Chief Executive Officer – Meadow Mushrooms

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Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Date Posted 4 November 2020
Category Business
Job Type Full-time


  • Top producer with world class facilities
  • Christchurch based family-owned business
  • Lead this business to be twice the size it is now!

A classic tale of Kiwi entrepreneurship, Meadow Mushrooms was started in New Zealand in 1970 by friends Philip Burdon and Roger Giles. Now 50 years on, Meadow Mushrooms remains true to its co-founders’ philosophy of aiming high and continuing to invest in people, brand and operations.  With a strong reputation and expertise, Meadow Mushrooms are now New Zealand’s leading mushroom producer, utilising their brand-new state of the art technology and facilities.  With a team of nearly 500 people across five sites, they deliver over 9 million mushrooms every week to supermarkets, fruit & vege stores and food service wholesalers & distributors, right across the country.

Due to the upcoming retirement of the current CEO, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to lead this successful family business which is positioned now for growth. We are looking for someone who has the drive, vision and focus to lead this business to be twice the size it is now.

Reporting directly to the Board, the incoming CEO will provide leadership to 7 direct reports and a wider team of 500, ensuring the business maintains its market leadership position, with a focus on optimising its new facilities and growing profitable market opportunities.  The CEO will foster a highly engaged culture with an unwavering commitment to health and safety, improving productivity, quality, efficiency, service and profitability to achieve targeted financial returns and enhance the future position, sustainability and customer satisfaction of Meadow Mushrooms.

Ideal applicants will possess the following:

  • CEO experience;
  • Proven experience delivering profitable and sustainable business growth for the New Zealand market;
  • Technical / Food production sector experience;
  • Experience in an FMCG environment, with solid marketing and sales knowledge;
  • Proven experience running operations - ideally entities with a 100M+ T/O, with leadership of large staff numbers.

Candidates will be visionary but practical and pragmatic, with proven commercial/financial acumen and a natural affinity for leadership and relationship development, driving sales growth and leading market-centric initiatives. Demonstrated experience leading a strongly values-based culture and growing high performing teams, will be critical to success in this role. This position is based in Christchurch and candidates wishing to commute cannot be considered.

This is a diverse and rewarding leadership role in a highly regarded organisation that’s focused on leading innovation in production, excellence in quality and efficiency of service as an everyday reality.

To apply in strict confidence now, click ‘Apply for this job’ or email your cover letter and CV to quoting 7351sk.  Applications close on 15 November 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.

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