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General Manager, Monash Animal Research Platform

Job No.: 626688

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $163,580 pa HEW 10B (plus 17% employer superannuation) and an annual incentive payment of up to a maximum of 10%, at the discretion of the University

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Enjoy the freedom to discover something new
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions 

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. So if you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You’ll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that’s filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here – and so do truly satisfying careers.

Monash Animal Research Platform (MARP) is the platform within the faculty charged with responsibility for providing laboratory animals, housing and technical services to the faculty’s research base. MARP is comprised of eight animal facility locations and employs approximately 100 staff in predominantly technical positions. MARP provides a range of services to researchers at Monash and for over 250 departments and external institutions Australia-wide. Servicing over 2,000 researchers and over 3,000 research projects, totalling in excess of $200M, MARP is providing an important service to the Australian research community.

The Opportunity

The General Manager, Monash Animal Research Platform (MARP), will be responsible for the development of MARP’s strategic vision and direction. The successful candidate will ensure effective implementation of strategic plans and operational initiatives to deliver the highest quality animal research services, positioning MARP as the leading platform technology within Australia. 

This role is responsible for overseeing the administration, governance, resourcing, and planning functions of the platform, across all eight animal facilities. In addition, the General Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance requirements and animal ethics are adhered to across all the animal facilities.

Building an environment of strong staff engagement and creating a high-performance culture and implementing defined mechanisms for aligned, best practice performance management and a strong customer service ethos across the platform at all levels will all be key accountabilities in this role.

About you

The successful appointee will hold exceptional communication skills, including the ability to provide authoritative advice and to build and manage relationships, and influence and negotiate at senior levels within and outside the University with a diverse range of stakeholders.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • A track record of success as both a leader and manager 
  • Outstanding planning and organisational skills, with experience in establishing priorities, allocating resources, and meeting deadlines while working under pressure as a leader of a large and complex animal facility, centre or operation
  • Managerial excellence and success in managing an animal facility is desirable
  • Extensive staff management experience with the ability to motivate and develop high-performance, interdisciplinary teams and build a high performing culture
  • Exceptional analytical and conceptual skills including demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate new concepts and information and deliver positive, innovative solutions
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification in a cognate field (preferably the biomedical, veterinary sciences or animal sciences) and extensive professional experience at management level within a complex management environment, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training as a scientific researcher

Your application

If you believe you fit this profile, we look forward to receiving your application.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

The successful applicant will need to possess a current valid Police and Finance check.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".

In the context of COVID-19, the University is required to comply with various health directions issued from time to time by the Chief Health Officer. Further information concerning vaccination requirements and the obligations on Monash University to collect, record and hold vaccination information about employees is available at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Victoria, please select COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions.


Professor Ian Smyth, Associate Dean (Research and Research Infrastructure, +61 3 9902 9119

Position Description

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Closing Date

Tuesday 14 December 2021, 11:55pm AEDT

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