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HKJC requires a Head Farrier

Head Farrier (Ref: 20000697)

The Department

Our team of farriers is based within the Department of Veterinary Clinical Services at Sha Tin race course and Beas River Equestrian Centre (BREC), providing dedicated farriery care to 1200 Thoroughbred race horses and 750 equestrian horses within the Club.  We are looking for a seasoned farrier to join our team as Head Farrier.

The Job

You will report to the Acting Head of Veterinary Clinical Services (HVCS) and oversee all farrier services provided by the Club, including operations at the Sha Tin Forge, Olympic Forge and Quarantine Facilities along with facilities at BREC, the three Public HKJC Riding Schools, six private riding schools in Hong Kong as well as operations at Conghua Training Centre in China. You will direct a team of farriers and manage related facilities to ensure high quality foot care is available to all horses in the HKSAR at all times.  The key management responsibilities include:

  • Ensure all horses stabled in the above locations have their feet well-trimmed and shod with appropriate shoes that have been fitted correctly at all times. This is achieved through:
    • effective management of a team of farriers, including three expatriate master farriers and local staff farriers.
    • ensuring that the team attend cases promptly and maintain high standards in their work at all times.
    • ensuring that appropriate facilities are available and well-maintained at all times for the team to execute their duties in an efficient and effective manner.
    • liaison with customers to clarify their requirements and ensuring that these are conveyed clearly to and understood by the farrier team.
    • ensuring that the most appropriate products are sourced and used in order to achieve the best end results.
  • Ensure complicated cases receive optimal farrier care by being aware of and allocating appropriate staff to them, through liaison with other parties and if necessary, resolving them by personally undertaking the work required.
  • Ensure there are adequate published protocols to provide clear guidance on all relevant OSH issues and monitor operation to ensure staff comply with these protocols at all times.
  • Overseeing the establishment of a farrier service at the Conghua Training Centre for when it opens in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Implement sound management practices to ensure cost-effective management of all facilities and consumable stock.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of the curriculum for the farrier apprentice programme to ensure that there is an appropriate number of staff in the farrier team and that there is effective succession planning.
  • Organise a staff rosters to ensure there is fast and effective farrier support available on race days, at barrier trials and track work.
  • Overseeing farriery care of all imported and exporting horses during the period of quarantine.
  • Direct involvement with horses being sold at the Hong Kong International Sales. 
  • Provide professional advice and support to the Department of Veterinary Regulation & Biosecurity Policy regarding all regulatory matters relating to farrier issues.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance in relevant areas of all projects undertaken by the Club, such as the Conghua Training Centre.  This includes conducting formal training for Mainland Farriers, designing an organisation structure and making hiring decisions and working with Property Division to maintain the Conghua Forge and dedicated work areas in stables.
  • Undertake all other duties assigned by the Acting HVCS.

About You

You should have:

  • Level 3 Certification in Farrier (Australia) or Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (DipWCF) (United Kingdom) or other equivalent qualifications
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in specialist Thoroughbred racehorse farrier practice.
  • Ideally experience in running a business and managing a team of staff.
  • Highly skilled and experienced in routine and surgical shoeing of the Thoroughbred racehorse.
  • Proficient in training apprentices.
  • Excellent communication skills with proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Effective administrative skills and a degree of computer literacy.
  • Self-motivation and be able to work as an individual and within a team.

 

Terms of Employment

The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A contract employment will be offered to the successful candidate. Contract renewal will be subject to mutual agreement between the Club and the individual.

 

Closing Date

Closing date for applications is 20 December 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Please send your resume, complete with expected salary and job reference to The Human Resources Department, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, 8/F, Sha Tin Central Complex, Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories, Hong Kong; or email to recruit9@hkjc.org.hk or fax to (852) 2966-6984.

You are welcome to contact Dr. Paul Robinson for further information about the position (email: paul.robinson@hkjc.org.hk; telephone : +852 2966 6607)