First listed on: 01 November 2018

Challenge Program Director 

  • Help solve some of Australia's biggest challenges!
  • Manage a program that will deliver significant social, economic, environmental and scientific impact for the Nation.
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's largest data innovation group
In this prestigious role, under the general direction of the Chief Operating Officer, you will work closely with researchers, engineers and business teams to manage the Data61 Challenge Program. The program aims to work collaboratively with partners across CSIRO, in industry and the University sector to solve some of Australia’s biggest challenges including but not limited to Supply Chain Integrity, Data Driven Urban Management, Precision Healthcare, Smart Exploration, Cyber Physical Security and other major issues that have significant Social, Economic, Environmental and Scientific impact for the Nation.

Your duties will include
  • Responsibility and oversight for all Challenge projects across the program
  • Oversight of project deliverables and milestones and reporting
  • Responsibility for the management of governance in relation to the administration of the Challenge Program
  • Representing the Data61 Challenge Program at various internal and external forum
  • Leading the Data61 Challenge Program across CSIRO and be the key liaison point for all business units
  • Engaging with partner universities to build strong collaboration and grow the network
  • Managing all financial aspects of the program
Location: Negotiable
Salary: AU$160K - $201K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 59019

To be successful you will need
  • Tertiary qualifications in data science or a similar discipline.
  • Proven experience managing large scale multi-disciplinary R&D projects and ability to lead high performing teams and a collaborative and cohesive work environment.
  • The ability to clearly and succinctly convey information and ideas to individuals and groups.
  • The ability to consult and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve outcomes and manage strategic relationships.
  • Sound knowledge of governance procedures and policies within a complex working environment.
  • Broad domain experience.
  • Strong Project Management and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Experience in commercialisation or licensing of technology.
  • Ability to develop market roadmaps that lead to revenue generation and impact.
For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position description

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

Who we are

CSIRO’s Data61 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Data61 develops Australia's future leaders with its strong 300+ PhD student program in collaboration with our best universities across Australia.

Applications Close: 13 Nov 2018
For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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