Business Manager, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

About us

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University. The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support of Bankwest. The Centre’s core mission is to deliver high quality, accessible research that enhances our understanding of key economic and social issues that contribute to the wellbeing of West Australian families, businesses and communities. This is an excellent opportunity to work within a vibrant and energetic department that shares true passion in their delivery of work. 
Your new role
We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Manager to run all of the business functions of the centre, and support the Centre’s leadership team with business and strategy development, resource planning and allocation, and partner management. This position holds significant responsibility within the Centre and the incumbent is expected to demonstrate management skills and leadership.
Responsibilities include:

  • Provide advice and support to the Director and Head of Research Impact and Engagement in developing and reviewing the Centre’s strategic and operational plans.
  • In consultation with the Director and Head of Research Impact and Engagement, manage the day to day operations of the Centre.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and management to professional staff.
  • Managing resources and activities to ensure projects are planned and completed to client expectations, and that the centre fulfils its research targets and financial objectives.
  • Developing and monitoring budgets, forecasts, and business modelling and reporting.
  • Manage all reporting obligations of the Centre.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships and commercial opportunities with external partners, through effective communications and events.
  • Provide advice and support to the Director, Head of Research Impact and Engagement and Centre staff on operational and regulatory matters pertaining to research.
  • Ensure effective communication, both within the Centre and across the Centre’s key internal and external stakeholders and partners.

Why choose Curtin

  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities.
  • Vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and campus services.
  • The opportunity to grow, develop and diversify your own skill set.
  • Curtin continues to be a leader in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector, being one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevate RAP - the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework.

You will bring to the role

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or extensive experience in business management within a complex organisation; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education training.
  • Considerable experience in business planning through detailed research and analysis on a range of issues and the ability to develop, implement and evaluate business improvement strategies.
  • Strong understanding of financial and budget management.
  • High level communication and negotiation skills and the ability to anticipate partner concerns.
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage and influence others.
  • Build and maintain effective and productive relationships with a wide range of internal and external partners.
  • Understanding of University Research Centres and familiarity with Australian Research Council standards is advantageous.

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. 

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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

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Once you have applied, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received by us.
Applications close: 9:00 PM, Thursday 19 March 2020


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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