Executive Director Future Industries, CSIRO

Date: 8 Jul 2024

Location: Adelaide, SA, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Perth, WA, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Executive Leadership position reporting to the Chief Executive
  • Deliver impact and continue to increase trust in science and CSIRO
  • Contribute to organisational strategy and sustainability



At CSIRO, Australia's National Science Agency, we deliver transformative, positive impacts through science and technology. Named the 'most trusted' Government Service in 2022 by Roy Morgan’s Trusted Brand Awards, CSIRO collaborates with universities, government, industry and innovative communities across the nation and internationally. With over 6,000 staff, it delivers approximately $10.2 billion in annual benefits, contributing to Australia’s national prosperity, environmental sustainability and social well-being.

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Executive Director Future Industries will lead one of CSIRO's three research sectors. The Future Industries portfolio is a high profile, politically sensitive and highly accountable portfolio within CSIRO that comprises the Agriculture and Food, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Health and Biosecurity, Manufacturing, and Science Connect Research Units, as well as the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP). As a key member of the CSIRO Executive Team, the Executive Director will actively engage and foster trusted partnerships with key stakeholders both within and external to CSIRO, provide strategic advice, oversee research units, lead change agendas, contribute to shaping CSIRO’s strategic direction, and contribute to CSIRO’s financial sustainability through the commercialisation of research outcomes that generates long-term impact for Australia.


Location:    One of CSIRO's major capital city sites.

Salary:        Attractive salary package, negotiable for the right candidate + 15.4% superannuation.

Tenure:       Specified Term - 5 years, Full-time. 

Reference: 97090

About You

You are an exemplary scientist with demonstrated experience in leading the commercialisation of science, technology and innovation. With significant scientific executive experience gained in government, research and development or an innovation organisation, you are commercially astute and adept at leading large-scale operations and multi-site, multi-disciplinary teams. You are an innovative and inspiring leader who excels in the science and research environment. Through your collegial and inclusive style, you excel at building collaborative partnerships both internally and externally e.g. with government, industry and the innovation community. Apply your inspirational scientific leadership expertise, stakeholder management skills and commercial acumen to drive impact for Australia.  


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For more information, please contact Bruno Conti at SHK at bruno.conti@shk.com.au


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and an Australian Government Negative Vetting Level One Security Clearance. And may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. For more information, please contact Bruno Conti at bruno.conti@shk.com.au

Applications close

11:59pm Sunday 4th August 2024, Australian Eastern Standard Time