Chief Executive

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Chief Executive - Strategy, Sustainability, Innovation

Full Time - Southland

  • Lead with purpose - Strategy, Sustainability, Commercial Growth
  • Drive innovation in products, markets, partnerships and processes
  • Propel your career forward and step up to this challenge

Lead with a purpose: are you ready to cement your capability as an executive by leading this innovative organisation to commercial success while bringing your passion for sustainability, the environment and principles of Kaitiakitanga? 

About the Company

NZ Functional Foods Limited (NZFF) aspires to be a leader in low-emission, innovative plant-based beverages. Backed by credible and seasoned foundation shareholders, NZFF’s purpose is to drive and reward verifiable land use improvements and sustainable farming practices in Southland and further diversify New Zealand’s future food economy potential. Through commercialisation of the processing and production of high-quality plant-based health and wellness beverages, such as oat milk; NZFF will support economic growth and land-use diversification in Southland. 

Join NZFF and lead the development of New Zealand’s Plant-Based, Low Emissions Economy. Review the story and pathway of this exceptional organisation at    

About the Opportunity and You

Reporting to the Board and taking accountability for the successful execution of the strategy, the Chief Executive will establish a high performing team and through this team will successfully execute the strategy, engage with key stakeholders and business partners, champion innovation in products, markets and business process and drive commercial performance – all within the framework of sustainability and the overarching purpose of NZFF. 

To be successful as the NZFF Chief Executive, you will bring:

  • A view more expansive than the functional. You thrive considering future possibilities, global trends, strategic opportunities and innovation and capably translate these into workable strategies and tactics.
  • Extensive experience and capability as an executive. You can demonstrate your success executing strategy, driving innovation, leading strategic relationships and understanding the commercial implications of decisions.
  • Strong leadership. You have built high performing teams; you empower and inspire others and drive accountability for performance.
  • A commitment to and deep understanding of sustainability and emissions reduction strategies. You bring a practical application of these principles to enhance organisational performance.
  • Exposure to markets and products relevant to NZFF. You understand how to tap into channels, bring product development capability together and uncover opportunities to achieve objectives – although experience within the food sector is not necessary. 

This is a true executive leadership role, accountable to the Board and leading the business to achieve its strategic objectives. In return, you will enjoy the support of extraordinary shareholders and investors and bring your deep passion for sustainability principles all while driving towards strong commercial success for NZFF and a positive future for the environment and the Southland economy. Sound like you?

How to apply

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Leanne Crozier on 0212452224 or by email to


Applications close 5 pm Wednesday 8th June 2022

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