Assurance Lead

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Job

The Enterprise Project Management Office (ePMO) Assurance Lead will play a key role in project and program risk management and in ensuring a positive return on the Swinburne’s capital plan by supporting the Deputy Director Investment and Project Office in providing governance and assurance across the program of work.

In this role, you will work with the Portfolio Delivery leads, Project and Program Managers and other delivery partners to gather and analyse data to challenge the transparency and quality of project health in order to produce valuable information and insights to effectively identify and mitigate project risks, create value and improve the way projects are progressing. You will act as a 2nd line defense risk management function which gives independent assurance to stakeholders and drives transparency, continuous improvements and successful delivery of projects.

You will be the champion for successful project and program management delivery as such needs to provide a clear and consistent approach to delivery, governance and assurance across the whole portfolio. This approach will provide the executive with a holistic and transparent view of its capital project portfolio performance.

Reporting to the Deputy Director Investments and Project Office, you will be required to further develop and embed a pragmatic and streamlined Assurance Framework that ensures that all projects have solid risk management (including mitigations), this also includes:

• Portfolio Proactive Assurance including: Phase Gating and Health Checks, Project Mobilisation + Project Premortum, Integrated Project Risk controls, oversight and Contingency Management
• Consolidation and articulation of Portfolio level Lessons Learnt and Post Implementation Review (PIR) and associated action plans
• Project Variation and Baselining Processes
• Embedding a consistent approach Benefits Articulation, Measurement and Realisation to ensure ROI at the portfolio level including:
- The identification, baselining, profiling, planning, tracking and reporting of benefits
- Developing and then managing the processes and management systems needed to support and govern effective benefits enablement and realization

Further, you will work in close collaboration with the Deputy Directors Portfolio Delivery to ensure there is compliance with the minimum standards of the SUT project frameworks, identifies key risk areas and recommends opportunities for improvement to ensure successful delivery of Swinburne’s portfolio of projects year on year. To enable the successful delivery of these areas of focus, you will require experience in a consulting capacity; proven experience in delivering successful projects; strong influencing and communication skills; the ability to provide advice on all aspects of delivery; and the ability to work collaboratively across all levels of the organisation.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

• Tertiary qualifications in Business, Project Management or similar II Professional Project or Program Management accreditation (such as Prince2, PMP or AIPM CPPM accreditation)
• Proven strong experience in a project management role in either Education, Professional Consulting firm or within Government, Utilities or Financial Services sectors
• Significant experience in a Project Assurance role (or similar) with experience in providing project oversight and risk management
• Experience in the developing and delivering Benefits Management Approaches (including how to articulate, measure and report benefits at a project and portfolio level)

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description. A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.

How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on apply or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 26 April 2021



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