Vicki Graham, Services Manager - CSIRO
SPONSOR: Mark Wallis, Director, CSIRO Business and Infrastructure Servicess -Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
I restarted my career 19 years ago as a receptionist with a CSIRO. I progressed to fulltime administration support to Human Resources and Business Development managers and then executive assistant support to senior site research leaders responsible for strategic planning and operations. I applied for a role in general facilities support and soon dipped my toe into operations contract management and facility coordination activities. A Graduate Certificate of Business Administration saw me move into my current role of Services Manager for CSIRO sites from Cairns to Newcastle and all western districts. My role encompasses lease management and negotiation; procurement/tenders; development and management of budgets; oversee reception/administration staff and an indigenous trainee program; dealing with internal and external stakeholders including State Government, Universities and commercial entities.