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Program Development Manager - Innovation Hubs

Date: 16-Jun-2022

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Help lead the scoping of partnership models and services for State Innovation precincts, National and International initiatives
  • Play an active role supporting the continuous improvement of the Innovation Hubs
  • Join CSIRO's Business Development & Global Team today!


The CSIRO is seeking a Program Development Manager – Innovation Hubs, to join the Innovation Hubs team to oversee the design and development of an actionable framework for CSIRO Innovation’s Hub portfolio.  


The Innovation Hubs team is part of CSIRO’s Business Development and Global unit. The team pivots in CSIRO innovation capabilities and assets, defining tailored organizational forms to foster research and innovation.


The team leads the scoping of partnership models and services for State Innovation precincts, National and International initiatives to promote collaboration and deliver big impact. These include Innovation Hubs, Centres of Excellence, National Centres et al gearing up for launch in Australia and internationally and scoping for additional Hubs across several States.


As the Program Development Manager, you will work closely with the Innovation Hubs senior manager to initiate the Innovation Hubs program development, from program definition and design to implementation and evaluation. 


The position requires strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships across CSIRO and with key external stakeholders.


The successful candidate will architect and deliver a business model for Innovation Hubs, based in the identification and validation of factors relevant to evaluate services by several CSIRO facilities and units.


The position will also require high-level analysis of the innovation environment and contexts. The incumbent will play an active role supporting the continuous improvement of the Innovation Hubs function, ensuring that our ways of working, approach to people and processes are constantly challenged, reviewed, and iterated to deliver the best possible outcomes.


Working as part of a small team, this position offers the chance to immerse yourself in CSIRO values, gain exposure to a broad range of research topics and contribute to the definition of a unique innovation model fuelled by openness, community engagement and collaboration.


Your duties will include:


  • Support the design and delivery of the Innovation Hubs program parameters with input from stakeholders, with emphasis on financial and commercial requirements for sustainability. This includes supporting the definition of delivery and operational models, co-creating with key stakeholders.
  • Conduct in depth needs assessment and revision of existing operating and business models in several relevant units in CSIRO as well as comprehensive research and analysis of trends and identification of opportunities. This includes but not limited to service innovation portfolios, knowledge exchange, research valorisation processes and research facility management.
  • Support the development of well-informed business cases to inform the strategy and advance the Innovation Hubs roadmap.
  • Establish and implement program governance and management approaches related to Innovation Hubs and the design of the overarching and specific innovation architectures. 
  • Coordinate meetings with stakeholders as well as ensure that communication to senior internal stakeholders is clear and timely, including the development of dashboards, status reports, board papers and initiative summaries.
  • Plan and undertake external and internal engagement activities to support the planning and delivery of Innovation Hubs. Promote collaborative networks by proactively connecting CSIRO with other research providers, industry and Government.
  • Actively identify and promote opportunities related to the Innovation Hubs portfolio, including best practices towards increased agility and competitiveness.


Location: Sydney, NSW (Preferred), also consider Brisbane and Melbourne

Salary: AU$117k - AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years

Reference: 84090

To be considered you will need:


•    Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (Economics, Engineering, Social Science, Project-Program Management).
•    Knowledge of program planning and delivery. Experience gained within a research-intensive organisation would be a significant advantage.
•    Experience in the development of compelling business cases to deliver against actionable strategies and make meaningful business impact.
•    Comprehension of innovation, science and technology concepts and models to support the translation of science and technology into value creation. 
•    Demonstrated ability to establish and develop strong stakeholder relationships, engage effectively, and maintaining strong professional and collaborative working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.  
•    Experience and skill in communicating complex issues and initiatives both written and verbal in an effective manner.
•    A demonstrated ability to manage ambiguity and perform under pressure in a dynamic and changing environment.



  • An understanding of the R&D environment in Australia
  • Experience developing commercial and pricing models for viable service innovations, conducting commercial viability, risk assessments and business models for new services.



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

3 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST