Special Advisor - Food Waste

  • 03/01/2019

A global food waste leader is wanted for a joint appointment between Food Innovation Australia Ltd and the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre. The successful candidate will deliver a nation-wide food industry voluntary commitment, assist in the delivery of National Food Waste Strategy Implementation Plan and will lead the FFW CRC’s consumer behaviour change project.

Location: This position will be located in Brisbane (QLD) or Sydney (NSW).

The cost of food waste to the Australian economy is estimated to be around $20 billion each year. On November 20, 2017, the Minister for the Environment and Energy launched the National Food Waste Strategy, providing a framework to support action towards halving Australia’s food waste by 2030. Further information on the strategy is available here, Department of Environment - Food Waste.

About us

Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) is an independent organisation charged with leading the development of the implementation plan for the strategy, including the monitoring and evaluation framework, and industry voluntary commitment program. The not-for-profit organisation is industry-led and works to accelerate commercially driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food and agribusiness industry. FIAL was established and continues to be funded through the $248 million Australian Government's Industry Growth Centre Initiative. Funding for the implementation of the strategy is supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and states and territories.

The Project

The recently commenced Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (FFW CRC) is $121 million, 10-year organisation funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Program, industry partners, state governments and tertiary institutions. The FFW CRC will conduct dynamic and innovative research to reduce food waste and improve the profitability and sustainability of the Australian food industry. The organisation includes an education and behavioural change program, which will engage with industry and consumers and train future industry professionals.

The Role

FIAL and the FFW CRC jointly require the services of a Special Advisor on food waste to accelerate key inter-related activities of both organisations. Reporting to both the FIAL Managing Director and the FFWCRC ENGAGE Program Leader, the successful candidate will deliver a nation-wide food industry voluntary commitment, assist in the delivery of National Food Waste Strategy Implementation Plan and will lead the FFW CRC’s consumer behaviour change project. The ideal candidate will be a demonstrated and internationally-regarded global leader in the food waste area.

The position is a full-time role for 3 years, based in either Coopers Plains, Brisbane or North Ryde, Sydney. The candidate must be able to travel as this role has a national focus.

Skills Required

The Special Advisor- Food Waste will be an experienced professional in the global food and agribusiness industry who has:

Exceptional leadership skills in leading industry and people to deliver ambitious results.

Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering a national food industry voluntary commitment to reduce food waste.

Demonstrated experience in national food waste baseline development, intervention delivery, tracking performance and delivering consumer behaviour change.

Proven experience in delivering nation-wide food waste reduction programs, such as the Love Food Hate Waste Program in the United Kingdom.

Exemplary connections to the key global food waste reduction organisations and programs.

A thorough understanding of the global food and agribusiness industry, including government, and an established professional network including businesses (SMEs/MNEs), researchers and government.

A minimum of 20 years’ commercial experience working in or with global food companies with a focus on food waste and sustainability.

The candidate will have a passion for sustainability and is driven to achieve the impossible. This means they are creative in their thinking and resourceful in the way they approach the challenges. Naturally, they easily build rapport with stakeholders at different levels of authority, whilst getting their buy-in to real and actionable plans.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the food waste challenge in Australia and play a central role in the future supply of Australian food.

For further information

Please forward any queries or questions to info@fial.com.au with ATTN: FIAL Managing Director.


Please apply through SEEK with a cover letter and resume.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No feedback will be provided.

Applications close 5:00pm AEST, Monday 14th January 2019