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Chief Operating Officer

New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council


  • Diverse Operational Role
  • Primary Sector Representation
  • Wellington, New Zealand


The NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council (NZ RLIC) represents New Zealand’s rock lobster industry, which is comprised of nine commercial stakeholder organisations whose members are involved in rock lobster harvesting, processing, wholesaling, retailing and exporting.  NZ RLIC is a leader in fisheries management practice and resource stewardship, working with Government, media, environmental groups and other marine stakeholders on behalf of constituents’ interests. As the industry’s umbrella organisation, NZ RLIC has a significant role in planning, advocating for and influencing the long-term future of this valuable industry and the lobster fisheries resource for the benefit of all New Zealanders.


Working closely with the CEO, the COO will be actively involved in the operational leadership of the business. They will make significant contribution to policy, contract management, stakeholder relationships and engagement, operational administration, and representation and advocacy.  Suitable candidates will have experience within a regulated primary sector industry, preferably with an understanding of fisheries management and environmental sustainability.


Applicants will demonstrate the following:


  • Experience in representing an organisation.
  • Delivery of diverse projects in a complex and demanding setting.
  • Credible stakeholder engagement and communication.
  • Superior analytical, planning and project management skills.
  • Sound commercial judgement and well-developed financial management skills.
  • Agile thinking and an openness to innovation.
  • Courage, integrity and resilience


This is a broadly focused role that offers personal growth opportunities to those looking to continue their career journey in a position of responsibility that has significant impact within New Zealand’s primary sector.



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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should include a cover letter and resume.


Closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 February 2020.

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