Contracts Manager


The role and opportunity  

The NZAGRC helps Aotearoa New Zealand meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets and contribute to managing climate change. We aim to discover, develop, and make available practical and cost-effective technologies and practices for New Zealand farmers and growers to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.  We are a core component of the new Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions and work with government, the agri-industry, farmers, and Māori communities.


To achieve our goal, we invest in and coordinate research that is undertaken collaboratively and responds to Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique farm systems and environments. We also invest in and manage overseas projects within New Zealand’s aid and global partnerships.


In expanding its investment, the New Zealand Government has committed $338m over the next four years through Budget 2022 from the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to progress the actions in the Agriculture Chapter of the Aotearoa New Zealand’s Emissions Reduction Plan. Industry is also contributing significantly. This means that the Government’s expectations of the NZAGRC are increasing, and we will need to play a bigger role than we were originally set up for with a focus on outcomes.


As we increase the work we deliver for government, we are working alongside the newly formed Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions (CCAAE) and its Joint Venture, AgriZero who are investing in the commercialisation of new approaches to emissions control.


Job Title: Science Contracts Manager


Location: Grasslands, Palmerston North


Minimum and maximum base salary: $99,781.00 to $117,389.00


Hours work per week: 40


Days Required: Monday to Friday


Number of Positions: one


Employment Type: Permanent


What you will be doing 

That’s where you come in. The work you do will be critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by agriculture both here in Aotearoa І New Zealand, and globally.


You’ll use your science background to manage our large integrated research contracts with scientists and research providers – from drafting and negotiating contract specifics and deliverables, to reporting on the performance of the contracts.  


You’ll bring an understanding of the science process and scientific contract management, and whilst not necessarily a scientist yourself, you’ll have worked in a science focussed organisation hold a tertiary level qualification in a science discipline.


Your ideal background 

  • MSc or PhD in relevant science discipline or 3 years of relevant commercial/business experience in a science organisation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of science process, including negotiating, and managing science contracts.


We encourage applications from candidates with an understanding of or a willingness to develop their capability in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and/or te reo Māori.


Our Benefits 

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full list here:  


How to apply 

This role will suit a passionate, talented, and collaborative person who is motivated to drive their career forward within this vital New Zealand organisation. If this sounds like you, apply today using the link, including a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position.


For further information contact Liz Clayton at


To view the full position description for this role, please click here.


Applications close: Monday, 4th March 2024.


AgResearch is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an environment that embraces, promotes and values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage and welcome candidates from any background, so please don’t hesitate to apply for this position or call us to discuss this further.