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Contract Manager

Date: 18-Jan-2023

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


  • Legal qualified paralegal or lawyer looking for a change?
  • Interested in drafting / negotiating research and IP related contracts?
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference, in a high-performing team that values diversity and supports flexibility


CSIRO has multiple opportunities (indefinite and a 2-year term) for you to join our Commercial Contracts Team.  The successful applicants will be responsible for the preparation, drafting and negotiation of lower-risk research / IP-related contracts, the provision of advice to research staff on appropriate contracting pathways, and other associated paralegal services for an allocated internal client base.     


Contract Managers appointed through this advertising campaign are likely to support our Environment, Energy and Resources  and/or Future Industries sectors with contract matters related to CSIRO science delivery.  An interest in at least one of those areas and an understanding of CSIRO’s purpose as Australia’s national science agency is desirable.


NOTE – this role does not involve procurement-based contracts so may not suit procurement professionals.

Your duties will include:

  • Matter management, including initial ‘triage’ role (first point of contact for research staff with contracting queries) and subsequent tracking of contracts under negotiation.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of standard and non-standard research related agreements, such as Confidentiality, Consulting Services, Testing, Funding, Research, Grants, Sub-contracts, Data Licence, Copyright, Material Transfer, Student and Visitor Agreements and variations to same.
  • Providing advice to research staff on appropriate contracting pathways, agreement selection and other lower-risk contract matters.  Enlisting CSIRO Legal / Business Development/ IP professionals’ input to decisions as required.
  • Providing input to appropriate contract approval documentation for approval by delegate(s) and arranging execution of agreements, distribution to relevant parties, recording in CSIRO systems etc.
  • Liaising with Research, Finance, Business Development, Legal, and IP staff to promote and facilitate a smooth end-to-end customer-focused contracting process.


Location: TAS, VIC, SA, ACT, NSW or QLD

Salary: AU$89k - $101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Full-time Indefinite and 1x Full-time 2 year specified Term Opportunities. 

Reference: 87882

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary Legal qualifications or relevant experience in the drafting and amendment of contract terms and conditions.
  • A history of professional and respectful behaviours, with a proactive, collaborative, and inclusive working style, and a willingness/ability to cooperate with others to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances and new responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including an ability to clearly communicate contractual issues and risks to relevant stakeholders at all levels.
  • Demonstrated high level analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively identify and solve problems and make sound judgements.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills with an ability to manage a high volume of work and constantly changing priorities.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check 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. 

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

12 February 2023, 11:00pm AEST