Qld Off-The-Track Program Manager

Racing Queensland
February 1, 2021
Job Type
New South Wales


The Opportunity

Racing Queensland (RQ) is committed to strengthening the importance of animal care and are pleased to be recruiting for the newly created position of Qld Off-The Track (QOTT) Program Manager.

Reporting to the Animal Care Manager, and accountable to the QOTT Board on QOTT Program deliverables, the QOTT Program Manager will develop, lead, implement and report on the QOTT Program strategies, plans and initiatives.

This is a full time, 12-month fixed term position (initially) with the primary purpose of the role to maximise the post-racing opportunities for Queensland’s retired racehorses and to establish and govern a retraining/rehoming program for Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses, bred for racing.  This will include developing a risk-based framework and forming partnerships with stakeholders to support the transition of Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds from racing or breeding activities to retirement.

The QOTT Program Manager will work collaboratively with a range of industry stakeholders, engage with Racing Queensland’s executive leadership team and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) to ensure racing aftercare initiatives are developed, delivered and optimised.

The Success Profile

 This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate with strong fiscal, governance, project management, risk mitigation and continuous improvement skills, along with the ability to communicate, influence and engage with industry stakeholders at every level.

As a trusted and credible Manager you will think strategically and translate this into recommendations and practical operational outcomes for the QOTT Program.   It is essential that you have a genuine commitment, care and desire to maximise opportunities for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds exiting the industry, balanced with an understanding of the commercial realities of the racing industry.

You will also have:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the Thoroughbred, Standardbred and/or equestrian industry
  • A tertiary qualification in Commerce, Business, Project Management, Equine Studies, Equine Science, Equine Business Management or related field with commensurate demonstrated experience in a similar role is highly desirable
  • Proven ability to develop and execute on strategy and provide technical advice, coaching, guidance and mentoring employees
  • Demonstrated ability to form and govern strategic partnerships
  • Proven monitoring and evaluation skills along with the ability to maintain, interpret and analyse data
  • Strong ability to develop and drive governance processes including audits and continuous process improvement
  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders and drive an industry-centric service culture.
  • Ability to consult, negotiate, communicate and influence outcomes when there are conflicting interests or differences of opinion.
  • Exceptional interpersonal agility to manage competing needs of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to use tact and diplomacy when managing conflict.
  • Superior ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity, work under pressure, demonstrate resilience and make effective decisions and recommendations.
  • Racing industry experience and/or knowledge is highly desirable.

is a fast-paced, dynamic environment where your resilience and ability to think on your feet will be key factors to your success. With your results-driven attitude and forward-thinking style, you will build trust and credibility with all stakeholder groups through superior interpersonal skills.

This role affords the scope to realise the significant professional uplift of working for a tri-code Principal Racing Authority.  We recruit values-aligned people into Racing Queensland who lead by example and thrive on delivering results in a high performance culture.

The Organisation: Racing Queensland

 Racing Queensland is a statutory body whose primary purpose is to promote, enhance and provide a platform to service the industry across three codes of racing: Thoroughbred, Greyhound and Harness.

RQ’s vision is to connect people through the thrill of racing, and its mission is to be Queensland’s number #1 sport.

 Benefits and Perks

We have generous employee benefits such as EAP, an innovative reward and recognition program offering perks and discounts and best practice HR policies offering flexible working arrangements, paid parental and volunteering leave, talent management and performance development. We also provide annual flu vaccinations, weekly fruit deliveries, corporate massages, mental health first aid officers and access to an on-site gym as we value your health and well-being.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity click “APPLY” now to submit your:

  • Covering letter outlining your experience and suitability
  • Current resume

To request a position description for the role, email People and Performance:   hr@racingqueensland.com.au

Applications close 14 February 2021

Please note the following special requirements and working conditions that apply:

  • Availability to work on weekends/public holidays when required
  • Availability to travel intrastate and interstate when required
  • Must hold a current drivers licence
  • May be required to undergo a criminal history check
  • Must have the right to work in Australia
  • Understanding/passion/willingness to learn about the sport of racing and nuances associated with the industry
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