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If you're a bright, energetic, out-of-the-box thinker seeking a distinctive environment in which to flourish then the University of Canberra wants to hear from you.

Become part of something distinctive.

Commercial Director

Apply now Job no: 495469
Work type: Professional
Location: Bruce
Categories: Finance and Payroll, Governance and Legal

• Strategic Leadership Position – Add value to a dynamic organisation
• Executive Salary Package – Canberra Based
• UC Senior Manager Contract- Full-Time Fixed Term 5 years

The University of Canberra is ranked among the Top 20 universities in the world under the age of 50, and globally the most rapidly rising university in the international university ranking systems. Committed to continuing this success, the next decade will see the University grow and evolve into a confluence of scholars, learners, innovators, practitioners and enablers that will boldly take the lead in redefining our future. The University will be a leading example of how a modern, world-class university has transformed itself to create an integrated learning community.

This is your chance to play an integral role in contributing to the remarkable success of this young University as Commercial Director, a new role that will be vital to further developing our teaching and research by developing commercial relationships across the University. From the moment people step onto the campus they will experience the benefits of this transformation and recognise a University committed to professional education, applied research and innovation, culture and vibrant activity.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will lead and manage key commercial activities to support the evolution and growth of the University as well as engage across a range of business development activities including commercial strategy, contract negotiation and management, industry partnership and leadership in stakeholder engagement.

To be successful in this role you will have extensive commercial experience and thrive on developing and executing strategies for organisational growth. You will develop strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, have a commercial solutions approach and be adept in negotiating complex business agreements and contracts. 

You will hold relevant qualifications in business, commercial or finance related disciplines with a minimum 10+ years’ professional experience across the breadth of these specialities. You will be experienced in, and capable of, contributing strong value to a diverse, progressive organisation, and familiar with working across complex governance requirements.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket and childcare facilities.

UC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

To be considered for this position your application must include a two-page cover letter and your resume, both demonstrating your skills and experience in support of the key capabilities outlined in the position description.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview through a platform called Sonru. There will be a list of pre-set questions that will need to be answered within a stipulated time.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific information: please contact Vicki Williams, Chief Operating Officer, via telephone on 02 6201 5045 or via email at

Recruitment and application questions: please contact Abbey Want on 02 6201 2133 or email

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Sunday 14th March 2021

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