First listed on: 04 January 2021

Director Oceans & Atmosphere 

  • Are you an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader in marine & atmospheric science and technology?
  • Lead CSIRO’s Oceans & Atmosphere Business Unit that delivers impact through science and technology solutions that seek to secure Australia’s future through our oceans and atmosphere
  • Join CSIRO as an integral member of the leadership team


CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere provides knowledge to manage Australia’s marine areas and atmospheric environment.  CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere research is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region.   

The role of Director, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere presents an important opportunity to play a lead role in shaping CSIRO’s input as the Governments trusted advisor in the management of Australia’s marine and atmospheric environments. 

This successful applicant will have a deep understanding of the marine and atmospheric market with a track record in leading change activities and building effective teams. The role requires a  visionary leader with experience in managing portfolios of projects and people within the research and development domain. The Director will be a member of the CSIRO Leadership team and have outstanding collaboration and communications skills.

Your duties will include:

Strategic leadership
Building on the team's success, oversee and implement the Oceans & Atmosphere Strategy. Contribute to whole of organisation strategic initiatives focussed on the delivery of science impact, responding to client and market need and input to government policy positioning. 
Lead the business unit to develop and realise its science vision in partnership with stakeholders and science partners.

Capability leadership
Attract, develop and retain world class talent that will meet current and future needs.
Empower staff with sufficient autonomy to pursue innovative science and technology that encourages the creative exchange of ideas within the context of the broader CSIRO and BU Strategic plan and vision.

Engagement and partnerships
Drive commercial outcomes through the transfer of research and technology into commercial and societal benefits.
Develop and maintain strategic relationships with  stakeholders, clients and partners to ensure alignment of  the business unit's activities with the needs of the nation.

Resource Leadership
Lead and manage the business unit's financial resources, people, infrastructure and research assets to ensure their effective and efficient use.
Secure a pipeline of opportunities aligned with national priorities that delivers a sustainable financial future.

Location: Melbourne VIC or Brisbane QLD preferred, other locations may be considered
Salary: An attractive remuneration package will be offered including up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  71240

To be successful you will need (Essential Criteria):

  1. Established credibility and respect in the marine and atmospheric domain with evidence of effective leadership of a world-class research capability commensurate with the scale of the Oceans and Atmosphere business unit (~500 staff and affiliates). Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant field is mandatory.
  2. Evidence of strong engagement skills and strategic relationship management that expands growth opportunities, drives commercial outcomes, and delivers national impact.
  3. Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world-class talent and to promote well-being and foster creativity and innovation. 
  4. Demonstrated track record in leading a complex, multi-site and large-scale operation including managing financial and physical resources and creating a safe and healthy workplace.
  5. Established track record of building, driving and embedding cultural change and effective change management.
  6. Strong leadership skills that demonstrate  the ability to unite disparate groups.
  7. Values and behaviours are exemplary, and actively promotes cross-organisation collaboration.

Special Requirements:

To be eligible for this position you must be willing and able to undertake domestic and international travel.
The successful candidate will be required to obtain a Security Clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level. 

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity
We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. 

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. 

At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online
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If you experience difficulties when applying, please email or call 1300 984 220.

Role enquiries can be directed to: Nicole Poole ( or 02 9490 5618) or  Laurent Heymann ( or 07 3214 2342) 
Applications should include your Curriculum Vitae and a statement of no more than 2 pages outlining how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the role.

Applications Close
31 January 2021

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