Senior Advisor, Strategic Ventures

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Sydney, Australia
Competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation
23 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 12-month fixed term opportunity for a Senior Advisor, Strategic Ventures to make a significant impact within the University's Strategy Portfolio
  • Deliver strategic advice, consultation and guidance through the establishment and execution of new and strategic initiatives throughout the University
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University's Strategic Ventures Office is embarking on an exciting period, providing critical support to various portfolios, faculties, and other communities with delivering major strategic initiatives of the University. As a result, we are seeking a Senior Advisor, Strategic Ventures to support the Director, Strategic Ventures and other subject matter expert leads by providing high quality consultation, advanced research and discovery, and design and assessment for new strategic ventures. As the Senior Advisor, you will take a lead role in strategy planning, commercial and M&A deals, innovation and transformation programs across the University. You will operate as a trusted advisor to various academic and professional communities and contribute to forward-thinking plans and projects that will advance the University's education, research, and commercial objectives.

Your experience in executive engagement and your commercially aligned approach will be integral in influencing effective business outcomes in line with the University's Strategic Plan.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work closely with the Director, Strategic Ventures, contributing expertise to the negotiation, structuring, and execution of new strategic ventures
  • develop effective partnerships for evaluation of opportunities, including sharing information on trends and insights
  • provide portfolios and faculties with due diligence, investment risk analysis, and recommendation development for new initiatives
  • partner with portfolios (OGC, Finance, Research, Education, External Relations) to contribute deep expertise in key content areas to design and deliver solutions, proposals, and business cases for review and agreement of the University Executive
  • manage relevant project plans across the University
  • line management of associate advisors and advisors
  • contribute to the collective knowledge of the Strategy Portfolio by keeping current with the research and education policy, funding landscape and performance nationally and internationally.

About you

  • working experience as a Senior or Executive strategy advisor (or similar) either within a large and complex organisation (government and higher education experience is desirable) or from a consulting background
  • extensive experience in consulting, business case development and design of transformational projects
  • competency in the analysis of business model performance, including operational and economic analysis
  • experience project managing multiple work streams or working in large complex projects
  • proven capability partnering directly with executives and senior leaders to facilitate partnership and to design tangible outcomes from strategic ideas and concepts
  • elevated relationship management skills and the ability to operate with tact and professionalism in diverse internal and external environments
  • strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills together with effective leadership and people management skills as you will be managing a small team of Associate Advisors
  • outstanding presentation, communication and influencing skills to deliver messaging on a variety of channels to varied audiences
  • flexibility in their organisation and planning skills to balance competing agendas and demands in a fast paced, time pressured environment.

Please note: The University of Sydney will be closed from 24 December 2021 until 9 January 2022 inclusive.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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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