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Manager, Research Grants And Tenders

Flinders University - Adelaide, SA

Education, Childcare & Training
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About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type


Position Summary

Continuing, full-time

Compensation Grade

Higher Education Officer Level 8

Salary Range

$click apply pa

Organisational Unit

Research Development and Support (RDS)

Reporting To

Director, Research Development and Support

Under broad direction, the Manager, Research Grants and Tenders is responsible for the day to day management of the Research Grants and Tenders Unit of RDS. This includes, but is not limited to, providing strategic leadership of the Unit; supporting the identification and promotion of new grant and tender opportunities from a range of sources; providing expert advice on grant application and tender development; ensuring accurate interpretation of funding rules to Flinders researchers and research managers; and overseeing the continuous improvement of pre-award and post-award processes to ensure targeted and high quality grant and tender submissions for Flinders research projects.

As a manager within the RDS team, the Manager, Research Grants and Tenders will be expected to proactively demonstrate and promote the customer service culture of the team. This will require building and maintaining productive relationships within the RDS team and with a wide range of stakeholders including research support staff from College/Centres/Institutes, alumni office, finance, library, corporate legal, Flinders researchers and external funding bodies. The Manager, Research Grants and Tenders leads the coordination of the major grant application development and submission processes within the University.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Manager, Research Grants And Tenders Is Accountable For

  • Overseeing the strategy and the day to day operations of the Research Grants and Tenders unit within Research Development and Support (RDS).
  • Providing effective leadership and management of the team members of the Research Grants and Tenders unit and proactively fostering a culture of innovation and teamwork, with a focus on value and customer service.
  • Providing support to the DVCR and Deans of Research to identify current and emerging opportunities for funding that will enable the research objectives of the Colleges and Centres and Institutes.
  • Developing and coordinating in partnership with the DVC-R and the College research leadership and support teams, a grants planning, development and application strategy including timetable and targeted support programs.
  • Proactively working with the Strategic Partnerships unit and with College/Centre/Institute based research administrators to build productive relationships with partners from industry, government and not for profits to assist in the translation of research funding opportunities.
  • Actively promoting a range of funding opportunities to Flinders researchers and assisting researchers in the development of high-quality grant and funding proposals.
  • Representing the University and its research capability at a range of internal and external engagements to promote and build the reputation of the University and assist in the generation and identification of new opportunities.
  • Participating in strategic and operational planning for the RDS to ensure the targeted provision of research services and support that will underpin the strategic research direction for the University.
  • Monitoring quality assurance of grant and tender applications and pre and post award research data.
  • Proactively working with the Research Professional Development team to coordinate and deliver training and researcher professional development workshops in key relevant areas including identifying funding opportunities and grant and tender proposal development.
  • Assisting the Director and RDS with day to day supervision and development of staff within the RDS.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.
Key Position Capabilities
  • A relevant degree combined with significant experience in research grants and tender preparation, administration and pre/post award management.
  • Demonstrated capability in leadership and the ability to build a high performing and customer focussed team in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in productively a managerial team environment and proven experience in translating strategic thinking into operational outcomes for the benefit of the organisation.
  • Established expertise in accurately interpreting and ensuring compliance with funding rules, policies and procedures, with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders and proven experience in preparing briefing papers and executive reports.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop training materials and programs of relevance to researchers as part of a range of grant support services.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognise and implement improvements to processes and workflows to achieve efficiencies and effectiveness in operations.
  • An in-depth understanding of the Australian research environment, including the funding of research and policy context in which research administration operates. Knowledge of Commonwealth/State Governments grants and tenders is preferred.
For application enquiries please contact: Miss Sally Wheldrake

Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants: You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages , addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

03 Feb 2021

Adelaide, SA

Education, Childcare & Training


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