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Csiro Defence Relationship Manager

CSIRO - Canberra, ACT

Any Industry
Source: uWorkin


The Opportunity

  • Are you a professional, experienced relationship manager with a background in Defence?
  • Can you use your expertise to strengthen CSIRO's relationship with Defence?
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!
CSIRO are seeking a highly motivated relationship manager to join our team within Business Development and Growth. The Defence Relationship Manager will be responsible for establishing an engagement plan for CSIRO’s work with the Defence Sector, leading to a long term and high impact CSIRO presence in Defence.

The role will involve developing networks in business & science, with the goal of supporting and strengthening CSIRO’s current strategic relationship with DSTG and the DoD. You will build on the current Defence relationships within CSIRO Business Units (BUs) and their customer base, to deliver focussed engagements across CSIRO. You will also establish University / Research institute relationships with the view to CSIRO involvement in one-on-one or research consortium collaborations in the Defence sector.

Your duties will include:
  • Developing, implementing and, providing ongoing management of the Defence Engagement Strategy ensuring the strategy delivers on its objectives.
  • Developing a clear understanding of relevant CSIRO Business Unit strategic priorities to facilitate the development of defence networks and opportunities that align with strategy.
  • Acting as CSIRO’s representative with an array of customers as determined in the CSIRO Defence Engagement Strategy.
  • Coordinating the implementation of the CSIRO’s Defence Strategy with internal stakeholders including BUs and support functions.
  • Developing a portfolio of relationships with R&D managers of new and existing clients and partners in the Defence area aligned to CSIRO Business Unit’s research strategies and plans.
  • Providing insight into Defence market needs and opportunities, effectively developing networks and utilising available business and market information.
Location: Adelaide, SA; Brisbane, QLD; Canberra, ACT or Sydney, NSW

Salary: AU$139k - AU$153k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 73453

To be considered you will need:
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent technical experience in one or more R&D areas relevant to identified business/collaboration priorities in the Defence area.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and influencing critical stakeholders and developing a portfolio of meaningful R&D relationships.
  • An ability to work closely with senior leaders to agree on relationship development priorities with a focus on science impact.
  • A demonstrated and extensive knowledge and networks within the Defence sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by superior reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities.
  • The ability to work independently and cohesively as a part of a highly functioning team, to formulate and execute engagement strategies leading to industry and collaborator R&D contracts.
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The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the NV2 (SECRET) level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 16 May 2021, 11:00pm AEST