Powered by our people: Damon Ferguson

This year Damon Ferguson is celebrating 25 years working with Nutrien Ag Solutions and its legacy businesses. Damon is the General Manager for the North East Central Division which covers about 40 Nutrien branches located across New South Wales and Queensland. 

What does your role involve? 

The General Manager role works directly with our branch network and has the Branch Managers and Divisional support team as direct reports. We lead in safety, support the execution of the Nutrien strategy for all activities, lead the accountability for the financial performance of the branch network, support recruitment, identify new market opportunities and lead business acquisitions for Nutrien. General Managers will regularly be part of committees and working groups that provide feedback on the development of Nutrien’s many business projects and initiatives. 

What are some of the key skills required to be successful in your role? 

Leading people, strategic thinking, problem solving and communication skills are all important for General Manager roles. 

How does your role contribute to the wider Nutrien purpose? 

General Managers support our leaders to build successful teams that create a great culture at work. Our most successful teams provide first class customer service that supports the success of our customers.  

What do you enjoy the most about your job? 

The relationships you form with our Nutrien employees and customers, many become life-long friends.  

Can you share some of your career journey to date? 

After graduating from UQ Gatton, I commenced as a Trainee with the former IAMA business, working in the pasture and animal health market at the Gympie branch. Following this I accepted a Branch Manager position with Wesfarmers Dalgety Meandarra and then on to Quilpie in Western Queensland. Following almost 6 years as a Branch Manager, my career took a brief turn away from Agriculture and I worked in the beverage industry for four years in sales and business development. In 2007 I rejoined Landmark as a Branch Manager at the Charleville branch for five years before moving to Toowoomba and then onto the South-East Region as Livestock Manager based in Melbourne. In 2013 I relocated back to Queensland with my family and moved into the General Managers role that I have now enjoyed for almost 10 years. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

I enjoy following a range of sports including Rugby League, Cricket, Water Sports and a day at the Horse Races. These days I enjoy watching my kids playing sport as well as socialising with friends and family.  

Why should someone consider a career in agriculture? 

I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to grow up in Agriculture surrounded by fantastic people and great rural communities. Along with contributing to the success of our food and fibre producing customers, it is the relationships you develop and the people you meet that help make our industry so rewarding. As a career, agriculture in Australia offers enormous diversity across so many geographies and industries with world leading practises and technology.    

For more information on how you can grow your career with Nutrien Ag Solutions visit: Careers | Nutrien Ag Solutions