First listed on: 26 November 2022

Grants Manager


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Join Team CSIRO and make the impossible possible! 
  • Lead the design & implementation of grant/project management
  • Full-time, Flexable work arrangements3-year term 

As our Grants Manager you will be part of the Mission Program Office and work collaboratively with key functions within the Growth division to administer mission-aligned strategic grants programs, including coordinating program communications; developing and implementing procedures for project submissions, assessment, selection, and monitoring and evaluation; financial administration and record keeping; and assisting with the preparation of related legal agreements and contracts.

You will lead the design and implementation of grant/project management approaches that facilitate dynamic monitoring of grant funding expenditure, project progress and reporting of agreed milestone activity back to program operational structures with efficiency, transparency and rigour. In managing oversight of grant activity reporting and evaluation, you will interact regularly with grant managers, project R&D teams, government, NGO and industry partners engaged in or leading funded grants program work. This position will also be responsible for the routine monitoring and reporting of risk identified in project expenditure and agreed grant milestone activities.

If this is sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for and are interested in putting your skills and experience to use in a purpose-led organisation for the benefit of all Australians, don't delay, apply now!

Your duties will include:

  • Provide expertise on grants management and administration across a broad range of strategic delivery areas
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to establish grants programs, including in partnership with international funding agencies, achieve intended program outcomes and facilitate future collaborative opportunities
  • Provide advice to grant applicants and holders as well as Business Unit stakeholders on grant terms and conditions, reporting and variation requirements, feedback and outcomes as well as deliver information sessions such as webinars
  • Administer pre-award and post-award lifecycle for grant programs involving external partners 
  • Manage grant activity and expenditure; management of both personal or other sensitive information, whether of CSIRO staff and affiliates, or members of the public including commercially sensitive information of CSIRO and/or research or commercial partners.
  • Assist with the management of program resources, including financial administration and record keeping
  • Monitor and report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), program outcomes and analyse against budget specifications. Make recommendations for change to ensure programs are efficiently administered and continue to contribute to the Missions Program
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant financial, governance and administrative frameworks
  • Take responsibility for the achievements of own and team outcomes, monitor progress and follow through to deliver quality outcomes

Location: Open to be located in either Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide
Salary: AU$105,806 – AU$114,500 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years, Full-time
Reference: 90833

To be considered you will need:

  • Strong grant management and administration, with proven ability to drive continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of mission-aligned grant program activities. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement reporting processes, monitor expenditure, provide project activity information and ensure legislative, financial and administrative compliance / risk management for externally partnered projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex science technology-industry partnered collaboration grant schemes, in government or R&D organisations, and a strong understanding of adaptive project grant planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively liaise with collaborative project teams spanning innovation ecosystem sectors and national boundaries. Demonstrated communication and influencing skills to engage senior representatives from Government organisations, industry, and civil society.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, interpersonal, negotiation and representational skills, including experience working across diverse teams and large organisations, with the ability to prepare clear project reporting documentation and convey progress and risks to supervisors and a variety of audiences
  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in disciplines of STEM, business, policy, commercialisation or a related field (would be an advantage).
  • Proven ability to deliver results in an environment of high ambiguity and support multiple initiatives across a large complex organisation.  

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

11 December 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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