Job of a lifetime: Olympics puts out the call for a Brisbane Games supremo

The call has gone out for one of the toughest and most scrutinised jobs in Australia – the chief executive of the Brisbane Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Jul 05, 2022, updated Jul 05, 2022
Brisbane 2032 Olympics organising committee president Andrew Liveris  (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Brisbane 2032 Olympics organising committee president Andrew Liveris (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Committee president Andrew Liveris indicated it wouldn’t be an easy task to run an organisation with a budget of $US4.5 billion and more than 1000 full-time staff at its peak as well as part timers and volunteers.
The committee has given search company Odgers Berndtson six weeks to find a candidate of impeccable credentials.
Apart from the usual skills needed by a chief executive the BOCOG brief on the appointment said the person would have to be “someone with confidence, credibility and gravitas, who would gain immediate respect with the internal team and external stakeholder groups”.
There was no mention of salary, but the requirement indicated the committee was pitching the job at the big end of town, but it was clearly not a role for the faint-hearted.
Liveris said the games needed a team of the best and brightest and most inspired minds to come together.
“There is no question – the challenge is significant, but the opportunity outshines it,” Liveris said.
“I’m looking for the person that knows how to ensure Brisbane 2032 showcases our region and nation to the world.”
There was a long list of requirements to meet and the chief executive was also likely to be among the most scrutinised roles in the country over the next decade.
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There was also a long list of bosses to report to including the Liveris and the 22-member board, which includes the Premier who is on a panel of five vice presidents that also includes the Lord Mayor and the Prime Minister’s nominee.
“The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in leading multifaceted organisations of scale from start-up to successful delivery,” the brief said.
Included in the list of requirements was significant executive experience, outstanding financial and commercial acumen, capability to develop business plans and budgets with clear targets, the ability to be a persuasive and compelling communicator who was capable of driving consensus.
“Candidates with a deep understanding of Australia, its people, places, and cultures will be well regarded,” the brief said.
Applications would close on August 19.
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