Assistant General Manager
Australian Government IP Australia
Phillip, ACT, Australia
19d ago

Position Title : Assistant General Manager

Duration : Permanent

Section : Office of the General Manager

Group : Policy and Governance

Division : Policy and Corporate

Location : ACT

Immediate Supervisor : General Manager

Security Classification : NEGATIVE VETTING Level 1

Group Responsibilities

The Policy and Governance Group (PGG) is the agency’s lead on government engagement on matters relating to IP. PGG covers a broad range of areas, from legislation through to international policy and trade agreements, from audit and attorney registration to legal advice and economic research.

Section Responsibilities

The Assistant General Manager (AGM) is responsible for international affairs which includes oversight of the international policy & cooperation section and the trade & policy project section, as well as a dedicated team focussed on IP Australia’s International Engagement Strategy.

In addition, the AGM supervises a third section from PGG depending on their experience, and supports the General Manager in strategic planning.

Job Description / Context of the Role

The AGM is the General Manager’s deputy, and is expected to act for the General Manager and manage their own areas of responsibility with a high degree of autonomy.

The AGM has three directors reporting to them, and is expected to provide supervision and direction on complex and high priority projects, often liaising with senior executive across the APS, most often with DIIS, DFAT, PM&C and DAWR, and internationally.

Priorities for the AGM in the short term include :

  • Delivering on IP Australia's international agenda through the international engagement strategy and engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization, other IP offices and trading partners
  • Engaging across Government to advance research and IP policy advice on Indigenous Knowledge and Geographical Indications
  • Job Specific Duties

  • Strategic leadership with responsibility for delivering several of IP Australia's strategic goals and outcomes
  • Provides input and advice on international IP matters and policy issues to senior executives in IP Australia and across the APS
  • Supports directors in delivering their section plans and engages in long term planning, budget management and priority setting
  • Manages the international engagement strategy team
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improves organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishes clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintains an understanding of their / worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace.
  • Job Specific Capabilities

    The successful candidate will possess the following :

  • Excellent management skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritise, multi-task and collaborate with others to achieve outcomes
  • Significant management experience at the director level, or higher, and a demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written, with a demonstrated ability to negotiate with senior executives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels, with demonstrated experience in managing sensitive issues
  • Eligibility Qualifications / Knowledge Required

    Highly desirable :

  • Knowledge of intellectual property
  • Experience with international IP issues
  • Application Requirements

    To apply for this position, candidates are asked to :

  • Frame their responses around the job specific duties and job specific capabilities of the role (as set out in this job documentation), and provide :
  • An explanation of how their skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words)
  • Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate their suitability for this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words)
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees
  • Applications must be submitted through the IP Australia Web Recruitment system (ESS)

    Please note : you MUST be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.

    Contact Officer

    For further information pertaining to this job please contact Benjamin Mitra-Kahn on 02 6283 2291

    Working in IP Australia

    Australia’s Intellectual property (IP) rights system supports innovation, investment and international competitiveness. IP Australia administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

    IP Australia also undertakes programs to educate and promote an awareness of intellectual property (IP), provides IP policy input to Government, develops legislation to support the IP system and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.

    IP Australia strives to deliver robust IP rights efficiently, satisfy our customers in terms of timeliness and value for money and be recognised as one of the leading IP offices in the world for the quality (including accuracy and consistency) of the IP rights we grant.

    IP Australia is committed to external certification of our Quality Management System which involves applying ISO 9001 : 2008 to key business processes and to environmental management through ISO14001 certification within the agency.

    All IP Australia staff contribute to the achievement of organisational outcomes and the overall management of IP Australia by assisting, as appropriate, the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrars of Trade Marks and Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights, and their deputies (where relevant), to perform statutory functions, and where appropriate, exercise relevant delegations.

    IP Australia recognises the importance of employees balancing their work and personal lives by offering staff access to an ongoing series of health and wellbeing programs, flexible work-

    life policies and a range of professional development programs. IP Australia is a breastfeeding friendly workplace.

  • The IP Australia office in Canberra provides high quality accommodation and facilities. These include : an on-site café, conference, meeting and training rooms;
  • limited on-site parking for cars and motor cycles available on a rotational basis; the provision of undercover bicycle racks;
  • excellent shower / change facilities for staff choosing to walk or ride to work; and the advantage of all staff being co-

    located in the one building.

    Please note : All IP Australia positions are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check unless a higher security clearance has been identified.

    Other pre-employment checks may also apply.

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