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Research Operations Manager

Date: 08-Mar-2023

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

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Exciting Operational Management opportunity
  • Apply your Project Management and Leadership skills
  • Flexible work options available


The Research Operations Manager is an exciting role where you will assist the Business Unit Executive with the day to day running of the Business Unit through operational planning, reporting, and the provision of specialist advice related to the Business Unit Research infrastructure/activities.

In this role you will support the Business Unit Executive in the professional management of the Business Unit’s unique people, physical and financial resources.

This role will be required to travel to other Environment Business Units sites in other cities from time to time.

Your duties will include:

  • Managing the Business Unit’s operational planning processes and monitoring the Business Units operational performance, supporting the Business Unit in identifying issues and opportunities for improvement across Business Unit operations.
  • Coordinating enterprise organisational requirements and protocols including HSE, QA/QC, ethics, national and international regulatory frameworks for laboratories, field stations and other specialist environments relevant to the Business Unit.
  • Supporting the Business Unit in engaging with CSIRO and external partner support functions, including monitoring service levels.
  • Leading and supporting major Business Unit projects as required.
  • Assisting the Business Unit in the delivery of major capital infrastructure projects.




Location:      Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, or Darwin preferred.

Salary:           AU$146,207 to AU$161,767 pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years

Reference:   91792


To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management/leadership experience in Science Industry.  
  • Demonstrated planning, financial, project management, change management skills and experience in a large organisation.
  • The ability to work effectively as an integral member and leader of a team and foster high level of collaboration within and between teams.
  • Ability to think laterally and strategically, and to anticipate and manage problems in ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate openly and effectively and to build strong relationships with staff, stakeholders and clients at all levels with superior interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing complex demands; establish or renegotiate priorities; organise or re-assign tasks and meet deadlines.



For full details about the roles please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents Only.  


Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and prior to commencement.

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.

Applications Close

31 March 2023, 11:00pm AEST