Executive General Manager

Sydney Permanent - Full Time

For over 15 years, Liz has helped businesses grow in Environment, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, climate change & carbon markets as a highly successful and reliable recruitment professional and Manager.As a Principal Consultant in Talent Nation's Sydney office, Liz possesses invaluable technical and market knowledge, an eye for excellent talent, and a genuine passion for maximising impact by helping people flourish in their careers. She has built an extensive network in the field, nurturing long-standing relationships with both clients and candidates. She consistently delivers high quality services, focusing on each business's goal and the people that make this possible.

Recruiter :
Liz Floyd

Liz Floyd
  • Unprecedented leadership opportunity.
  • Permanent, full-time role based in Sydney or Brisbane.
  • Imprint a lasting legacy in driving forward the next generation of advanced recy
The Company

For over a decade, Licella have been pioneering the field of hydrothermal liquefaction – the next-generation of advanced recycling. Licella’s breakthrough Cat-HTR™ platform unlocks a low-carbon circular economy from what others consider to be waste. Their world-leading HTL technology creates renewable biocrude oil from a wide range of biomass, enabling the production of high-value, low-carbon products, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), that reduce our reliance on fossil resources.

With over A$120M invested in the patented Cat-HTR™ platform, Licella partner with other industry leaders who share their vision for a more sustainable future. With a Commercial Demonstration Facility on the NSW Central Coast, and commercial facilities in both the UK and Canada in final stages of construction and commissioning, this is an exciting time on the company’s 16 year journey from technology development to commercialisation.
Delivering greater value and lower emissions than typical pyrolysis platforms, Licella’s Cat-HTR™ is truly a pioneering technology for a lower carbon future.

The Role

The Executive General Manager role has been created to optimise alignment with the revised focus on biomass and a refreshed 2-year strategy. The position will bring a strong focus on overseeing business development activities across the Pacific Rim and Australasia, in support of the global deployment of Licella’s pioneering technology.

A key element of this dynamic senior leadership role will be the development of the organisational capability and capacity (and structures) alongside HR. This will support the successful completion of a detailed feasibility study to enable a ‘Final Investment Decision’ (FID) for a first-of-a-kind biomass to biofuel project in Queensland, principally focused on the burgeoning Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) market.

In addition, this role will oversee other value-added activities including identifying new feedstocks and regional development opportunities, as well as establishing and managing key strategic relationships with key project stakeholders. These include offtake, logistics, licensing, project funding and identifying new site locations, in support of building compelling business cases for numerous current and near-term regional biomass to biofuels projects across ANZ and Asia. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develop comprehensive ANZ biomass business strategies, including business cases for various specific biomass projects to final investment decision, commencing in Queensland but expanding across ANZ and Asia regions.
  • Develop highly impactful regionally based strategic alliances with key stakeholders e.g., regional / project feedstock producers and aggregators, product offtake partners, state, and federal governments etc.
  • Build meaningful indigenous communities’ relationships across ANZ.
  • Build strong regional government relations with a view to optimising accessible funding in support of identified regional projects.
  • Work seamlessly with peers to enable and successfully execute regional strategy.
About You

With commercial experience, ideally C-suite level or equivalent, your passion for the bioeconomy, future fuels and circular economy principles has given you significant exposure to these markets, as well as project development and structuring. You are strategic, proactive, and adept at fostering partnerships across sectors. A natural leader, you inspire teams and drive innovation and with sharp financial skills, you can navigate project economics while advancing Licella’s mission.

You are enthusiastic about addressing evolving biofuels challenges and are committed to positive change, seeking a meaningful opportunity to leave a lasting impact.

Required Skills and Proficiencies
  • Experience working with companies transitioning from start-up project development to commercially focused project deployment.
  • Substantial experience in leading various detailed feasibility projects through to favourable FID outcomes.
  • Experience in leading teams through processes of setting direction, motivation, delegation and monitoring performance.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging effectively with federal, state and local governments re. project funding, conversant with funding landscape in region, alongside appropriate policy advocacy.
  • Experience of overseeing successful delivery of energy / biomass-based projects in commercial settings, ideally in Australasia and Asia, while not essential, this experience would be highly advantageous.
The Rewards and Culture

In addition to representing a global and well-respected market leader, you will have the opportunity to work with the company’s CEO Alan Nicholl, CFO Richard Pillinger, Director of Global Business Development Alan Del Paggio, and the co-founder and Chairman Len Humphreys, who are true global pioneers in the space.
Alongside the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world's most brilliant minds, you will play a pivotal role in advancing this pioneering technology that is poised to unlock a lower carbon future.

How to Apply

Apply now by submitting your current CV (in Word format) via our online application process.
For a confidential discussion or to review the information pack and full PD please contact Liz Floyd on 0411 88 44 28 or via [email protected].
To be eligible to apply, you must have unrestricted rights to work in Australia.

Talent Nation encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sex, and genders.

Applicants can request a reasonable adjustment at any stage during the recruitment process, please contact us so we can provide adjustments for you.

Referral reward:

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