Saturday's Herald-Sun contained an advertisement for a CEO for The Queen Victoria Market and there were a couple of interesting features.
"Retail experience ideal"
A collective cheer probably emanated from traders with the wording "The ideal person will have......retail experience". The last time this job was advertised there was no reference to retail experience and the absence of that ingredient along with an emphasis on property management was seen as a major disappointment in the Board's focus and direction.
Yes, there is an abundance of retail experience at trader level but without a high level of retail understanding and experience at upper management levels the focus and vision for our market is incomplete.
The other interesting aspect of the advertisement is the selection of Egon Zehnder as recruitment consultants. Egon Zehnder are a global executive search and talent management consultancy with some high ideals and a dedication to diversity and inclusion. Their website makes for interesting reading.