First listed on: 21 August 2019

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) Site Entity Leader

The Opportunity
  • Build, and maintain, strong relationships with key stakeholders. 
  • Oversee implementation of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for the MRO.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

At the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today - for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. Australia is founding its future on science and innovation.  CSIRO is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities across the nation. CSIRO is Australia's premier research body, delivering innovative science for the benefit of Australians.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort by ten member countries (including Australia) to build the world’s largest radio telescope in South Africa and Australia. The Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) commits $293.7m to support Australia's involvement in the SKA.

Australia has been given the opportunity to host the international mega-science Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. Building on our experience in managing radio astronomy facilities, this position has the opportunity to take a leadership role in a global project. This offers huge potential for benefits in collaboration and knowledge acquisition for CSIRO and Australia and, the opportunity to enhance our position as global leaders in technology and research.

Performing the role of the Site Entity Leader, for the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), you will host the SKA along with several other radio telescopes. You will lead the team running the MRO as the host site for these telescopes. The role also undertakes a significant body of work to bring the MRO to a construction readiness for SKA.

Location:      Perth or Geraldton, WA 
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Salary:          AU$136K – AU$150K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:   62877


To be successful you will need
  • Relevant professional experience, and/or qualifications in science, engineering or business with significant experience and demonstrated success in a similar role/s.
  • Strong leadership and business acumen with the ability to set customer expectations, drive and deliver on hard-line outcomes through government, managers and teams often within tight timeframes.
  • Demonstrated experience in change management, leading projects and fostering a culture committed to adaptability, diversity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of procurement, logistics, land management, construction, civil works in a complex environment including an appreciation and understanding of remote area operations and indigenous engagement.
  • Strong demonstrated experience/ high level understanding in infrastructure and property planning and capital works delivery and complex portfolio management.
  • High-developed strategic planning skills, including the capacity to balance short and long term perspectives, and the ability to position the SKA’s international reputation as a leading institution in terms of its real estate, environmental, and support services. 
  • A proven track record of developing, maintaining and motivating high performance teams.

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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. D&I Strategy

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. 

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

AEST 11:59PM, Wednesday 18th September, 2019.

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