Senior Manager, Major Research Initiatives

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time and Ongoing role at our Hawthorn campus


About the Role
Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research excellence, impact and eminence, as set out in its Research Strategy to 2025. As part of this agenda, the University has a key objective to undertake high quality and impactful research supported by sustainable research funding.

The Research Grants and Contracts team in Research Services is integral to this program of work. A specialist unit in the team, Major Research Initiatives, provides effective support for the development and management of strategic, complex and high value research funding opportunities – including ARC Centres of Excellence, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), CRC-Projects, NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence and other State or Federal Government funding calls, as well as non-competitive, mission-focused, industry-instigated research and enterprise initiatives such as joint research centres and consortia.

The Senior Manager, Major Research Initiative will lead and develop the team of the Major Research Initiatives unit. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for developing and coordinating major funding proposals, inclusive of establishing support frameworks, providing strategic advice, working with stakeholders to scope and synthesise projects, facilitating grant writing support, reviewing proposals, and coordinating strategic reviews, approvals, and final submissions. The role will also oversee the post-award function, including contracting, financial acquittals, reporting, and managing risks and resolving complex matters and disputes. The position will be expected to establish seamless and sustainable research management processes and systems, develop and implement tools and training relating to the assessment of opportunity and risk, and the costing and pricing for strategic and major research funding initiatives. 

For more information about this role, please see the Position Description.


About You 

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Substantial experience with applications for and/or establishment of strategic research opportunities including ARC Centres of Excellence, Industrial Transformation Research Program Projects, Cooperative Research Centres, NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence or large research consortia or multi-party ventures.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively influence, negotiate, build and maintain effective networks, collaborations and partnerships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and evaluation skills with proven ability in showing good judgement, initiative and expertise to effectively complete complex tasks within deadlines, seek advice and escalate matters, when required.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to understand and communicate specialist and complex information effectively and to prepare high level correspondence, reports and advisory notes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a team and drive performance in the provision of services.



  • A postgraduate qualification and extensive experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.


To Apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position. 

To review the Position Description and to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

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Applications Close: Sunday April 7th at 11pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.


Equity and Diversity
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 
As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant


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