Program Manager - Permanent Carbon Locking Future Science Platform

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Perth, Australia

Job posting number: #7099575 (Ref:cj_82141)

Posted: May 9, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​Be part of the Permanent Carbon Locking Future Science Platform
  • Work in close collaboration with the FSP Leadership team and supporting staff
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting and varied role


CSIROs Future Science Platforms (FSPs) represent an investment in science that underpins innovation and can help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. The Permanent Carbon Locking FSP launched in Jan 2022 is one of the latest additions to this portfolio. The Permanent Carbon Locking FSP is a collaborative research effort driven by four different CSIRO Business Units and hosted in Oceans & Atmosphere. 

Nationally and internationally, reaching net-zero emissions will require permanently removing significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere; fast, scalable, and cost-effective solutions are urgently needed. The Permanent Carbon Locking FSP will address this challenge by driving radical innovation at the nexus of biology, chemistry and engineering in carbon capture and carbon storage and their integration in novel and unconventional ways.

We invite expressions of interest for the role of Program Manager for the Permanent Carbon locking FSP. The Program Manager will work with the FSP leadership team and supporting staff to manage day-to-day FSP operations. Core duties include managing processes and timelines for project management, coordinating internal/external reporting and facilitating communication, both within the FSP and with external stakeholders. The Program Manager will also lead the logistical organisation of an annual FSP conference, ECR workshops and assist the FSP leadership team to manage budgets and communication strategies.

Your duties will include:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation, and monitoring of processes that ensure the effective operation of the Permanent Carbon Locking FSP.
  • Assist the FSP leadership team in maintaining oversight of FSP timelines and budgets and ensuring projects adhere to broader CSIRO policies, processes, and business rules.
  • Assist activity leaders and finance to manage projects via project management monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Assign tasks within the FSP and coordinate broader Program level activities within the FSP.
  • Coordinate internal and external reviews, responses to information requests, and reporting.
  • Plan, coordinate and help facilitate key FSP workshops and meetings.
  • Act as an external contact/representative for the FSP.
  • Coordinate effective communication within the FSP and with partner Business Units.
  • Develop and maintain cross-organisational networks to facilitate effective FSP operations.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed team to carry out tasks supporting the FSP’s core scientific and strategic objectives.
  • Establish an effective process that supports communication within the FSP and partner Business Units using appropriate communication tools.
  • Develop and maintain cross-organisational networks to facilitate effective FSP operations.


Location:  Perth, WA

Salary:  AU$102k to AU$111k pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified Term of 5 years

Reference:  82141

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent industry experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience in project management, including planning, stakeholder engagement, monitoring and reporting.
  • A demonstrated ability to independently manage complex workflows/timelines to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to work effectively in a dynamic team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Desire to collaborate with diverse people across CSIRO and to engage with external industry/academic partners.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7099575 (Ref:cj_82141)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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