Executive Director – Risk Assessment Capability (The position has been filled)
New South Wales
Full Time
  • Be part of decision making that impacts Australia’s standing in the world
  • Rare opportunity to influence & shape a world-class regulator
  • Great lifestyle in a stunning and natural regional setting



Our client is an agency in the portfolio of the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia.  It is responsible for the assessment of the human safety and trade risk aspects of applications for the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemical products, approval of permits to use a chemical for a specific purpose, or the review of existing chemical products and uses.



Based in graphic Armidale in regional NSW, this role can be offered under various employment options, ideally as a permanent ongoing position, or on a fixed-term tenure of up to three years.

Reporting to the Deputy CEO, this Executive Director role is available due to an internal promotion within the Agency.



As a regulator, the Authority is publicly accountable for the quality and consistency of its registration decisions. The Risk Assessment Capability Program is responsible for:

  • ensuring the evaluation of the scientific components of product applications assessed by the Authority are based on contemporary tools, standards and approaches;
  • ensuring a consistent and transparent risk assessment process is applied to all scientific decisions; and
  • the chemical review program, which considers new information on products already approved to ensure they can continue to be used safely and effectively.

Working in close partnership with the Deputy CEO and other Executives within the Authority, the successful candidate will provide scientific leadership to ensure that scientific expertise, risk management, planning, policies and systems enhance the Authority’s decision-making capability and capacity.



The successful applicant must be a resilient, confident scientific leader with demonstrated experience in building and sustaining relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. An effective communicator, you will work constructively with industry and government (Federal and State) and articulate the reasons behind regulatory decisions.

Ideally, you will have a thorough understanding of the Authority’s legislative and regulatory environment and the technical capability to ensure you perform the role of being the ‘ultimate’ peer reviewer of all undertaken scientific assessments.

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

  • Significant experience as a leader who is able to encourage a diverse team of specialist staff to constantly pursue excellence, preferably in a regulatory environment
  • The ability to pragmatically engage with risk to deliver government objectives and solve highly complex and high-profile issues whilst remaining client focussed
  • Excellent people and negotiation skills, highly developed communication skills and the ability to work collegiately with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, government and the wider community
  • Experience in summarising complex scientific material from multiple sources to produce concise advice on complex, technical regulatory decisions that may be controversial in nature
  • Proven experience in providing sound advice on potentially sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact, and in identifying and addressing potential risks to business operations
  • Proven experience in monitoring and reviewing regulatory systems and processes to ensure they are efficient, effective, responsive to changing markets and do not impose unnecessary costs on regulated entities
  • Doctorate level qualifications highly desirable in a relevant scientific discipline
  • To be eligible for this role, you MUST be an Australian Citizen



To submit your application click the ‘Apply’ button. Please ensure you attach both a tailored resume and a cover letter that suitably addresses the selection criteria above. CS Executive Group would appreciate these documents be in MS Word format.

Applications close Friday 12th November 2021

Applicants being considered for shortlisting for this role will be asked by CS Executive Group to complete formal selection criteria.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please call or SMS Helen on 0438 620 434. Alternatively, send an email to helen@csexecgroup.com.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of correspondence we receive daily, we are unable to reply to all applicants—only candidates being considered for shortlisting are contacted by our recruitment team.  However, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and so you may be contacted by us for other similar roles.

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