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Head of Industry Engagement

Organisation : Food Frontier

Location : Melbourne (North Melbourne)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Sales & Business Development

Sector : Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $110-120K base plus superannuation

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Food Frontier
Food Frontier is the independent think tank on alternative proteins in Australia and New Zealand. They are committed to growing the region’s protein supply with new, sustainable, and nutritious options that create value for businesses, farmers, and consumers.  Funded by grants and donations, Food Frontier’s research, events and engagements help businesses, policymakers, and innovators to understand the emergence and unlock the benefits of plant-based meat, precision fermentation and cultivated meat.


Founder, Thomas King, is highly recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished young pioneers. For the last decade, Thomas has driven food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives across five continents. He was named Young Australian of the Year VIC in 2015 and awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship in 2019. Realising the limitations of industrial animal agriculture to sustainably feed the global population into the future, Thomas founded Food Frontier in 2017 to help industry, innovators and policymakers champion alternative proteins and create a more sustainable, nutritious, and future-proof food supply.

About the role

  • Autonomous and challenging opportunity
  • Be a leader of change within an emerging sector
  • Great work culture & hybrid work arrangements
The Opportunity


The role of Head of Industry Engagement will report into the newly appointed CEO and will be critical to strengthening the market for alternative proteins across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. You will be the primary connection between Food Frontier and a broad range of industry stakeholders. You will be responsible for gathering and applying industry insights to inform the direction and focus of Food Frontier’s work, ensuring we deliver maximum impact to advance the sector. Through stakeholder engagement and relational influence, you will identify opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving across the supply chain – from research to retail – enabling sector growth and development and ensuring we remain valued partners to the industry.


About You
You know your way through a supply chain probably because at some point (or several) in your career of 10+ years you have worked in a role that was an important part of a food/FMCG supply chain and you therefore understand how complex and intertwined supply chains can be.


You’re a great communicator
You know that effective communication takes nuance. It means not only sharing information, but sharing what is meaningful to your varied stakeholders, at the right time and in a way that adds value to what they do. You also understand the voice of Food Fron­tier and how you can leverage its reach.


You build strong relationships
Networking is second nature to you, but importantly you do it with authenticity and purpose. You focus on growing relationships of mutual benefit because you know that’s what it takes for people
to answer when you call.


You’re strategic and commercially focused
You understand that the people you’re engaging with have vast motivations for entering this market, but at the end of the day they are all busy professionals looking to succeed. Because you understand what that means you can talk to them on their level and build strong rapport. Maybe it comes from time you spent in business development (or similar), or just because you’re solutions focused and a natural problem-solver, experienced at navigating roadblocks to achieve desired outcomes. You love to gain new knowledge This category is still emerging and that means change is a constant. New companies, new product innovations, new problems, new perspectives. Have you completed a tertiary qualification? Perhaps, but we know that on-the-job experience counts a lot in your field.


You see the forest for the trees (or the farm for the legumes)
As a member of our small but growing team you can understand and work at the details level, but also step back to identify industry trends and opportunities. You can connect dots to reveal insights and solutions. This detailed, yet high-level strategic thinking is what makes you an asset to others.


You can juggle
Metaphorically (and literally if you want).
Because this market is growing, so are your stakeholder groups. That means you need to keep many balls in the air but are always thinking about how we can all do things better. You like to keep busy but know when to put your hand up and ask for help. Our team may be small, but it’s filled with expertise that helps you to excel in your role. You also know how you can help your peers succeed at what they do too.


This is a great opportunity to be a game changer in securing our planet’s future food sustainability!

How to apply

To find out more about this information, including the wonderful benefits on offer, please email to obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Pack or call Laura Gaugain for a confidential discussion on 0404 766 164.


Please quote in application: Head of Industry Engagement via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Sales_and_Business_Development
Sector: #Other



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