Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business

RMIT University

Australia: Melbourne - Brunswick
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Education & Training

Vacancy Type
  • Join RMIT and take your career in an exciting direction
  • Convenient Brunswick location
  • Full time, continuing position
  • Academic Level C: $118,291 - $136,401 + 17% employer super

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

The School of Fashion and Textiles continues to develop new environments for delivering programs. The main campus at Brunswick houses 'state of the art' facilities, including the Centre for Materials Innovation and Fashion Futures (CMIFF), design studios, enterprise hubs, advanced manufacturing and bespoke making spaces. While the city campus has an integrated design, making, thinking workshop space for the 4th year of the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), and Bachelor of Art (Textile Design) (Honours), as well as Masters of Fashion (Design) and creative practice HDR candidates.

Our culture

Our Values encourage us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together. We are fundamentally transforming the world of research at RMIT, from providing industry leading opportunities for researchers to introducing world-first technology. We’re proud to be reshaping our processes and capabilities – and in doing so, we’re becoming a trusted partner in creating the future of research.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to build transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

When you join our team, you'll be able to access a range of benefits. From travel to fitness, there's something for everyone.

About the role

To complement our existing team, we are looking for a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business with specialist knowledge of at least one of the following areas:

  • Fashion product and lifecycle management
  • Fashion retail (online and off) strategy
  • Fashion sourcing and buying
  • Sustainable fashion business practices
  • Fashion business strategy
  • Fashion marketing and promotion

Applicants should draw on an established record of teaching at Higher Education level, relevant research and/or industry experience to demonstrate a strong understanding of the entrepreneurial and managerial aspects of the fashion industry and how their area of specialisation contributes to the creation of value in a fashion business or for consumers.  Successful applicants will also demonstrate an understanding of the broader fashion system, including an awareness of innovative business models, emergent consumer practices, and technology and sustainability issues as they apply to the industry. This is an opportunity for an experienced fashion industry academic to contribute to the development of the research profile of Fashion Enterprise at RMIT, bringing a track record of, and potential for, publication and post-graduate research supervision within the domain of fashion management, marketing, or entrepreneurship.

About You

You will have proven experience to coordinate large courses and prepare and delivery programs at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including high quality curriculum and program materials and ability to implement innovative ways to student-centred learning and quality improvement. You will also have extensive experience in research leadership with the ability to build and develop collaborative research teams, mentor academic staff to deliver high quality outcomes, attract and secure external research funding to sustain research effort and lead funded research projects.


Mandatory: PhD or equivalent in relevant field.

Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice program or equivalent (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

Bring your whole self to work:

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond. We’re proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • Exceeding our targets in our Reconciliation Action Plan for Bundyi Girri – an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

For further information please contact Dr Stephen Wigley (Associate Dean Fashion Enterprise) by email

Applications close on Thursday 19th December 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

 Position Description - Senior Lecturer, Fashion Management.pdf

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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