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Associate Director, Strategic Program Management

Sharp & Carter - Brisbane City, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


  • Deliver transformational change agenda
  • Business case management from Concept to Operation
  • Expert stakeholder engagement

About University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. One of Australia’s Group of Eight and a charter member of edX, UQ is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international consortium of leading research-intensive universities.

Their 52,000-plus strong student community includes more than 16,400 postgraduate scholars and more than 15,400 international students from 135 countries, adding to its proud 250,000-plus alumni. UQ has more than 6,600 academic and professional staff (full-time equivalent) and a $1.75 billion annual operating budget. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston, in addition to teaching and research sites around Queensland and Brisbane city. The University has six Faculties and four University-level Institutes. The Institutes, funded by government and industry grants, philanthropy and commercialisation activities, have built scale and focus in research areas in neuroscience, biomolecular and biomedical sciences, sustainable minerals, bioengineering and nanotechnology, as well as social science research. 

About the role

Reporting to the Director, Strategic Program Office (SPO), this role is responsible for business case development of transformative projects and initiatives, which are aligned with, and fundamental for, the successful deployment of the University’s transformation and change agenda.

Current programs include operationalising the services of the on-campus Student Residences Project and managing the Health & Recreation Centre Project from concept design through to integration of operations.

This diverse role incorporates all aspects of project management from conceptualisation through to operationalising the delivery of the required functionality for each program of works. As such, this role will develop close collaborative working relationships across the University, including the Vice Chancellor’s executive team, Executive Deans, Faculty Executive Managers and Heads of Central Divisions.

Duties include:

  • Lead and support SPO projects and programs by providing effective program management leadership, and fostering a continuous improvement culture through to operationalising of and embedding in services
  • Develop and implement a communication and stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Work with Project Manager(s) to ensure project(s) are delivered to schedule, co-ordinating timely reporting on all aspects of the program
  • Co-ordinate program and project meetings (including team meetings, Steering Group meeting, stakeholder workshops, events and other activities) as required
  • Attend to financial reporting and project budgeting in line with project methodologies
  • Perform project steering group secretariat duties, including communications and engagement with executive level stakeholders
  • Manage identified and emerging risks; putting risk mitigation strategies in place including managing risk register and lead reporting of program risks and resolution actions; identify thematic issues and dependencies across the program/project and ensure reporting to appropriate governance forums

About you

This role represents your opportunity to impact the future footprint of the University by delivering transformative initiatives that change the way the University operates.

To succeed in this role, your commercial nous and political savvy should be coupled with a strong track record of business case development and delivery of strategic programs in similarly large and complex organisations.
Your experience and capabilities should include:

  • The development, articulation and achievement of a benefit realisation process.
  • Demonstrated experience with contract management including resource/HR contracts and vendor/service contracts and statements of work
  • Demonstrated experience with financial reporting, tracking and administration of project budgets and forecasts
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to negotiate and influence outcomes within a complex environment whilst maintaining an emphasis on fostering strong collaborative relationships and stakeholder engagement
  • An understanding of project methodology and/or frameworks
  • A background in construction or other large infrastructure environments would be highly regarded

About the Selection Process

Applications close 31st March 2021. To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below. Alternatively, to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Donna Bliss at [email protected] to receive a detailed information pack.

Brisbane City, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training


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