Senior Manager: Technical Services (HEO 9)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 07 Oct 2021

  • Open to Australian Aboriginal peoples and UniSA employees only
  • Full-time, continuing position based in UniSA STEM at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Commencement Salary: $119,598 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role

The Senior Manager Technical Services is responsible for strategic leadership, coordination and effective execution of technical services across UniSA STEM and the Future Industries Institute (FII). The position will focus on delivering the technical services required to support the strategic alignment of STEM and FII research, teaching, commercial, accreditation and quality assurance activities.

The position will lead and manage projects and develop and implement strategies to ensure the focus is on opportunities, scalability and growth. This will include providing strategic advice and making recommendations to Unit Executive regarding the current and future technical services of the Academic Unit and Institute.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to deliver technical services across STEM and FII
  • Lead negotiations and oversee the drafting and execution of contracts and other agreements
  • Monitor and report on the financial implications of STEM and FII use of equipment and supplies, to maximise the efficient utilisation of resources; staff, infrastructure and financial
  • Manage the ongoing assessment of laboratory and workshop operational requirements
  • Manage the application of health and safety policies and procedures to ensure that activities are undertaken in a safe and compliant manner
  • Provide strategic guidance and advice to expand commercial opportunities and act as a point of reference during the negotiation of commercial agreements

Essential Skills and Experience
  • Extensive experience leading and integrating customer focused technical services delivery across multi-disciplinary teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to exercise judgement and initiative, and provide strategic options and advice to senior staff
  • People management skills and experience, including leading and coaching staff in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • High-level negotiation skills and ability to influence with tact and diplomacy
  • High-level written skills including significant experience in preparation of strategic and executive reports, and commercial proposals
  • Knowledge of WHS legislation and experience in managing a multi-site workplace with significant WHS requirements including developing and maintaining quality systems and coordinating and leading continuous safety improvement processes


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking feeS
  • A variety of leave arrangements

How to Apply

The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Sarah Doyle, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 3393.

Applications close: 11.30pm Thursday 7 October 2021

To be eligible to apply for internal positions, you must either be an Australian Aboriginal peoples, or a current UniSA continuing, fixed-term or casual staff member at the time the position is advertised and have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.


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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

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