Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Strategic Transformation Lead


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• Lead collaboratively in a dynamic environment • Salary Package: from $133,989 to $141,514 per annum (HEW Level 9), plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading • Appointment Type: full-time, 12-months fixed-term


Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie (AAO-MQ) is seeking an experienced Strategic Transformation Lead to help shape the future of the AAO- MQ. They will lead a variety of important strategic initiatives and work collaboratively across the business for successful implementation. This role will represent the Faculty Executive and work to deliver desired outcomes.

Reporting to the Faculty Executive Director, you will:

  • Lead the planning and execution of various strategic streams of work identified as part of the 5-year AAO-MQ review.

  • Provide specialist knowledge, advice and expertise to AAO-MQ and to Faculty Leadership to ensure strategic alignment, coordination, and achievement of agreed outcomes.

  • Facilitate and lead the high-level work around AAO-MQ's purpose, mission, vision and values.

  • Work with AAO-MQ and the faculty around transformative culture, identity and positioning, and develop governance to support this.

  • Work collaboratively to enable existing BAU program/project delivery, whilst proactively managing stakeholder engagement and progressing the change management agenda.

  • Perform business analysis, utilise data and reports, and inform pathways to strategic and operational transformation and innovation.

  • Help create a culture which drives and encourages high performance, collaboration, agility and accountability in the delivery of outcomes.

  • About You

    You are an experienced and passionate Strategic Transformation Lead with a proven track record of implementing initiatives to improve organisational performance. You are able to effectively work in a matrix organisation with a variety of diverse stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.

    You understand the importance and role of organisational culture and have experience shaping this in a complex organisation and improving employee engagement. As a Strategic Transformation Lead, you have excellent problem- solving skills and an ability to communicate your solutions clearly to stakeholders. You understand change management methodology and can implement this in your work to increase the adoption of various initiatives.

    About Us

    Over many decades, AAO has established a renowned reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within astronomy instrumentation across optical, mechanical and electronic precision engineering. AAO are excited to take a significant role in leading and growing Australia's strength in astronomical instrumentation, partnering with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney under the banner of Astralis Instrumentation Consortium.

    The AAO-MQ works in a matrix structure with close collaboration across all its functional groups. There is a strong emphasis on communities of practice and a shared culture of learning and innovation. As part of the expansive new vision, AAO-MQ aims to increase industry engagement, identify opportunities to apply AAO-MQ's expertise to medicine and defence, and expand its presence in the fields of optics and sensing.

    This role will work to implement a variety of strategic initiatives at the AAO-MQ and help shape the organisation's future.

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter that clearly demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • Bachelor's degree and/or Post-Graduate Qualifications (or equivalent) in Business Transformation, Strategy, or a relevant discipline.

  • Proven track record of leading business transformation work for a complex organisation that resulted in tangible changes in performance and culture.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex issues, formulate solutions, communicate key finding to stakeholders and exercise sound judgement.

  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to skilfully influence, negotiate and motivate people to develop effective working relationships.

  • Experience creating and implementing a new organisational purpose, mission, vision, and/or values with high levels of employee engagement.

  • Sound understanding of change management methodology.

  • Desirable

  • Understanding of complex engineering environments.

  • Experience working in a Tertiary Education organisation and an understanding of the operating environment.

  • Proven experience on the use of analytics, reporting and/or data to inform strategic pathways.

  • Role Enquiries: Katrina Sealey, Faculty Executive Director at [email protected]

    General Recruitment Enquiries : Anne Kumanan, HR Officer at [email protected] or Rebecca Phillips, HR Consultant at [email protected]

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    14/04/2024 11:59 PM

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    Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

    We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

    Flexible Work

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    Job details


    Strategic Transformation Lead


    Macquarie University




    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 14, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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