Landmark puts faith in youth

22 Dec, 2005 07:00 PM
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THE young rural people working for Landmark are just as essential to the company as the farmers they strive to serve.

With more than 325 people of all ages employed by Landmark in 35 branches and 77 agencies in WA, the company relies on the strength of its employees to meet an array of client needs.

Landmark senior human resources business partner Peter Hayward said the youth of rural WA were pivotal to its business.

"They have an affinity to rural living and working," he said.

"They know what farming and rural life is all about.

"Young rural people are our resource and our future."

Mr Hayward said Landmark understood the need to educate young people and assist them with a start in the rural industry.

Landmark provides its employees with specialist and technical training and study assistance programs are also available to assist in skill and career progression.

"Landmark provides primary producers with a complete array of business services and inputs including rural merchandise and fertiliser, agronomy services, livestock and wool marketing services, insurance, real estate marketing services and financial products," Mr Hayward said.

"Therefore there are many areas in which Landmark provides employment, and within each business section there are various avenues in which employees can branch out."

Under the merchandise banner there are sales people, on-road sales and merchandise manager roles.

Branch manager and specialist merchandise roles in the corporate office are also available for experienced staff.

"No experience is necessary other than an interest in agribusiness career and rural living and working," Mr Hayward said.

Agronomy positions are another important area of Landmark's business, with services conducted in the areas of horticulture, broadacre and animal health/pasture development.

Tertiary qualifications are usually required and Landmark employs graduate and experienced agronomists across the state.

"Customer service agronomist positions, senior agronomist roles, branch managers and other specialised agronomy service positions are available," Mr Hayward said.

The livestock section is an important area of business. Farmers look to Landmark for assistance with the purchase and sale of livestock.

Young people who have a particular interest in livestock and recognise the time and dedication needed for this role are a valuable asset to Landmark.

"Livestock sales managers are generally responsible for an area in the state and there are more specialised roles available for experienced personnel," Mr Hayward said.

"The wool branch of the company is similar to livestock in which wool area managers are responsible for an area of the state and help farmers to market their wool clip.

"While not essential, a wool classing accreditation is a distinct advantage."

Financial services including normal banking services, term deposits, loans and general financial services is another area of expertise for Landmark staff.

Exposure to the banking industry is desirable, but not essential, with entry level for the inexperienced at the rural finance officer level.

Employees who display competency and an interest in progressing can then be promoted to a rural finance manager position.

"Another area available at Landmark is grain marketing," Mr Hayward said.

"Employees assist farmers in marketing their grain as well as providing help with harvest finance and risk management products.

"No specific qualification is required as a grain marketer however a tertiary qualification is high regarded as is knowledge of broadacre farming, the ability to form strong relationships with farmers and an affinity for rural living and working."

With the listing and selling of rural, residential and lifestyle properties throughout rural Australia, Landmark's real estate salespersons are crucial to the service provided to landowners and buyers.

It is a requirement of this position to be a registered real estate and business sales representative.

"Several of Landmark's real estate sales people have completed the training required whilst working within another position at the business and then transferred into a real estate salesperson position once registration was achieved," Mr Hayward said.

The final area of employment available at Landmark is within administration in the various branches throughout the state and within the state office in East Perth.

No formal qualifications are required at entry level but it would be advantageous to be computer literate, possess good team skills and have knowledge of farming and agribusiness.

At the time of going to print nearly a dozen positions were available at Landmark within WA in a wide range of areas.

For further information log on to www.landmark.com.au or check out the vacancies advertised regularly within Farm Weekly.

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