Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Limited, trading as Ports North, is a company Queensland Government Owned Corporation responsible for the development and management of the declared Ports of Cairns, Cape Flattery, Karumba, Mourilyan, Skardon River, Quintell Beach, Thursday Island, Burketown and Cooktown. Ports North has a range of strategic land holdings. The organisation manages an extensive property portfolio and operates a Marina with significant reef fleet and superyacht operations.  In addition the Port of Cairns is a major cruise shipping destination being the fourth most popular destination for cruise ships in Australia. Ports North’s operations and facilities are vital to the economic development of the regional centres they service and the State’s tourism and export performance.

Location: Cairns, Qld

The General Manager Commercial is accountable for providing leadership in the development of strategies and delivery of commercial outcomes for the organisation, including planning and implementation of new business and growth opportunities to maximize financial returns and achieve corporate objectives. Reporting to the CEO, specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage Ports North’s commercial interests through identifying and securing new business opportunities;

  • Develop strategies and lead negotiations for major commercial deals and partnerships;

  • Provide commercial leadership and input in the development of Port Masterplans and Land Use Plans;

  • Ensure commercial strategies meet corporate objectives, Statement of Corporate Intent and business plans;

  • Conduct financial analysis and financial modelling to determine strategic options to grow the business and maximise revenue.

This role will suit an experienced commercial business management executive with exemplary negotiation skills to contribute to the ongoing success of Ports North. Formal commercial tertiary qualifications and demonstrated successful leadership experience in planning, management and delivery of commercial property and other projects is required. Experience in contract development, management and negotiation is essential.

This role will appeal to detail-minded individuals who focus on delivering outcomes. Personal attributes will include the capability to influence and gain the commitment of others using strong interpersonal and relationship skills.

The General Manager Commercial is a key leadership position in Ports North. Persons interested in exploring this excellent opportunity are invited to forward details of experience and qualifications to Dr Nerida Hillberg, BBehSc(Hons), AICD, MAPS, MAHRI, Director - Psychology, via:


Level 6, 12 Creek Street,
Brisbane, Qld, 4000
Telephone 07 3236 4544 Facsimile 07 3221 7122


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