About the team
The National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.
The Chemical Reference Values (CRM) team is a team of 11 scientists that develop high accuracy reference methods for use in the certification of matrix reference materials and for the calibration of samples. The team also co-ordinates a major proficiency testing program for Australian and international laboratories.
Our ideal candidate
Our ideal candidate will be an effective manager and experienced chemist with a background in reference material production and the conduct of chemical proficiency testing studies. You will lead a team committed to the delivery of a complex suite of scientific services with a strong focus on quality. Your inter-personal and stakeholder management skills will be critical, and you will be passionate about adapting service offerings and implementing innovations to meet client needs.
You will think strategically, are self-motivated and thrive on innovation. As the Manager, you will play a significant role in contributing to strategic direction setting and high-level operational decision making.
The successful candidate will have:
- demonstrated experience in leadership of a highly skilled scientific team operating within an ISO 17025, ISO 17034 and ISO 17043 accredited laboratory
- demonstrated knowledge of proficiency testing, reference material production, high-accuracy chemical measurement, measurement uncertainty and the practical realisation of traceability of chemical measurements
- aptitude for targeted strategic and commercial engagement with industry and the research community with the aim of building long term, high-value relationships
- strong professional judgement, organisational and communication skills.
- strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships and in build effective, collaborative teams
- a track record in implementing and promoting change and continuous improvement in the workplace.
What you will do
Reporting to the Chemical and Biological Metrology General Manager, you will:
- lead a complex technical function within NMI covering the production and certification of matrix reference materials and co-ordination of a major proficiency testing program
- manage all operational requirements of the laboratory in accordance with formal quality requirements
- drive the ongoing research and development activities of the team to ensure an evolving suite of capabilities and services that meet stakeholder needs
- proactively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders to identify opportunities for both strategic engagement and commercial service delivery
- utilise your high level communication skills to champion NMI as a centre of excellence nationally and internationally
- contribute to activities to support NMI’s broader organisational requirements and strategy setting
- develop and mentor employees, while supporting inclusion and diversity principles and promoting a safety culture.
The successful candidate will have a Degree in Chemistry, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in reference material production and certification and the conduct of chemical proficiency testing studies.
To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens or eligible for Australian Citizenship.
This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.
This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing Science & Technical Level 8 (Executive Level 2) position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Science & Technical Level 8 (Executive Level 2) vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.
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 a one page ‘pitch’ (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.
You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Lindsey Mackay via Lindsey.Mackay@measurement.gov.au , or on 02 9449 0125.
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, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at email@example.com or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.
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