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Farm Operations Manager

R Keene & Sons
Closing date
28 May 2024

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a forward-thinking, vibrant team at a hugely exciting time, getting involved in everything and learning how a successful business works.

The business is fast-paced, deadline driven, and this role will involve a whole host of different tasks on a busy operational farm site.

Over Farm is a family-owned business, since the early 80’s the family has developed and brought together new innovations to become one of the most diverse farms in the country. Growing from a productive farm to an ambitious enterprise which incorporates family-run values with fun and customer-focused projects. The business now invites customers to celebrate throughout the year in The Barn, shop locally at The Farm Shop, enjoy the great outdoors with several bespoke events and fly high at our Microlight facilities. Our team is the most valued asset of our business which is why we invest and support their personal and professional development; this is the key to further progression and our continued success.

Job Purpose and Scope

The farm operations manager is a key member of the Over Farm team responsible for farming operations, machinery maintenance and organisation of event build around the site. The role involves utilising both full time and part time team members to maintain and improve upon our current high standards whilst having a view of how the farm will operate in the future. Daily tasks will be organised in close co-operation with both senior and junior colleagues.

To be considered for this position you’ll need the following skills and experience:

  • Be a great problem solver and lateral thinker with the ability to multi-task and be proficient in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) including Microsoft Office.
  • Possess at least three years’ experience working in similar role
  • Be able to think on your feet to make quick decisions and possess excellent time management skills
  • Have previous experience of managing a team with at least three direct reports
  • Ability to be resourceful and able to research, gather and distribute information as necessary
  • Experience of using ‘Gatekeeper’ crop manager software
  • Demonstrable knowledge of ‘Integrated Crop Management (ICM)’
  • Previous experience of and ability to implement ‘Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions (GAECs)’ and ‘Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs)’ in relation to the ‘Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)’
  • Working knowledge and experience of the ‘Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)’, Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) and Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMs).

It would also be advantageous if candidates had experience of the following:

  • Vegetable Production
  • Cucurbit Production
  • Tabletop Strawberry Production
  • Tree Production
  • Outdoor Events Experience
  • Hold PA1,2 & 4 Certificates
  • Hold a Forklift Handling Certificate
  • Hold an Emergency First Aid Certificate
  • Chainsaw Course Cutting to 20cm

If you’re reading this and thinking, “that’s me”, then you’ll love this role. Here’s what you’ll spend most of your time doing:

  • Planning cropping for future years
  • Creating nutrient management plans
  • Submitting subsidy applications
  • Managing crop protection product store and all associated records, plans and paperwork.
  • Managing agricultural activities including fruit and veg production, farming tenancies and grant funding.
  • Co-ordinating key farming tasks such as fertilising, irrigation, crop pesticide applications
  • Preparing ‘Pick Your Own (PYO)’ sites for customer access in co-ordination with the divisional managers
  • Monitoring and planning any major maintenance of machinery
  • Maintaining order of stored equipment and tools.
  • Assisting the divisional managers in some elements of build and break down as well as scheduling machinery use at key times.
  • Working with the finance team to ensure crops are grown efficiently and profitably
  • Working with farm foreman to ensure daily tasks run smoothly and are well co-ordinated

Sound good? Let us tell you more…

The hours?
Well, they’re flexible, but we would ideally like 40 hours of your time per week.

We’re looking for the successful candidate to start as soon as possible, so get your application in asap and let’s talk.

For the right person this is a fantastic opportunity to show us what you’re made of, so lets start with your application. Send us a covering letter telling us exactly why you’re the right person for this role.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: £32,000.00-£38,000.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Company events
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Store discount


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Gloucester GL2 8DB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)


  • Farm Management: 3 years (required)

Work Location: In person

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