research.

Outside of Perrin Ag, Lee loves to spend his time coaching rugby, watching his three kids play sport and gardening with his wife Haidee.

“I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sectors and the excitement of seeing clients achieving their aspirations.  If we can encourage farmers to engage with their consumers, take a more active involvement in their supply chains and view their businesses through a wider lens, then I think our industries have a great future.”