Senior Manager, Factory of the Future

Boroondara, Australia
09 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Factory of the Future at Swinburne

Swinburne’s Factory of the Future is a hub where industry and Swinburne researchers co-create the future of Advanced Manufacturing in Australia with a particular emphasis on digitalization and Industry 4.0. We do this through assisting companies in articulating new business outcomes and by making these come alive through (digital) strategy development, design and rapid prototyping.

About the job

As the manager of the Factory of the Future you will be a key part of this process with responsibility for both the “big picture” as well as the day-to-day operations of the Factory.

Big Picture: You will be one of the first points of contact for our national and international business partners. You will work with our partners to develop a deep understanding of the future business outcomes they wish to create and translate this into projects. This includes mapping Swinburne’s technical and research capabilities in Industry 4.0/Digital, product design and engineering against our partners’ requirements. You will act as the technical authority with respect to our clients. You will also assist the Director of the Factory of the Future in the development of strategy for the facility based on the customer engagement and market insights you will gain.

Day-to-day operations: Delivery to our clients is enabled by the day-to-day operations of the Factory of the Future. You will be responsible for smooth and safe day-to-day operations of the Factory, including ensuring the equipment remains operational at all times. You will take responsibility for implementing Swinburne’s digital platforms in the Factory and drive the development of a digital twin. You will furthermore have line management responsibilities for a number of technical staff members and will manage the allocation of personnel and facility resources across projects within the Factory.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in a technical or operational management role in manufacturing or a manufacturing-related operation, requiring the ability to plan, coordinate, supervise, monitor and evaluate.
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit business outcomes from external customers and translate them into projects, which may require research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated service excellence (inc technical support and advice) to internal and external clients, with a track record of delivering projects in a complex 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 2016 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. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

At Swinburne we 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. 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. 

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Further Information, Contacts & Support

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role and working for the Factory of the Future. Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Ania Gruba (Recruitment Consultant) on +61 (0)3 9214 4856. 

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 2nd April 2018.

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