Chief Executive Officer

Job title : Chief Executive Officer
Location : Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Salary : Base + Super + Motor Vehicle
Contact name : Tim Turner
Contact email :
Job reference : 1120433

The Western Downs is a diverse region at the forefront of the changing world. Located just two short hours from Brisbane, the region is well positioned, while also benefiting from homegrown hospitality only found in smaller connected communities. Home to big skies, beautiful natural landscapes, unique lifestyle and variety of tourism experiences; the Western Downs boasts a strong and diverse economy, making it an attractive place to live, work and visit.
The Western Downs is a region on the rise, recognised as a leader in agribusiness, energy and manufacturing, with particular growth in the renewable energy sector. It’s the people that make it here on the Western Downs! From those that contribute to our strong diverse economy and quality lifestyle through to our own Council team; together we are committed to building a strong, sustainable and connected region

Western Downs Regional Council is a Local Government Area almost the size of Tasmania and has a growing population of over 34,000 people and one of only a handful of Council’s in the state of Queensland to be debt-free.
With almost 750 employees and a budget of over $200m, Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) is a dynamic organisation committed to providing outstanding service to the local community. Everything we do is underpinned by our positive culture and internal brand which includes being an organisation that cares about its people and their safety, is future focused and strives to make a real difference to our community. Our behaviour reflects our organisational values: Communication, Leadership, Respect, Balance, Team Work, and Accountability.

Reporting directly to Mayor and Councillors, the Chief Executive Officer will be primarily responsible for delivering on the financial and operational objectives outlined in Council’s recently finalised 2021-2026 Corporate Plan.

Specifically, this will involve developing and executing business and investment opportunities in agribusiness, energy, manufacturing, and tourism; overseeing the delivery of community based social, cultural, and sporting based programs. In addition, maintaining quality essential services and ensuring modern infrastructure is provided across Council’s recreational spaces, community facilities and road networks is a key part of the Chief Executive’s remit. 

Council is widely recognised as a financially intelligent and responsible organisation therefore, any incoming CEO will need to maintain these high standards across sustainable financial and operational plans, customer service delivery, organisational capability, asset, and risk management practices.

We are seeking an inspirational, empathetic, and values-based leader who possesses significant experience in a similar sized or larger organisation, ideally within a government environment and/or private sector organisation that delivers a diverse range of services to its customers.  You must possess the ability to lead and empower a senior leadership team and complex workforce and build a culture of performance and accountability over time. Highly developed stakeholder management skills and an ability to translate strategy into tangible outcomes are considered essential attributes for this position. Ideally, you will possess broad networks across Government, industry, an understanding and appreciation for rural communities and a practical understanding of contemporary governance and risk management practices. Relevant tertiary and/or post graduate qualifications are highly desirable.
To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact Tim Turner on 0414 548 052 or quoting Ref: 1120433.