Chief Operating Officer

Sydney, Australia
10 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Kolling Institute

  • Opportunity to provide strategic and executive level support for a multidisciplinary group of researchers
  • Located within the Kolling Institute Building in the Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Five-year fixed term position with a competitive salary on offer

About the opportunity 

Applications are invited for an experienced Chief Operating Officer to join the Kolling Institute.

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) within the Kolling Institute you will be providing overall effective day-to-day operational leadership and management of the Institute and ensuring best practice for supporting research outcomes and performance. The Chief Operating Officer will oversee and guide the development and implementation of the operational strategy across the venture, ensuring alignment with overarching objectives and business strategy of the University and the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). Vital to this role will be managing the integration of diverse workforce groups and operational resources from across the University and NSLHD ensuring effective collaboration and synergy is achieved, therefore sound stakeholder skills are key.

Having accountability to the Kolling Institute Governance Committee and reporting into the University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District as the Chief Operating Officer you may choose to be employed by either the University or the NSLHD.

In this position, you will:

  • manage the development and implementation of the operational research support strategy across the venture
  • provide effective strategic financial management and oversight across the business unit
  • manage key stakeholder relationships, communications and negotiating conflicting priorities to reach the best desired outcome
  • provide effective leadership and management guidance and support to staff and related entities

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. In addition, Northern Sydney Local Health District values collaboration and empowerment. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer who possesses:

  • postgraduate qualifications with extensive relevant experience in management and business administration, and/or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
  • demonstrated high-level management and effective team leadership ability
  • demonstrated capacity to conceptualise and to lead, strengthen and support strategic partnerships
  • demonstrated ability to develop plans that put strategy into action to achieve desired outcomes
  • financial management experience and literacy, experience managing budgets and controlling income and expenditure for a range of programs and projects
  • prior experience in a similar position within a Medical Research Institute, Hospital or University is desirable

In addition to this, as the Chief Operating Officer you will apply extensive professional judgment to make day to day decisions ensuring alignment to University and NSLHD Policy and Practices, as well as in areas where it does not, exercising independent judgement and significant decision-making autonomy.

About us

The Kolling Institute is the major biomedical research institute at Royal North Shore Hospital and is a joint venture between the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). The research of the Kolling Institute currently covers a broad range of translational research activities.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1661/0819 to apply.

This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 7 October 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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