Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Exciting opportunity to lead in a purpose-driven organisation
  • Generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per annum
  • Full time role with flexible working conditions
  • High profile Medical Research Institute
  • Opportunity to help shape the Institute’s Impact Strategy


About The Position

We are seeking quality candidates for the critical role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI), in Melbourne’s beautiful North-East.

Are you ready to lead the provision of quality support services to a multidisciplinary team of Researchers and Clinicians? Look no further! We are thrilled to present an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary and dynamic individual to step into the role of Chief Operating Officer at our esteemed Cancer Research Institute, located within the world-renowned Olivia Newton-John Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria.


About Us

At Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, we’re not just a team; we’re a community united by a shared purpose – to ensure that our research contributes towards improved outcomes for cancer patients! Our world-class Researchers and Clinicians, brilliant minds, and state-of-the-art facilities combine to create an environment where innovation thrives. As Chief Operating Officer, you will ensure that the Institute’s operations are efficient, and in alignment with strategic priorities. You, and your team, will play an important role ensuring that, wherever possible, the Institute is contributing towards the development and/or discovery of more effective and more accessible therapeutics, without further diminishing quality of life for cancer patients.


The Role

As the Chief Operating Officer, you’ll be the driving force behind our Institute’s operations. Reporting directly to the CEO, your leadership will be pivotal in streamlining processes, optimising resources, and fostering collaboration amongst our talented teams. You’ll be the orchestrator of our mission, ensuring that our Researchers and Clinicians have the tools, resources, and support they need to accelerate discoveries. With your strategic vision, you’ll guide us toward new horizons and expand our impact, for the benefit of those we serve.


What You’ll Bring

  • Proven track record of leadership in a scientific, medical, and/or research-focused organisation.
  • Exceptional ability to transform vision into actionable strategies and tangible results.
  • Strong business acumen and skill in managing budgets, resources, and partnerships.
  • Inspirational leadership style that motivates and guides teams toward a common goal.
  • Passion for the mission of eradicating cancer and improving patients’ lives.


What You’ll Do

  • Spearhead operational strategies to enhance research efficiency and impact.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to foster innovation and support breakthroughs.
  • Implement visionary initiatives to secure funding and drive philanthropic efforts.
  • Nurture a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and continuous growth and improvement.
  • Establish partnerships with industry leaders, academia, governing bodies, and healthcare organisations.
  • Drive the Institute’s mission, in collaboration with the CEO, and as a member of the Executive Committee


Who We’re Looking For

Our ideal Chief Operating Officer is an advocate for progress, and a charismatic leader. You’re a strategic thinker with a proven track record of operational excellence, and your passion for making a difference is palpable. You’re not just a manager; you’re a leader who empowers teams to achieve the extraordinary. Your innovative mindset, coupled with your ability to navigate complex challenges, will set the stage for a new era of cancer research.


The Opportunity

This is your chance to play a significant role in the fight against cancer. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits (including salary packaging), and an unparalleled opportunity to drive change and lead with purpose. Make your mark in the battle against cancer and be a driving force in shaping a healthier future for countless lives.


We offer workplace benefits including flexible working conditions, generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per FBT year and 4 extra Institute Days off each year.

The Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and workforce and we strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.


Ready to embark on a new journey?

Please submit a one-page cover letter and comprehensive CV to Todd Jasper, Independent Consultant, before 5pm AEST Friday 15th of September 2023, via: