First listed on: 27 August 2019

Director, CSIRO's Data61 

Executive Opportunity
  • Provide leadership to 1000 staff and students as an exceptional collaborative leader
  • Develop innovative scientific and technological solutions that deliver impact for Australia
  • Be the catalyst for increasing digital literacy across CSIRO

The Position

In three years, CSIRO’s Data61 has quickly established itself as Australia’s leading data science and innovation group, partnering with government, industry and academia to solve Australia’s largest data-driven challenges underpinned by deep science and technology.

Its world-class research expertise includes technologies transforming every aspect of society and the economy, including: artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, privacy, blockchain, cyber-physical systems and advanced data analytics. CSIRO is seeking a new Director who is passionate about digital science and technology to take Data61 into the next phase of its evolution, maximising the opportunities that digital and data science can deliver for Australia. The Director will be focused on creating an environment based on agility, entrepreneurship and research excellence in the digital domain.

The role of Director, Data61 presents a rare opportunity to lead one of the largest digital science and technology groups in Australia. This successful applicant will have a deep understanding of technology trends and the application of digital science and technology in the market. The role requires a visionary leader with experience in managing portfolios of projects and people within the research and development domain. The Director will be a member of the CSIRO Leadership team and have outstanding collaboration and communications skills.   

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance appropriate to the role.

Your duties will include
  • Being a dynamic and strategic leader, reviewing and implementing Data61’s strategic plan and leading the business unit to develop and realise its science vision.
  • As a capability leader, attracting, developing and retaining world class talent that will meet both current and future needs whilst championing Digital + Domain research across the organisation.
  • Engaging and partnering, developing and maintaining strategic relationships with stakeholders, clients and partners ensuring business unit activity alignment with the nation’s needs.
  • Leading and managing financial resources, people, infrastructure and research assets across large-scale, complex, and multi-site environments.

Location:  Sydney, New South Wales preferred (Melbourne, Brisbane or Canberra may be considered)
Salary:  An attractive salary negotiable
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  63037

To be successful you will need
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field together with advanced levels of digital literacy.
  • Established credibility and respect in the digital domain with evidence of effective leadership of a world-class research capability commensurate with the scale of the Data61 business unit (~600 staff). A postgraduate qualification in a relevant field is mandatory.
  • Evidence of strong engagement skills and strategic relationship management that expands growth opportunities, drives commercial outcomes, and delivers national impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world-class talent and to promote well-being and foster creativity and innovation.
  • Demonstrated track record in leading a complex, multi-site and large-scale operation including managing financial and physical resources and creating a safe and healthy workplace.

For more information about this role please view the Position Description.


We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

How to apply

CSIRO has engaged Executive Search Firm Korn Ferry to assist with this recruitment. Please send all enquiries to Korn Ferry attention katharine.whittaker@kornferry.comensuring you quote reference KFD61.

Please do not apply via the CSIRO careers website - all applications (consisting of a CV/resume and cover letter) will only be accepted through Korn Ferry.

Applications Close

30 September 2019

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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