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Director - Agriculture & Livestock

Sector:  Energy, Water & Food
Division:  Food



Lead Agriculture and Livestock workstream. Develop and implement the Agriculture and Livestock strategy for the Food Sector including development of partnerships, co-creation of assets such as greenhouses and abattoirs and supervise implementation of animal welfare regulations.



Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities


  • Developing and implementing an innovative and ambitious Agriculture and Livestock strategy with a clear focus on the deployment of the latest technologies for food production in a desert like environment, evidence-based advocacy, advisory work, and scaling up of commercial pilots and full commercial operations of the most profitable and sustainable food production business models.
  • Overseeing quality of implementation (time, budget, and deliverables) of progressive Agriculture & Livestock programs.
  • Resource mobilization and relationship management with partners, including securing investments at a multi-level for Agriculture.
  • Positioning NEOM as a global player in the agriculture sector in the international development arena related to climate proof agriculture.
  • Ensuring outstanding results and a high level of quality in our Agriculture & Livestock programs.
  • Overseeing the performance and composition of our staff and the development of their potential.
  • Monitoring and steering the financial performance of NEOM’s Agriculture & Livestock businesses.
  • In addition to sector steering, the Agriculture & Livestock Director will oversee NEOM’s international agriculture and livestock initiatives, asset developments, and engagements.
  • Other operational responsibilities include attracting international talent and investments and ensuring coherence between business and cross-cutting themes and approaches.




Education & Experience


  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or related field (Graduate Degree preferred)
  • MBA or comparable business experience is a plus
  • 15 - 20 years of experience across the agriculture and livestock industries, and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Passion for NEOM’s mission to deploy the latest technologies to reach Food Security in desert like environments.
  • Excellent knowledge of current thinking in Agriculture & Livestock.
  • Significant experience and proven track record of developing and executing Agriculture initiatives in a competitive context.
  • Strong network and visibility with main partners relevant to NEOM and the Agriculture sector, with entrepreneurial skills including a proven track record in mobilizing financial resources.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in multidisciplinary senior management positions in a multicultural or international environment
  • Exemplary leadership skills and extensive experience in creating and leading high-performance teams.
  • High level of integrity and credible player in Agriculture business development.
  • Extremely effective communicator across a range of audiences; strong presentation skills.
  • Fluent in English (fluency or working knowledge in Arabic is a plus)

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