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Manager, Research & Innovation

  • LocationParramatta, NSW 2150
  • Work TypeFull time
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtClosed 3 days ago
    Never published
  • Research & Development Manager
  • Strategy Manager
  • Innovation Management
  • Business Consultant
  • Job no: M3M3J
  • Category: Business Development

Manager, Research & Innovation 

  • Leadership and Management accountability for Research and Innovation
  • Advocate an open innovation approach which advances our ways of working
  • Parramatta location and flexible working arrangements

At Sydney Water, we’re passionate about making a positive contribution to the lives of our customers, communities and our environment.

About us

We have a proud heritage and a progressive future, providing world class drinking water and beautiful waterways from the mountains to the sea. We see the world is changing so we are changing too. Our people and their jobs are as diverse as the communities we serve. 

About the role

Responsible to develop, manage and deploy the innovation and research agenda across Sydney Water encompassing framework governance, project and change management. Key focus on critical research needs and investment priorities of the organisation that align to the overall Sydney Water strategy.

You will

·       Have Leadership and Management accountability for the Research and Innovation team

·       Guide and coach team members to develop people leadership, relationship management and commercial acumen competency

·       Manage research and innovation programs that provide evidence driven policy and strategy decisions

·       Identify, package and deploy opportunities to assess new science research and innovation relevant and compatible to existing assets that can be applied to reduce asset life cycle costs

·       Manage budgets, risks and provide regular reporting on key research projects to sponsors, executives and the Board as required

·       Advocate an open innovation approach which advances our ways of working and enhances collaboration with our customers and stakeholders

·       Recommend and advise on critical scientific trends, policy changes and technological developments while delivering targeted research to drive improved management of risk, defend Sydney Water’s performance and improve product and asset outcomes

·       Develop various business cases, monthly reports, options papers, decision frameworks and briefing notes to senior management and the Executive/Board

About you

You are visionary providing valuable input into research and innovation. Open and collaborative enhancing innovation advancing our way of working and promote collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders.

You have:

·       Degree qualification in Engineering, Science, Innovation or Business with additional post graduate studies

·       Demonstrated experience in leading research and innovation strategy, management and governance

·       Reporting and presentation skills at the boardroom level 

·       Extensive experience managing collaborative research partnerships

·       Ability to drive research direction and outcomes, based on need, to achieve tangible and intangible business outcomes to provide evidence-based strategy and policy

·       Strong interpersonal, communication, influencing, liaison and negotiation skills to engage with people at all levels of the organisation and with external partners

·       Ability and commitment to actively contribute in a flexible multi-functional team environment to achieve business outcomes

·       Demonstrated ability to prepare various business cases, monthly reports, options papers, decision frameworks and briefing notes to senior management and the Executive/Board

·       Detailed knowledge of utility sector

Closing date: Thursday 2 December, 2021. For more information please contact

You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application to be considered for this role. 

Sydney Water welcomes you to apply if you feel you meet the selection criteria. The successful completion of a Criminal History Check and Medical Assessment form part of the application process. Please advise if you require any adjustments to actively participate in the application and recruitment process.

We want your perspective and ideas to help us find better ways to delight our customers, so we encourage you to apply no matter your age, sex or culture. You can be part of a committed, highly skilled team who’ll appreciate what you bring to the table. You’ll set and achieve real goals and make decisions that matter, as together we help shape the lifestyle of greater Sydney.

As part of the application process, Sydney Water will be collecting your personal information to assess your suitability for the role. We will also use your personal information to establish a LiveHire talent profile in our Talent Community. We look at our Talent Community first when new opportunities come up when you apply for a role. Your personal information will be collected in accordance with LiveHire’s TermsPrivacy Policy and Sydney Water’s Privacy Collection Statement – Job Application

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