Technical Manager

4 days left

Geelong, Australia
06 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and continuing 
  • HEW 9 $118,333 - $125,421 plus 17% Superannuation

Deakin University is proud to be recognised as an organisation that offers a friendly, supportive and challenging working environment. Our staff are committed to making a genuine difference to people’s lives through excellence in education and research.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Technical Manager to provide leadership and direction to our technical team in providing a high standard of technical, laboratory and OHS systems support for a range of teaching and research activities.

Based at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you will be responsible for leading a team of technicians that manage a range of enginering laboratory and studio activities in partnership with academic and industry staff.

Your strong communication skills, coupled with a keen interest in engineering and demonstrated experience in a similar role, will ensure your success in this important position within the School.

Your key responsibilities will include

  • Lead the provision of a comprehensive technical services program that supports the teaching and research priorities within the School of Engineering and meets the needs of staff, students (including undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD), and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership and management of technical staff at the locations at which the school operates (primarily Geelong Waurn Ponds but other locations as required)
  • Maintain expert knowledge of, and ensure compliance in, government legislative and regulatory requirements related to all aspects of the delivery of practical classes and research lab work, including human research ethics, chemicals and other applicable requirements.
  • Promote and implement Occupational Health and Safety programs, policies and requirements, and monitor compliance to ensure an efficient and safe operation of laboratories and technical spaces
  • Actively engage and enable collaboration across teams and with a diverse range of stakeholders. Negotiate inclusive and achievable solutions to delivery on strategic goals
  • Determine cost of people, materials, negotiate resources and other relevant program aspects, in collaboration with the school and faculty executive.
  • Managing complex budgets, cost and resource forecasting to ensure financial targets are achieved and contribute to budget discussions and forecasts
  • Establish systems and procedures to guide work increase efficiencies and track progress and strive for excellence while continually evaluating progress and effectively overcomes barriers
  • Analyse problems, weigh up a range of options to identify accessible and inclusive solutions and translate complex issues into clear and understandable goals and targets

To be successful, you’ll have

  • Relevant postgrad degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Proven management experience
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to produce clear and accurate communications that are appropriate for their intended audience.
  • Proven capability to work positively and effectively as part of a collaborative work team, to accommodate and work well with different working styles and to work independently where required.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and plan, and to meet rigid and conflicting demands and deadlines, along with the ability to adapt to changed priorities.
  • Proven digital skills including high level of command of relevant digital tools including but not limited to MS suite of tools including automation features
  • Expert knowledge of and ensure compliance in government legislative and regulatory requirements related to all aspects of the delivery of practical classes and research lab work, including human research ethics, chemicals and other applicable requirements
  • Experience with Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods, as well as knowledge of Laboratory Occupational Health and Safety procedures

Applications for this position close on 20th January 2022.

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Are You Ready?

Deakin is one of the new breeds of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative. We are committed to making a genuine difference in people’s lives through excellence in education and research. As a Victorian university with a global impact, join us and let’s see what we can achieve together.

Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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