Scottish Pig Producers seek new chief executive

A new chief executive is being sought by Scottish Pig Producers as part of the co-operative’s “forward thinking succession strategy”.

The post is currently listed on the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) website, backed by the comment that this is “an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to join this unique and successful organisation”.

Founded in 1979, Scottish Pig Producers’ turnover is £58m, secured by marketing pigs for its 110 dedicated farmer members. The group, which is based in Huntly, has played a leading role in many industry innovations, including the Wholesome Pigs (Scotland) health scheme which exists to “improve productivity, performance and ultimately value for farmer members”.

The SAOS job listing says that the new chief executive will need to have “demonstrable commercial acumen and the ability to manage and influence others”. The closing date for applications is Friday, October 3, 2014.

SOAS told Pig World that the successful candidate will work alongside existing managing director, Gordon McKen, for an initial period, the length of which has still to be decided. Mr McKen has been involved with Scottish Pig Producers from its inception in 1979. 

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