First listed on: 26 June 2024

Oversee operations of our comprehensive research support centre managing cutting-edge major instrumentation used by researchers, and a diverse team of specialists who are leaders in their fields. 

The Opportunity

  • Harness state-of-the art infrastructure and highly skilled talent to deliver exceptional services
  • Significant career opportunity with potential to further develop the role
  • Full-time, continuing (permanent) role 

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) at UNSW supports research across 19 core facilities for studying medical, biological, chemical, and physical materials. Our facilities are housed in custom-built laboratories accessible to UNSW staff, students, and external researchers, including government and industry. MWAC staff provide research collaboration, technical support, education, and training to users accessing the facilities. The Centre also undertakes industry projects and specialist consulting work for external clients in areas of specialisation. The Centre is managed by around 125 staff, overseeing equipment worth about $200M. 

The Chief Operating Officer is a key member of the MWAC senior leadership team, responsible for strategic planning and operations including the provision and management of shared services across Finance, HR, IT, Health & Safety and asset management, in alignment with UNSW’s strategic goals. You’ll also manage stakeholder engagement, management and support for translational research and business development goals with industry and government clients including the Chemical Consulting Laboratory. 

You’ll collaborate with MWAC leadership and report to the Executive Director MWAC, Renee Whan, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure), Grainne Moran. The COO has at least 8 direct reports. 

The Organisation

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re Australia’s number one university for impact and among the nation’s Top 20 employers.

Benefits and Culture: 

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to benefits including:

  • Hybrid/Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements  
  • Affordable on-campus parking

About the successful applicant

You have postgraduate qualifications in finance, business, management, or science, and extensive senior leadership experience, preferably in technical, research, or higher education sectors. Critical skills include financial management, people management, stakeholder collaboration, networking, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

You’ll also be able to demonstrate your experience with public and private sectors, particularly in research, funding, business development and or commercialisation, proven track record in managing multiple projects and commitment to UNSW’s values and health and safety policies.

To Apply: If leading operations of a world-class research support infrastructure facility is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to Skills and Experience required (nominated in the Position Description) via the APPLY button.

Contact: Shiree Thomas, Talent Acquisition Consultant e:

Applications close:  11.55pm, Sunday 14th July 2024

 UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 

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