Strategic Project Officer - Business Development

3 years, fixed term, full time with potential to extend, $101,777 - $108,462 (G08) plus 17% superannuation, Agile and flexible working environment with great work life balance.

About us

Whether we’re developing new mining technologies or exploring the origins of the universe, strong academic and industry partnerships lie at the heart of all our research endeavours.
Our ability to forge collaborations and share knowledge across faculties, campuses and external institutions have enabled us to take a ‘big picture’ approach to research and transform complex problems into innovative solutions that have far-reaching impact.

Your new role

We are seeking an experienced all-rounder to drive the development of major partnerships and proposal opportunities for major funding within demand driven research.  You will support the Strategic Directors to liaise with industry, government and researchers to drive key business development strategies, develop business plans and provide reporting to the senior management team. To this end, you will demonstrate an ability to focus both internally and externally to build relationships and deliver concrete outcomes.

You will gain exposure to a wide range of industry sectors from defence, agriculture and health to mining, energy and resources. You will be the key link between researchers, industry, external government, and research and industry bodies. The role provides an exciting opportunity to work on diverse and ground breaking research projects making real world differences.

In this role you will:

  • Drive new research opportunities for Curtin to collaborate with Industry and Government.
  • Manage a portfolio of key strategic partnerships, maintain and build these relationships.
  • Develop and implement effective business development plans for existing and new partnerships.
  • Coordinate and manage relevant documentation for business development opportunities.
  • Identify new work opportunities, emerging products and service areas and market development opportunities, working with senior stakeholders to pursue these.
  • Manage and implement projects from initiation to contract.
  • Manage partner relationships through increasing engagement and collaboration across a wide range of initiatives such as events and workshops.
  • Provide advice and contribute to strategies, policies, processes and programs to deliver the objectives of the Research Partnerships team.

Why choose Curtin

  • Varied role which will enable you to engage with a broad range of University wide, industry and government stakeholders.
  • Have the accountability to develop your partner portfolio within areas of genuine interest to you.
  • Work on world changing and ground breaking research initiatives.
  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services!
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA).

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We are looking for someone with:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and develop relationships effortlessly that translate to research projects.
  • Completion of a relevant degree with considerable relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and/or education/training.
  • High level planning, management and leadership skills.
  • Proven experience in a business development and stakeholder engagement based role with a strong industry focus.
  • Delivery focused and action oriented in an agile world.
  • Highly agile approach to work with outstanding interpersonal and oral communication skills, with the ability to develop and manage strategic relationships.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to construct clear and concise briefs, business cases and reports.
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to manage multiple and often competing tasks with attention to detail and within deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with a cross functional team internally and externally.
  • Strong critical analysis skills.
  • Strong understanding of the research landscape in Australia is desirable.
  • Experience in commercial contract coordination is also desirable.
  • Alignment to Curtin’s values

Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role. 

Applications close: 10:00 PM, Thursday 6 May 2021

Contact details
Please apply via the attached link, we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact.
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Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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