First listed on: 16 December 2021

Health & Biosecurity Project Manager


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The Opportunity

  • Manage a portfolio of projects tackling some of Australia’s most critical biosecurity threats
  • Bring together capabilities across pandemic preparedness, diagnostics, nutrition and behavioural sciences to address national challenges
  • Collaborative environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

The Human Health Program within CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit brings together capabilities across the pandemic preparedness, diagnostics, nutrition, and behavioural sciences to capitalise on the opportunities that have and continue to emerge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program is focussed on building a healthy and resilient Australian population by harnessing our capabilities to predict and prepare for, respond to, and recover from current and future bio-threats. A core element of this is the work that the program undertakes in the area of emerging infectious diseases and dangerous pathogens, including SARS-CoV.

The Project Manager will manage key projects within the human health program portfolio for delivery of primarily industry/sponsor-led projects, grant funded and non-government organisation led projects. The projects span across multiple teams and sites. You will oversee all aspects of projects, set deadlines, assign responsibilities, analysis and reporting, manage project risks, interdependencies and monitor and summarise progress of projects. Excellent communication across a broad range of stakeholders will be essential for this role.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaise with stakeholders to ensure the flawless execution of multiple concurrent cross functional projects, ensuring on-time delivery, within scope and within budget
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, working closely with key Project Leaders to clarify specific project requirements during the project planning phase and when there are significant changes to projects
  • Provide regular reporting plans to monitor and track progress through communication with Project Leaders, the ACDP facility, Business Development, Finance, Contracts and Legal teams, and all relevant committees
  • Perform risk management analysis including tracking to minimise project risks
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, including spreadsheets, diagrams and process maps to document needs related to project planning, project scheduling, relevant interdependencies between projects, project risks and risk mitigation strategies 
  • Track project performance, specifically to analyse the successful completion of short and long-term projects, aligning to Business Unit and organisational goals
  • Work with project leaders to manage relationships essential to coordinating all project elements including staffing availability, equipment, technical support requirements, financial requirements, policies, procedures and standards

Location:  Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Melbourne
Salary:  AU$141k – AU$157k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years 
Reference:  79521

To be considered you will need:

  1. A relevant degree and extensive experience in project management and research operations in a science environment.
  2. Demonstrated project management experience in a Clinical Research Organisation or similar research/industry environment, including an understanding of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)/Quality Systems and regulatory processes for regulatory authorities (i.e. TGA, FDA, EMA etc.)
  3. Demonstrated experience in the development of high-quality project planning, tracking and risk management materials and project management capability, including application in areas such as pharmaceutical/biotech industry, contract research organisations, translational academic research.
  4. Proven ability to investigate and solve complex problems, deal effectively with ambiguity, readily adapt to changing circumstances and maintain professionalism and flexibility, to achieve program and team objectives.
  5. Highly developed time management and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise demands, escalate issues as appropriate; establishing priorities for managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
  6. Ability to proactively manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, clients, team and cross-business unit colleagues; as well as providing sound project management advice e.g. building an understanding of client needs, delivering information relevant to diverse audiences.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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.  Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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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

6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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