General Manager, Dairy Farm


National producer and distributor of specialty food products, based in the Southwestern United States.


This position will report directly to the owner and Chief Executive Officer and lead a management staff of 10-15 and 100 additional employees.


The General Manager oversees the strategy, planning, and implementation of operational elements of the dairy farm. These elements include cattle reconciliation, contracting commodities, inventory, facility maintenance, maintenance financial analysis, liaison to corporate accounting, safety, and modeling for projects.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Running day-to-day operations of the farm (e.g., milk barns, feeding, maintenance, calf, heifer, breeding programs, etc.).
  • Coordinating all activities related to the farm and serving as a source of expertise as measured by costs per CWT and income over feed costs.
  • Reviewing departmental budgets, including staffing, labor, and equipment needs as measured by meeting budget requirements.
  • Conferring with department heads and other internal customers to ensure coordination of operational activities with other functions such as corporate, organic, calf, cow, etc.
  • Creating monthly checks and balances for operations.
  • Working with human resources in handling issues including, but not limited to, hiring, feedback, disciplinary actions, termination, and payroll.
  • Maintaining a safe environment for all department functions as measured by the safety record, accident-free days, lost time days, and total dollars spent.
  • Creating capital expenditure and annual budgets.
  • Initiating continuous Business Process Improvement (SPBI) as measured by total projects completed, project participation, and total dollars saved.
  • Ensuring compliance with all governmental regulations and customer-related inspections, including FDA, OSHA, state, county, and federal inspections.
  • Cross-training of associates in the use of herd and feed management software.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ten-plus years of leadership related to large farm and herd experience (5,000+).
  • Five-plus years of experience developing and leading teams.
  • Proven ability to effect change, identify opportunities, research solutions, request resources, sustain results, and share learnings.
  • Demonstrated P&L experience, including planning, operational, capital budgeting, and management.
  • Strong team approach to management, communication, and people skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.
  • Flexible and willing to work the demands of the department, which are subject to evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package.