Business Manager, Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability

The University of Adelaide
December 06, 2022
Offerd Salary:$131,306 to $139,945
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
Working Time:Negotigation
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(HEO10) $131,306 to $139,945 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies

Fixed-term position available for 3.5 years

New position accountable to Exec Director, Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability

The successful Business Manager will manage the day to day operations of the Defence Trailblazer business unit including all aspects of the establishment, operation and outcomes of the program.

For context, Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability integrates existing university, industry and defence research and commercialisation cultures into a unified program, accelerating the generation of sovereign defence capability aligned with the Defence National Manufacturing Priority.

The Defence Trailblazer will see collaboration to solve complex problems and push concepts across the “valley of death” into manufacturing and dual-use applications. New training pathways, including programs to increase diversity in the sector, will be created.

To be successful you will need:

  • Highly developed time and workload management skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise effectively, manage competing demands, meet deadlines and achieve results.
  • Exceptional problem solving, conflict resolution and influencing skills, including the ability to investigate and manage complex issues with diplomacy and discretion.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated capacity to research and deliver well written committee papers, minutes, reports and proposals for an executive audience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, exercising initiative and sound judgement to manage day-to-day operations and deliverables.
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    Your division's broader role

    The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment.

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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55 PM (AEST), 6 December 2022.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Sanjay Mazumdar Executive Director, Trailblazer Defence P: +61 478 403 462 E:

    You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, please try viewing on another device)

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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