The Lucas Group
Job Title Chief Executive Officer
Date Posted 10/3/2018
Area/Specialty HORT PRODUCTION/Nuts
Location Mildura, Melbourne or Adelaide, VIC/SA
Country Australia
Job Type Full-Time Regular
Position Id GL3127
Job Description

- Senior management opportunity

- Growing food company


In 2017, a food chain focused private equity fund was launched by an international investment group to target vertically integrated high value food companies. Almonds are a key focus of this fund.

Upon acquisition of an established 400ha almond orchard in Victoria, a food group business was formed as a management vehicle to manage the assets, and to also provide a platform for further expansion.

Following a highly successful first harvest, and the acquisition of a further 560ha, the group now seeks a hands-on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to further develop the plantations and expand the business through the value chain.


Reporting to the Board, the CEO will provide leadership across the team and drive the implementation of the businesses’ strategic objectives. This may encompass asset acquisitions, orchard operations, processing and marketing. The CEO will also be accountable for financial reporting, compliance and optimising the use of both water and land assets.

Being instrumental in establishing best management practices, the CEO will improve company efficiency and maintain community and environmental stewardship ensuring sustainability objectives are achieved.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the annual business plan and associated budget
  • Introduce effective reporting and monitoring controls
  • Implement the strategic plan, and develop policies and procedures
  • Oversee asset operations and manage asset development
  • Manage the company’s water assets and licenses
  • Build an effective and positive working relationship with the region’s stakeholders

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable senior management experience in agricultural / horticulture operations
  • Experience with large-scale tree crop operations (almond experience preferred)
  • Strong leadership capacity and experience building high performance teams
  • Higher level project management skills and experience with asset development
  • Strong business acumen and financial literacy
  • Energetic with a wiliness to embrace new technological developments and challenge traditional industry practices


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Agriculture, Finance, Business, Agribusiness or Commerce


An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated to reflect skills and experience.

How To Apply

For a confidential discussion, please contact Geoff Lucas on +61 8 8201 9999 quoting reference number GL3127, or apply online with a resume and cover letter via the ‘Apply’ button.