Manager, Research Funding and Operations

Boroondara, Australia
15 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Attractive salary plus generous staff benefits
  • Leadership opportunity in our Swinburne Research team
  • Full-time, ongoing position based in Hawthorn

About Swinburne

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. We have an emphasis on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social goals.

About the job

Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in its 2020 Research and Innovation Strategy. As part of this agenda, the university has plans to double its research income by 2020. In order to support these objectives, Swinburne seeks an experienced research management professional to drive and support operational performance in research funding and contracts administration. 

In this newly created role, you will have broad leadership responsibility and oversight of pre-award and post-award grants management and contract administration within Swinburne Research. Supporting our three Faculties, you will lead a team of research management professionals (~4-6FTE). You will be responsible for team leadership, including planning, supporting, encouraging and developing team members; coordination and allocation of tasks; implementing efficient and effective systems for grants and contracts administration, ensuring and promoting a culture of continuous improvement; policy development; sponsor liaison; and compliance monitoring.

Key to your success in this role, will be your ability to engage effectively with research sponsors, and build close working relationships with colleagues in other areas of Swinburne Research, particularly in Research Development and other support services including the Legal Office, Finance, People and Culture, and colleagues in research support positions in academic Departments, Centres and Institutes.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A relevant postgraduate qualification or an undergraduate degree with extensive research management experience, education or training.
  • Demonstrated experience in proactively managing major grant funding schemes (e.g. Australian Research Council) or similar competitive programs with the goal of submitting high quality, competitive applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a leader of a professional team, exercising formal and informal leadership as appropriate on major change initiatives, including workflow planning and staff supervision and performance development, in a busy environment.

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


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

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.

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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 Tania Bezzobs, Executive Director (Research Office) on +61 (0)3 9214 5268. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 (0)3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 30500

Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday the 14th March 2018

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