General Manager – Food and Fibre CoVE

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Location Napier, New Zealand
Date Posted 5 November 2020
Category Business
Job Type Full-time


This nationally strategic role provides an opportunity to make a real difference for Aotearoa New Zealand’s agriculture, food and fibre sector. 

Agriculture, food and fibre sectors underpin New Zealand’s economy, the wellbeing of our communities and will be at the forefront of our export-led recovery.   The Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) will play a significant role in driving innovation and excellence in vocational education and training so that the food and fibre sectors have a skilled, agile and diverse workforce to meet their current and future needs.  Increasing specialisation in production and processing, social change and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities round out an exciting capability and workforce development landscape. Expectations of the education and training system are high, especially if industry is to take full advantage of changing consumer demands, new value-added products, advances in technology and a greater focus on sustainability and biodiversity.  Building excellence for learners, employees and employers and communities will be critical to food and fibre’s success and competitive advantage.

This five-year contract position offers an opportunity to make a real difference for Aotearoa New Zealand’s agriculture, food and fibre sector.  Based at EIT’s Taradale Campus in Napier this is a nationally strategic role with a small team to build and share excellence by focusing on the success of learners/employees, employers, Māori, industry and education.

Reporting to the CoVE Chairperson and Board, the General Manager is also supported by an industry-led pan-sector Consortium formed around strong principles of collaboration and partnership.

The Consortium members see this industry-led model as a decisive step froward in the partnership between the food and fibre sector and government.

Applications close 6pm Sunday 22 November

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