Executive Director, Strategic Investments & Chief Finance Officer, DAF QLD (The position has been filled)
Full Time
  • Provide strategic & operational advice to DAF’s Executive & key stakeholders
  • Manage finance & governance to ensure the sustainable delivery of services
  • Lead, develop & inspire an engaged finance department
  • Applications close on Monday, February 26th

Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Exclusive Partnership with CS Executive Group


For more than a century, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has played a vital role in enabling the production and protection of food security and sustainability for Queenslanders and the world. From the land to the sea. From the bush to the city. From hard-working families to global trade relationships. From connected communities to prosperity for all.

It’s rewarding work, but it’s never been easy. For our talented, down-to-earth, resilient people, that’s all the more reason to keep coming back. Every day’s different and so is every team, but we’re united by service and purpose. Together, we’re moving forward, from a proud past towards a prosperous future.

Join us and bring legacy to life.



CS Executive Group is delighted to be partnering with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to source an Executive Director, Strategic Investments & Chief Finance Officer.

We are seeking an outstanding senior executive to lead DAF’s Finance Department. As the Executive Director of Strategic Investments & Chief Finance Officer, you will provide high-level strategic financial advice, and will drive crucial financial and risk management initiatives.

With relocation assistance and a generous salary package of circa $250K, this position is offered as a three-year full-time contract that could be reviewed for extension.


Reporting to the Deputy Director-General, Corporate, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic and operational advice to the DAF Leadership Board, the Director-General, Deputy Directors-General, key governance committees, senior management and key central agency stakeholders about financial and risk management.
  • Driving the business plan incorporating investment prioritisation, budgeting, statistical analysis and action plans to assess risk and enable appropriate management of financial resources.
  • Leading and managing an engaged finance department ensuring optimal performance and development of individuals.
  • Managing the processes for financial forecasting and budgets and oversee the preparation of all financial reporting.
  • Leading the department’s enterprise procurement function
  • Providing strategic oversight and optimisation of the department’s infrastructure and asset portfolio
  • Championing the department’s climate strategy and coordinating reporting associated with climate initiatives.
  • Establishing and developing strong working relationships with senior management and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Developing appropriate strategies and policy frameworks that safeguard compliance and excellence in governance.
  • Supporting internal customer business groups to assist them in their implementation of the business plans.
  • Fostering cross-business group and cross-sector collaboration to assess risk and develop contingencies and options to protect the sustainable delivery of services.



We are seeking an exceptionally strong CFO, that is dynamic, authentic, & confident in their ability to deliver high-quality outcomes.

The successful candidate will need to hold qualification as a:

  • Certified practicing accountant conferred by CPA Australia, or
  • Chartered accountant conferred by the institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or
  • Professional accountant conferred by the Institute of Public Accountants.


This role requires the following executive leadership competencies:


  • Leads strategically – Thinks critically and acts on the broader purpose of the system
  • Leads change in complex environments – Embraces change and leads with focus and optimism in an environment of complexity and ambiguity


  • Develops and mobilises talent – Strengthens and mobilises the unique talents and capabilities of the workforce
  • Drives accountability and outcomes – Demonstrates accountability for the execution and quality of results through professionalism, persistence, and transparency
  • Builds enduring relationships – Builds and sustains relationships to enable the collaborative delivery of customer-focused outcomes


  • Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces – Fosters an inclusive workplace where health, safety and wellbeing is promoted and prioritised
  • Demonstrates sound governance – Maintains a high standard of practice through governance and risk management
  • Pursues continuous growth – Pursues opportunities for growth through agile learning, and development of self-awareness


Please Note: To be eligible for engagement, applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status.



To obtain more information about this opportunity and/or a Candidate Information Pack, please call Helen on +61 438 620 434 or Daniele on +61 434 746 361. Alternatively, send us a text to organise a suitable time to have a confidential discussion. You can also choose to enquire electronically by emailing helen@csexecgroup.com.

To apply, please submit a one-page letter of introduction describing how you will demonstrate the key competencies required to be successful in the role and your current resume. Upon receipt of your application, CS Executive Group will email you a formal Selection Criteria document that you will need to complete.


Applications close on Monday, February 26th



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. If unsuccessful, you will be offered the opportunity to remain on our recruitment database to be considered for future suitable roles.

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