Program Manager, Optical Instrumentation

Sydney, Australia
27 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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AAO Macquarie

From 1 July 2018, Macquarie will be the new home for the instrumentation group of the former Australian Astronomical Observatory. Over decades, this Sydney-based group has established an enviable reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within astronomy instrumentation across optical, mechanical and electronic precision engineering.

Macquarie is excited to take a significant role in leading and growing Australia’s strength in astronomical instrumentation, partnering with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney to establish a new national capability for astronomical instrumentation under the banner Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO).

AAO-Macquarie is coming to the University with a new vision and an exciting agenda for transformation – in both scale and efficiency.  As part of its expansive new vision, AAO-Macquarie’s team of experts will build on the University’s existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser technology, microfabrication, applied optics and sensing communications, with the aim of increasing industry engagement, identifying opportunities to apply AAO-Macquarie’s expertise to medicine and defence, and expanding its presence in the fields of optics and sensing, in addition to the ongoing mission of world-leading excellence in astronomical instrumentation.

The AAO-Macquarie group has a long-standing commitment to advancing equity and diversity principles. We hold silver status in the Pleiades awards, Australia’s scheme for certifying commitment and progress in equity, diversity and inclusion in astronomy and physics, and are committed to continual improvement in these principles.

The Role

Reporting to the Professor of Optical Instrumentation, the Program Manager will lead a team of project specialists and managers in delivering a suite of innovative and highly specialised astronomical instrumentation projects.

Additionally, the Program Manager will be responsible for:

  • Driving best practice in the delivery and oversight of large-scale long-term instrumentation projects including project management methodology, systems engineering, quality control, and risk management
  • Building and managing relationships with clients, internal and external stakeholders including managing high value and/or high risk contracts with clients or vendors
  • Developing business cases for resources, operational improvements, facilities, and infrastructure to enhance operations and ensure AAO-Macquarie is at the forefront of innovation and technology application
  • Overseeing and managing the resource allocation matrix and the process of allocating staff to projects, and monitoring and reporting on this allocation
  • Promoting a culture of excellence and outstanding service across the technical team

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the following experience and/or knowledge in your CV and cover letter:

  • A Bachelors Degree in physics, engineering or a relevant discipline and substantial relevant experience in technical project management
  • A strong track record of successfully managing high value technical projects involving complex situations and effectively navigating through unanticipated obstacles to deliver on time, to specification and within budget
  • A demonstrated inclusive and collaborative management and communication style with strong interpersonal skills and ability to exercise influence and make critical business decisions
  • Sound experience implementing a strong Health and Safety culture in a complex and highly technical laboratory environment
  • Knowledge and experience of systems engineering practices
  • Knowledge and experience in resource and team management
  • Knowledge and experience in astronomical or scientific instrumentation (desirable)
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing principles of equity, inclusion and diversity in STEMM workplaces

Salary Package: from $117,304 to $123,892 (Level 9) per annum plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term to 30 June 2021

Role Specific Enquiries: Jon Lawrence, Professor of Optical Instrumentation via e-mail

General Recruitment Enquiries: Katherine Rodionoff, HR Consultant via e-mail

Applications Close: Sunday 29 July 2018 at 11.55pm EST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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