First listed on: 04 May 2022

Business Development Manager (Identified Role - Indigenous)


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Would you like to be our trusted advisor and conduit for CSIRO researchers and scientists?
  • Support the delivery of Indigenous-led and co-designed science and research at CSIRO
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

The Business Development Manager provides administrative and management services to support the effective provision of research and development activities for CSIRO’s Indigenous Science and Engagement Program. The role will be responsible for establishing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations across Australia to identify science challenges, issues and research CSIRO can support.

Your duties will include:

  • Act as a trusted advisor, understanding the client’s business and seeking information about the real underlying needs of Indigenous people and communities, and identify and adapt quickly to changes in clients’ needs and market changes.
  • Within broad guidelines negotiate and support the team to secure external funds, have sound understanding of CSIRO goals and activities, be a member of and provide strategic advice to the management team, and establish and maintain networks beneficial to the achievement of the Indigenous Science and Engagement program.
  • Influence the Business Unit’s strategic decisions and aligning the goals of their function with the broader ISEP goals, and contribute to and influence organisational policy and action.

Location: Negotiable - any CSIRO site across Australia 
Salary: AU$141k - AU$157k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time
Reference: 83796

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant work experience in a relevant area such as science, business or Indigenous engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, build and develop business relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and communities on Country.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing business development leadership, developing strategy and delivering beneficial growth and change for organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience in originating, negotiating and contracting business opportunities in an Indigenous context including transaction lifecycle and complex transaction types.
  • Commercial judgment and demonstrated ability to build trust and maintain strong professional and collaborative working relationships across a wide range of disciplines and the ability to lead commercial transactions

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant will be required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

02 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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