First listed on: 02 September 2021

Project Manager - Manufacturing


The Opportunity

  • Apply your project management expertise to manufacturing research projects
  • Diverse project portfolio from quantum technology to sensor chip production
  • Truly flexible work arrangements! Achieve your work life balance

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit combines multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capability and uses world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in the development of innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

CSIRO’s Applied Physics Group is a diverse team of scientists, engineers and research staff which develops devices and engineered systems for the benefit industrial partners including in aerospace, space, defence, renewable energy, telecommunications, minerals and mining, and transportation. In particular, quantum devices is an area for significant expansion and we are seeking to fill a number of exciting new roles across the group.

As the Project Manager you will be to provide non-scientific support for a portfolio of interlinked scientific research projects in the Applied Physics Group. The projects involve a multi-disciplinary extended team working on quantum technology development with additional activities in sensor chip production and scale up. You will manage the portfolio of projects in collaboration with the project leaders in aspects of planning, resource analysis, scenario planning, setting priorities, negotiating and assigning work allocations, tracking progress, reporting internally and externally and budgeting. You will also play a key liaison role with external clients.

This role is offered on a full-time, part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE) or job share basis (if circumstances permit). Talk to us about your needs.

Your duties will include:

  • Project management of multiple related projects at all stages of project lifecycle (initiation, planning, execution, and closure).
  • Develop and manage project plans, engaging with project and science leads and creating a culture of shared ownership for the successful outcome of projects.
  • Identify project risk and issues and manage risk mitigation activities through identification, assessment and coordination of response actions.
  • Organise and chair project and portfolio management meetings
  • Coordinate the preparation of progress reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop and foster relationships with key internal and external stakeholders including client communications
  • Develop project budgets and track expenditure – and report.
  • Mentor and train the team in project management practices
  • Operate within the security policies and procedures defined for the project.
  • Get to know the clients aims, negotiate work requirements with clients, and be instrumental in ensuring that their needs are met, by acting as a trusted advisor, demonstrating creativity in determining and anticipating client needs. Identify resource changes and adapt project plans to respond to new data, changes in priority and resource availability.

Location:  Lindfield, NSW
Salary:  AU$115k – AU$135k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  77264

To be considered you will need:

  1. A relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in science or engineering.
  2. Certification in Project Management or equivalent.
  3. Proven experience leading complex, client-oriented research projects.
  4. Demonstrated success in establishing highly performing, multi-disciplinary project teams and coordinating delivery of large-scale projects on time, on specification and on budget preferably in a matrix organisation environment.
  5. Proven ability to plan and determine priorities, manage resources, monitor and report progress and application of project management methodologies.
  6. Demonstrated analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills and an ability to coordinate multiple tasks within agreed priorities, timeframes and accountabilities.
  7. Excellence in oral, written and interpersonal skills, including the ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with a diverse range of clients, management and staff in a highly collaborative environment.
  8. Qualifications/education in Physics or engineering is desirable, as is experience in defence industries.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a security clearance at Negative Vetting 2 level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

28 Sept 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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