Project Manager

Canberra, Australia
07 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Project Manager - Transform the PhD experience

Classification: Senior Manager 1 (Administration)
Salary package: including generous superannuation provisions with a negotiable fixed term appointment of up to three years with potential for extension.

Employment type: Fixed term 1-3 years (by negotiation)

We Offer

  • Professional and collaborative work environment
  • Mentoring and ongoing career development
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits packages
  • 17% Superannuation Contributions Annual Leave Loading
  • Salary sacrificing options for cars, parking, technology, childcare and more
  • Negotiable appointment with potential for extension

Position overview 

The ANU Service Improvement Group is seeking an experienced Project Manager to transform the administration of postgraduate research students (e.g. PhD students).

The ANU is a world class research intensive University and has one of the highest ratios of postgraduate research students in Australia. We are seeking a dynamic Project Manager to lead the delivery of a high profile project that will improve the administrative structures, systems and processes that support our postgraduate research students from recruitment and admission, through to examination and graduation. Working directly with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), this multi-year project will engage students, as well as academic and professional staff to deliver a target state design through streamlining, standardisation, technology and effective operating models.

The ideal applicant will have an understanding of the postgraduate research student lifecycle (as an administrator, student or consultant) and/or extensive project management experience working across higher education student administration (postgraduate research student administration highly desirable) to deliver effective and efficient services and an improved student experience. Ideally you would have experience in the following aspects of postgraduate research student administration: student/supervisor induction, student self-service portals, eForms, reporting, or operating model design.

The Service Improvement Group, led by a former Partner of a major global consulting company, is a team that works with stakeholders from across the University to promote and drive business transformation through core strategic projects. The group is comprised of a program management office, a digital transformation team, and high quality project managers with knowledge and experience in consulting, engineering and project management from a range of industries.

About You

Your challenge is to take projects from conception to completion, including transition to operations. Possessing a gift for negotiation and diplomacy, you will work across traditional functional boundaries to resolve complex issues and gain consensus amongst a diverse group of stakeholders.

Applicants must have a graduate qualification or relevant work experience in project management, or an equivalent combination of experience and relevant education/training. 

This opportunity is ideal for applicants working as Project Managers in the Higher Education sector, Government sector, independent consultants, or someone working within a consulting organisation who wants to work as part of an internal consulting team and see projects through from concept to implementation and beyond. 

Application information 

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents: 

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria. 
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. 
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Closing date: 11.55pm, Sunday 23 October 2016

For more information about the position please contact:

Dr Michael Nelson P: + 61 02 6125 5523 | E:

For further information about the Service Improvement Group, please visit:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit ANU Services 

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.