Project Manager - Research and Development Acceleration, Defence Trailblazer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Jul 2023

Job no:511321
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Categories:Project Management and Project Support, HEO9, Trailblazer


(HE09) $123,881 - $132,534 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full-Time | Fixed Term position to 30 June 2026.
Based in Adelaide, relocation opportunity available for the right candidate. 

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability - a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and UNSW.

If you are a Project Manager with a collaborative mindset and would love to be a part of transforming defence innovation for the future, this may be the once in a career opportunity for you.

Defence Trailblazer is seeking a dynamic Project Manager – Research and Development Acceleration. The successful candidate will collaborate with Theme Leads, Partnership Managers, Research Contract Managers and industry partners to develop high-level and detailed theme and project plans and resourcing requirements. to enable successful research project establishment and management.

A key member of the wider team, the Project Manager will have excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills to support the development of agile and effective project approval and reporting processes. Working in an agile environment, the Project Manager will be responsible for continuous development and maintenance to ensure alignment with governing boards and grant condition requirements.

To be successful you will need:

  • Proven advanced project management experience, with an in-depth understanding of the project life cycle and strategic development of project plans, objectives and documentation.
  • Experience with managing the delivery of strategic projects and/or innovation design processes.
  • Excellent consultation, influencing and negotiation skills and proven ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills and proven capacity to exercise initiative, flexibility and to be proactive in development of robust solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.


  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.
  • The successful candidate may be required to hold or attain an Australian government security clearance.

Experience working in the Defence industry will be advantageous.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your division's broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 28 July 2023.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Samantha Connor
Talent Acquisition Specialist | Defence Trailblazer

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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