Operations Manager

Sydney, Australia
18 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join the ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environment (DARE) 
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus, close to parks, shopping districts and public transport links.
  • Full-time, 3 years fixed term opportunity with a base salary of $130K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The Operations Manager will lead the DARE Centre’s national and international operations and is responsible for the effective leadership and management of the Centre’s activities across five key areas: research, research training, collaboration, external engagement and outreach.

Youwill directly supervise staff in the Centre’s operations team based at University of Sydney and provide leadership to a virtual team spread across the Centre’s other nodes at University of NSW, University of WA and the Imperial College London. The Operations Manager will liaise regularly with industry partners and assist with onboarding new nodes and partners to the Centre as required. The Operations Manager will work closely with the Centre’s advisory board to report on and assist with the delivery of the Centre’s strategy. They will also liaise regularly with the leaders, chief and associate investigators, research fellows, postgraduate researchers and students across all nodes as well as a range of partners and stakeholders. 

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Operations Manager who:

  • demonstrated ability to lead a high performing team, and to develop and implement strategy with a focus on performance
  • exceptional written communication skills, highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to negotiate, develop and maintain relationships and work in partnership with a wide range of people including team members, researchers, senior academic staff, industry, government and students
  • can provide overall program management for multiple research projects including establishing project organisation structures, and embedding project governance and controls, project plans, tracking systems, and reporting guidelines
  • demonstrated experience in managing the performance and development of a team ensuring that annual Performance Planning and Development (PP&D) reviews are completed and appropriate professional development and training takes place, to support effective delivery of work activity and staff career development
  • initiates quarterly budget reviews and the preparation of reports in alignment with external funding body and University needs
  • can manage the MPhil and PhD student program, stipends and travel funding for the Centre’s students.

The Operations Manager oversees the Centre’s operational budget across all nodes and prepares reports as required for management groups, external funding bodies, and governance committees.

Drawing on their expertise in research, University operations or business, the incumbent will play an active role in liaising with key stakeholders, managing the team’s researchers, partners, and students, research planning, research commercialisation, ethics approvals, and helping to achieve the goals of the Centre while ensuring compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory controls, and a safe working environment for all staff.

About us

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program facilitates collaboration between universities, government, research organisations and businesses to support collaborative research activity to focused on strategic outcomes that are not independently realizable. This program has two streams, Research Hubs and Training Centres, which support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers to gain real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 438/0220F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11.30pm, Sunday 29 March 2020

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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