This is a perfect opportunity to join the talented team at NZ Avocado and contribute your skills and expertise to this high growth sector.Senior research role in exciting growth industryChallenging and diverse career opportunityPassionate and innovative leaderThe New Zealand avocado industry set a vision in 2012-13 to quadruple sales from $70m to $280m and treble productivity by 2023. Four years later the industry achieved a value of $200m with productivity well on track to meet the targets. Global demand for avocados well outstrips supply, and the visibility for this growth industry and opportunities offered within it are seeing significant investment into growing avocados in New Zealand.The New Zealand industry has set high targets for improving yield and consistency of yield for orchardists. New R & D investment both external and internal has driven innovative outputs, which are being extended to growers and consultants. Innovation happens on the orchard, and the learnings and experiences of growers, scientists and consultants contribute to the outcomes. But we have not yet found the answers which provides the new R & D Manager with exciting challenges.It is a perfect time for a passionate, innovative leader to join our team. This is a senior role for a well-qualified scientist to lead the NZ Avocado R&D programme, have significant influence over external research on avocados, and lead the extension of knowledge to the industry.This is a full time role based in Tauranga, New Zealand.KEY ACCOUNTABILITIESLead the NZ Avocado R&D programmeInfluence external avocado funding towards projects within the R&D programmeFuture proof the industry by securing on-going funding for new innovationLead strong and effective extension to the industryProvide research to support the industry export systems and industry quality standardsManage the research team and contribute strongly within the management teamKEY COMPETENCIESPost graduate qualification in relevant fieldAbility to interpret trial resultsGood experience and success in extensionStrong affinity with and ability to communicate with growersOffers passion, vision and ability to deliverYou need to be a committed team player, have well-rounded interpersonal communication skills and excel in forging lasting relationships with industry stakeholders.If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for, then we would like to hear from you. Applications close 25 March 2018. Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org A job description is available on request, please contact Edwina Aitchison.