Director Residues & Trade – Pesticides
Armidale, Australia, Canberra
Full Time
  • Great opportunity to join a dynamic government agency in ACT or NSW
  • Relocation and sponsorship available for the right candidate
  • Be Part of Decision Making that Impacts Australia’s Standing in the World



Our client, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), is the Australian Government regulator of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical products, established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agvet chemical products into the Australian marketplace. They regulate agricultural and veterinary chemicals to manage the risks of pests and diseases for the Australian community and to protect Australia’s trade and the health and safety of people, animals and the environment.



Based in Canberra, ACT or Armidale in regional NSW, the Director Residues and Trade reports to the Executive Director Risk Assessment Capability (RAC). This is a new position, working in parallel with the existing Director of Residues and Trade, expanding the capacity of the team at a senior level.

The RAC Program of the APVMA is responsible for the assessment of the safety and trade risk aspects of applications for the approval of chemical substances, registration of chemical products, approval of permits to use a chemical for a specific purpose, or the review of an existing chemical product and its uses.

As part of the RAC program, the Residues and Trade Team focuses on:

  • Managing all aspects of residue and trade assessments for Agvet chemicals including the evaluation of trial data and dietary exposure assessments.
  • Providing expert advice to other areas of the APVMA and external stakeholders on residue and trade matters of Agvet chemicals.
  • Establishing technical policies associated with the residue and trade assessment of Agvet chemicals.

Working in close partnership with another Director, the Director Residues and Trade will be responsible for providing advice to the Registration Management and Risk Assessment Capability programs in relation to aspects of residue and trade assessments.

The two Directors will lead the work of the Residues and Trade team to provide expert assistance to team managers of the registration sections and oversee the conduct, peer review and quality checks of residue and trade assessments, as well as providing pre-application assistance to prospective registrants and expert technical assistance to staff, as required. They will provide leadership to the residues and trade team, including coaching and developing the team to meet corporate objectives.


Main responsibilities associated with this role include:

  • Lead and manage the residues and trade team, in close coordination with the co-Director to deliver outcomes in line with corporate objectives and represent the team in corporate and external discussions.
  • Provide support to staff and expert advice on the interpretation and evaluation of scientific data in relation to establishing residue definitions, setting maximum residue limits, performing dietary exposure assessments and assessing trade risks for pesticide and veterinary medicine products.
  • Build and maintain relationships and facilitate cooperation and partnerships with internal and external clients and stakeholders, as well as with international counterparts.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies, operational policies, priorities and work practices for the Risk Assessment Capability program to achieve results in line with APVMA operational goals.
  • Finalise regulatory decisions in accordance with the legislation and delegations.
  • Prepare and review high level written material incorporating scientific/technical considerations into briefs to decision makers, ministerial correspondence and other corporate documents as required.
  • Initiate and oversee the delivery of special projects related to residues and trade under the direction of the Executive Director and Executive Leadership Team.



To be successful in your application, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in toxicology, pharmacology, physiology, or a related biological science. Postgraduate qualifications in any of these disciplines preferred but not essential.
  • You will be a resilient, outcome-driven person, with extensive experience relevant to the assessment of pesticide and/or veterinary medicine residues in food or animal feed.
  • An experienced leader, you will have the ability to lead and develop a highly professional team of experts and balance complex workflows with recognition of priorities and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated initiative in identifying learning opportunities for your team, prioritising workloads and delegating tasks as appropriate, to deliver high quality outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills, able to evaluate, provide pragmatic advice and make decisions on complex information.
  • Demonstrated experience in the conduct of risk assessments particularly relating to residues of pesticides or veterinary medicines, within a regulatory setting, in both data rich and data poor environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work at a senior level in a team environment, high level interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills, ability to communicate clearly and confidently with clients, staff and service providers.
  • Proven liaison and negotiation skills and the ability to represent the APVMA in a variety of forums.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and sustaining relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including promoting collaboration and information sharing.



To have a confidential discussion about this role, you can call Helen on +61 438 620 434 or send a text to organise a suitable time. If you would like to enquire electronically, please email

To apply, please click the “Apply” button to send your resume and a covering letter to CS Executive Group. Applicants being considered for shortlisting for this role will be asked by CS Executive Group to complete a formal selection criteria document.



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