Work at Fairtrade

People are at the heart of what’s important at Fairtrade. Our people enable us to deliver more impact where it matters. 

While our regional offices are based in Australia and New Zealand our teams work extensively throughout Asia Pacific. We’re also connected with our colleagues around the world who support Fairtrade’s 1.65 million producers across 74 countries.

A career with Fairtrade could include anything from providing direct support to farmers and workers in developing countries, to helping promote the exciting work of Fairtrade or working alongside businesses to help put in place sustainable supply chains. We also have a team dedicated to ensuring the Fairtrade Mark is being used correctly and that our Standards are upheld.


Executive Manager - Finance and Operations 

A newly created opportunity for a qualified accountant with business management experience is now open at Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand.


Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation that links disadvantaged producers in developing countries with businesses and consumers in the developed world. With more than twenty staff across offices in Melbourne, Auckland and across the Pacific, Fairtrade ensures the payment of a fair price for globally traded products and supports disadvantaged producers to access markets, enabling them to provide for their families and to invest in local community development. Sales of Fairtrade Certified products are growing rapidly in Australia and New Zealand with an increasing number of businesses signing up to use the Fairtrade Mark on their products.


The Executive Manager - Finance and Operations reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for managing and ensuring strategic effectiveness and systems in the finance, business and planningoperations of Fairtrade across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and is a key member of the organisation's leadership team.

The successful applicant will become a trusted adviser to the Melbourne based CEO, enabling the management and motivation of staff and projects. This is a role for someone great at not only reporting on numbers, but a natural at identifying, directing and managing resources in innovative and creative ways. Collaborating effectively inside and outside of the organisation, you will build relationships with a range of teams and stakeholders from diverse cultural backgrounds and geographic locations from throughout our network of Fairtrade partner businesses, donors and governmental organisations and may involve some international travel.

The role demands a meticulous approach, great integrity and a dedicated commitment to proactively supporting the effectiveness and impact of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand and the global fair trade movement. 

The selected candidates will have excellent communication skills and a capacity to analyse multi-regional programmatic data under pressure to meet strict deadlines.


The Executive Manager Finance & Operations is a key member of the leadership team, responsible for leading and overseeing the efficiency and effectiveness of all corporate operations including finance, governance, business systems, legal services, information management and technology. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Develop and implement systematic, valid organisational performance measures, both financial and operational, to be made available to the Board, Management, Employees and other Stakeholders.
  • Conduct annual and ongoing organisation-wide business planning, budgeting and monitoring.
  • Manage and participate in financial operations, including cash flow management, investments, daily and monthly accounting and payroll processes, annual external reporting and audit, statutory and taxation returns and monthly reporting to the Finance, Audit, Risk and Management Committee and the Board.
  • Provide strategic and material inputs in relation to fundraising proposals.
  • Manage organisation-wide functions in risk management, legal services, office administration, workplace safety and corporate governance.
  • Ensure information technology platforms are appropriate, cost-effective, reliable and minimise risk to the organisation.



We offer an attractive NGO executive remuneration package commensurate with experience for this challenging and rewarding role.

As a listed charity, you will have the opportunity to package a portion of your salary, which can increase your take home pay.


Applications are invited only from those that are qualified accountants and have extensive people management experience. Application will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Initial enquiries will only be accepted through ( and only require a CV. No cover letters please. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, a link to an online application will be emailed to you.  

All applicants will receive a response.