Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme (AGRIP) of Teagasc
Teagasc is the national public authority for the provision of integrated research, advisory, education and training services to the Irish agri-food sector.
Teagasc is the national public authority for the provision of integrated research, advisory, education and training services to the Irish agri-food sector. In line with global demands for more sustainable food systems, the European Green Deal roadmap, and to support the economic and social sustainability of Irish farms, Teagasc’s world-class research programmes are developing pioneering new technologies to drive change in the way Ireland produces, processes, consumes and exports its foods.
As a significant part of its €75m annual research budget, Teagasc’s AGRI Programme encompasses three research departments (Grassland Science, Animal and Bioscience, Livestock Systems), two knowledge transfer departments (Dairy and Drystock), the Pig Development Department and the VistaMilk SFI Centre. Through scientific research, the AGRIP’s primary objectives include increasing the sustainability and efficiency of Irish animal production systems, and enhancing the quality and safety of Irish meat and milk products.
The Head of AGRIP will be responsible for the scientific leadership and strategic management of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme at Teagasc. He/she will ensure that all resources of the programme are leveraged to the maximum extent and are integrated with the other three programme areas in the Research Directorate, as well as the Teagasc advisory and education programmes. As part of the Research Directorate Leadership team, the appointee will develop a strong national profile and will contribute significantly towards achieving the Directorate’s objectives and the development of the Irish agri-food industry.
This position requires an inspirational, scientific leader with an outstanding track record of achievement. Possessing appropriate qualifications, to PhD level or equivalent in Animal or Grassland Science or in another relevant discipline, the successful candidate will demonstrate a compelling vision of the contribution that Teagasc’s AGRI Programme will make to the transformation of Ireland’s agri-food sector. The appointed person will be a thought-leader with a global perspective who possesses a deep understanding of the economic, environmental and sustainability challenges facing the sector. Exceptional stakeholder management, communication and influencing skills are essential.
Further details on this position and the application process are available at:
For a confidential discussion, please contact:
Luke Freeley, Partner, Lansdowne Executive Search, at +353 (0)87 240 4889.
Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Friday, February 4th, 2022.
Candidates for this role will be sourced through both advertising and executive search processes.
In line with its Gender and Diversity Strategies, Teagasc is seeking a balanced pool of candidates.