Job: Rural Manager Area: Timaru
Job - Rural Manager – Advice & Insurance FMG
Brief introduction about yourself?
Raised on a sheep and beef farm in Hawkes Bay before being pushed off to boarding school at Napier Boys’ High School, and on to Lincoln University. Over this time I spent time working in rural North and South Islands and Australia. I learnt a lot about the practical side of farming. I entered FMG as part of a Graduate Programme off the back of my time at Lincoln University. I now own a property near Christchurch with my partner Georgie.
What your typical day is like?
I currently look after a portfolio of around 180 farming clients, so my time is split between ‘on farm’ and ‘in the office’. A typical day involves office preparation before visiting one or more clients in a day. During that visit we discuss key objectives for using insurance as a tool to help manage risk involved in the running of their business. This includes future goals, potential risks, backed up by sound advice and insurance products to help manage those risks.
What you love most about your job?
I enjoy building rapport with my farming clients, getting to know their business and family and adding practical value to help them achieve their business goals.
What skills do you need to do your job well?
The ability to build a rapport with your client, whether related to insurance, farming or just the rugby on Saturday, it all helps. You need to be organised, professional, and most importantly have a passion for helping farmers achieve goals.
Are there any qualifications you need in a job like yours?
Not specifically. An agricultural and/or business type university degree is a very good foundation for a Financial based job like this, but a rural background is equally important.
What is the most challenging aspect to your job?
Balancing time ‘on-farm’ and backing this up with quality ‘inside the office’
Is a farming background essential to do a job like yours?
It certainly helps with building rapport and also helps with providing practical on-farm advice. It’s never too late to develop this farming background.
What advice would you give to young people?
Take every opportunity you can. Every opportunity will present you with a chance to learn something new, and life’s too short not to make the most of those opportunities. Think big!
What are your goals for the future?
Become a leader within the rural industry and farm ownership.
How did I get here:
School - NCEA: Agriculture, Maths - Stats, English, Biology, Engineering, Economics, Geography
University: Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture