The Opportunity

Chief Executive Officer

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Canberra
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2022-01-16
Reference: BH-29162
Contact Name: Hannah Majcic
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 17, 2022 08:45

Job Description

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a small, specialised agency operating in a dynamic environment.

FSANZ is a bi-national statutory authority responsible for developing food standards in Australia and New Zealand. We operate in an integrated regulatory system, dealing with the challenges of a globalised and rapidly evolving food sector. Work at FSANZ is dynamic and requires deep engagement with complex stakeholder and policy interests related to the safety and quality of food. For more information on FSANZ, visit


The CEO carries out FSANZ’s strategic vision and oversees FSANZ’s daily operations, building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand, and acting as a trusted advocate for FSANZ in public forums.

The CEO provides specialist expertise to the agency, providing frank, honest, timely and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government and communicating complex technical information effectively to non-scientific stakeholders.

The CEO oversees the corporate governance of FSANZ, fulfilling all the duties and functions of an Agency Head, including decision-making powers, and ensuring reporting and statutory requirements are complied with.

The CEO works closely with the FSANZ Board and serve as an ex-officio member of the FSANZ Board and report to the Board on key issues, providing technical and strategic advice.

The successful candidate will:

  • have substantial and proven experience working as a leader or senior executive of a relevant organisation in either the public or private sector, within Australia or internationally;
  • have demonstrated an exceptional ability to build enduring relationships with a variety of stakeholders, in both consultative and advisory settings;
  • possess a strong understanding of, or have experience in, scientific, regulatory, legal, or agricultural industries, both in Australia and internationally;
  • have experience driving strategic change or supporting transformation in the face of legislative, technological or market developments;
  • demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based decision making;
  • have a strong commitment to developing others and building effective leaders.

We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experience and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture where everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Māori peoples, people with disability, LGBTIQA+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

For more details about the organisation, the role, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Candidate Information Pack. For enquiries, please contact Rob Macmillan, Partner at Derwent Search or Hannah Majcic at or call on 02 9091 3266.

Applications close: Sunday, 30th January 2022.