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Chief Executive Officer

Role Overview

The Fijian Drua Board seek a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the newly incorporated organisation on their voyage into the 2022 Super Rugby season. This position represents a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for the Fijian Drua’s long term ambitions in the professional Rugby landscape. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for executing a business strategy for the Fijian Drua to compete to the highest level in Super Rugby, connect with and represent Fijians domestically and abroad and deliver a return to investment partners. The CEO will provide leadership across all areas of the business and represent the Fijian Drua amongst the domestic and international rugby community where they will be responsible for overseeing the achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives and ensure that the High Performance program has the resources and environment to be world class.

The Fijian Drua will enter the 2022 Super Rugby competition as part of a 12 team competition between Teams from Australia, New Zealand and now Fiji. The inclusion of a Fijian team in Super Rugby is monumental for the people, players and country of Fiji. The Drua will provide an opportunity for on-Island  and expatriated Fijians to play Rugby at the professional level without having to relocate overseas to the expatriate player hubs of Europe and Japan.

The Fijian Drua will operate as an independent entity, albeit closely linked to Fiji Rugby Union (FRU). The Board will be comprised of members from a yet to be confirmed private equity partner, Fiji Rugby Union and World Rugby. Although the new entity will operate independently, there is also acknowledgement that the Fijian Drua has a major role within Fiji Rugby Union’s High Performance pathway and will be utilised as a critical driver to the development and long term ambitions of the Flying Fijians (National XV team).

The Fijian Drua team name and brand was established in 2017 as Fiji’s team in the Rugby Australia National Rugby Championship (NRC). Since its’ inception, the Drua team has carved out an identity synonymous with Fijian culture, heritage, humble character and high performance. The word Drua comes from a traditional Fijian double canoe, renowned as the largest and finest sea-going vessel ever designed and built. The canoes were known for their strength and pace, and were used as warships in naval battles throughout the Pacific – and as such correlate closely to the Fijian style of play as powerful, strong and swift warriors of the Pacific.

The Fijian Drua have kept true to the style and values of Fijian Rugby and also carved out their own history of success, qualifying for the Finals in all 3 years of its participation in the NRC, with the highlight being winning the Premiership in 2018. The Drua now sail into the new waters of Super Rugby, looking to mark a new dawn for Fiji Rugby.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership & Stakeholder Relationships

Financial Management, Governance & Reporting

Commercial & Marketing

High Performance

SELECTION CRITERIA

QUALIFICATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

How to Apply

Applications for this position should include three referees and a current/up to date resumé with an outline of your proven experience to carry out the role and how you meet the criteria mentioned above. Job descriptions for these position can be obtained from http://www.fijirugby.com/. All applications will be treated with strict confidence and should be received by Saturday 5pm, 15 May 2021, with reference to the position being applied for. 

Applications for this position need to be email to Human Resources on the following email address: hr@fijirugby.net

Fiji Rugby Union and our partners thank all applicants for your interest; please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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