Permanent. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.
Basic Function of the Role:
To take the strategic lead in developing and managing the Ashtown Centre and for ensuring the smooth running of daily operations and the efficient utilization of resources on site, in co-operation with the Assistant Director of Research. The role will include responsibility for leading large and small capital projects and for planning, budgeting, and preservation of the Ashtown Centre grounds and buildings. It will also have responsibility for leading and for developing an effective administrative, central services, and facilities function resulting in the delivery of high quality and timely support services on site and to the wider organization as appropriate.
Background to the Role:
The Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre has expanded significantly over the last numbers of years, following the relocation of staff, offices and resources from the Teagasc campus in Kinsealy, Dublin. There are over 200 personnel on site, as well as multiple industry users, and the Centre is now an integrated facility, covering Food Research, Horticultural Development, Forestry Development, Horticultural Education and Food Industry training. The expansion of the Centre includes a state-of-the-art Conference Centre (which to date has hosted many events including Gateways, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and others), a 116-seater lecture theatre, a teaching laboratory, new dining facilities, glasshouses, a mushroom unit and an ICT hub. The Food Research programme has also expanded over this time and now includes Meat Technology Ireland, the Prepared Consumer Foods Centre (PCF), and other multiple large projects. It is also the hub for the Horticultural Development Department and the Spatial Analysis, Food Marketing and Agri-Innovation Research Department. Teagasc staff based on site interact widely with stakeholders both nationally and internationally including small and large food companies, government departments, funders, and educational institutes.
As this role will involved driving vehicles, candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.
Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.