5 Aug 2022

Permanent Research Services Manager

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a Research Services Manager to be based in our Auckland Campus who will lead the effective planning and delivery of our pre-award and post-award grant and research support service across the faculty.

You will be responsible for promoting awareness of national, international and internal sources of research funds and supporting researchers to develop funding applications (pre-award support). Once a grant has been awarded, you and your team will work closely with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to maintain oversight of the research activity for the lifecycle of the funding, in accordance with contractual requirements and University policy (post-award support).

The core priorities of this role include:

Strategy and Planning

  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of Faculty research plans, performance, and funding targets (including cross-faculty interdisciplinary plans, and internal funding targets).


  • Manage the provision of research support services, including pre and post-award advice, across all levels of researchers, including senior and emerging.
  • Advise the Associate Dean Research on effective allocation of resources to ensure researchers are proactively supported through the lifecycle of research projects.
  • Lead an on-going programme of work to adopt and embed quality service standards for research support across the faculty.
  • Have oversight of the programme of research projects within the faculty and be the key point of contact regarding this body of work.
  • Monitor and support effective operational performance of projects, proactively tracking milestones, ethics applications, expenditure to budget, performance reports, and ensure optimisation of resources.
  • Maintain key relationships across the faculty and University, working closely with the Associate Dean Research, and partnering with UniServices and the University Office of Research Strategy and Integrity (ORSI).

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Please note, this is a permanent, fulltime (37.5 hours per week) position, with a salary range of $89,400 – $110,400 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

The Faculty of Business & Economics is committed to improving the quality and understanding of business education in New Zealand and internationally through high quality teaching, research, and professional development.

You will be joining a small team working under the Director of Faculty Operations and be charged with the effective planning and delivery of research support services. You will connect with stakeholders across the faculty such as the Associate Dean Research and individual researchers, as well as ORSI, UniServices and external partners.

He kōrero mōu | About you

 This is an ideal role for a person with experience in a tertiary environment as well as research grant processes, applications, budgets and planning. You could have a background as a Research Grant Manager, Research Officer or Research Manager or any role that involves securing and advising on grants for researchers.

Your application will stand out if you are excited by getting to know the faculty and our researchers, are comfortable as a policy and process expert, and the idea of partnering with a diverse group of stakeholders to successfully win grants strikes a chord with you.

Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills

We are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant tertiary qualification.
  • Proven management skills and experience.
  • Sound knowledge of the tertiary funding sector.
  • Knowledge and application of best practices in fund management.
  • Proven administration and management experience in a large complex organisation.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in change management and working co-operatively.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Additional Information

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Friday, 12th August 2022 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Steven McLean via s.mclean@auckland.ac.nz for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Overseas Applicants

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect oIn f the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Friday, 12th August 2022

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Permanent. Job expires in 25 days.

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