University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne



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Job no: 0051852 Location: Parkville Role type: Full time / Continuing Department: Research Innovation and Commercialisation Salary: Senior Manager 1

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About: The University of Melbourne is creating several innovation precincts in strategic locations around Victoria, including Fisherman's Bend and Melbourne Connect.

These precincts will boost collaboration between academia and industry, integrating top-tier research, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, postgraduates, and experts in a dedicated space to catalyse impactful advancements and address significant societal challenges. They combine applied research, industry alliances, innovative education, and workforce training, focusing on sector growth, commercialisation, start-up creation, and community involvement.

About the role: Working across the University, the Director Innovation Precincts works to foster a dynamic innovation ecosystem across the University of Melbourne's precincts, aiming to generate significant impacts on the university and the Victorian economy through new company formation, job creation, and community engagement.

Tasked with recruiting partners, managing commercial tenancies, and leading program and service design, this role enhances collaboration between the university, its precincts, and external networks to boost research translation, student experiences, and teaching outcomes, thereby driving innovation and increasing university revenue. Overseeing strategy for research collaboration and co-location partnerships, particularly in key locations like Fisherman's Bend and Melbourne Connect, the Director leads a dedicated team, coordinating with university departments and external stakeholders to establish a thriving innovation environment and secure industry partnerships, underpinning the university's mission in innovation and enterprise.

About you: You are a tertiary-qualified commercial professional with a proven track record in driving innovative commercial outcomes within industry and/or government.

Intellectually curious and commercially savvy with a passion for building long-term partnerships, you have the business acumen and relevant experience needed to credibly represent the University in negotiations with senior industry executives and stakeholders.

Knowledge of the commercial property sector and/or the Australian research and higher education ecosystem will be highly beneficial. Key to your success in this role will be your ability to build innovative interdisciplinary partnerships to drive win-win tenancy outcomes across a range of technical domains.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

This role requires current valid working rights for Australia.

About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits. To find out more, visit https: //

Be Yourself We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

Join Us! PLEASE NOTE: We have engaged SHK Asia Pacific Pty Ltd as our sourcing and selection partner on this role.

For more information, please contact Matthew Belleghem at SHK on +61 3 8620 8037 and to apply, please submit a cover letter and your resume (in Microsoft Word format) to via the SHK website at https: // www., or via email to [email protected]. Direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

NOTE: Internal/ Existing employees are strongly encouraged to speak with their current people leaders prior to submitting your application.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact [email protected]


Advertised: 27 Mar 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 28 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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University of Melbourne




March 27, 2024

Application deadline

April 28, 2024

Job type



Education,Social Science

About the employer

When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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