The Role: Station Manager – Gordon Downs
Where you’ll be working: Gordon Downs Station, Emerald
Why this role exists
Based in Central Queensland, Gordon Downs Station is AACo’s newest property, and home to approximately 8,500 head of cattle at any given time.
As the Station Manager for Gordon Downs, you will be accountable for ensuring all livestock operations, relevant reporting, and budgetary/financial requirements meet a high standard, while leading a team to ensure best practice procedures are maintained across all aspects of the business at all times.
Located 40km’s north of Emerald, Gordon Downs is primarily a backgrounding station, and has joint property management responsibility with Kestrel Coal Mine. Meeting formally on a bi-annual basis in the interests of transparency and collaboratively working together, you will forge a close relationship this group, with effective and open communication absolutely critical in in this role.
Your role exists to make our business better. On any given day this could include, but is not limited to:
- Leadership and development of staff on Station
- Developing and maintaining beneficial relationships with key suppliers, partners and customers
- Management and accountability of budgets and P&L
- Ensuring the highest standards are upheld in terms of animal husbandry and welfare
- Capital and project management
- Ensuring all work practices and processes are consistent and in line with Company Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines
- Understanding grass management tools
Who You Are & What You’ll Do
- Detailed: You are well organised and have good planning skills, and successful execution of a plan is what drives you.
- You’re the ‘go to’ person: You are the type of individual that ensures things run smoothly at all times
- Natural leader: You’re a leader through and through. Coaching and development is your strong suit, and you empower your staff to make decisions
- Driven: This role is a stepping stone to a bigger and brighter future within the Company, and a fantastic opportunity for growth for the right person
- Communication extraordinaire: You have superior communication skills, and can influence others by your superior verbal, written and interpersonal communication style.
- Strong people management skills with demonstrated ability in creating a diverse, fun and outcome focused culture
- Experience in setting stretch KPI’s ensuring that key Company and financial targets are met
- Full strategic accountability for the management and successful execution of the Station's program
- Excellent organisational skills overseeing day to day planning, as well as project management, within a logistically busy and diverse environment within the Station
- An understanding and appreciation of requirements to run a busy station, and complex problems to solve
- Confidence with technology ensuring it drives innovation and efficiency throughout the business
The official stuff – Experience and qualifications
- Outstanding leadership and people management skills
- Extensive experience in intensive operational cattle management
- Feedlot experience desirable, but not essential
- Demonstrable experience in the creation and execution of key projects and strategic initiatives
- Flexibility in your approach (aka not afraid of change) - but understand that process and structure are important
- Ability to manage and maximise a diverse and inclusive team
- Belief that work can (and should) be fun!
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills