First listed on: 24 September 2021

Executive Manager - Operations



The Opportunity

  • Apply your expertise and experience in the manufacturing research domain
  • Operational management and governance of large national research team
  • Collaborative environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit brings together multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities using world-class infrastructure to partner with industry to develop innovative products and processes to allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

The Executive Manager, Operations is a new role with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Business Unit (BU), providing leadership and direction, and ensuring the BU is strategically focussed, operationally efficient and financially viable. You will work closely with CSIRO support functions including HR, communications, finance, and HSE, and manage key internal and external relationships to ensure optimal business operations. This role will facilitate the strategic development of organisational capability, implement business improvements, and have oversight of the physical and financial resources. You will assist with the day to day running of the Business Unit through operational planning and delivery of the Business Unit’s strategy, delivering strategic capability for Manufacturing people and facilities, ensuring capability evolves and is matched with the BU’s science directions.

As a member of the Manufacturing Leadership Team, you will need to demonstrate high level skills and knowledge relevant to the manufacturing domain and the ability to interact with customers and stakeholders at both operational and senior executive level. You will also require experience in development and optimisation of systems and a strong working knowledge of influencing team behaviour.

Your duties will include:

  • Functional leadership: operational & strategic planning, engagement with industry and collaboration partners, change management, high level advice, management of capital investment & expenses.
  • Capability leadership: manage & coach staff, facilitate & influence to achieve a high-performance culture; support HSE initiatives.
  • Engagement and Partnerships: build & maintain effective internal & external relationships with other business units, support functions, committees & stakeholders to enable service delivery, represent CSIRO at forums.
  • Resource Leadership: establish best practice systems to oversee the project portfolio, monitor governance and risk management frameworks, and oversee infrastructure & equipment.

Location:  Melbourne (Clayton) or Sydney (Lindfield)
Salary:      Attractive salary package is negotiable
Tenure:     Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 78301

To be considered you will need:

  1. A relevant degree in conjunction with demonstrated achievement in senior advisory and leadership roles. 
  2. Strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills together with effective planning, leadership and people management skills. 
  3. A track record in leading a complex, multi-site business including managing people, financial and physical resources and creating a safe and healthy workplace. 
  4. Demonstrated capacity to interact with customers and stakeholders at both the operational and senior executive level, and the proven ability to develop and cultivate productive relationships.
  5. Experience managing and executing complex change projects, portfolio management and systems development. 
  6. Demonstrated experience with HSE strategy, governance frameworks and risk/issues management.  
  7. Strong financial management experience and literacy including managing budgets and controlling income and expenditure and preparing forecasts. 
  8. High level skills, knowledge and experience relevant to large research organisations and/or the Manufacturing domain is desirable.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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

10 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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