Head, Commissioned Research & Engagement

Job No: GEORGE78
Location: Newtown

  • Full time opportunity - 1 year fixed term contract (parental leave)
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

Application close date: 13 February 2019

The George’ is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

We are seeking for a Head, Commissioned Research & Engagement to join our growing organisation. This role will be responsible for progressing The George Institute – Sydney Local Health Districts partnership.

 Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and management of the Commissioned Research and Consumer and Community Engagement Programs, including input into the strategic direction   
  • Manage stakeholder relationships between TGI and SLHD, as well as other commissioning organisations and peak consumer groups / organisations 
  • Management of the commissioned research process from start to end 
  • Identify and coordinate relevant contract research opportunities and proposals, including provision of advice on appropriate resourcing (ie content and methodological expertise) to ensure project delivery (with TGI academics and external parties where appropriate) 
  • Provide advice, guidance and support to research teams bidding for and undertaking commissioned research including (but not limited to) pricing the work, contract management and editorial oversight 
  • Provide advice, guidance and support to both TGI and SLHD with regards to Consumer and Community Engagement in health research initiatives and activities 
  • Oversee the quality and timeliness of relevant projects, ensuring project outputs are of a high standard 
  • Develop plans upfront to ensure scalability and impact of research and other related programs of work 
  • Contribute to improving and further developing research capacity as appropriate to the role 
  • People management and management of relevant budgets, where required.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications and/or demonstrated relevant, equivalent professional experience. 
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of the Australian healthcare system and key stakeholders 
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills 
  • Experience working in both health policy and research environments 
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in managing all aspects of health research 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing teams to deliver quality outcomes to tight deadlines 
  • Demonstrated high level negotiation, consultation and relationship management skills with a diverse range of stakeholders  
  • Demonstrated high level oral, written communication and computer skills 
  • Previous commissioned research experience, including preparation of tender bids 
  • Strong problem solving, analytical skills, and strategic thinking 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly i.e. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders 
  • Ability to see the big picture, yet still focus on detail 
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities  Strong focus on quality of work

This is a great opportunity for you to work on exciting projects and make an impact on global health outcomes.

We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.

We are reviewing applications as soon as we receive them, so apply now!

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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