Director Efficacy Assessment – Regulatory Authority, Canberra Based (The position has been filled)
Australia, Australian Capital Territory
Full Time
  • Rare Canberra Based Opportunity with Dynamic Government Agency
  • Be Part of Decision Making that Impacts Australia’s Standing in the World
  • Professional Development Opportunity – Build on your Skills & Increase your Networks



Our client is an agency of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. It was established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical (agvet) products into the Australian marketplace.

The registration process involves scientifically evaluating the safety and efficacy of a product in order to protect the health and safety of people, animals, plants and the environment.



Based in Canberra, this is a permanent, ongoing role which could be offered as a fixed term tenure of three years. With relocation assistance and the option for sponsorship, this role presents the perfect scenario for professionals to work for a key government authority.

The Director Efficacy Assessment is part of the Risk Assessment and Capability Unit. This Unit uses principles of risk management to efficiently plan evaluations and undertake risk assessments that are required to determine satisfaction against statutory criteria.

The Risk Assessment and Capability Unit comprises of two functional teams, Pre-Evaluation & Quality and Scientific Assessment team which incorporates the Efficacy function.

The Director Efficacy Assessment, is primarily responsible for ensuring that uses approved by the Authority are effective, and that they are safe to the target (treated) animal, plant or crop.

The Director will manage the process of evaluation, undertaken by themselves, staff, other Authority officers and external service providers to agreed time frames. The Director will also manage relationships with external service providers, internal and external clients, and stakeholders, including commonwealth, state and industry bodies and non-government organisations.



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

  • Tertiary qualifications in a related scientific discipline.
  • Demonstrated high-level experience, expertise, and analytical skills in efficacy and target species safety assessment, preferably in the context of a regulatory environment.
  • Ability to solve problems, show judgement, pay attention to detail and make decisions based on sound science and risk analysis.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, liaison and negotiation skills.
  • Highly developed leadership and management skills that demonstrate a commitment to coaching and developing staff.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage budgets, complex workloads, set priorities and gain commitment from staff and external providers to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory and legislative environment of the Authority.
  • Familiarity with international best practices related to preparing high quality risk assessments for efficacy and target species safety of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and implement policy and program initiatives within a section or specialist area.
  • This is a security-assessed position so you should be willing to obtain a Baseline security clearance, and maintain that level of clearance while employed at Authority.



To have a confidential discussion about these roles please call Helen or Peter on the following numbers:

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We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. As we receive a large number of applications every day, we can only contact short-listed candidates. If you do not receive a call from our Recruiters, then your details will remain in our database for future suitable roles.