First listed on: 06 September 2023

Executive Manager, Global Partnerships


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The Opportunity

  • Are you an experienced leader in global engagements & partnerships?
  • Collaborate with the Australian Government to deliver national benefit!
  • Drive and deliver CSIRO’S Global strategy!

Our Strategic Partnerships Group within CSIRO Growth is seeking an Executive Manager Global Partnerships, to play a key role within their Leadership Team! As a key member of the Leadership Team, you will be responsible for influencing the forming, shaping, and delivery of CSIRO’s international strategy to ensure the global partnerships portfolio has strong alignment to CSIRO’s corporate objectiveschallenge strategies and Missions Program.

You will lead The CSIRO Global team which drives collaboration to increase CSIRO’s international influence, establish strategic partnerships across industry and government, and connect the world with the best of Australia’s science, research, and innovation. The Global team are the international face of CSIRO with representation in the United States of America (San Francisco and Washington), Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Chile and across Australia.??

Your passion for collaborating, sharing knowledge, and fostering the growth of others will be imperative as you will be responsible for leading the international team to accelerate innovation and growth through strategic partnerships.

If you have an exceptional knack at building relationships and influencing a diverse group of stakeholders in a range of geographic, cultural and industry contexts, and able to work flexibly across multiple time zones on a regular basis, this may be a great role for you!

Your duties will include:

  • Maintaining awareness of current geo-political issues on major national and international challenges and best-practice approaches to addressing them through interdisciplinary approaches that include science, technology and humanities.
  • Establishing comprehensive processes to ensure cross coordination, internally with a range of science areas, different parts of Growth, and external strategic partners.
  • Accountability for the delivery of CSIRO’S Global strategy and creating a pipeline of relevant international partnerships.
  • Working across CSIRO’s priority international markets to define critical sustainable partnerships in collaboration with cross-disciplinary science areas and in alignment with Australia’s government agenda and national interests.
  • Serving as a thought partner to CSIRO leadership and other senior executive as they engage in bilateral and regional partnership discussions and formal collaborations.
  • In consultation with CSIRO science areas, being a trusted advisor to CSIRO leadership and other senior executive as they engage in bilateral and regional partnership discussions and formal collaborations.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships with key strategic customers and stakeholders to support the implementation of CSIRO business plans in a coordinated and purposeful manner.
  • Leading, managing and motivating a team of Science Counsellors and Heads of Country to deliver science diplomacy and program excellence by providing clear strategic direction, guidance on prioritisation of workstreams, together with input and coaching on key deliverables.
  • Understanding Ministerial and Government portfolio priorities and ensure that these are considered in delivering the global strategy.

Location: All AU CSIRO sites will be considered. A hybrid working environment will be available. 
Salary: AU$174,458 to$203,095 per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 94196

To be considered you will need:

  • Flexibility to work across multiple time zones on a regular basis.
  • A minimum of 15 years of senior level work experience in a relevant field including internationally and relevant degree in conjunction with demonstrated achievement in leading an international team, senior advisory and managerial roles, ideally with postgraduate managerial qualifications. 
  • Strong general management skills – including line management of diverse teams - with the ability to lead a range of complex programs and stakeholders in a high growth international environment.
  • Strong experience in the field of international engagements and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience in guiding a high performing team, through coaching and development opportunities, as well as creating a culture that fosters innovative problem solving, continuous improvement and knowledge sharing.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Australian Government to delivery national benefit.
  • A broad knowledge of CSIRO’s capability, industry needs and government policy, understand the political, social and organisational environment, and align Business Unit and organisational objectives and an understanding of CSIRO’s current and potential role in international markets is highly desirable.  
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 1 or Level 2 with the support of CSIRO

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens. 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. 


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

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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

20 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST.

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