Operations Manager - Trailblazer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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We have a new and exciting opportunity for an Operations Manager to join our Commercialisation team and support our multi-million-dollar federal funded Trailblazer Program!

In this role, you will have the chance to support the achievement of outcomes of the Trailblazer Program, which comprises a select group of universities with dedicated investment to accelerate Australia’s innovation agenda at-speed and at-scale.

Curtin was the first of Australia’s six Trailblazer universities, receiving $50 million in federal funding from the new competitive program to develop a research commercialisation hub for resources technology and critical minerals.

With your support, the Curtin Trailblazer team will deliver institutional change towards greater industry engagement and commercialisation outcomes, through the provision of values-led, high quality, efficient services, and solutions for Trailblazer stakeholders.

To read more about this high profile and cutting-edge project, visit


Working closely with the Director and Business Development Manager this position will support Australia in becoming an international leader in Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing. You will be responsible for the management of operational and administrative functions, including financial management and reporting activities, and support the management team with resource planning and stakeholder coordination. This role will see you act as the key liaison officer between the business unit and internal service providers and relevant internal and external stakeholders operations. You may also be required to manage other professional/general staff within the team.

To be successful in this role, you will be adaptable with high-level interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and possess the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a team as well as the ability to manage and direct the work of other staff. A strong understanding of financial/ budget management as well as experience with business operation systems is also desirable.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Rohan McDougall – Director, Commercialisation on 08 9266 3370.
About us

The Commercialisation team at Curtin works with researchers, investors, and industry partners to take Curtin innovations, assess their commercial potential, and find the best ways of bringing them to market. Innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialisation are fundamental elements of the Curtin research mindset. We have a growing cohort of researchers who are engaged and interested in commercialisation opportunities. We’re supporting these researchers and their collaborators through a range of mechanisms that enable and foster their ideas from conception to commercial success.
Curtin University’s vibrant Bentley campus also includes a gym, childcare, a medical centre, an art gallery, endless food options including a full-range grocer, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking and excellent public transport connections.
For more information about our university, please visit www.curtin.edu.au
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Please provide a cover letter, and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
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Applications close: Thursday 15 December 2022, 9PM AWST

Please note, shortlisting for this role will not take place until January 2023 due to the University’s limited-service period (19 December 2022 – 2 January 2023). 
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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