Technical and Development Manager, Executive Level 2, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: Executive Level 2, Research, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the National Measurement Institute

We are the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement. Our national measurement standards are recognised internationally and we work to enhance and maintain these standards.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. Our values and behaviours centre on being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential.

About the team

The Chemical and Biological Metrology Branch provides measurement standards such as certified reference materials. These include pure chemicals, gas standards, matrix materials and DNA standards. The branch also co-ordinates proficiency testing programs to assist laboratories assess their ongoing quality and performance. The branch houses three of Australia’s national testing laboratories for anti-doping, forensic drugs and ultra-trace analysis. The branch delivers services across all of these fields and carries out research and development to enhance our capabilities in line with national and international requirements.

The Chemical Reference Values team within NMI is a team of 14 scientists that develops high accuracy reference methods for use in the certification of matrix reference materials and for assignment of values to samples for proficiency tests.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking motivated individuals that have:

  • Extensive experience in reference material production and certification, measurement uncertainty and practical realization of traceability of chemical measurements
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the operation of advanced analytical instrumentation especially mass spectrometry and their application to high-accuracy reference methods
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in implementing and promoting innovation and continuous improvement and strategic input into work programs
  • High level communication and negotiation skills to allow the effective representation of NMI nationally and internationally
  • Demonstrated accountability for developing and mentoring employees
  • Commitment to achieving organisational goals while promoting a quality and safety culture 
  • The demonstrated ability to consistently exhibit the NMI values of being adaptable, accountable, innovative, inclusive, influential and strategic

What you will do

In this position you will report to the Manager of the Chemical Reference Values team and provide high level scientific input by:

  • Managing high level technical aspects of organic, inorganic and isotope ratio metrology projects, and proficiency testing programs, maintaining awareness of advancements in these fields and providing strategic input
  • Providing leadership and contribute to method development and validation of reference measurement procedures with respect to Organic analysis
  • Driving innovation and lead major procurement processes for equipment and instrumentation
  • Championing NMI as a centre of excellence nationally and internationally, particularly in the field of chemical metrology
  • Provisioning support and advice to the team and the broader NMI, mentoring staff and inputting into multidisciplinary projects
  • Actively contributing to a positive and healthy workplace promoting a culture of inclusivity that embraces collaboration, respect and values diversity

The role is also responsible for the technical oversight of the benchmarking of NMI’s capabilities via comparisons with international metrology institutes. The position contributes to the strategic direction of the team and planning of project resourcing.


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 applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

Vaccination for Hepatitis A, B, and Tetanus is required for this position. NMI will provide vaccination for the successful applicant if required.

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 pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. 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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Raluca Iavetz at or by phone on 02 9449 0178

Learn more about our values

The NMI has invested in identifying and defining six critical values for success for the organisation:

  • Adaptable: We embrace new ways of working to meet present and future challenges
  • Innovative: We learn from today to create solutions for tomorrow
  • Accountable: We each take personal responsibility for what we do, why we do it and how we work with others to achieve NMI’s goals
  • Strategic: We navigate uncertainty with clear purpose and direction
  • Inclusive: We champion a safe and supportive environment, powered by diversity of thought, experience and culture.
  • Influential: We create opportunities to promote our value, broaden our reach and increase our impact.

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 full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

Applications close: 8th December 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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