Livestock Project Manager

The VFF is seeking a strategic project manager to lead the VFF Stock Sense industry funded extension team in delivering animal health and biosecurity information to Victorian sheep, cattle and goat producers including peri-urban landholders.

About the role:

The Livestock Project Manager will work with the Livestock Manager and lead the VFF Stock Sense industry funded extension team to deliver animal health and biosecurity information to Victorian sheep, cattle and goat producers including peri-urban landholders.

Delivering a number of projects, the team provides information through events, publications and online content to help producers and livestock owners adopt animal health and production practices that improve profitability, animal welfare and Victoria’s biosecurity status. Topics include:

  • biosecurity practices at a livestock enterprise and industry level
  • managing the risk of diseases, pests and weeds being introduced or spreading on-farm
  • livestock traceability and industry assurance programs
  • animal welfare standards and guidelines
  • responsible and productive livestock management
  • emergency response planning.

The role will be responsible for managing delivery of projects in-line with milestones and budget, maintaining a strategic approach and efficiently using the resources available to benefit Victorian livestock producers, using existing networks to help deliver project outcomes, motivating and guiding employees, and reporting to funding bodies.

In undertaking the Livestock Project Manager role, responsibilities will include:
  • Manage project delivery, providing strategic direction to ensure aims and objectives are met, and effective and efficient delivery in-line with milestones and budgets.
  • Oversee development and delivery of project communications, branding and other outputs in-line with key messaging and a contemporary communication style.
  • Responsibility for successful planning of events and workshops for producers and livestock owners, including using networks to develop relevant programs and brief speakers on local issues or topics while linking with state and national R&D.
  • Maintain stakeholder and industry networks including government departments, industry organisations, research and technical experts, supply chain and livestock producers to support project delivery.
  • Ensure effective project evaluation, adoption of feedback and continuous improvement in project delivery.
  • Complete reporting and provide information to funding bodies and other key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate reference group and stakeholder meetings.
  • Supervise the extension team, prioritising activities, managing resources, task delivery and ensuring a positive working environment across multiple locations.
  • Attend industry forums and meetings where appropriate.
A commitment to the organisation, combined with complimentary values is essential:
  • United – One voice, one team, one dream
  • Effective – Delivering on a clear strategy, clear goals and outcomes and communicating them
  • Professional – Treat others with respect, accountable, calm, skilled, honest, competent, positive, and authentic
  • Connected – Collaborate across the organisation, in touch with our members, their issues and needs and working effectively with other allied stakeholders
  • Innovative – Adaptable, modern, applying ideas across commodities, teams and members
Skills and experience include:
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in agriculture, communications or project management, combined with documented experience in a similar capacity.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, delivering milestones on-time, in budget, and completing strategic project planning, evaluation and reporting.
  • Knowledge of livestock production systems with a focus on animal health, welfare and biosecurity and being well informed about related livestock industry issues.
  • Application of extension and adoption best practice.
  • Excellent contemporary communication skills to oversee scientific and technical information reformatted for delivery to farmers, landowners and other stakeholders through traditional and online channels.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and motivating a team to excel and deliver beyond expectations.
  • Experience liaising with livestock producers, government other stakeholders in the agricultural sector, including high level stakeholder meeting facilitation skills.
  • Autonomy and highly motivated to deliver industry funded project objectives.
  • Competency using of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and trust as this role may involve the handling of confidential and sensitive information.
  • A current Australian Drivers Licence and flexibility as the role involves some regional travel and overnight stays.
  • Willingness to support the mission and core values of the VFF.
Further details:

This is a full time Maximum Term position for two years.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience. Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found in the position description on the VFF website: 

For more information contact Karen Thomas on 1300 442 481 or [email protected].

Applications close: Monday 17 May 2021