First listed on: 15 May 2024

Hands-on role leading a specialist team delivering high-quality customer services to the University in the pre-award space (including all competitive grant and tender applications) and contributing to strategy and service improvements.

 The Opportunity

  • Fast-paced, exciting environment
  • Hybrid/flexible work arrangements
  • Full-time (35 hours week), Continuing, permanent role

 Research Grants and Contracts (RGC) contributes to UNSW’s research performance and profile via the effective management of the University’s research income. RGC is the key link between UNSW researchers, executive and funding agencies such as the NHMRC, ARC, other government and non-government research funders, philanthropic competitive grant funders and industry partners. Each year the RGC team manages more than 2,200 applications and 7,000 ongoing projects on behalf of UNSW, supporting more than 2,000 UNSW academics.

The Senior Manager, Pre-Award oversees a team responsible for delivering high-quality customer services in competitive grant and tender applications for the University. Collaborating closely with colleagues across Research Analysis, Data and Reporting, Research Strategy Office and Research Grants & Contracts, this is a hands-on role; actively participating in the team’s daily tasks, as well as managing the team, contributing to strategic planning, policy and process development, and operational protocols.

Reporting to the Associate Director Research Grants and Contracts, you’ll manage a team of four direct reports and temporary project officers during major application periods.Top of Form

The Organisation

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re Australia’s number one university for impact and among the nation’s Top 20 employers.

Benefits and Culture: 

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to UNSW benefits including:

  • Hybrid/Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to lifelong learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements  
  • Affordable on-campus parking

About the successful applicant

You can demonstrate your competitive grant applications expertise and people management experience, as well as knowledge and understanding of the Australian higher education sector and of the research funding environment both in Australia and internationally.

You’ll also be able to demonstrate your leadership in managing complex projects, handling competing deadlines in a high-volume environment, and fostering strong stakeholder relationships. Additionally, you’ll contribute to strategic planning and policy formulation, and implementing innovative solutions to enhance workflows and service quality. Financial acumen, commitment to organisational values and policies, and knowledge of health and safety responsibilities are also essential. Please review the Position Description for detailed Skills and Experience required.

To Apply: Please submit your CV, Cover Letter and Response to Skills and Experience required nominated in the Position Description via the APPLY button.

Contact: Shiree Thomas, Talent Acquisition Consultant E:

Applications close:  11.55pm, Thursday 30th May 2024.

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 


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