Vineyard Operator 358 views

Leaderbrand Produce is one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse horticultural businesses.  A significant part of this is our vineyard and subsequent wine production; based in Gisborne, the operation covers 240ha of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer vines.

Due to ongoing expansion we are seeking to attract a machinery operator to join our dedicated team in Leaderbrand’s viticulture department.  We have a modern, well-maintained fleet of vineyard machinery; a dedicated team and full workshop support.

This is a full time permanent role and requires a tractor operator with experience using a range of vineyard machinery.  Applicants will need to have proven machinery handling skills and strong practical ability, and be prepared to assist with any role within the vineyard when required.  A part of the role involves operating vineyard spray equipment so experience in this as well as a Growsafe certificate would be beneficial but is not necessary as full training will be given.

You will need a can do attitude, good time management as well as the ability to work unsupervised.  Flexibility and the willingness to work long hours at peak times of the year is a must.  We can offer exposure to a broad range of viticultural techniques and practices as well as a solid career path with the opportunity of advancement.  Pay rates are competitive and will depend on the experience of the successful applicant.

If you believe you possess the skills required to join one of Gisborne’s leading viticulture businesses then we need to hear from you.

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Company Information
  • Type Growers
  • First Name Gordon
  • Last Name McPhail
  • Crop types grown
    Crop type #1: Broccoli + Lettuce + Salad Leaf
  • Crop size #1: 1000ha
  • Crop type #2: Squash + Sweetcorn
  • Crop size #2: 1700ha
  • Crop type #3: Grapes
  • Crop size #3: 210ha
  • Business Age (years) 43
  • Planned Business Growth Ever forward thinking, LeaderBrand strives to be the best at what we do, in every aspect of our business. This mean investing in our people, plant, property and processes. Our continued growth creates exciting opportunities for our existing staff and also leads to new roles and opportunities for fresh ideas and expertise to join the team. Having more than doubled our salad program in the last 12 months, we are consistently seeking opportunities to expand across our growing regions. Our new salad processing plant was commissioned in 2017 and is one of the largest and most sophisticated factories of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere. We are proud to be at the front of technology and development in our industry. And our crop management office boasts a team of highly experienced Agronomists from around the world, who are currently looking at other potential crop growing regions across New Zealand for development opportunities. It is our vision for this kind of diversification that cements our position in the industry and helps us to guarantee supply to our customers.
  • How many of the following staff do you employ annually?
    Full-Time: 300
  • Seasonal: 250
  • Are you willing to engage with support agencies? Yes