Portfolio Leader (Managing Land & Water)

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Various, New Zealand
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Portfolio Leader - Managing Land & Water

This role is leading one of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research's portfolios of research and to determine both areas of strategic focus and priority partnerships. 

About the opportunity

The Portfolio Leader will be responsible for leading one of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research's portfolios of research.  The Portfolio will include current research on Soil and Ecosystem Health, Erosion Processes & Management and Integrated Land and Water Management. The Portfolio Leader will drive new opportunities in integrated land and water research including multifunctional landscapes and in the incorporation & consideration of matauranga māori knowledge in association with the Rangahau mo te kaitaiki research priority area. The Portfolio leader will drive new revenue opportunities across central and local government, industry and through iwi partnerships.

This is a full time, open term position with hours split across Portfolio Leadership (0.8 FTE) and Research (0.2 FTE). The Portfolio Leader will report to the General Manager Science and Knowledge Translation and will be based at one of our sites hosting related research.

About you

You will be PhD qualified, a researcher with a national/international reputation in a related area and capable of providing leadership in a related research area. You will have proven experience at leading a significant piece of science, over a protracted period of time, with a significant number of collaborating researchers. Ideally you will be a flexible, pragmatic, self-starter, with business acumen, effective brokering abilities along with an understanding of the needs of stakeholders and the importance of delivering on expectations. 

A willingness to travel internationally and throughout New Zealand would be essential to the position.     

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Graham Sevicke-Jones, . For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website: www.landcareresearch.co.nz

Apply online by viewing the position description and then clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.

Applications close on Sunday 15th November 2020 at 5pm NZT