Director of Operations and Business Development, Cyclone Testing Station

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
13 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2018
Ref
16241
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Director of Operations and Business Development will be responsible for leading the Cyclone Testing Station centre, growing the centre’s project portfolio and managing its staff and resources. The incumbent will have high-level professional business development responsibilities such as maintaining and growing the station’s current benefactor and sponsor support base and developing new business opportunities within industry and government. 

The Director of Operations and Business Development will coordinate and promote the Cyclone Testing Station’s research and specialist expertise, and will also establish/support external linkages and identify partnerships by sourcing national and international funding opportunities.  The incumbent will work with the Dean of College, Head of Engineering and other University stakeholders in setting the strategic directions for the Cyclone Testing Station in alignment with the Division’s strategic direction.

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

The Office of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations. The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Business, Law and Governance
  • Arts, Society and Education
  • Science and Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

As part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, the College of Science and Engineering promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in a variety of disciplines. In particular, the College boasts considerable expertise in Aquaculture, Earth Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Marine Biology, the Physical Sciences, and Urban and Regional Planning.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Provide effective leadership, management and decision-making within the Cyclone Testing Station to ensure a culture of high performance and focus on overall strategic direction and business development.
  2. Lead, determine and develop priorities for the Cyclone Testing Station in consultation with the Dean of College and Head of Engineering.
  3. Strategically plan, develop and implement strategies for the Cyclone Testing Station in alignment with the Division’s strategic direction and contribute towards the university’s broader research agenda, including the JCU tropical agenda.
  4. Develop and lead key industry and research partnerships at local, national and international levels, actively engaging the JCU vision and tropical agenda.
  5. Develop and increase business opportunities domestically and internationally developing research and engagement strategies for James Cook University, and scientific/other capabilities across the University.
  6. Implement and review Cyclone Testing Station priorities, process improvements, procedures and business development activities in consultation with the Dean of College to lead improved client service, project/research delivery outcomes and income.
  7. Lead a high degree of data/testing analysis, industry specific analysis and research analysis,including testing data analysis, financial management and business analysis.
  8. Collaborate effectively within the College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University’s Research and Commercialisation Directorate, and other stakeholders of the University.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

Professional and Technical

Level 10

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Director of Operations and Business Development is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Director of Operations and Business Development is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Director of Operations and Business Development is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to travel domestically and internationally as required.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience or proven expertise in the management of significant human, financial and physical resources.
  2. Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, commercial and analytic skills leading to sound business management, project development and delivery, management of stakeholder and partner relations, and personnel management.
  3. Proven strategic leadership capability, including the ability to create and deliver on business strategy to enable business success.
  4. Proven high-level leadership and management skills comprising the ability to lead and manage people and significant expertise in the management of financial and physical resources to achieve business outcomes.
  5. Demonstrated high level communication skills, both written and oral, and an ability to work collaboratively and independently with both internal and external stakeholders
  6. Demonstrated track record of building trust-based, client-focused relationships and delivering high quality results in consulting environments, both domestically and abroad.
  7. Demonstrated experience in successfully engaging with industry partners through appropriate negotiations leading to income generation.

Desirable

  1. Considerable professional experience and/or formal qualifications in engineering, preferably in a consultancy context
  2. Previous experience in leadership and/or business development role within a manufacturing, product development or university environment.
  3. Demonstrated professional experience in consulting in countries of the Asia-Pacific.