First listed on: 24 November 2021

Do you have experience in and a passion for the water sector, nurturing high performing teams, delivering high impact research, enabling healthy communities, protecting the planet and genuine business development?  If so – please read on as this career opportunity could be for you.

Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA) is a not-for-profit, member driven, national company limited by guarantee with a key role in the Australian water industry.  WaterRA works with and through its members (water industry, researchers, regulators) and trusted partners to create, manage, share, extend and translate collaborative research into real solutions for the water sector.  While its head office is located in Adelaide, WaterRA currently also has a presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and has a truly national influence.

Due to the completion of a secondment we are looking for a General Manager Research Services to lead the co-development, co-delivery (with members) and securing of funds for WaterRA’s program of collaborative research and capability building designed to enable member organisations to derive measurable value at every stage of the research lifecycle and foster innovation and impact across the water sector. As part of the Leadership Team, the role supports the CEO to achieve growth and sustainability of the business and nurture a high performing team. Key responsibilities include: 

  • lead research strategy formulation and its implementation to yield member value and business success;
  • proactively grow the funding and customer base of the Research Leadership Program;
  • deliver assigned research programs;
  • continuously improve the organisation’s ability to maximise member value, participation and research quality;
  • establish and maintain productive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • provide leadership within the business to support delivery of WaterRA’s strategy.

Applications are encouraged from professionals with tertiary qualifications in science, engineering or a related discipline appropriate to the water sector. Experience in program and contract management, team leadership, line management and the development and implementation of research processes and policies are required to be successful in the role, as are strong negotiation and stakeholder engagement skills. A positive, proactive and collaborative approach, excellent customer focus and the ability to work across multiple technical areas will also be important. A knowledge of water sector roles and responsibilities and the awareness of the technical aspects associated with customer-centred water utility service delivery would be an advantage.

 WRA is open to flexibility re the location of the appointee but the appointee must be willing and able to travel inter and intra-state from time-to-time to meet with members in person. If this sounds like you, make an enquiry to explore the opportunity to influence strategy for this key organisation supporting a vital sector.

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Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Justin Hinora at Hender Consulting.

For a confidential discussion, please call Hender Consulting on (08) 8100 8827.

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