Strategic Bid Manager

Hawthorn, Australia
HEW 8 plus 17% super
24 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Swinburne Research
  • Full time, fixed term position until July 2023, Hawthorn
  • HEW 8 plus 17% super

About the role

In recent years, Swinburne has progressed to become one of the world’s leading universities, ranking as one of the top 300 universities in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Swinburne University of Technology’s 2025 strategy aims to grow both research performance and research impact.

Come join Swinburne and play an integral role as the Strategic Bid Manager, supporting the development of major proposals for research funding that are strategically aligned to the University’s research agenda. As the Strategic Bid Manager you will be responsible for the project management of research teams working on the development of proposals. This involves drafting bid content, formulating budgets, liaising with industry and other external parties and ensuring bids comply with funding body requirements. You will also oversee the coordination and submission of major research tenders.

It is expected you will work collaboratively within Swinburne Research and closely with other university development and engagement teams in relation to partnering opportunities aligned with the University’s research strategy.

About You

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in these key accountabilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in actively overseeing the development major funding proposals, tender submissions, business case development, funding schemes or competitive programs with the goal of submitting high quality, competitive proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to write major proposals for funding, including developing complex multi-million-dollar budgets, writing capability statements, and to manage the inputs and activities of researchers in development major bids.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective networks, develop collaborations and partnerships with a wide range of external partners.
  • Demonstrated high level of analytical and problem-solving skills with the capacity to identify and manage sensitive issues.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


A postgraduate qualification and extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/ or education and training.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply

Please submit your CV, cover letter and response to the key selection criteria (available within the position description).

For further information about this role and to review the position description; please click 'apply' or click onto it at the bottom of the advert.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

For further information about this position, please contact Rose Firkin (Senior Advisor, Research Development and Proposals) via email

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on

Applications Close: Sunday 10 July 2022, 11:00 pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Diversity and Inclusion

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator at or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Vaccination Requirements

Orders from Victoria’s Minister for Health require all Swinburne workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the Pandemic COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Specified Workers) 2021 Order (No. 1). All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.



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