Teagasc accepting applications for top-brass role

Agricultural authority Teagasc is currently recruiting to fill the role of a new chief operations officer (COO), the organisation has announced.

With applications accepted over the next three weeks, the role will be based at Teagasc Oak Park and will include a salary ranging from €139,628 to €159,725 per annum.

The role

According to Teagasc, the COO will report to the director of Teagasc, Prof. Gerry Boyle and will be part of the senior management team.

“With over 1,300 employees and a budget of €195 million, Teagasc runs over 400 research projects annually across its seven research centres and provides education and advisory services to 45,000 farmer clients and food producers, as well as more than 4,500 students,” the authority says.

To support this diverse array of activities the COO will utilise leading-edge methodologies and best practice to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation across all areas, including human resources, finance, ICT [information and communication technology], corporate affairs and infrastructural resources.

“The COO will ensure that these functions actively contribute to the enablement and achievement of Teagasc’s strategic goals and objectives.”

The appointee will build a “strong ethos of delivery and value creation for all stakeholders” and will also act as secretary to the Teagasc authority, it was added.

The candidate

Teagasc noted that “this position requires an outstanding leader who has held a senior operations management role in a services-based organisation”.

Educated to postgraduate level or equivalent in a relevant area, the successful candidate will possess more than 10 years’ leadership experience and will have significant knowledge and understanding of ‘change management’ in areas including human resources planning, financial management, ICT and governance.

The appointed person will possess exemplary strategic planning and organisational and interpersonal skills, the authority highlighted.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00pm on Thursday, August 20.