Job Description and further details.


To be the ‘Union General Secretary’ for the Manx National Farmers’ Union

Free car parking space at the office in Douglas included.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to

If you have any queries about the application or the application process please contact

The Manx NFU would welcome applications from all sectors and has no requirements for an agricultural background as a prerequisite.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 14th of April 2021.  Interviews will take place the following week in person or using Zoom/Teams.


REPORTS TO: President and the Board of the Manx NFU

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Office & support staff (as appropriate)



  • Permanent senior official responsible for representing the Manx NFU with the Manx Government, its Ministers, Departments and officials.
  • Permanent public spokesperson of the Manx NFU.
  • Managing the political, democratic, representational and legal affairs of the organisation.
  • Developing and maintaining financial, administrative and constitutional procedures.



  1. Monitoring agricultural and horticultural issues on the Isle of Man and advising the Officeholders and Manx NFU committees on policy options.
  2. Ensuring the affairs of DEFRA in the UK and other such Departments that may affect Manx NFU members are monitored and communicated.
  3. Ensuring a sympathetic public understanding of issues affecting farmers and growers by maintaining a high media profile.
  4. Providing confidential assistance to members on any relevant matters relating to their businesses.
  5. Maximising membership subscription and other income.
  6. Maintaining membership records.
  7. Preparing the organisation’s budget and accounts in conjunction with the treasurer.
  8. Maintenance of all financial records and ensuring efficient administration of all Manx NFU accounts.
  9. Ensuring effective liaison with the NFU Mutual and generally providing support for its objectives.
  10. Ensuring effective liaison with government, boards and other related farming organisations and processors.
  11. Ensuring cost-effective provision of supplies and services.
  12. Providing commodity committees administration, including appropriate venues and facilities for meetings, conferences and agricultural shows.
  13. Managing the office, including payment of accounts.
  14. Managing a safe working environment in accordance with statutory obligations.
  15. To only promote the insurance or other financial products of the NFU Mutual.


The Manx NFU is structured as follows:

An elected Patron, President and Vice President

Three regional branches – Northern, Southern and Central

Branch positions are elected at branch level

Chairmen of each branch together with the President, Vice-President and Patron

make up the following working committees and members are elected as needed for the coming year:

  • Meat & Livestock
  • Milk
  • Crops
  • Environment & Land
  • Eggs & Poultry
  • Marketing Education and Business (including shows)


The Manx NFU Board meets monthly in the evenings, with meetings of the other committees being held at times appropriate to the subject matter.


The three branches each hold evening monthly meetings from October through to April and summer meetings as required:


  • Southern Branch First Monday in the month
  • Northern Branch Second Tuesday in the month
  • Central Branch First Thursday in the month


A number of meetings are held during the year that the general secretary will attend:

Board meetings x 12

Branch meeting x 21

General Purposes – as required

Meat & Livestock – as required

Milk – as required

Crops – as required

Environment & Land – as required

Marketing Education and business – as required


The successful candidate will be someone who can:


  • Run the Manx NFU office efficiently and effectively.
  • Administer the affairs of the Manx NFU at all levels from farmyard to Ministerial.
  • Relate to members in all their varying circumstances from part-time smallholding, to 1000-acre estates.
  • Comprehend legislation/regulations etc. and translate them into a form that members can understand.
  • Compile reports and submission on relevant topics.


The candidates will be assessed on the following:


Essential or Desirable Method of Assessment
Has relevant practical experience or transferable skills that will facilitate building relationships across the Agricultural sector E CV/Interview
Has open conversations E CV/Interview
Addresses the issues E CV/Interview
Builds supportive relationships and is able to follow direction E CV/Interview
Is professional and credible at all levels including at the political interface E CV/Interview
Is able to present complex issues in a coherent manner tailoring delivery to the audience E CV/Interview
Is able to balance and understand conflicting priorities: and recognise the need for the outcomes that are best for agriculture E CV/Interview
Future focused E CV/Interview
Makes considered decisions E CV/Interview
Challenges and accepts challenge of

evidence and views in a manner that promotes productive working relationships

E CV/Interview
Encourages innovation and supports change E CV/Interview
Professional qualifications (at degree level or equivalent time served in previous positions) in any subject that could be a transferable skill set D CV
Ensures compliance to standards, both internal and external for all projects and activities E CV/Interview
Computer literate and embracing of modern communication technology E CV/Interview


Trusts and is trusted E CV/Interview
Has positive energy and drive E CV/Interview
Inspires, motivates and empowers E CV/Interview
Other requirements
Isle of Man Worker D Application
Able to travel between sites E CV/Interview

We do not offer a relocation package however enabling access to government relocation support schemes would be considered for the right candidate if they meet the relevant criteria.