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David Harrington

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Senior Executive

POSTED 13th Jun, 2017   REF NO. 6125

Portfolio Director - Research Programs

The Organisation:

Invasive Animals Limited (IAL) is a not-for-profit entity which is focused on new pest animal and increasingly weed management tools and strategies through collaborative research, development and extension over time. They work in close partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders nationally who bring together leading expertise in science and business. IAL is based in Canberra with a passionate and dedicated team of professional staff.

The Opportunity:

The organisation has a strong track record with over twelve years of achieving successful outcomes in the research space behind it. The Portfolio Director is a newly identified role designed to enhance IAL's research program capacity and capability.

The Role:

The role works as part of the executive management team reporting directly to the CEO. You will manage the long-term planning of the research portfolio, program and projects, including the assessment and determination of direction and quality of the research and its future commercial integration.

Duties include;

  • Supporting and working with your project leads and their teams in a range of locations nationally across Australia to deliver, evaluate and enhance a variety of research initiatives for control of pest species.
  • Provide input to the strategic development of capabilities and identify gaps in future needs.
  • Plan and manage resources and budgets across the portfolio.
  • Participate as a member of the Executive team and Chair the Portfolio Advisory Panel.
  • Provide ongoing, monitoring, evaluating, reporting and updates to the Executive and Stakeholders on progress, results and issues across the portfolio.
  • Manage contracts and relationships with partner organisations across the portfolio.
  • Lead, motivate, mentor and develop team members including one direct report.

The Person:

This is an exciting role and a chance to get involved in leading research that is delivering high value outcomes for the Australian Agriculture, Environment and community. The ideal person will have a demonstrated track record of success in research program design, delivery, evaluation and enhancement within the scientific space.

This is a leadership role with project teams dispersed across a range of national locations. The successful candidate will have proven leadership and credentials with the ability to influence a diverse group of stakeholders in the scientific and business space. You will also demonstrate;

  • The ability to link strategic priorities to operational outcomes
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills with contemporary research experience
  • Extensive experience at the interface between research and end users
  • High level written and oral communication skills
  • Doctoral degree or exceptionally strong practical experience in an area relevant to the subject matter
  • Strong self-management skills with the ability to deliver timely results in an autonomous work environment
  • Package:

    The salary will be negotiated in line with the experience of the successful candidate. The salary is circa $150k + 9.5% super and parking.

    To apply online, please click on the appropriate link. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact David Harrington on (02) 6108 4878, quoting Ref No. 6125

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