Chief Operating Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Macquarie Park, NEW SOUTH WALES
Deadline: 03 Dec 2020

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Work type:Full Time
Vacancy type:Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy

  • A unique and exciting leadership opportunity to support the team pioneering world changing solutions in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology
  • Salary Package: Level 10, from $131,329 to $148,422 plus 17% employer’s Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time fixed-term appointment 3 years

The Role

The newly awarded ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) is headquartered and administered at Macquarie University. This Centre has nodes at nine Australian Universities, has 19 Chief Investigators and 15 partner organisations located in Australia and throughout the world.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) will provide the technical innovation critical for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation’s strengths in agriculture. For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine, cheese. Now, our Centre will pioneer new approaches to the design of synthetic microbes, enabling the development of custom-designed microbial communities, synthetic organelles and new to nature biological pathways and enzymes. CoESB will combine engineering with molecular biology to design and construct novel biological systems that can convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuel, bioplastics and other high-value chemicals.

Reporting to the Director, ARC CoE in Synthetic Biology, the COO will play a central leadership role, and will be responsible for providing leadership and management for centre operations, governance, and reporting; ensuring that effective governance framework, control systems and procedures are in place.

The COO will also be playing a significant role in relationship management and industry engagement and in the positioning and recognition of the Centre as a world leader in Synthetic Biology. This role will be key in ensuring strategic alignment and operating synergies across all nodes, and partnerships, as well as ensuring that detailed ARC requirements are met. Strong leadership and coaching of a cohesive operational team to deliver on financial and ARC reporting and policy requirements, communications, marketing and outreach objectives will be required.

Learn more about the center’s people, vision and objective please visit the ARC CoE Website

About You

You will be able to interpret and apply information to effectively develop policy and control systems and processes to aid decision makers. You will have the ability to strongly communicate, build and manage effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

You will be an experienced leader, bringing both your own expertise in managing complex operations and resources of a research center, but also the proven ability to harness the expertise of others including the ability to connect and provide direction for large; disparate teams is essential.

To Apply

This is a unique opportunity, if you wish to be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A track record of developing, implementing, adapting and or improving infrastructure, systems policies, and procedures that support a strategic operational plan.
  • Proven and extensive experience in stakeholder management at all levels of an organisation, within and outside the University.
  • Demonstrated experience in analysing and reporting on detailed multi-faceted data to track performance, inform decisions, and meet research requirements and centre objectives.
  • Proven experience in strategic, operational, and business planning and management of operations, including infrastructure, budget, resources, regulatory compliance, and contract management,
  • Experience in coaching, managing, and developing a diverse high performing team.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills with the demonstrated ability to develop effective strategic and operational relationships with key stakeholders across Australia and internationally and interact, influence and negotiate at senior levels within and outside the University.
  • Experience in a tertiary research environment or a research centre, including knowledge of national research organisations, and international funding organisations.

For further information, please refer to the position description   Chief Operating Officer CoESB PD

Specific Role Enquiries: Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen

Applications Close: Thursday 3 December 2020, 11:59PM AEST

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Advertised:12 Nov 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:03 Dec 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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