• Full-time, permanent position based in Mackay
  • Newly created role in a growing not-for-profit organisation 
  • Opportunity to make a difference for farmers and others in the food value chain

Who are we

The Greater Whitsunday Food Network is a not for profit community organisation driven by a diverse group of passionate individuals from agribusiness and the wider food value chain. Our region covers the three regional council areas of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday in Central Queensland. We work to facilitate and empower stronger connections from agribusiness through to the consumer to enable a community more closely connected and advocating for locally grown and produced. We are a membership based organisation and strive to deliver value through the delivery of activities and events including a weekly Farmers' Market, training and development activities and numerous showcase farm to plate dining experiences throughout the region.

What's involved

This is an exciting opportunity for those who have excelled in the past and are looking for a rewarding role in an industry that is embracing new ideas in order to create a positive future .This is a new full-time position and offers the challenge and opportunity to nurture and guide a respected organisation which is well supported in the community, through a critical transition in its business development. You will build and nurture positive working relationships with external and internal stakeholders.The position will provide an effective communication link between management committee members, staff and the broader membership base of the organisation. You will also apply economic development priorities to benefit GWFN and the region. Key responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Member, stakeholder and strategic partner engagement and advocacy.
  • Revenue generation including funding and sponsorship attraction.
  • Business operations including human resource management, preparation of budgets and financial management.
  • Gathering, analysing and interpreting external and internal data to provide insights for the management committee and members.
  • Representing GWFN for public relations and stakeholder communication.

What are we looking for

We are looking for a passionate and high-achieving individual with a strong knowledge and understanding of the agribusiness sector. Ideally you should have demonstrated experience in the following. However, candidates will be considered if they are strong in particular areas and can demonstrate an aptitude for others that they have limited experience in. 

  • Human resource management.
  • Leadership and training.
  • Communications and fostering positive and collaborative stakeholder relationships.
  • Strategic marketing practices including product development.
  • Critical thinking. 
  • Research and analysis to guide strategic direction.
  • Financial interpretation, analysis and management including contract and budget management.
  • Decision making and managing change. 
  • Optimising efficiencies for effective operations.

Key Selection Criteria


  1. Senior management experience in a small to medium organisation within a similar environment.
  2. Proven ability to deliver identified project outcomes within agreed timeframes.
  3. Demonstrated experience across the stated Skills Requirements. 
  4. Ability to facilitate stakeholder engagement. 
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.


  1. Qualification in business/project management or related field at degree level or significant equivalent experience.
  2. Private business management experience.
  3. Understanding of and knowledge of the agribusiness sector.

An immediate start is on offer so if you are seeking a genuine career opportunity and would like to be a vital member of the GWFNs team please click on Apply for this job to submit your application which should include your current CV and a Cover Letter. Please ensure you address Selection Criteria in your application. Review of applications and consideration of candidates will commence immediately.

28/09/2020 $0 Mackay & Coalfields 1 CEO & General Management
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