Marketing & Communications Director

  • New Zealand - Christchurch

• Christchurch Based - New Zealand
• Senior Leadership Team
• Develop & Execute Strategy

A vibrant organisation with 650+ employees spread nationally across four campuses and 9 farms and wide international links, AgResearch delivers cutting-edge science and innovation in the pastoral agriculture sector - to solve global issues and benefit New Zealand’s economy, environment and society. Its strategy and significant new campus developments encourage collaboration through education and research partnerships and is intended to create new ways of working and to enable innovation to solve the grand challenges facing New Zealand’s land-based sectors.

Leading a team of eight, the primary focus of the Marketing & Communications Director will be to develop and implement an integrated marketing and communications strategy, to raise brand awareness and visibility of the organisation and to improve the awareness of the AgResearch story and its unique capability and impact to New Zealand. Reporting directly to, and working closely with, the Chief Executive, this position will lead thinking and drive strategies, events and projects to support the achievement of organisational performance and the implementation of the strategic agenda at AgResearch.

The successful candidate for this role will;
• Be a seasoned marketing and communications professional, with substantial experience leading marketing and communications in complex multi-site organisations.
• Have experience in senior leadership roles, with proven success leading change and large multi-disciplinary projects
• Be a strategic thinker, enthusiastic about science and the contribution it can make to the NZ Inc.
• Be politically astute with a record of successfully engaging with key stakeholders, commercial partners, iwi and communities.
• Hold existing strong relationships with both media and government.
• Be an executive contributor who is results-focussed with an open collaborative style.

This is an exciting time for AgResearch and this represents a rare opportunity for an action-oriented executive who will contribute to the successful leadership and execution of the transformational change agenda at AgResearch.

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting 840505sp. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view a position description, please visit the Job Search page at

For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 03 353 4367

Apply via Web

Job of the Week

Latest comments


Brought to you by Colmar Brunton

Honouring the ads—and the agencies responsible for them—that make the biggest impact on consumers and get more bang for the client’s buck.

latest jobs

ICG Media network

Use the ICG Media network of magazines, blogs, newsletters, video and content creation services to reach the new New Zealand.

NZ Retail
NZ Marketing
New Zealand Weddings


Who's it for: Clemenger BBDO and Warmer Kiwi Homes 

Why we liked it: Wholesome. That one word could sum up this whole ad. This family scene is a perfect example of the banter that is experienced with a small child. Do you need this? No. Are you sure? Yes. Are you very sure? Yes. I've had about eight similar conversations with every child in my family. It's a witty way to show that spending less time trying to heat your family ultimately means more time spent with them enjoying the little things. 

Who's it for: EightyOne and Powershop 

Why we liked it: This ad is a clever play on an electrical attraction that made me moderately uncomfortable. Called ‘A power company you can love’, the campaign features the young woman talking about her relationship with the big pink blob. They met online, have been together for three years, and while it’s not your typical relationship, it works for them.

Love can come in many shapes and sizes, sometimes that shape can be an 8 foot, neon pink glowing blob. Love is love. 

Who's it for: Vodafone 

Why we liked it: Vodafone did not need to play us like that. It was an unnecessary emotional rollercoaster that ripped out my heart just to tell me 5G is here. This message could have been portrayed without the manipulation, tears, and straight depression that comes from being forced to think a dog is dying. Yes, cinematically impressive and gripping, cruel all the same. For those equally upset, check out this handy site to see if a movie or ad you're about to watch has a dog that dies. 

Results for

StopPress provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2019 ICG Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.


Contact Vernene Medcalf at +64 21 628 200 to advertise in StopPress.

View Media Kit