First listed on: 08 September 2022

 Director, Strategy


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The Opportunity

  • Lead the process for the development and ongoing management of CSIRO strategy
  • Drive the formation of CSIRO's strategic direction
  • Apply today to join Australia's National Science?Agency!

The Director, Strategy is responsible for leading the process for the development and ongoing management of CSIRO strategy, developing market insights and strategic executive reporting as well as providing advice to management on matters of strategy and impact investment.

The Strategy team drive the formation of CSIRO's strategic direction, support portfolio investment decision making and tracking delivery. The team facilitates dialogue, providing informed insights, and supports performance management. The Strategy team supports CSIRO in developing the organisation’s Corporate Plan and Annual Report, strategy development and impact planning for individual Business Units. Additionally, the team facilitates the Annual Performance and Investment Review process, and continuous performance reporting.

Your duties will include:

  • Facilitate the annual strategy development process which covers all parts of CSIRO and culminates in reviews of the organisational strategy by the Executive Leadership Team and the Board.
  • Oversee the development of evidence-based impact strategies in collaboration with CSIRO Business Units through exceptional project management.
  • Analyse the business environment and identify the potential trends and risks that are of strategic significance to CSIRO.
  • Evaluate the implications of environmental change and development of strategic options to achieve CSIRO objectives.
  • Lead the development of recommendations for a portfolio of strategic options that align with CSIRO’s ambition and purpose.
  • Develop and maintain trusted relationships with multiple stakeholders who may contribute to, or be impacted by, company strategy recommendations or the annual strategic planning process.
  • Provide expertise across the organisation on transformation and change management, program management, benefits realisation, business improvement methodology and taking an active role in up-skilling the employees and ensuring a consistent approach across all these areas.
  • Work closely with Finance and Human Resources to provide a holistic view of program activity, conduct ongoing monitoring and progress review of projects, reporting on key project milestones, resource forecasts, benefit realisation and budget management.
  • Manage the key dependencies across the transformation streams of work; working in partnership with stream leads, driving accountability for delivery and realisation of business benefits.
  • Lead the deployment of change in the business and work in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team to effectively assess business readiness and identify key risks.
  • Lead a team of project implementation professionals and provide direction to cross-functional teams.  
  • Accountable for the strategic reporting for the Executive Leadership Team and CSIRO Board.  
  • Conduct analysis and develop and maintain executive reporting that clearly tracks the success of the deployment of CSIRO strategy.
  • Be a trusted adviser to CSIRO executive leaders providing incisive perspectives on the Australian policy environment and global macro factors, with a particular focus on medium to longer term scenarios.
  • Partner with multiple internal stakeholders to deliver high quality insights and commercial perspectives on various issues and strategic options. This will include collating and researching data, synthesising information, and making strategic recommendations.
  • Support decision making on key projects and ad-hoc business issues through the provision of robust analysis, modelling and insight of both financial and non-financial data.
  • Contribute to the success of the Executive Leadership Team, managing deliverables to meet tight deadlines.

Location: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane 
Salary: Attractive salary package available
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 88721

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification, finance, business or other relevant discipline, a post-graduate degree in science and technology or business administration field is desirable.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in driving execution of strategy, innovation and commercial development programs.
  • Experience in shaping, leading and driving business transformation that has achieved measurable improvements.
  • Proven track record in initiating and contributing to strategic direction and negotiating funding and / or investments.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing program management and reporting disciplines across a large organisation.
  • Strong commercial and financial acumen and proven ability to effectively use information to support strategic business decisions through extensive analysis and modelling.
  • A track record in running large transformational projects, using effective project management methodologies.
  • Superior stakeholder management, budgeting, resource management, and strategic planning skills.
  • Outstanding project and program and change management skills and the ability to demonstrate experience of driving delivery that spans multiple stakeholders within a large organisation.
  • Deep understanding of people, process and technology enablers required to enable business transformation.
  • Superior workforce planning and resource planning skills, and exceptional analytical and problem solving capability.
  • Strong communication, presentation and influencing skills, and ability to successfully work with peers.
  • Ability to work effectively with senior executives, including CEO and the Board.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


This is a security assessed position. To be eligible you must hold an Australian Citizenship and be willing and able to meet Baseline Security requirements.

Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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 send your application directly to Heidrick & Struggles at

In your application you will need provide your CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation and relevant capabilities and experience you could bring to this role. 

Applications Close

25 September 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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