• Manage the most significant international investment in urban water research in Australia
  • Leverage value through collaboration in research, development and innovation
  • Engage with representatives from across the Australian and international water sector

An opportunity for a Manager, Research and Innovation has arisen within the WSAA team. This position, based in Sydney or Melbourne, will be responsible for WSAA’s research and innovation portfolio, which includes managing and implementing WSAA’s Research Strategy and developing an innovation strategy for the urban water industry. This position will involve working closely with some of the most knowledgeable, dynamic and passionate people in this field from around the country.

We are seeking a professional with 5 to 10 years' experience for a full-time position under a three year contract with a six month probationary period. The person should be an energetic, people-oriented, self-starter with strong leadership qualities and the ability to maintain strong relationships with stakeholders. Salary will be based on level of experience. 

You will need to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of key strategic issues facing the urban water industry and the ability to continually review and prioritise issues across all areas.
  • Extensive experience in developing collaborative initiatives, particularly through geographically and institutional diversity.
  • A demonstrated ability to prepare concise, robust and well-argued papers on any range of issues of importance to the urban water industry in Australia.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop business plans.
  • A thorough understanding of relevant research and development, both nationally and internationally as it applies to the Australian urban water industry.
  • A strong understanding of knowledge creation, transfer and management opportunities and issues.
  • A strong understanding of innovation processes and effective commercialisation.
  • A solid understanding of the technical issues and regulatory frameworks as they relate to important areas for the urban water industry such as drinking water, recycled water, environmental sustainability and wastewater.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • An ability to recognise issues of strategic importance to WSAA members and communicate these effectively to appropriate WSAA committees and networks.


  • Tertiary qualifications in science or engineering are preferred.  Other qualifications may be considered.
  • Knowledge of the Australian water industry and the research environment is desirable but not mandatory.

To be considered for this position, you must include in your application a current CV and a cover letter addressing the 'Key Attributes' found in the position description. 

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 7 February 2017. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Stuart Wilson
Deputy Executive Director
02 9221 0059

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24 Jan 2017

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

Deputy Executive Director