First listed on: 30 October 2020

Director - Governance 

  • Pivotal role on CSIRO’s leadership team
  • Lead critical specialist functions including risk, fraud, governance, legal and internal audit 
  • Join Australia’s pre-eminent scientific research organisation and make a difference to all Australians

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency delivering economic, environmental and social benefit for the nation and the world. 

Reporting to the COO, the Director Governance sets high standards across CSIRO with respect to strategic governance, risk management and related accountability leadership, service delivery, outcomes focus and partnering for success. The Director builds strong internal and external relationships at the highest levels, using foresight, advocacy and diplomacy.

Success in this role is defined by effectively leading the governance team to support CSIRO staff to deliver great science and achieve its porpose and outcomes in ways that appropriately manage risk and achieve necessary compliance, with a high level of agility and customer focus.

More specifically, you will:

  • Deliver CSIRO’s Strategy and meet the high expectations of CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Board, Executive, and stakeholders regarding risk management and compliance with legislation, regulation, policies, standards and practices;
  • Ensure CSIRO has appropriate Governance, Delegations and Risk Management Frameworks that reflect best practice and are implemented to ensure consistency, continuity and integration across the business;
  • Internal audit programs are designed and delivered to provide the Chief Executive, Board and the Board Audit and Risk Committee with advice and assurance with respect to compliance matters;
  • Provide strategic and comprehensive advice on diverse governance issues critical to CSIRO operations to the Chief Executive, Chairman and Board, leadership and staff including the coordination of advice covering governance and legal compliance, probity, commercial transactions and collaborations, commercial litigation and dispute management, joint ventures and equity investments, and strategic partnerships;
  • Effective oversight and proactive support to CSIRO’s leadership, during situations of potential risk, critical incident management and emergency.

Location:  Melbourne and Canberra preferred, Sydney also considered
Salary:  Attractive salary package offered
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  70208

To be considered you will need:

  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in implementing and maintaining contemporary high-level governance, risk management and commercial principles as they apply to large, complex organisations with the ability to drive change and continuous improvement.
  • Proven track record as a respected and trusted advisor, with diplomacy and foresight, who relates to and connects closely with the Executive and Board as well as with external stakeholders particularly Government.
  • Experience in shaping and influencing organisational culture to achieve governance, risk and compliance objectives in line with the Organisation’s risk appetite, relevant legislation, regulations and policy.
  • Possession of the highest standards of ethical behaviour and integrity, combined with an ability to manage conflict, enhance collegiality and to harness the contributions of others, tapping into people’s strengths.

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

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. 

How to Apply

Please apply on-line, providing a cover letter and CV that demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

15 November 2020, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT

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