Senior Analyst, Strategy, Planning & Performance

at University of Melbourne

  • Join Australia's number 1 University †

  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.

Chancellery Policy & Projects

Salary: $115,726 - $120,404 p.a plus 17% superannuation

About Policy & Projects

The Policy and Projects portfolio works collaboratively across the University to support the development and delivery of the University's strategic plan Growing Esteem 2015-2020. The portfolio is responsible for overseeing strategy, planning, performance, strategic risk, major projects, policy, government relations and governance at a whole-of-University level. The portfolio is composed of the following teams: Governance; Policy and Government Relations; Major Projects; and Strategy, Planning and Performance.

About the role

The Senior Analyst Strategy, Planning & Performance ensures the effective delivery of an integrated strategic framework for the University and divisional strategic planning and performance monitoring. This includes the effective delivery of the annual planning, budget, department and quality review cycle. The Senior Analyst will support the implementation plans for the University's strategic planning framework and work with the Executive Director, Finance, and Academic Divisions in the development of student profile and load targets. The incumbent will also produce strategic analyses and assess both performance and the impact of changes on institutional outcomes. This requires the ability to translate performance outcomes into practical planning strategies.

This role includes regular reporting against the University's Strategic Plan, monitoring and evaluating performance against improvement plans and recommendations arising from the strategic planning and quality review process, and compilation of the Annual report and higher education programmatic reporting including Australia's Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The Senior Analyst, Strategy, Planning & Performance is also responsible for analysing the benchmarking data pertaining to the Uniforum professional services exercise. As such, this role requires a comprehensive understanding of the drivers, including risks, underpinning performance in higher education both nationally and internationally.

Complex problem solving is a core element of this role. Additionally, the role requires a comprehensive understanding of the factors underpinning performance including student profile, staff, research, finance, teaching and learning, engagement and space data, internationalisation and management, utilizing this information to drive continuous improvement.

About you

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and/or an equivalent mix of education and significant relevant experience
  • Advanced analytical skills, with a sophisticated understanding of and ability to interpret data as it relates to finance, budgets, students, research and staff within a higher education context.
  • Ability to formulate analysis and inform senior decision makers and relevant committees using a variety of modes.
  • Excellent written communication skills and policy development capability.
  • Experience working in strategic planning, ideally in higher education and collaborating across large organisations.
  • A demonstrated competency in data analysis and business intelligence tools and Excel, OBIEE, SSPS or equivalent.
  • Demonstrable evidence of contributing to performance improvement through the use of predicative performance analytics across a complex organisation.
  • An advanced understanding of higher education policy nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated capacity for complex problem solving.
  • Demonstrated advanced project management skills, including the planning, coordination and overseeing the completion of tasks to meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy.

How to apply

Please do not apply via the University website. We have engaged SHK to assist in this recruitment. To apply, please email your resume to quoting JO-1801-26377 or go to For more information, please contact Matthew Belleghem at SHK on +61 3 8620 8037. All direct and third party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

Close date: 23 Feb 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria

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† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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