Deadline: 03.12.23

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead/

University of Melbourne

This is the perfect timing to join our Procurement Services’ Governance and Strategic Enablement team where you’ll play a key role in integrating ESG principles into the University’s procurement framework and supporting staff to advance key University strategic priorities. You’ll work closely with internal and external stakeholders including Indigenous businesses,  and industry bodies to develop and implement the ESG roadmap. Your primary focus will be on implementing Indigenous and sustainability-related procurement practices, enhancing governance, ensuring compliance and managing risk.

We encourage people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to apply, as your cultural and lived experience is central to the work we do. In this position, you’ll be instrumental in building the reputation of the Procurement Services function, serving as a trusted partner in the University’s commercial activities. This role provides a unique opportunity for you to take ownership and lead activity streams that contribute to establishing a robust foundation for the University’s culture of commercial decision-making, elevating outcomes for Indigenous Australians, and reinforcing our commitment to human rights and equity. Our team is supportive, fostering an environment where every member is engaged, motivated, and encouraged to grow and learn!

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead, drive and advocate the University’s commitment to Indigenous impact, climate leadership, and a just and circular economy by integrating ESG considerations into the procurement framework at the University.
  • Implement the procurement ESG roadmap that will assess, develop, improve and influence policies, procurement processes.
  • Establish and foster strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, businesses, individuals and organisations.
  • Engage in key external networks and forums (e.g. AUPN) to develop a sector approach to Indigenous impact.

About You
We’re looking for a professional with substantial experience in working with Indigenous peoples and communities. You’ll have strong influencing and communication skills where you’ll able to thoughtfully and persuasively work with diverse stakeholders to implement policies and procedures. Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, bringing your cultural and lived experiences to drive the implementation of Indigenous and sustainability-related procurement practices!

You will also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive (take initiative) in delivering outcomes, communicate with influence, implement change and deliver projects
  • Relevant experience in strategic operationalisation, transformation, change management, indigenous impact, sustainability or procurement
  • Deep understanding of the cultural and social nuances of working with Indigenous businesses
  • Experience in project management and execution, communications, or advocacy
  • Demonstrated experience supporting stakeholders and delivering change, specifically in implementing policies, procedures orperformance indicators

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

About-Chief Finance Officer Group 
The Finance team’s core objective is to advance University strategy through financial leadership and innovation, strategic sourcing and contracting.

The Governance and Strategic Enablement team in Procurement Services supports the University’s third-party expenditure by providing procurement policy, processes, governance, and system enablement. The team also offers data and commercial insights to strategically manage suppliers and advance key University priorities.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.


Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing
Department/School: Chief Finance Officer Group
Salary: UOM 8-$115,137-$124,622 p.a. plus 17% super

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