Senior Data and Collections Manager

Geoscience Australia
Canberra, Australia
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 offers 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.

Our team

Geoscience Australia’s is the nation’s trusted source of information on Australia’s Earth sciences, empowering decision making by government, communities, and industry. One of our key strategic focus and impact areas is the management and delivery of vast collections of data to ensure the right information is easily accessible by our stakeholders to address challenges and enhance opportunities facing Australia now and into the future.

Geoscience Australia’s Repository manages nationally significant collections of data and physical samples that were primarily acquired by the petroleum industry and submitted to the government under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act (OPGGSA) 2006. These collections serve a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including government, community, and multiple industry sectors. They are crucial in positioning Australia to meet its net zero emissions targets and to ensure Australia continues to be an attractive investment destination.

This is an exciting time to join the Repository team as the Senior Data and Collections Manager. The team is developing its strategy to position itself and adapt to changes driven by society’s shift away from traditional fossil fuels. We are also modernising our data management and delivery solutions to ensure we continue to provide world-leading access to open file data. The Senior Data and Collections Manager will help shape the strategy and implementation of our future direction to ensure we continue to meet our goals as data managers in the most effective and efficient way possible.

The role

This is a dynamic and varied role. You will manage the day-to-day operations of both the National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR) and the other Repository collections, including marine, Antarctic, and other physical samples. You will lead the NOPDCR and Collections Team to ensure all data and samples are catalogued and archived to the highest standard, and you will implement improvements where possible. You are responsible for ensuring open file collections are accurate, discoverable and accessible through publicly available channels, including web portals and cloud services. You will work closely with key partners, including the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA), maintaining strong relationships to ensure the optimum operation of the NOPDCR.

In this role you will:

  • Direct the day-to-day operations of both the National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR) and other Repository collections.
  • Help shape the strategic direction of the Repository in alignment with organisational objectives, plan operational activities accordingly, and provide direction to others regarding the purpose and importance of their work.
  • Have responsibility for the development, administration, and implementation of your team’s work plans, prioritisations and budget, and follow through to deliver quality outcomes, while managing risk within your team.
  • Have responsibility for the administration of data and sample collections, ensuring accurate work of the teams that catalogue data and physical assets from OPGGSA submissions, and rapidly taking action to resolve problems.
  • Provide high level technical administration and supervision of information management systems; for example using SQL to manage and query the databases.
  • Provide expert advice and assistance to team members, mentor junior staff, and commit to their professional development and capability building.
  • Actively engage with work health and safety legislation, policies and procedures, and oversee WHS compliance within your team.
  • Provide high level technical support and advice to the Director including regular reporting on collections activities.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Have a passion for data and collections management, be detail-oriented, and actively support the FAIR data principles.
  • Posses strong leadership skills that foster teamwork and collaboration, regonising positive behaviour in others, and set team work priorities.
  • Demonstrate resilience and flexibility to changing demands whilst maintaining sight of the end goal; lead your team through periods of change and see tasks through to completion.
  • Build positive and sustain long-term relationships with key internal and external stakeholders across Government, industry and research and present the agency’s position in more complex situations.
  • Regularly seek feedback from the Repository Director and your team to gauge their satisfaction; ensure work is delivered to a high standard.
  • Adhere to the APS values and code of conduct and consistently behave in an honest, ethical and professional way and support an inclusive work place.

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications

  • Experience managing a team is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience managing geoscientific (well and seismic) data, information, and physical collections at a senior level, with advanced skills in database management including SQL.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field of geoscience, data management or data science, or an appropriate period of demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Experience with cloud-enabled-enabled-enabled data management practices, machine learning and/or artificial intelligence will be viewed favourably.
  • Ability to acquire a High Risk Work Licence for operation of a forklift and an order-picking forklift truck.

Are you unsure about applying?

Did you know that a Hewlett Packard internal report found that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60 per cent of the job requirements? Women and other people from diverse backgrounds tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on what we are looking for, please still apply or get in touch with the contact officer to learn more about the role.

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 Susannah MacFarlane on (02) 6249 9772 or email

To learn more about applying for roles within the Australian Public Services please review, ‘Applying for an APS job: cracking the code’.


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.


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