Purchasing Assistant - SKA-Low Telescope

Date: 12 Sep 2023

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 SKA-Low Purchasing Assistant will support the SKA with purchasing for construction and operations of SKA-Low, the world’s largest low-frequency telescope. They will be a proactive individual with good organisational abilities who is looking for an opportunity to build their skills and expertise in the purchasing field and develop a career in procurement.


This role, based at the Engineering Operations Centre in Geraldton, is ideally suited to recent graduates, school leavers or those seeking a new career path, who can demonstrate excellent organisational and customer service skills, work well in a team and have good attention to detail.  It is expected that applicants for this role will be seeking to commence a career in the field of procurement, and the successful applicant will be supported with study assistance towards professional Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications.

Your duties will include:

  • Creating requisitions and purchase orders in Unit 4, SKAO’s enterprise and resource planning system (ERP)
  • Creation and maintenance of suppliers on the ERP
  • Training and assisting requestors to raise requisitions
  • 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
  • Supporting the broader SKAO Procurement team and providing assistance with Tenders, including activities such as supplier analysis, gathering documentation and scheduling meetings


Location:     Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary:         AU$51,031 - AU$65,799 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

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

Reference:  94216


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

To be considered you will need:


  • Ability to deliver excellent customer service outcomesfor internal or external customers, and the ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Team player with the ability to also work independently when required.
  • Good time management and organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to determine work priorities.
  • Strong ethics with the ability to manage confidential data.
  • Willingness to undertake further study for professional qualifications in CIPS.
  • Positive, can-do attitude and approach to all tasks.



  • Demonstrated ability to study and work through course work independently, such as TAFE certificates and diplomas
  • Experience working within an ERP system may be considered favourably, but is not essential
  • Experience working in an office administration environment
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications such as Outlook, Excel and Word.


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, women and people with a disability who meet the role criteria. 


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.


CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

8 October 2023, 11:59pm AWST