Head of Research & Innovation - NZ Winegrowers Research Centre

Reference Number: 334572aa

Location: Marlborough/Blenheim


The New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre Limited (NZWRC) is the first research centre for Viticulture and Oenology based in New Zealand. Newly established in Blenheim, Marlborough, it will deliver world-leading and innovative research outcomes for every stage of the value chain, from grape to glass. NZWRC is wholly owned by NZ Winegrowers and is the first Regional Research Initiative established with funding support from the NZ Government.


Reporting to the CEO you will take on the responsibility for creating, owning and delivering a world-leading research strategy for NZWRC. This will be achieved by effectively managing the diverse science, research and stakeholder relationships to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration. By driving the NZWRC research portfolio you will incorporate both current research and other applied/innovative projects employing world-class science and protect Intellectual Property for the benefit of the NZ wine industry.


You will be a leading figure in the Viticulture and Oenology research field. Along with strong technical knowledge, you will have a commercial mindset that is attuned to creating opportunities for the wider industry. In addition, you will have experience of and excel in:

  • Building and managing collaborative relationships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders, throughout the value chain
  • Building and leading teams, creating a culture of excellence
  • Creating and implementing research strategy ensuring that measures of success are clearly identified
  • Effectively communicating scientific and technical matters to a wide range of audiences, engaging with all levels
  • Budget management, managing expenditure in line with budget, and contracts, plus developing new revenue streams and managing multiple projects/priorities 

This role is best suited to someone who is comfortable in a start-up environment, happy to roll their sleeves up and work closely with the CEO to ensure that the Research Centre carries out its objective to ensure the sustainability of one of New Zealand’s most important industries.


To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Position Description.

For more information please phone Neil Munro on +64 21 612 106 or Raewyn Brown on +64 21 917 203.

To apply use application form or email cvakl@sheffield.co.nz

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