Seed Program Manager - Defence Trailblazer

The University of Adelaide
December 03, 2023
Offerd Salary:$106,561 - $119,550
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Contract Type:Fixed Term position
Working Time:Full time
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(HE08) $106,561 - $119,550 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full-Time Fixed Term position to 30 June 2026. Location: Adelaide, SA

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability - a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and UNSW.

Defence Trailblazer is seeking a dynamic individual to join the program as Seed Program Manager. This integral role will contribute to the development of the rules and funding mechanisms for the Defence Trailblazer Seed Innovation Fund. Reporting to the Portfolio Manager, Innovation based at UNSW Canberra, the successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of the Seed Funding Program, Investor Access Panels and the Annual Showcase over the lifespan of the Defence Trailblazer program.

A natural communicator and collaborator, the incumbent will enjoy conversing with a variety of individuals across both Universities, with Industry Partners and Defence.

This role will require the Seed Program Manager to deliver the funding program annually including:

  • The recruitment of participants,
  • Development of application criteria and participate in the selection of appropriate technologies to be funded
  • The identification and recruitment of appropriate experts to support and guide decision making and
  • Working with projects funded to seek feedback and document progress.
  • Working closely with Investor access panel to benefit Partners and Innovation program Participants.
  • Delivery of Annual Showcase event
  • This role will include interstate travel and/or potentially international travel.

    To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and application of grant and investment funding processes.
  • Strong knowledge of venture capital in Australia supported by a well- developed network in the venture capital community in particular those with expertise in Defence and Defence Industry.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and to clearly convey ideas and information while demonstrating excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of autonomy, and a highly developed sense of initiative, to exercise judgement and problem solving.
  • Extensive project management skills and experience, including the ability to plan, implement and coordinator complex projects to meet objectives.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and the ability to operate and manage multiple tasks, complex projects while prioritising to meet strict deadlines, to work collaboratively and productively within a team.
  • Advanced level of computer literacy with excellent skills in Microsoft Office applications and software tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.
  • Experience in Australian Defence Force or Australian Defence Industry is desired but not essential.


  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.
  • The successful candidate may be required to hold or attain an Australian government security clearance.

    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 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 resume, as well as a cover letter addressing your suitability and experience for the position, referring to the selection criteria, in no more than 2 pages.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 3 December, 2023.

    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:

    Liz Kobold Portfolio Manager, Innovation Defence Trailblazer M: 0409 741 337 E: [email protected]

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    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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