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Food Sector Development Director

Job no: 0047244 
Location: Parkville 
Role type: Fixed Term for 3 yrs. 
Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation  
Salary:  Senior Manager 1,Attractive Package 

  • Newly created, high profile interdisciplinary role
  • Drive world-class food sector innovation and discovery.
  • Join Australia’s top ranked University. 

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About the Chief Operating Officer Portfolio:   

The COO Portfolio ensures high-quality outcomes for students, staff, and partners by providing University-wide services that align with the organization's goals. It collaborates with university teams to foster innovation, drive performance improvements, and manages the budget, financial performance, property, and capital. The portfolio comprises six sub-portfolios encompassing all operational areas. 

About the Role:

Working across the University, the Food Sector Development Director will harness the institution’s expertise in food science and food engineering to build enduring partnerships with industry and the broader ecosystem on a national and global scale. This includes catalysing strategically important interdisciplinary research, and pursuing funding opportunities that maximise impact and deliver optimal value to society and industry. The Food Sector Development Director will collaborate with academic researchers, Business Development Managers and other stakeholders across the University to grow relationships across the food sector ecosystem, particularly in food and beverage manufacturing and processing. The Food Sector Development Director will also explore opportunities for industry to engage in outcomes connected to student experience, philanthropy and teaching as part of an over-arching Food Sector strategy, connecting these opportunities internally across the University as appropriate. 

For a more detailed outline of the scope and responsibilities of this role please refer to the attached Position Description. 

About You: 

You are a well-respected leader in the food sector with a proven track record in driving innovation within industry and/or government. With a passion for transforming interdisciplinary research that delivers positive impact to the economy and society, you have the commercial acumen and relevant experience needed to credibly represent the University in negotiations with senior industry executives and stakeholders. Key to your success in this newly created role will be your ability to ability to build innovative interdisciplinary partnerships to drive win-win research commercialisation outcomes across the food sector its related ecosystem. 

This role requires current valid work rights for Australia. 

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PLEASE NOTE: We have engaged SHK Asia Pacific Pty Ltd as our sourcing and selection partner on this role.

For more information, please contact Matthew Belleghem at SHK on +61 3 8620 8037.  To apply, do not click on ‘Apply now’. Instead, please submit a cover letter and your resume (in Microsoft Word format) via the SHK website at, or via email to Direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

NOTE: Internal/ Existing employees are strongly encouraged to speak with their current people leaders prior to submitting your application. 

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