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The search is on for a new MLA managing director

Sheep Central, January 15, 2024

MLA managing director Jason Strong at an MLA in Bendigo last year.

THE search is on for the next executive leader of Meat & Australia and candidates have about two weeks to get their applications in.

The job specification released by MLA says the new managing director – to replace outgoing MD Jason Strong — will be a proven senior executive who will be accountable to its skills-based board.

The successful candidate will:

– Develop, refine and implement the company’s strategic plan, identifying key priorities in alignment with Red Meat 2030

– Build strong, effective relationships with levy payers, government and industry groups

– Engage stakeholders at all levels and provide thought leadership

– Continue the development of an innovative culture at MLA, and across the supply chain

– Have strong business and financial management skills

– Have excellent supply chain knowledge

To achieve the position’s responsibilities the successful candidate will require strong interpersonal skills; substantial leadership, management and professional expertise; network and relationship capability across agribusiness and government, and; a commitment to the core cultural and organisational values of MLA and its members.

Mr Strong resigned in November last year and left MLA on December 22. MLA chief operating officer, Andrew Ferguson, will be interim managing director. MLA chairman Alan Beckett said that applications are sought for the position until the closing date of February 2, 2024.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a proven senior executive who will work with a skill-based board and an organisation with a global presence, delivering outcomes for the Australian red meat and livestock industry,” he said.

“MLA’s purpose is to deliver world leading outcomes that fuel global competitiveness, sustainability and producer profitability.

“The MD will develop, refine and implement the company’s strategic plan, identifying key priorities in alignment with the industry strategic plan, Red Meat 2030,” Mr Beckett said.

Mr Beckett said the successful candidate will also engage heavily with stakeholders at all levels and have excellent supply chain knowledge.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic and innovative industry, working with a dedicated and passionate team.”

The role is based in North Sydney with a domestic and global remit. To express your interest, email your application and CV, quoting MLA in the subject box, to [email protected] and/or call (03) 9631 1500 for a confidential discussion.

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