University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Projects - School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EAIT


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  • School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EAIT

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Ensuring highest standards for complex and advanced building and unique research sites

  • Leadership, full-time (100%), permanent position

  • Advertisement will close on 11 March 2024 (job# R-35538)

  • Visa sponsorship not available for this position

  • Based at St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Projects role ensures the School's buildings infrastructure and facilities are maintained to the highest standards. To support a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for students and staff of the School.

    For our complex and advanced buildings, and unique research sites, it is important to ensure that the building and school sites are well-maintained and equipped with the necessary infrastructure to support the School's operations, research and teaching activities.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Leadership and governance

  • Advise the School Executive on regulations, policies and guidelines as they relate to the infrastructure assets of the School.

  • Provide reports relevant to the infrastructure assets of the School including space utilisation, infrastructure maintenance, and hazards.

  • Lead a team of specialist Laboratory Floor Managers.

  • Contribute to the development of strategic and operational documentation as relevant to the role (for example the operational manuals and, office/laboratory space management principles).

  • Demonstrate School and University values through visible leadership, for example by conducting regular site/laboratory visits.

  • Safe and effective operations

  • In partnership with the School Health Safety and Wellness Manager, ensure healthy and safe working environments by investing in actions which protect health and well-being of staff, students and visitors, and promote a positive safety culture.

  • Advise and guide staff and students on safe operating principles or protocols for general lab equipment and facilities.

  • Administer and develop systems, such as the share equipment program, that support collaboration within the School and across the University.

  • Advocate and negotiate on behalf of the School to resolve complex space and infrastructure issues, often across multiple sites and with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities.

  • Monitor and evaluate all aspects of project implementation, relevant to the role, including risk and contingency management.

  • Partner with research and teaching staff to recommend and procure new equipment (negotiating with suppliers as needed) to ensure good outcomes for materials, processes, infrastructure and equipment required for School activities.

  • Sustainability and growth

  • Review space proposals (including operational, health and safety impacts) for new research projects, including large scale pilot plants

  • Identify gaps between current state and what is required for the future infrastructure and equipment needs of the School.

  • Develop, maintain and cost an approved equipment replacement program for the School and oversee maintenance of the School asset register.

  • Support preparation of infrastructure and facility relevant bids, including ARC LIEF, and bids for consideration by UQ's Capital Management Group.

  • Oversee the development of school facility budgets, costing models, quarterly forecasts and 3-year budget projections and manage the achievement of meeting budget.

  • Other

  • On-call, BMS contact as may be required.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.

  • This is a full-time (100%), permanent position at a HEW level 9.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $124,996.74 - $132,185.52, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $146,246.19 - $154,657.06 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You


  • Qualifications and training equivalent to a postgraduate degree in Engineering, Science or related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Extensive experience in safety management and maintenance management within scientific/chemical facilities, specifically in relation to chemicals, gases, pressure, temperature, and biological hazards.

  • Proven ability to manage large scale projects with multiple stakeholder involvement.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to influence and negotiate with school staff, property and facilities division, contractors and suppliers.

  • Ability and understanding of how to interpret and apply university policy and procedures as they relate to HSW, building and laboratory operations and maintenance.

  • Natural problem solver and lateral thinker, with excellent negotiating and decision-making skills.

  • Ability to prioritise competing work demands and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to lead a team including across multiple sites.

  • Desirable

  • Previous experience in managing an advanced building with complex equipment and safety requirements.

  • Experience in managing and developing infrastructure in a higher education or research context, and/or detailed understanding of the business of academics and researchers.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Melanie Gunn. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close on Monday 11 March 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-35538). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Thursday 21 March 2024.

    Job details


    Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Projects - School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EAIT


    University of Queensland




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 11, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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