Manager, Cloud Platforms

Geoscience Australia
Canberra, Australia/Remote
Added: April 17, 2024

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About us

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Our culture

Our strength lies in our people, including our diversity in backgrounds, skills and experiences, and the way we work together to respond to the emerging needs of our work. We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applications from people who reflect this diversity are encouraged.

Our workplace is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and offer a variety of flexible working arrangements to enhance flexibility, including remote working arrangements.

What we can offer you

When you work at Geoscience Australia you will have access to a range of benefits and the opportunity to experience a workplace culture that truly values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. To learn more about our competitive salary, free onsite parking, generous flexible working arrangements and the role you can play in growing our culture click here.

The role

The Cloud Platforms Manager leads a team responsible for delivery of high-value, secure and easy to use cloud platforms and services to support scientific and corporate needs. Geoscience Australia uses a variety of commercial cloud offerings, and these platforms are relied upon across the organisation to deliver organisational objectives.

The Cloud Platforms team ensures that Geoscience Australia’s cloud platforms are fit-for-purpose, consistent, sustainable, maintained, secure and well governed. Through active engagement and collaboration with end users, the Cloud Platforms Manager identifies current and future organisational cloud needs and drives effective and efficient adoption of cloud capabilities.

As a leader within the Enterprise Data and Digital Branch, this role is also responsible for promoting a positive, inclusive and high-performing culture and contributing to the enhancement and modernisation of our enterprise data and digital capability and to the achievement of the Geoscience Australia Strategy 2028.

In this role you will:

  • Contribute to strategic direction for cloud adoption and usage across Geoscience Australia, consistent with user needs and organisational objectives.
  • Lead the design, development and support of enterprise cloud platforms and services to enable other teams to effectively leverage cloud.
  • Work collaboratively between internal and external stakeholders to align cloud platforms and services with business needs, maintain service standards, and drive continuous improvement.
  • Ensure design and architecture of cloud solutions support the needs of the organisation, enable self-service and are cost-effective, maintainable and secure.
  • Collaborate with the ICT Strategy and Architecture team to ensure cloud platforms are delivered in line with enterprise architecture principles.
  • Establish and oversee governance practices which ensure cloud usage complies with better practice security and management goals.
  • Manage a team of cloud specialists, and build team capability through recruiting, mentoring, training and coaching others, providing performance feedback, conflict resolution and encouraging career development.
  • Manage and engage with risks and issues related to cloud operations.
  • Lead a positive culture of value delivery, inclusivity, continuous improvement, sustainability, security, and user engagement.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Be outcomes focussed, enjoy leading change, work collaboratively with colleagues, build great culture, continuously learn and be part of a fun work environment.
  • Be a collaborative team member, able to work with a range of stakeholders and possessing excellent, communication, conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Have the ability to set a clear direction for a team, drive change, manage multiple priorities and work effectively in a dynamic environment to deliver outcomes.
  • Have experience managing a professional team in a dynamic, customer centred environment, including strong people management, continuous improvement and problem solving skills.
  • Effectively manage, monitor and communicate the work of your team, through planning, prioritisation, risk and issue management, monitoring and reporting.
  • Understand the strategic objectives of the organisation and develop work plans accordingly; translate high-level goals and outcomes into action

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications


  • Demonstrated experience managing cloud platforms (including Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service on either Azure or AWS) in an enterprise context.
  • Experience leading high performing operational teams to deliver and improve services for users.
  • Familiarity with modern
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills and the ability to collaborate with a cross-section of an organisation.

Highly Desirable:

  • Relevant Azure and/or AWS certifications.
  • Familiarity with modern delivery approaches (Agile, Lean, DevOps) and tools (e.g. Jira, Bitbucket, Github).

To Apply

Please visit the careers page of our website to submit your application via our e-Recruit system. Your application should include:

  • Your resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • A brief statement (no more than 700 words) outlining your transferable skills, experience and capabilities related to the role and the value you would bring to Geoscience Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Gavin Veitch on (02) 6249 9777 or email


To be eligible to apply for this position you must meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • Be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain, hold and maintain a security clearance of an appropriate level relevant to this role.
  • Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying pre- employment screening, which includes a police history check.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the position. For more information please visit the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our Recruitment team on 02 6249 9777 in order to obtain selection documentation.

Technical Assistance

If you require technical assistance, call Human Resources on (02) 6249 9777 or email

A merit list/pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.