CRC Project Manager

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job reference: 842318

About us

Whether we’re developing new mining technologies or exploring the origins of the universe, strong academic and industry partnerships lie at the heart of all our research endeavours.

Our ability to forge collaborations and share knowledge across faculties, campuses and external institutions have enabled us to take a ‘big picture’ approach to research and transform complex problems into innovative solutions that have far-reaching impact.

Your new role

We are seeking an experienced Project Manager to support the development of major Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) partnership and proposal opportunities. Liaise with industry, government and researchers to support key business development strategies, develop business plans and provide project oversight during the project lifecycle.

To this end, you will demonstrate an ability to focus both internally and externally to build relationships and deliver concrete outcomes. You will gain exposure to a wide range of industry sectors from defence, agriculture and health to mining and resources.

You will be the key link between researchers and industry and government agencies. Support research on diverse and ground breaking research projects making real world differences.

In this role you will:

  • Identify opportunities for Curtin researcher participation in CRC bids
  • Coordinate Curtin stakeholder engagement in CRC bids at all stages
  • Identify and engage industry and government partners for emerging CRC’s
  • Coordinate research support services in contract negotiations and execution
  • Analyse Curtin participation in existing CRC’s and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Engage with CRCs’ to identify and address emerging issues
  • Coordinate internal reporting of CRC’s
  • Provide additional support for key CRC projects
Why choose Curtin?
  • Varied role which will enable you to engage with a broad range of University wide, industry and government stakeholders.
  • Have the accountability to develop your partner portfolio within areas of genuine interest to you.
  • Work on world changing and ground breaking research initiatives.
  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services!

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Essential Criteria:

  • Completion of a relevant degree with considerable relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and/or education/training.
  • High level planning, management and leadership skills.
  • Proven experience in a business development and stakeholder engagement based role with a strong industry focus.
  • Delivery focused and action oriented in an agile world.
  • Highly agile approach to work with outstanding interpersonal and oral communication skills, with the ability to develop and manage strategic relationships.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to construct clear and concise briefs, business cases and reports.
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to manage multiple and often competing tasks with attention to detail and within deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with a cross functional team internally and externally.
  • Strong critical analysis skills.
  • Previous experience in government/university and private/non-government sectors is desirable.
  • Strong understanding of the research landscape in Australia is desirable.
  • Experience in commercial contract coordination is highly desirable.
Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2022).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
Next steps

Please apply online via the link provided with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

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Applications close: 9:00pm AWST, 28 January 2022

Contact details
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Please only apply online via the link provided, noting we cannot accept resumes sent to the above email address.

Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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