Innovation Portfolio Analyst, Missions


Location: Canberra

Job Type: Full time


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The Opportunity

  • ​​​​​Proactively devise novel support processes & practices

  • Join a collaborative & diverse team & role!

  • Contribute to initiatives that have an impact for national benefit

Are you looking for a rewarding challenge and change in your career as an innovation and strategy analyst? This stimulating and significant position could be for you!

CSIRO has embarked on a program to scale its mission-directed research activities to accelerate our capacity to solve the greatest challenges at scale through collaborative programs enabled by investments in digital, future science and tech, data and our people.

To deliver on this mandate, CSIRO has established the Strategic Delivery Group, which encompasses the Missions Program and innovation programs and support functions. Strategic Delivery is a centre of best practice for initiative design, integrated insights and analysis, performance and implementation coordination.

Strategic Delivery Group is seeking an Innovation Portfolio Analyst to support the Executive Manager- Mission Innovation, Strategy & Design in providing performance insights to cross-disciplinary mission teams and CSIRO leadership that will enable missions to deliver the transparency, accountability and design improvement necessary to achieve their ambitious impact objectives.

Your duties will include:

  • Reviewing international best practice in innovation portfolio management and contributing key insights to the development of a portfolio performance framework that is underpinned by mission-oriented innovation theory of change.
  • Supporting mission teams to revise their performance frameworks, including indicators and targets to ensure they’re properly responsive to mission-oriented theory of change.
  • Contributing to the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of performance of individual missions and the portfolio as a whole.
  • Developing primary data collection tools (e.g., surveys, questionnaires, semi structured interview guides, etc.) and support for implementation (e.g., training enumerators, developing sampling methodology, mentoring partners, etc.), primary data cleaning, analysis and reporting protocols.
  • Working closely with other members of the Missions Program Office to ensure that performance insights are effectively informing ongoing program design improvement. 

Location: CSIRO Sites in: Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane preferred.

A hybrid working environment is available.

Salary: AU$105k - AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 94405

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or experience in a relevant area such as research/ innovation planning and portfolio/program analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in innovation portfolio analysis or management.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and continuously improve new performance or business intelligence systems.
  • Ability to provide high-level strategic analysis on existing operations, recognise opportunities, and provide high-quality guidance in a complex organisation.
  • A history of delivering results in an environment of high ambiguity and supporting multiple initiatives across a large complex organisation.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, interpersonal, negotiation and representational skills, including experience working across diverse teams and large organisations.
  • Proven project management, decision-making and problem-solving skills with the ability to multi-task, produce rapid results and remain composed under pressure. 

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. 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.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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

8 October 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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