Project Manager

Date: 9 May 2024

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Leverage your project management expertise in an intriguing environment at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.
  • Fleet transport to & from site available, within the Canberra region.
  • Convenient 9-day fortnight schedule (open to considering applicants seeking part-time hours as well, ideally from 0.8FTE)


The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) supports ground-based spacecraft telecommunications as part of the international National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA) Deep Space Network (DSN), under contractual arrangements between the NASA and CSIRO.


As a Project Manager working at CDSCC, you will work in parallel with our other Project Manager and be responsible for management of existing and new CDSCC projects and major maintenance activities that support the operational and strategic requirements of the site and DSN. You will be involved with all areas of site, the broader CSIRO, NASA and JPL teams to ensure the delivery of projects and activities that support ongoing operations. 

Placed within, the Facilities and Maintenance Services division of CDSCC, collectively the team are responsible for managing and supporting all areas of operations onsite at CDSCC, through the provision of high-quality facilities and maintenance services. 

Your duties will include:

  • Directing, planning and managing projects from inception to completion that relate to operations at CDSCC.
  • Working and liaising with colleagues across CDSCC and CSIRO as well as international partners to ensure delivery of projects.
  • Communicating regularly with site management and partners on progress of projects and report any delays or complications.
  • Complying with all project management requirements related to practice, procedure and policy. 
  • Managing and liaise with subcontractors and contractors required to deliver projects.
  • Ensuring ongoing and appropriate communication between all parties and being a conduit between CDSCC and all involved partners.
  • Implementing methodology and systems to ensure efficiency in areas such as project planning, scheduling, budgeting and execution.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to define project objectives, scope, deliverables, dependencies and timelines.
  • Participating in safety, risk analysis, manufacturing and post project reviews.
  • Allocating, monitoring and controlling financial resources.
  • Administering contracts, variations and closures. 
  • Being flexible and agile to contribute to multiple teams, managing multiple priorities, and supporting various needs.
  • Being responsible for managing all aspects of a project to ensure timely completion and delivery against stated objectives.
  • Using disciplined expertise, developing and reviewing policies, procedures, systems and make recommendations to guide management decisions.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Tidbinbilla, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, ACT

Salary: AU$117,843 – AU$141,096 plus 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, full-time, part-time options may also be considered

Reference: 96684

To be considered you will need:


  • A Tertiary qualification in a related discipline (such as Project Management) or equivalent experience, with relevant experience demonstrated within large or complex organisations.  
  • Demonstrable experience in delivering expert advice, training and support. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects, including independently planning, scheduling, budget managing, implementing and completing the required project activities and objectives to stakeholder expectations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a project team and to form and maintain effective and respectful relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators. 
  • Demonstrable high level interpersonal and communication skills to foster knowledge transfer, open communication, coaching and collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders.



  • Previous experience working with Trades and Technical positions in a similar maintenance and operations environment.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Electrical Engineering.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian citizens only. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


As this site works directly with NASA and JPL, the successful applicant will be required to obtain an Export Administration Regulations (EAR) clearance/approval, to perform the inherent requirements of the position.

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.


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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

9th June 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT