National Operations Manager - Berry Category

Costa is Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables.  We nurture our people, cultivate our growing sites and invest in ongoing research and development. 

All of the products we grow and sell are fresh, nutritious, unprocessed and grown on our very own farms or those of our partner growers.

The Costa Berry Category is at the forefront of genetic growing and innovation.  We export to some of the most demanding markets in the world, so food safety is paramount.  In all that we grow, we are committed to sustainable production and growing.

People are at the heart of the Costa business and across our regions we are a major employer with more than 6,000 workers during our peak seasons.

About the opportunity:

We are currently seeking an experienced and high-performing business leader for the position of National Operations Manager - Berries. This Senior Leadership role will report directly to the General Manager – Berry Category and is responsible for supporting our Regional Managers to achieve the best performance in their regions.

This exciting role will have all regional managers reporting through to them and will be involved in providing support with day-to-day operations, as well as longer term business planning. This role forms part of the Berry Category Senior Leadership Team and works closely with the finance, HR, horticulture and projects senior leaders to ensure all business objectives are met.

Supporting our four key regions across Australia means that the role is varied, and no two days are the same. We promote a culture of individual development and encourage all of our leaders to prioritise people in everything they do. This role will facilitate team and business development, as well as being responsible for ongoing continuous improvement and growth.

What we offer:

  • Permanent, Full time position
  • Competitive package including base salary + superannuation + incentive structure
  • Opportunities for Learning, Development, and progression
  • Free Access to an Employee Assistant Program
  • Opportunities for mentorships and coaching
  • Work-life Balance
  • Full IT Kit including phone and laptop
  • Annual Performance Review Process

About the role:

The National Operations Manager - Berries will have the key following accountabilities;

- People Leadership - Provide inspired leadership for the organization helping to promote a company culture which encourages top performance and high morale. In addition, support talent development, structure design and succession planning across regions to promote business performance.

- Safety – Ensure that Health & Safety remains the top priority for all operational activities. When incidents occur ensure that all reporting and investigation requirements are met and learnings are shared across the business.

- Operations – Responsible for the ongoing successful execution of all business operations by supporting regional leaders as needed.

- Strategy and business planning - Work with the General Manager and leadership team to develop and implement a successful business strategy, anticipating complex issues, challenges and opportunities, and ensuring integration with wider functional strategy.

- Budgeting development and monitoring – work with regional leaders, the General Manager and the Financial Controller to develop budgets in line with budget cycles, and monitoring performance against budgets

About you:

To be successful in this role you will have significant experience of general business leadership at a senior level (more than 10 years). You will be competent in developing strategic plans and budgets, and will have a high level understanding of team development and support.

In addition, you should have:

  • The ability to ensure accountability within your teams
  • Skills to communicate effectively with a range of people in the business
  • The ability to make sound decisions in challenging circumstances
  • Skills to coach others around you to develop their best performance
  • Strong financial acumen demonstrated within an ASX listed business
  • A calm head in challenging circumstances
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

The role will involve travel domestically to our berry sites, therefore the ability to travel is essential.

Costa is seeking applicants who can demonstrate their behaviour in line with the Costa Values (

For more information on this role, please contact the berries HR team through

Applications will close once the right candidate has been selected, so if you wish to be considered, apply now!

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Full time

Job no: 2022-1767

Location: Corindi, Tumbarumba, Atherton/Mareeba, Walkamin, Dunorlan, Lebrina, Sulphur Creek, Tasmania – Devonport, Wesley Vale, Gingin

Category: Berries

Closing Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2022