Deakin/Universal Alloy Coporation Research Centre of Excellence seeks Centre Manager

This newly created exciting opportunity will provide the right candidate with a pivotal role working with a globally recognised leader in the aeronautical industry. The position sits within the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations with over 300 Researchers undertaking research in materials science in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.

The Centre Manager will support the Centre Director to lead, develop, implement, oversee and manage the operations and future growth and development of the Universal Alloy Corporation (UAC)/Deakin Research Centre of Excellence.

UAC is a global leader in the Manufacture of Aerospace products; they are working to increase their manufacturing capabilities and expand design and assembly service. They have collaborated with Deakin exclusively to develop next-generation products across four main areas: Aluminium, Titanium, Forming and Composites.

To thrive in this entrepreneurial environment, you will have a real passion for the manufacturing industry especially aluminium, titanium, forming or composites. As a determined and self-motivated individual, you will use your professional

management, strategic and advocacy skills to continue to work with and build partnerships with a range of high profile CEO and leaders in the industry both locally and globally.  Your ability to lead, motivate and inspire a small, professional and passionate team will be critical.

The role is a fixed term three years with the opportunity for extension, full-time with a starting salary of $112,056  – $118,768 per annum + Salary Loading depending on experience 17% superannuation (HEW 9 level). Based in Geelong at Waurn Ponds Campus.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • experience maintaining, liaising and negotiating relationships with industries
  • postgraduate qualification in Metals, Metals Forming, Composite Materials and Materials Engineering, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • current or recent practitioner in materials science research with a practical and theoretical background in materials engineering
  • experience in roll forming, aluminium alloys, titanium alloys and/or composite materials

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead and manage the operations of the Centre, including UAC reporting requirements, manage a multi-million dollar budget (>$3 million)
  • contribute to the profile and research reputation of the Centre by means such as hosting/ managing training and scientific conferences and workshops, international scholars, industry executives and government officials
  • contributing to policy formation on key research issues, and playing a role in the Centre’s research activities including the exercise of leadership in research direction, strategy and growth, and guiding other staff and investigators to balance the Centre’s objectives
  • develop, communicate, promote and progress the vision and strategic plan of the Centre amongst partners and the broader community and in professional activities, including attendance at conferences and seminars in the appropriate fields of research and training
  • develop and maintain effective networks with government, industry, non-government organisations and technology developers and providers to establish future successful research including commercial partnerships.
  • travel to the various UAC operations globally. This travel may include extended stays as required to understand the UAC operations and opportunities
  • converse with a broad range of industry partners as well as all levels of management within UAC, including the CEO
  • Lead and coordinate short term projects as required by UAC to assist with any production/materials issues that may arise

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