Manager in Planning and Risk

Sippy Downs, Australia
04 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Statement

SALARY LEVEL: Classification Level 10 (Salary A$115 788 gross per annum plus up to 17 percent employer super contributions).

APPOINTMENT: Full-time, fixed-term (approx 4 years)


USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.


The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.


The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the oversight, facilitation and strategic development of various planning, financial viability and resource management activities as well as services and facilities to support the University. Functions which come under this portfolio include: financial services, human resources, information technology, asset management, capital and commercial operations, marketing and external engagement, and clinical trials. The Office of the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for overseeing a range of business functions to support the Chief Operating Officer, including: secretary to University Council, strategic and operational planning, risk management, audit, legal and compliance services and University insurance.


Under the broad direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the position is responsible for leading the development and management of the University’s Planning and Reporting, Risk Management, Compliance and Fraud Prevention frameworks and relevant policies and procedures. This includes proactive development of the USC Corporate Performance Management system to facilitate the University’s planning and risk management processes and reports. As well as oversight of the University’s insurance requirements and other general reporting requirements to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

This position will liaise with a range of stakeholders including executive and senior University staff, University cost centres, working parties and committees and in particular, the Corporate Services team and Financial Services team.

The incumbent will hold a relevant degree and postgraduate business qualifications in conjunction with extensive expertise in delivering high-level institutional governance related services, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience. As well as high level communication and reporting skills.

This position requires extensive knowledge and experience in strategic, operational and performance reporting frameworks, contemporary risk management practices and process reviews. In depth knowledge of the higher education sector in relation to legislative and governance frameworks and their application to university operations as well as policies and practices in the higher education environment is required. Experience in the administration or use of ERP systems, preferably TechnologyOne solutions, and working with business intelligence and report writing tools would also be an advantage.

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Staff Code of Conduct – Governing Policy, all staff are expected to display professional behaviour, communicate respectfully, and perform their duties responsibly.

A role statement is not intended to limit the scope of a role but to highlight the key aspects of the role. The requirements of the role may be altered in order to meet the changing operational needs of the University.


Dr Scott Snyder

Chief Operating Officer

+61 7 5459 4759


Midnight, Sunday 20 August 2017


All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

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USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.
USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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