Chief Operating Officer, Australian Plant Phenomics Network (APPN)

The University of Adelaide
July 28, 2024
Offerd Salary:$141,610 - $150,927
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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New salary effective 29 June 2024 (HEO10) $141,610 - $150,927 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full-time, fixed-term position until 30 September 2028 (with potential of an extension) Direct report to the Chief Executive Officer (APPN) Join a diverse dynamic network that encourages collaboration and innovation in a research setting

An exciting opportunity exists for a highly organised, energetic professional to join the Australian Plant Phenomics Network (APPN) in a key leadership role.

The APPN is comprised of nine renowned research organisations that offer advanced phenotyping technologies and digital innovation to transform Australian plant and agricultural science.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) provides high level advice and executive management support to the APPN CEO and Advisory Board to support decision making on policy and strategy. The COO has substantial managerial responsibility across budgets, resource allocation, risk management, strategy and future planning, commercialisation of APPN outputs, and partner engagement. Working in close collaboration with APPN Nodes, the COO ensures that contractual funding obligations are met and coordinates responses to requests from the Australian Government's Department of Education and other APPN stakeholders.

To be successful you will need:

  • Substantial and demonstrated experience in financial and strategic management in an evolving service environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in development, implementation and evaluation of strategic frameworks, policies and procedures.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills, including for financial data, with a demonstrated capacity to research and deliver well written committee papers, minutes, reports, and proposals for an executive audience.
  • Experience in the supervision and performance management of staff, including the ability to manage complex or sensitive HR matters and coordinating with staff in multiple locations.
  • Aptitude for strategic thinking, translating strategies and priorities into goals, and leading change, ideally in a research setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective leadership of change to improve performance, establish a harmonious working environment and maintain an outcome-based focus.
  • 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 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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    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: 11:55PM (AEST), Sunday 28 July 2024.

    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, please contact either:

    Richard Dickmann CEO, Australian Plant Phenomics Network P: +61 (08) 8313 0829 E: [email protected]

    Helli Meinecke General Manager Operations, APPN P: +61 (08) 8313 0808 E: [email protected]

    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 committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.


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