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Manager, Executive Level 2, Science Commercialisation Policy

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

The Commercialisation Policy Branch has a wide range of policy responsibilities including business-research collaboration, startups and entrepreneurship, and intellectual property. It is the policy partner for the Entrepreneurs' Programme, CRC Program and Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), and Innovation and Science Australia (ISA). It also is responsible for the annual Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables and National Survey of Research Commercialisation.

The branch is looking for a Manager at the Executive Level 2 for the Innovation Systems Policy team which has responsibility for managing all aspects related to ISA policy. This is an exciting opportunity to shape strategic thinking and direction for the government’s key advisory body on matters relating to innovation.

Our ideal candidate

In an environment of urgent and changing deadlines, you will be responsible for leading a team to:

  • deliver policy advice on the strategic direction and operation of ISA
  • support engagement between the Minister, senior officials and ISA
  • prepare briefings for the Minister and senior officials
  • work closely with the Office of ISA on operational matters in support of ISA’s role in advising government on matters relating to innovation
  • work across the department and with other portfolios to effectively support ISA’s engagement with government.

What you will do

You will manage the team responsible for ISA policy including the governing legislation, supporting the Secretary of the department in her role as ex-officio on the ISA Board, stakeholder relationship management with the Office of ISA, and a range of policy matters including Board appointments. The team also has responsibility for supporting the Industry, Innovation and Science Women's Advisory Roundtable.

The successful applicant must have demonstrated:

  • high level people management and team leadership experience
  • experience in or knowledge of innovation and science policy matters
  • ability to lead a team with multiple, demanding timeframes while still delivering strategic direction
  • ability to analyse and provide solutions to complex issues
  • high level negotiation and communication skills.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process will be used to fill a current ongoing Executive Level 2 role. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing or non-ongoing positions should they become available in the 12 month period from the date advertised.

If offered a non-ongoing role the successful applicant(s) will be initially engaged for a period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact David Wilson, General Manager Commercialisation Policy Branch on (02) 6213 6025 or

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.  If you require some assistance with your application please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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