Director, Monash Food Innovation

Monash University, Monash
25 Sep 2019
Food & Drink
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Director, Monash Food Innovation

  • Lead an ambitious agenda
  • Help to solve global challenges

International, excellent, enterprising and inclusive, Monash is Australia’s largest university – with 70,000 students from more than 170 countries – an education and research powerhouse committed to the great challenges of the age.  A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research intensive universities, Monash has a well-established reputation for innovation through research collaboration and engagement with industry, and the strongest international competitive research funding record of any Australian university.

Monash Food Innovation (MFI) takes a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the global challenges impacting the future of food, providing a gateway to the University’s research, education and global networks across the food and agribusiness food chain. Originally an investment between Mondelez International and the Victorian government, MFI moved to Monash in 2016 and focusses on making significant impact in developing partnerships across the food sector.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise), the Director MFI is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of the unit. The incumbent will work closely with academic colleagues, industry and government to mobilise Monash’s expertise, resources and assets around the University’s five Global Impact Themes (Sustainable economies, Inclusive communities; Biotechnology and therapeutics; Future materials and processes; Medical technologies and systems; and Data, Artificial Intelligence) to contribute to solving the challenges in food and agribusiness and develop sustainable, globally connected food ecosystems.

Monash is seeking a leader with demonstrable experience of developing and leveraging academic/industry partnerships across multiple disciplines. To be successful you will need proven experience of working in or with the international food industry, have a strong focus on creating and leveraging opportunities and the ability to work collegially with staff at all levels of the University.   A Doctoral qualification or equivalent accreditation and Professor or Associate Professor standing is required, as well as recognition as a leading authority in a relevant discipline or industry sector. 

The University has engaged Carol Watson Executive Search to assist in the recruitment process.  For a copy of the PD or to apply, please email Debbie Dickinson at Your application must include a current CV, one page cover letter and address the selection criteria.

For a confidential discussion please contact Brenda Gibbons at (Australia, NZ, North America and Asia) or Sean Gillen at (Ireland and Europe)

Applications Close:    Friday 25 October 2019

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