First listed on: 18 January 2023

Executive Manager - SpeakUp@CSIRO


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Play a key role in the implementation of our SpeakUp@CSIRO office
  • An indefinite position, in a flexible and supportive environment
  • Create impact by shaping and driving an integrity culture across CSIRO

The SpeakUp@CSIRO Office is a newly created unit to manage submissions received via our SpeakUp@CSIRO Platform, that maintains the highest standard of integrity and confidentiality.  Our mission is to create a safer CSIRO and give people a voice to speak up about concerns that are not aligned with our values, policies and the regulatory framework that we operate within.

CSIRO has an exciting opportunity for an Executive Manager - SpeakUp@CSIRO to establish and lead this office. You will actively conduct, lead and have oversight of planning, preparation and the development of SpeakUp@CSIRO. You’ll exercise your superior judgement to handle highly sensitive submissions from our people, the public and those who partner with CSIRO.

You’re highly knowledgeable in legislation, have a significant track record of managing complex problems and possess the maturity to work closely with Senior Executives and Boards. Demonstrated experience working within a similar Government organisation will be viewed favourably.  

If you’re excited by fostering a culture of integrity at an organisation solving Australia’s greatest challenges, this could be the next step in your career. Apply today and join an organisation making the impossible possible! 

Your duties will include:

  • Managing, monitoring and coordinating submissions received via the SpeakUp@CSIRO Platform. 
  • At a strategic level and working with the case management team, conducting continuous research and analysis of case data to develop themes and insights arising from submissions. Providing input into broader People initiatives across leadership, culture, learning, policy, and values to the organisation to pre-empt potential issues before they arise.
  • Developing appropriate KPIs and metrics to measure the performance of the unit 
  • Assessing and triaging submissions to appropriate Case Managers (e.g. Case Management team, PID Office, Research Office, HSE, Security / Fraud etc.) and exercising appropriate judgement where there is ambiguity. 
  • Ensuring CSIRO Policies and Guidelines are adhered to, cases are escalated appropriately, and confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Utilising industry knowledge, delegations, understanding of legal principles, internal policy and procedures to analyse and determine the appropriate course of action in managing submissions.
  • Evaluating, interpreting and integrating complex bodies of information and preparing a variety of written reports, communication, and correspondence as required, to present to relevant stakeholders including board and senior management.
  • Proactively contributing to the development and continuous improvement of the SpeakUp@CSIRO Platform and staff experience through attending designated working group meetings.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Flexible
Salary: Attractive salary package on offer
Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time or Part-time.
Reference: 91256

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree (or equivalent experience), in conjunction with demonstrated achievement in senior advisory and managerial roles in a relevant area such Human Resources, Employment Relations or Law (business, compliance, criminal, civil or industrial), ideally with postgraduate managerial qualifications.  
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in a large, complex working environment providing reporting and advice to Senior Executives and/or Boards. 
  • A significant track record of integrity, tact, and the ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information.  
  • A history of establishing and leading cross functional teams, and a record of leadership which encourages new ideas, builds trust and supports a common goal.   
  • Demonstrated history of anticipating and successfully managing complex problems and/or projects in ambiguous situations and/or complex environments. 
  • Strong track record of exercising superior judgement in the handling of confidential and highly sensitive people matters. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with experience coaching, mentoring, influencing and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders, as well as written and presentation skills. 


  • Experience leading or working in a complaint/whistleblowing response environment, including in-depth knowledge of handing and managing Public Interest Disclosures.
  • Deep expertise in the conduct of best practice integrity, and sensitive complex investigations including reasoned and defensible findings.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only.  Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. 
The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline level. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30th January 2023, 11:00pm AEDT.

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