First listed on: 22 May 2020

Engagement Consultant - Agricultural Exports 

The Opportunity
  • Be part of a multi-disciplinary research team helping agriculture grow exports.
  • Play a key role in supporting science engagement with industry and regulators,
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation.

The Position
Market-access (both domestic and international) is a key constraint for Australian horticultural growth. Biosecurity and pest management issues remain a major barrier to market access, both in terms of demonstrating produce is pest-free and meeting maximum residue limits for chemicals used in pest management. Industry is therefore increasingly assessing research based on its ability to grow exports. International trade is also becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, for example through the emergence of major, global companies along the supply line, and the uptake of new technologies. 

This role will bring to CSIRO a dedicated focus on deeply understanding and engaging with industry and regulators around market access.  As the Agricultural Exports Engagement Officer, you will play a key role in ensuring that scientists are effectively engaged with industry, helping ensure research leads to adoption and identifying new R&D opportunities and partnerships. This includes helping to identify and expand CSIRO’s relationships across the supply chain, such as with agri-businesses, logistic companies, retailers, and importers. For both industry and regulators, you will play an important role in ensuring that CSIRO’s needs and operating environment/challenges are properly understood and met by researchers, and that science is clearly communicated to them. For industry and regulators, you will play an important role in ensuring that their needs and operating environment/challenges are properly understood by researchers, and that science is clearly communicated to them. Contribute the CSIROs Trusted Agrifood Export Mission by contributing to the conception, design, and implementation of impactful research, in partnership with industry and regulators. 

Your duties will include:
  • Develop and deepen relationships across the horticultural supply chain and with regulators
  • Provide the day-to-day interface between CSIRO scientists, domestic regulators, relevant state-based scientists, and industry. 
  • Facilitate adoption of research through active engagement with industry and regulator, including through the development of a phytosanitary systems approach implementation plan for industry. 
  • Become a trusted advisor for industry, and the go-to for CSIRO scientists within the newly formed Trusted Agrifood Exports Mission

Location:    Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT will be considered for exceptional candidates)
Salary:        AU$98k – AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  66857

To be considered you will need:
  1. A tertiary qualification in in relevant area (e.g. agriculture, pest management). 
  2. Extensive expertise in engagement with the agricultural industry and/or regulators, with a preference in horticultural R&D. 
  3. Demonstrated potential to contribute to the development and implementation of impactful science through application of your specialist domain expertise
  4. Demonstrated ability to use own initiative to quickly develop networks and become a trusted advisor to industry, regulators and researchers and work in constrained time frames.  
  5. Exceptional communication skills, both written and spoken, needed to make science accessible to diverse audiences, and to communicate horticultural challenges to the R&D community. 
  6. The ability to, under guidance, identify and secure new R&D opportunities through deep engagement with stakeholders. 

For more information please view the Position Description. 


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 7th June 2020 at 11:59 AEST 


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