The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is a corporate Commonwealth entity. ARENA’s main objective is to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA was established on 1 July 2012 under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 (the ARENA Act). ARENA supports the Government's Low Emissions Technology Statement in seeking to achieve global emissions reduction through technology innovation and commercialisation to the benefit of Australia.
ARENA complements other funding bodies and provides financial assistance to renewable energy (including enabling and hybrid technologies) for research, development, demonstration and deployment projects that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. The provision of knowledge sharing forms an important part of ARENA’s functions. ARENA operates under its own Act of Parliament, and the ARENA Board and CEO are responsible to the Minister for Energy.
About the Group/Section
The Project Delivery branch maximises the impact of ARENA’s portfolio of renewable energy projects through contract and risk management, performance monitoring, stakeholder engagement and knowledge sharing. There are four sections in the Branch, each led by a Director:
- Project Solutions supports round design and contract negotiation for new investments. The team is also responsible for managing high risk projects and major project variations and terminations.
- Contract Management Services manages the majority of ARENA’s existing investments. The team reports about ARENA projects, manages key stakeholder relationships, monitors project performance and delivers digital solutions to support the work of the Branch.
- Knowledge Sharing is accountable for ensuring knowledge, insights and lessons learnt from ARENA activities, are widely shared with the Australian renewable energy sector.
- Data and Performance and Reporting is responsible for developing and delivering ARENA’s data management strategy, which will take ARENA to a future state of well-governed, managed and curated data that is ready for analytics, reporting, evaluation and sharing where applicable.
Our ideal candidate
Directors are instrumental in leading change and delivering outcomes across ARENA. Successful applicants will be passionate about renewable energy and will need to communicate with influence, shape strategic direction, build and sustain internal and external relationships and engage with risk.
Successful applicants will be skilled at motivating, guiding, mentoring and developing people, delivering under pressure and displaying resilience.
For some roles, an understanding of the renewable energy sector or experience in administering government grants or communications functions would be an advantage.
Our ideal candidate will have;
- Demonstrated leadership skills, experience leading a small to medium sized team, and the capacity to build high performing teams
- Demonstrated skills in data analysis and business/process improvement
- Demonstrated ability to focus strategically, understanding organisational objectives and links to team’s objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to achieve results while encouraging others to do the same.
- Strong abilities in adapting to change, while guiding others to help them navigate and deal with uncertainty.
- Understanding of the renewable energy sector is desirable.
What you will do
The Director, Data Performance and Reporting is responsible for leading an effective team to deliver ARENA’s performance reporting priorities. The Director is responsible for the following:
- Develop and Deliver ARENA’s data strategy and data governance framework so that ARENA better leverages its data holdings to support its operational and strategic decision-making, influence program development and delivery, and support ARENA’s knowledge sharing function
- Performance framework and reporting requirements
- Defining and designing data requirements
- Data collection processes
- Management of adequacy, accuracy and legitimacy of data
- Data management and storage
- Data extraction to support knowledge sharing
- Tracking organisational efficiency
- Integration of whole-of-Agency data
- Management & performance reporting
- Analysis and judgement of data outcomes to support and supplement data collection methodologies.
To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.
This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.
A merit pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.
How to apply
Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.
You are required to complete your application online. Provide a one page pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience against the key tasks and functions description make you the best person for the job. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.
You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) and an indication of when you are available to start.
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Adrian Rule, 0428 782 076 or email: Adrian.Rule@arena.gov.au.
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