Business Development Manager - Defence and Digital Innovation

Boroondara, Australia
31 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Outstanding opportunity at a leading university of science, technology and innovation
  • Newly created role within Swinburne Research based at Hawthorn campus, Melbourne
  • Competitive salary package (including 17% superannuation) and generous staff benefits Full time, fixed term position for 4 years

We have recently launched Swinburne’s Research and Innovation Strategy, which charts the course to deliver research excellence and impact by 2020. This builds on our international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and the community.

We are seeking an experienced professional to be accountable for leading the development of research-focused collaboration and engagement across the university. Working with the research community, the Business Development Manager – Defence and Digital Innovation will lead the development of research-focused business collaboration and defence, ICT, cybersecurity, FinTech, digital innovation and commercial related sectors working across disciplines. The position will be responsible for growing research funding, new partnerships, commercialization investment and research translation to directly support targets established in the Strategy. The role will work closely within a team of experienced industry engagement and research development professionals within Swinburne. A primary focus is to support the partnership goals and funding targets of the five Swinburne Research Institutes.

Skills and experience required
To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate substantial commercial acumen, extensive experience and track record in one or more of defence, ICT, cybersecurity, FinTech or commercial related sectors, with a substantial record of success and hands-on development of high value research funding, translation and commercialisation opportunities or other relevant initiatives. The successful candidate will have highly developed networking and negotiation skills with a can-do attitude and a strong desire to make a difference.

A full list of all selection criteria is available in the position description

As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

The diverse culture within Swinburne is our strength and our success lies within the inclusive working environment built of employees from a variety of backgrounds. Swinburne celebrates and respects the strength that difference creates. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and generally the capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply  
To start an application click on apply at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof Matthew Cuthbertson, PVC Research Development, Innovation and Commercialisation, telephone: +61 392145534 or email: 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 32639
Applications close at 5pm,Monday 14th August 2017