First listed on: 14 October 2019

Water Research Australia (WaterRA) is a national not-for-profit organisation, established and funded by its members. A leading provider of research services to the water industry, WaterRA undertakes collaborative urban and regional water research that generates innovation and impact at a local and national scale. Headquartered in Adelaide, WaterRA has members across Australia and staff based in Melbourne, Bendigo and Sydney.


An exciting new opportunity has emerged for an exceptional Senior Research Manager – BD Lead to provide business development leadership within our member-focused team.  The position, to be based in Sydney, will be responsible for identifying and developing new research and capability products and services, as well as co-designing and managing member-driven research and innovation projects across key facets of the water industry. As part of the broader Research Service team you will assist our members to measure and realise maximum value from their research investment across all stages of the research lifecycle.

This role requires strong business development and project management skills, a collaborative work ethic, effective communication and a passion for understanding the individual needs and building relationships across all of the WaterRA Big Team - our Members (industry, research, government, regulatory, consultancy), Trusted Partners, Alumni, Staff and Board.

With a member-centric mindset, you will need to perform well under pressure as you deliver high impact research solutions that add value to our members’ businesses while contributing to the growth of WaterRA.


  • lead the development of new and improved products and services that enable collaborative research and build research leadership capability among our members;
  • project manage the development, enhancement and application of research, including knowledge translation and adoption, and benefits measurement;
  • establish and maintain productive and respectful relationships with key stakeholders including water utilities, research institutions and other industry organisations; and,
  • provide support to the CEO and Board, and as part of the business leadership team, develop and deliver WaterRA’s corporate strategy..

What the successful candidate will look like:

  • Tertiary qualifications in science, engineering or a related field (and preferably a post-graduate research-based qualification)

  • Experience in a water utility, research organisation or related consulting role
  • Experience in science communication and capacity building through knowledge transfer and development of research delivery and leadership skills

  • Experience in business development and project management in an R&D or technical environment

In addition, the suitable candidate will have proven ability to work autonomously and flexibly across multiple technical areas, and to establish and maintain strong stakeholder relationships. They will be proactive and positive, member-focused, an attentive listener, innovative and creative, articulate and confident in presenting at events and facilitating workshops. Flexibility in interstate travel is also required. Secondments from one of our Member organisations will be considered.

This is a unique opportunity to join a leading provider of research services that benefit the Australian community.

To apply please forward you resume and cover letter outlining why you feel you are right for this role and how you think you can make an impact to Karen Rouse, CEO,

Telephone enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Mark Andersson, Engagement & Marketing Manager,

Get to know more about WaterRA visit

Applications requested by: 12 midnight 27 October 2019

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