First listed on: 25 February 2020

Executive Officer - Operations 

  • Do you thrive in busy, complex environments supporting senior executives?
  • Can you provide high level advice, project coordination and stakeholder engagement across a diverse operational portfolio?
  • Support CSIRO’s Chief Operating Officer and contribute to the leadership team

The Executive Officer (EO) for the Operations Group is an integral part of the Leadership Team and provides high level support in the management and administration of Operations. The EO contributes to the delivery of value-add support directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Leadership Team in meeting their objectives and deliverables.

Key responsibilities include the provision of advice and support on complex issues, coordination of planning activities, undertaking specific projects, and formulating and preparing a range of strategic communications. 

The Executive Officer reports to the COO and is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of the COO Office in the delivery of CSIRO’s strategy and relationship with Government and other stakeholders.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide high level support and advice to the Chief Operating Officer on issues and interactions with key stakeholders and external parties.
  • Contribute as a member of Leadership Team and establish collaborative relationships with the Leadership Team and their functions to influence and achieve outcomes for the sector and respective teams.
  • Prepare and review correspondence, presentations and reports that deal with complex or sensitive matters. Identify and prioritise issues requiring the COOs attention.
  • Coordinate internal and external processes, responses to information requests, compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Project manage sensitive or complex Operations activities.
  • Plan and coordinate key leadership meetings, conferences or other events, and provide support to committees and leadership structures.
  • Coordinate the preparation of strategic and operational Operations plans.
  • Represent the Chief Operating Officer when they cannot attend.

Location:  Black Mountain, ACT
Salary:  AU$113k – AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years
Reference:  65729

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management/leadership experience in an area relevant to the Operations group.
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive material and deal with matters with absolute discretion.
  • Proven ability to anticipate and manage problems in ambiguous situations, develop appropriate solutions based on thorough evaluation and interpretation, and defend the conclusions with reasoned arguments.
  • A confident and pro-active approach including the ability to work effectively with, and influence senior leaders in a dynamic executive team environment, and collaborate widely internally and externally.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, showing evidence of ability to formulate and prepare a wide range of strategic and government communications including complex and high-quality documents, reports, analyses, plans and briefings as well as present findings influentially to senior leaders.
  • Excellent organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to independently manage competing complex demands; establish or renegotiate priorities; and meet deadlines, including the ability to effectively adapt in ambiguous, urgent and/or complex situations where information is incomplete or not available.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level.
Flexible Working Arrangements
We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Balance
Diversity and Inclusion
We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
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How to Apply
Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.
Applications Close
9 March 2020, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT

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