Jane Mayo is a Senior Agri Manager for Ravensdown. She is a self proclaimed townie with a love for everything rural. Growing up in a small town in Hawkes Bay, Jane knew that when she grew up she wanted to do something outdoors. Off to Palmerston North she went to complete a Bachelor of Science, followed by a teaching diploma. But that didn't quite fit the bill.
In 2008 Jane applied for a Ravensdown Account Manager position, thinking it was pretty much a sales role, and here she is 9 years later, a bit further up the chain. Jane soon realised that the job is much more than just sales. She has been a full-time Mum for the past 10 months, but will be back into it soon.
"Primarily, its about maintaining a strong, trusting, relationship with your book of shareholders, so that they feel confident in your agronomic advice, be that for growing as much grass as is economically and environmentally sustainable, or, the best options for keeping a crop weed and pest free. They need to be better off for having you as part of their business."
Jane's job is varied, with a fairly even split of dairy and sheep & beef shareholders, growing a variety of summer and winter crops. It also provides many challenges, dealing with some very large farm budgets, to working with other agencies, such as logistics, or, Regional Councils. So, Jane has found you need to have a good breadth of knowledge about farming and the external factors, like environmental and financial, that impact on clients decisions.
"I enjoy my job because of this variety, and in general, farmers are 'good buggers' to deal with. Its an autonomous role, where you get to choose between an office day, or getting out to enjoy the great outdoors."
Jane, you may have started as a 'townie' but you sound like a pretty strong Agwomen to us! Ravensdown is lucky to have you.