Business Manager, The Plant Accelerator University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Australia

Business Manager, The Plant Accelerator


Job no: 502133

Work type: Fixed term - Full-time

Campus: Adelaide

Categories: HEO8, Management

(HEO8) $96,925 to $108,787 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply


Fixed-term position available immediately for 2 years


Part-time employment will be considered


We are seeking a highly organised and outcome focused Business Manager to join our dynamic and multi-disciplinary team of experts


Working closely with the Directors of The Plant Accelerator and the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) General Manager Operations, you will ensure the facility meets its contractual obligations under National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), prepare budgets and financial reports, progress and performance reports, and contribute to ad hoc requests from the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training, as well as funding opportunities and contributions to high level policy documents.


In this service delivery role, the Business Manager will ensure the efficient operation of The Plant Accelerator® to provide outstanding services to facility users, manage human and financial resources, monitor performance, nurture stakeholder relationships and drive initiatives to continuously improve the facility’s service delivery and outputs. This role has the possibility of an extension depending on funding levels. Additionally, part-time employment will be considered for the successful applicant.


The APPF is a national research facility established under the Australian Government’s NCRIS. The Adelaide node of the APPF, known as The Plant Accelerator®, is located at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus. The custom built facility houses state-of-the-art imaging systems that allow the continuous measurements of the physical attributes (phenotype) of plants automatically and non-destructively. 


To be successful you will need:

  • Substantial and demonstrated experience in business operations and financial and human resource management in a service environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective leadership to improve performance, establish a harmonious working environment and maintain an outcome-based focus.
  • A tertiary qualification and extensive relevant management experience are essential.
  • Previous experience in a plant science research environment and/or related industry is highly desirable.
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field of business is desirable.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment


The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.


It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.


Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.


In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.


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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.


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If you want to change tomorrow, act today


Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 6 May 2019.


For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Helli Meinecke
General Manager Operations, APPF, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
P: +61 (08) 8313 0808


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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


Advertised: 08 Apr 2019 12:00 AM 

Applications close:06 May 2019 11:55 PM

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