Centre Manager

University of Queensland
February 16, 2023
Offerd Salary:$105,338
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • HEW level 8

  • Fixed-term position until 31 December 2025

  • Closing date: Thursday 16th February 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-20888)

  • About This Opportunity

    The Centre Manager is an integral position within the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance (CEA-StAR). Working closely with the Centre Director, Deputy Director, senior academics, industry partners, and various University departments, the Centre Manager will lead the business and operations management of CEA-StAR. This includes oversight of budgets, contracts and agreements, resources, and administrative and project support. Importantly, the Centre Manager serves as a bridge across all partners, stakeholders, and the Australian Research Council (ARC). The Centre Manager is expected to contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans and training programs, in line with the goals of the ARC ITRP program and Centre.


    Working under broad direction, the Centre Manager is required to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders to successfully achieve the Centre's KPIs and deliver outcomes.

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Operations Management

  • Provide input into the development of strategic plans, appropriate performance measures, key performance indicators and/or deliverables, assessing progress and implementing changes as required.

  • Provide high-level project management to monitor Centre performance against KPIs, working closely with all stakeholders to implement strategies and meet goals within the planned timelines.

  • Provide high-level research administration support, liaising with University Contracts teams and project partners to ensure all agreements are executed in a timely manner.

  • Provide high-level administrative support to the Centre Director, Deputy Director, and Committees, including organisation of meetings, agendas and following up on action items.

  • Coordinate and prepare the Centre annual report and any other reporting documents, as required by the ARC and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Manage, direct, and provide supervision support for other Centre administrative staff

  • Finance Management

  • Implement and manage a regular financial reporting process to track and report on Centre and project budgets.

  • Monitor budgets and provide reports for annual, project, and operational budget planning activities, including providing recommendations to the Centre Director on strategic initiatives that contribute to the Centre's goals.

  • Human Resources

  • Coordinate recruitment activities for Centre staff and HDR students.

  • Collaborate with the various Centre committees and University departments to develop, implement, and support the early career program. This includes planning and organisation of bootcamps, workshops, and all other training events, meetings, and symposia.

  • Work closely with industry partners hosting student placements and professional experiences to organise logistics, monitor progress, and manage issues as they arise.

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Liaise with the ARC and Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments, where appropriate, to inform collaborative research partnerships, and maintain and develop effective working relationships.

  • Coordinate internal and external stakeholder engagements to facilitate strong and long-term collaborations.

  • Lead the Centre's internal and external communications, including development of Centre identity, website, media releases, and management of social media platforms, as necessary to promote the Centre.

  • Lead the organisation Centre events, including annual meetings, conferences, and professional development and training.

  • Other

    Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University's Code of Conduct.

  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.

  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.

  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

  • This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    About You

    We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Centre Manager to lead the business and operational management of an ARC funded national research centre.

    Selection Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualifications or progress towards postgraduate qualifications and relevant management experience (preferably in the tertiary education or research sectors); or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience

  • Experience in the management and administration of complex research projects, with a focus on financial and budget planning, resource management and development of policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated strategic and operations planning skills, with the ability to identify problems and develop practical solutions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop effective collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This includes the ability to effectively produce material tailored to different audiences.

  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and as part of a team to complete tasks with minimal supervision.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time 1.0 FTE Fixed-term position 31 December 2025, with the possibility of extension, at HEW Level 8.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $105,338.31 to $118,280.70 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $123,245.82 to $138,388.42 per annum.

    The following flexible employment options may be available for this role some working from home; variable start or finish times; compressed hours; purchased leave; flex-time.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Prof Mark Blaskovich at [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing Selection Criteria

  • Resume

  • To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.

    About The Selection Process

    The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.

    Other Information

    Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion . We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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