Procurement and Contracts Officer - SKA-Low Telescope

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.


In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.


The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.


The Procurement and Contracts Officer will have strong procurement, contract management and stakeholder management abilities and experience across multiple spend categories. The role will suit a candidate who is looking for an opportunity to build their skills and expertise in the procurement field and grow professionally.

Your duties will include:

  • Work according to the Procurement Manual to source goods, services and works, including assisting the Procurement Specialist with requests for quotation and invitations to tender.

  • Effectively manage and partner with suppliers to build strong and productive working relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

  • Provide support in developing procurement plans and sourcing strategies which support SKAO objectives.

  • Provide excellent customer service and advice to internal stakeholders, whilst operating within the Procurement Manual.

  • Provide general support to the Procurement Specialist and the broader Engineering Operations Centre in Geraldton and the Science Operations Centre in Perth.


Location:     Perth or Geraldton, Western Australia (Geraldton, Western Australia is the preferred location)

Salary:         AU$93,267 - AU$105,517 plus 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference:  96671

To be considered you will need:


  • Formally recognised qualification in business, procurement or contracting, or significant equivalent working experience in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role including demonstrated ability in undertaking procurement activities, contract or supplier management.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, which facilitate interaction, cooperation and trust with relevant groups and individuals to achieve desired outcomes and to establish and maintain strong and productive working relationships.
  • Possess a high level of written and verbal communication skills that result in effective and appropriate communication with a broad range of people internal and external, including the proven ability to communicate recommendations clearly and succinctly and the ability to prepare procurement-related documents.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills, with proven ability to work under pressure, use initiative, and with a particular focus on meeting competing deadlines.
  • High standard and understanding of ethics, probity, accountability and management of confidential data. 



  • Ability to improve and enhance processes and practices, and to add value to the team, and organisation while working independently or as a team direction to meet strict deadlines.
  • Experience in running end to end procurement.
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise of working within an ERP and MS Office applications.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment.


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role criteria. 


For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description.


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


CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

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

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed

Applications close

28 JULY 2024, 11:59pm AWST