Marketing & Communications Director - AgResearch

Reference Number: 840505aa

Location: Christchurch

  • Christchurch Based
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Develop & Execute Strategy

A vibrant organisation with 650+ employees spread nationally across four campuses and 9 farms and wide international links, AgResearch delivers cutting-edge science and innovation in the pastoral agriculture sector - to solve global issues and benefit New Zealand’s economy, environment and society. Its strategy and significant new campus developments encourage collaboration through education and research partnerships and is intended to create new ways of working and to enable innovation to solve the grand challenges facing New Zealand’s land-based sectors.

Leading a team of eight, the primary focus of the Marketing & Communications Director will be to develop and implement an integrated marketing and communications strategy, to raise brand awareness and visibility of the organisation and to improve the awareness of the AgResearch story and its unique capability and impact to New Zealand. Reporting directly to, and working closely with, the Chief Executive, this position will lead thinking and drive strategies, events and projects to support the achievement of organisational performance and the implementation of the strategic agenda at AgResearch.

The successful candidate for this role will;

  • Be a seasoned marketing and communications professional, with substantial experience leading marketing and communications in complex multi-site organisations. 
  • Have experience in senior leadership roles, with proven success leading change and large multi-disciplinary projects
  • Be a strategic thinker, enthusiastic about science and the contribution it can make to the NZ Inc.
  • Be politically astute with a record of successfully engaging with key stakeholders, commercial partners, iwi and communities.
  • Hold existing strong relationships with both media and government.
  • Be an executive contributor who is results-focussed with an open collaborative style.

This is an exciting time for AgResearch and this represents a rare opportunity for an action-oriented executive who will contribute to the successful leadership and execution of the transformational change agenda at AgResearch.

To apply in strict confidenc 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.

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For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 03 353 4367

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