First listed on: 21 April 2023

Group Leader - Cotton Breeding


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The Opportunity

  • Lead the Myall Vale site operations
  • Play a key role focusing on impact, operational efficiencies, health and safety, and people leadership
  • Opportunity to create a dynamic career path in this exciting role

As the Group Leader, you will work closely with the Leader of the Cotton Breeding Program within CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food business unit, to implement the vision and direction of the Breeding Program, and contribute to its setting and planning, to deliver outputs, outcomes and impact.

In this role, you will be focused on impact, operational efficiencies, health and safety and people leadership; and support the leader of the Cotton Breeding Program and the Research Director in the management of the Program's people, infrastructure and other assets.

The Myall Vale site is managed by NSW DPI and, in addition to the Cotton Breeding Group, also includes both CSIRO and NSW DPI staff working on in-field crop management research including cotton farming systems and pest management. This role also includes leadership interaction with staff from NSW DPI.

Your duties will include:

  • Impact Science Leadership
    • Design, lead and deliver to projects of scale and/or complexity;
    • Engage key stakeholders and clients to build support for investment in problem/opportunity;
    • Develop an R&D working environment characterised by science excellence, creativity, inclusion, innovation and flexibility
  • Capability Leadership
    • Strive for ‘Zero Harm’ (physical and psychological) and actively promote a healthy, safe, and environmentally sustainable workplace.
    • Attract, develop, and retain world class talent which will meet current and future needs of Program. 
    • Lead change initiatives and deliver change messages across the Research Group and the Program.
  • Resource Leadership
    • Support the leader of the Cotton Breeding Program and the Research Director in resource management and long-term planning;
    • Monitor financial and project performance;
  • Engagement and Partnerships
    • Convey Business Unit strategy and Program goals to internal and external stakeholders;
    • Cultivate cross-CSIRO networks to execute the Group, Program and Business Unit strategy;
    • Co-ordinate engagement of Group staff with key stakeholders and clients;
  • Other duties as directed 

Location: Narrabri, NSW
Salary:  AU$146k to AU$161k pa + up to 15.4% super
Tenure:  3 year specified term
Reference:  92093

To be considered you will need:

  • Established reputation and credibility in leading people with evidence of effective research and/or innovation leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world class talent and to promote wellbeing, safety and foster creativity in multidisciplinary teams of up to 60 staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead individual and groups of projects of scale and/or complexity and manage financial and project performance.
  • Evidence of strong engagement skills and relationship management that grows new science opportunities and supports commercial outcomes.
  • Must have the ability to be based on site at Myall Vale to perform this position.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term without the requirement for visa sponsorship by CSIRO. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

09 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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