Senior Officer, Research Tenders and Industry Contracts

Swinburne University of Technology

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HEW 7, Permanent and Full Time position in a central Hawthorn location

About the Role 
We are looking for an experienced tender specialist to fill a new role in our team.  

The Senior Officer, Research Tenders and Industry Contracts will be managing Swinburne’s participation in tender panels and coordinating tender submissions. Responsibilities include identifying research tendering opportunities, supporting proposal development, costing and pricing research projects, completing due diligence and risk assessments, pre-reviewing supplier contracts, and providing advice on tender requirements and relevant University policies and procedures.  

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Research and Industry Contracts, the incumbent will also contribute to the continuous improvement of research tendering processes and templates, record management, and the development and delivery of training materials for Researchers and support staff seeking to engage or assist in tender management and submissions.

The Senior Officer, Research Tenders and Industry Contracts must be able to cultivate productive working relationships with key stakeholders, have strong project management and customer service skills, attention to detail, as well as highly developed communication and writing skills to enable the seamless project management of tender panels and submissions.


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

  • Demonstrated experience with the development of tender responses and commercial proposals. 
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on research contracts within the higher education or commercial or government environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key issues and risks associated with research and commercial contracts and the ability to identify, understand, and clearly articulate the implications of contracts terms and risk.
  • Ability to apply initiative, judgement and problem-solving skills, particularly to issues in commercial contracting.
  • Commitment to the provision of quality service, with demonstrated ability to provide user friendly, response client service.



  • Completion of a relevant tertiary qualification with relevant experience or an equivalent combination and/or education/training.
  • Progression towards or completion of a law degree and/or paralegal experience will be viewed favourably.

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. 

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Applications Close: Sunday May 5th 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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