First listed on: 27 February 2021

Senior Project Manager - High Technology / Research and Development

  • Coordinate the management of high-tech projects within CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
  • Lead the development of major components and sub-systems for the SKA
  • Make a difference - Contribute your innovative leadership approach to projects of all sizes

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) builds and operates radio telescopes around Australia, including the iconic parkes "Dish", the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) in the Murchison district of Western Autralia.

As a Senior Project Manager with CASS, you will contribute expertise in the management of high-technology, science or complex engineering projects.  You will directly manage your own individual contracts as well as overseeing a small team of project managers responsible for internal projects delivering instruments to CASS radio-astronomy facilities.  Along with these instrument-development programs, you will lead and coordinate the development of major components and sub-systems for joint projects, in particular the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

CSIRO is playing a lead role in the design, development and construction of SKA-Low, the Australian component of SKA, which will be built at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), ~300km inland from Geraldton, Western Australia. CASS is responsible for delivering, or managing the delivery of, several aspects of the SKA-Low telescope, and your team will have roles in managing some parts of this work as well as working on several small satellite projects as part of CSIRO’s space program, such as CSIROSat-1, and projects within the Space Future Science Platform (FSP).

In this role you will:

  • Undertake financial and asset management and provide effective leadership for Project Managers, advising on suitable requirements for a range of projects.
  • Take direct responsibility for project management of one or more engineering or technology projects within CASS.
  • Manage the Program Review Board (PRB), an oversight panel within CASS that evaluates, approves and monitors projects.
  • Build strong client relationships and proactively engage with a wide range of stakeholders to determine strategic requirements.
  • Maintain appropriate tracking and PM systems and provide up-to-date project tracking documentation to CASS management.
  • Represent CSIRO’s interests in external forums and advocate CSIRO’s position as required.
  • Work with a long-term perspective when addressing client issues and balance immediate and long-term benefits.
  • Fulfil a leading role in project scoping, planning and allocating resources, and forecast potential influences on the operating environment.

Location: Marsfield (Sydney) NSW or Kensington (Perth) WA
Salary: AU$136k - AU$150k pa (pro-rata for p/t), plus up to 15.4% superannuation (market salary may be considered on negotiation)
Tenure: Indefinite, full-time (a job-share arrangement will be considered if circumstances permit)
Reference: 72060

To be considered, you will hold a university degree (or equivalent) in project management or a relevant physical science or engineering discipline, plus a minimum of approximately 10 years’ experience in all aspects of large and complex project management (including projects with budgets above $30m). 

You will also have:

  • Project management qualifications (PMP, REGPM, PRINCE2 Practitioner) or equivalent.
  • Experience leading project management activities with successful delivery of complex research and development projects.
  • High-level communication and team leadership skills and the ability to foster effective relationships.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, safe working practices, environmental management, and equal employment opportunities.
  • A record of innovation and a desire to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into projects of all sizes.
  • The ability and willingness to work flexible hours as required, and undertake travel within Australia, including to remote sites.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Wednesday 31 March, 2021 (11pm AEDT)

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