Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

Manager, Defence Research Grants



  • Defence Grants role within Swinburne University
  • Full time, 3-year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Hew 8 salary + 17% super
  • About the Role The Manager of Defence Research Grants is responsible for effectively managing and administering the portfolio of grants from the Defence domain and other government and defence industry funding opportunities across the University. In this role, the incumbent will oversee service support and resource allocation throughout all stages of the grant lifecycle, ensuring that all pre and post-award grant administration functions within the portfolio are completed effectively and efficiently. Additionally, the Manager will be responsible for managing key stakeholder relationships relevant to the portfolio, both externally and internally.

    The Manager will actively contribute to the development and implementation of improvements to research grant administration systems and processes, aiming to provide high-quality, streamlined service and support for researchers and relevant business units. They will also participate in the development and deployment of researcher development activities, driving initiatives specifically related to their portfolio. Furthermore, the Manager will assist researchers in selecting appropriate grants relevant to their career stage and successfully managing their funded projects.

    Collaboration is key in this role, as the Manager will work closely with the Research Grants and Contracts team, as well as across Research Services, Schools, Centres, and Research Institutes. Reporting to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Chief of Defence Innovation, the Manager of Defence Research Grants plays a crucial role in supporting and advancing research activities within the University.

    The successful candidate will need to be eligible to obtain a security clearance. Further details regarding this role can be found in the attached position description.

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

  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing, advising on and assisting in the development of research funding applications, preferably for Defence related funding opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality advice on post-award grant issues, including the interpretation and review of complex documentation such as funding guidelines and agreements, and the accurate interpretation and application of policies, procedures and guidelines, preferably for Defence related grant awards
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to draft correspondence, reports, guidelines and information guides, and convey complex information or strategic advice to a high level of clarity
  • An ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a variety of key stakeholders including external funding bodies, researchers and research leadership
  • Qualifications

  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant 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.

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

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected].

    Applications Close: Sunday 26th May 2024, 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 [email protected]

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

    For any support please contact [email protected] 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 #LI-SW

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    Job details


    Manager, Defence Research Grants


    Swinburne University of Technology




    May 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 26, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.

    In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon as well as campuses in Sarawak, Malaysia and Sydney.

    In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne placed 19th in Australia and moved up 50 places to 321st globally. In the 2020 Student Experience Survey, Swinburne was ranked equal 1st place in Victoria for the ’entire education experience’ for undergraduate students, with an overall satisfaction rate of 80 per cent.

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