First listed on: 22 December 2022

Deputy Director, Business Implementation


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About CSIRO Growth

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency – our purpose is to solve Australia's greatest challenges! 

CSIRO Growth is responsible for enabling CSIRO's business to operate in an integrated way across the organisation with a focus on customers, collaboration and commercialisation. We enable maximum impact for the nation underpinned by a healthy and sustainable financial platform.

CSIRO has a proud history of delivering impact for Australia, through its science and through the translation and enabling of that science via contracting, project and partner arrangements.  Business Implementation is the home of CSIRO’s commercial legal and contract teams, which structure, transact and close CSIRO’s external engagements to deliver impact and navigate risk. 

We have a focus to continually review and improve our operational systems and processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose in delivering CSIRO's strategy. As a result, we have established a new process across Growth to systematically review, simplify and optimise the systems and processes that enable our teams and business units to operate effectively.

This change process will also enable the integration of the latest digital tools to empower our teams and improve efficiency. This effectively consolidates all our business systems and processes under a single umbrella and will also manage the effective deployment of key roles, including commercial legal and contract services across the Growth portfolio. 

Growth works across our Business Development and Commercialisation, Global, Strategy and Science Impact and Policy functions, connecting our leaders and business units to market opportunities and challenges.

The Opportunity

  • Drive business improvement, systems and change management
  • Work across the organisation, enabling and integrating the latest digital tools and work practices
  • Key champion of organisational effectiveness

The Deputy Director (Business Implementation) and the other 4 Growth Directors will collaborate as a leadership team to assist the Executive Director in all aspects of the management and operation of CSIRO Growth. The Deputy Director will focus on delivery of commercial legal and contracting activities, as well as managing and optimising the systems and processes that enable the broader Growth team to deliver on their priorities, including oversight of:

  • Workforce initiatives, both within the business unit and horizontally across CSIRO 
  • People leadership, development, deployment, coaching, guidance and change management
  • Process (re)design and implementation to oversee digital transformation and optimisation of all Growth systems and processes 
  • Leading our legal and commercial contracting capability
  • Partnering closely with other Growth teams and CSIRO enterprise functions to deliver in a seamless and agile manner 
  • Growth's response to organisational initiatives and performance (e.g. risk management, audit responses, Culture Survey, Reconciliation Action Plan). 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A track record in managing business and change management processes in large complex organisations with a high degree of complexity. With experience in:
    • People leadership – development, deployment, coaching, guidance and change management 
    • Customer-first – connecting diverse skills and people to drive impact and deliver customer value 
    • Stakeholder management – connecting and working across the organisation 
    • Industry best practice – garnering and fostering knowledge sharing and education across the organisation by supporting 'Communities of Practice" and developing strong project management, governance and risk management 
    • Strategic advice – using strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to understand broader business issues affecting commercial legal and commercial contracts management. 
    • Change management – using systematic, transparent, and inclusive approaches to implementing the systems and processes required for Growth to deliver its priorities.

To be considered you will need:

1.    Relevant degree or experience in conjunction with demonstrated achievement in senior advisory and managerial roles, ideally with postgraduate managerial qualifications.
2.    Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world-class talent, promote wellbeing, and foster cross-organisational capability.
3.    A track record in promoting cross Business Unit collaboration and corporate initiatives.
4.    Superior stakeholder management, budgeting, resource management, and strategic planning skills.
5.    Deep understanding of people, systems, processes, procedures and technology enablers required to enable business and digital transformation.
6.    Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, build and develop a portfolio of key external commercial relationships and opportunities to support the delivery of impact objectives and meet current and future revenue goals aligned with CSIRO's Corporate Plan.
7.    Evidence of experience in building and maintaining strong professional and collaborative working relationships across a wide range of disciplines at all levels of the organisation and externally, proactively seeking and influencing multiple key stakeholders within a complex and ambiguous environment to achieve a successful outcome.
8.    Demonstrated experience building a high-performing team, providing coaching and development opportunities across the breadth and depth of a complex team that delivers high service delivery and technical output standards. Proven ability to hold a team accountable to specified results and create a culture that fosters innovative problem-solving, continuous improvement and knowledge sharing.

Location: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane - other CSIRO sites will be considered 
Salary: Attractive salary package available
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 91236

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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.

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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please note the recruitment of this position is under the management of Odgers Berndtson. For more information and to apply, please go to

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

Applications Close

3 February 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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