Teagasc is looking to fill two places on its board and is now accepting applications directly from interested individuals.

Successful candidates will be required to attend 11 committee meetings and a number of sub-committee meetings per year and anyone from the private sector will receive remuneration of €11,000 and expenses.

The 11-member Authority (board) is appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, and while candidates can now put themselves forward for the roles, the Minister has the final say on candidates for the positions.

Candidates must have experience in one or both of the following areas:

  • Senior level experience in the food industry, ideally with previous executive level management experience in a food processing company or co-operative.
  • Senior level financial management experience in a large organisation.

In addition, candidates should have some experience in corporate governance and previous experience of board membership.

Anybody interested in being on the board must apply before March 3, 2015 and a full list of candidate specifications is available here.

Appointments will be for a period of five years and applications are being accepted via www.stateboards.ie together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter.

Teagasc is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.

The two vacancies have cropped up as Tom Tynan has stood down to work for EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Tom Collins’ term is finished since earlier this year.