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03 November 2022

Operator – Covered Production

Job Outline

LeaderBrand Produce Limited is one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse horticultural businesses with operations in Ashburton, Matamata, Pukekohe and our home base in Gisborne.   We pride ourselves on being one of New Zealand’s leading suppliers of vegetables and prepacked salads.   Being 100% family owned, this is at the heart of our culture and vision. We know that to make sure the next generation has access to a healthy environment, nutritious food, and engaged communities, we need to start farming for a healthy future today.

The LeaderBrand way is ‘fresh’ from ‘garden gate to dinner plate’.

We have an exciting opportunity in our new Gisborne Covered Production facility; this is the first and largest greenhouse of its kind in New Zealand for growing vegetable crops in the soil. When finished this will be a self sustained 11 hectare Greenhouse, providing fresh raw material daily to our salad production facility, offering an unparalleled growing and working environment. 

About The Role

The Operator – Covered Production role is full time and based at our Makauri Farm in Gisborne.  Expected pay rate is $25.00 to $32.00 (depending on your experience and skills), with working hours being a minimum of 40 hours per week.

We are currently seeking to attract someone that is enthusiastic, has a keen eye for detail and strives for operational excellence into our team, to carry out all roles within this new house from seeding through to harvest, including maintenance across the entire site.  The role will support the Manager in all growing functions and day to day running of the house.

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive wage 
  • Full time employment
  • Great work environment;  best of both indoors and outdoors
  • Ongoing training and support
  • Experienced support team
  • Staff benefits and rewards.
About You

The successful candidate will have:

  • Tractor operation experience
  • Attention to detail in all operations
  • Enthusiastic attitude offering a ‘jack of all trades’ background
  • Quick thinker and able to problem solve on the go
  • Enjoy working alone or as a team
  • Willingness to learn, grow and challenge
  • An interest or experience in horticulture/agriculture – you will be supporting the manager in growing
  • Full drivers’ license
  • Pass a pre employment drug test.

This small team is just starting out on their journey being part of our exciting future farming project.  LeaderBrand offers a diverse support team of experienced operators and supervisors to tap into when required.           

The opportunity to excel and immerse yourself into LeaderBrand’s covered production development is now available. 

Please forward your cover letter and CV to