First listed on: 11 August 2022

Executive Project Manager - RV Investigator Projects


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The Opportunity

  • Newly created position managing critical projects for our Marine National Facility
  • Provide vital oversight on the Request for Tender for our next Ship Management Contract and Mid-life Refit project
  • Support Australia’s only blue-water research vessel – the RV Investigator

Funded by Government since 1984, the Marine National Facility (MNF) provides a keystone element of the nation’s research infrastructure by providing the only blue-water research capability available for work in Australia’s vast marine estate.  

As the Executive Project Manager – RVI Projects, you will manage delivery of two critical projects – the Ship Management Contract Request for Tender and the RVI Mid-Life Refit, as well as other projects as required.  

Since 1984, CSIRO has contracted third parties to provide services enabling CSIRO to operate its vessels in accordance with applicable legal requirements and marine industry standards (Ship Management Contract).  The current Ship Management Contract is due to expire in June 2023 and a significant part of your role will be to oversee the competitive Request for Tender (RFT) process for the next contract.  As well, RVI will undertake a mid-life refit in 2024 to extend the service life by a further 15 to 20 years.  Your role will involve planning and implementation of the mid-life refit requirements, covering system improvements, upgrades and new capability critical to vessel operations, scientific capabilities, habitability and environmental footprint.  

This role is strongly stakeholder-focussed and will require you to work in close collaboration with CSIRO’s enterprise Support Services and MNF teams, as well as undertaking extensive consultation with RVI users, the Ship Management Company and CSIRO technical teams.

In this role you will:

  • Lead, plan and manage critical RVI projects.
  • Provide effective and strong leadership to ensure achievement of project outcomes.
  • Utilise CSIRO systems and reporting to provide full project planning, scheduling, control and monitoring.
  • Build strong client relationships to determine strategic needs.
  • Manage conflicting requirements, and promptly correct problems or facilitate solutions.

Location: Hobart, TAS preferred (other locations will be considered)
Salary:  AU$141k to AU$157k per annum, plus up to 15.4% super With market-competitive salary negotiable
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years – Full-time
Reference: 87753

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive demonstrated experience in Engineering, Ship Management, Project Management or similar disciplines.
  • Marine experience, with a sound knowledge of Flag, Class, State and other maritime compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience managing vessel dry docking projects.
  • The ability to lead and oversee complex projects in a dynamic team environment.  
  • A record of effective stakeholder management across a broad range of technical and support areas. 
  • A history of anticipating and successfully managing complex problems in ambiguous situations. 
  • A record of effective team management, previous accountability for a small project team, strong communication skills and the capability to motivate staff.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Thursday 18 August, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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