sustainability through science & innovation

Team Leader - Research

Are you a leader with a strong background in research who gets energy from seeing projects and people overcome challenges and achieve success? Are you up for the challenge of building a new team leader role within a growing business?

If so, we want to hear from you! 


Who are we?

For over 10 years cesar has delivered services in the fields of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation. We are a passionate team who provide scientific research and services to government, industries and private organisations. Whilst we are self-proclaimed science geeks who love the nitty gritty we need further skill sets to lead our business success. Right now, we are on the hunt for people and project leadership skills.


The role - is this you?

The mission of this role is to establish and successfully execute the new role of Team Leader – Research, by managing research projects and fostering a high performing, engaged team that delivers quality outcomes to clients.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a leader in scientific research – you are someone who can not only manage, but inspire our research team. You can demonstrate your leadership strengths and love of science through a history of publications, collaborations, funding procurement, and supervision/management of others to achieve research outcomes. Ideally your research background is in ecology and/or genetics. If not, you are able to strongly demonstrate your interest in applying your research and leadership skills to these areas.
  • Is an excellent project manager – you have processes and systems up your sleeve that always ensure your organisation and planning is of the highest standard. You have proven experience and skills in successfully managing projects involving multiple people and stakeholders.
  • Takes people leadership and management in their stride – you take great pleasure in helping others improve and develop, and prioritise people matters. You have your ear to the ground for road blocks and are quick to remove them for your staff. In particular your communication and interpersonal skills help to ensure you build good relationships with your team and those you work with.
  • Strives for high performance in yourself and others – you set high standards and lead by example in meeting these yourself. You also have a good analytical mind and ability to learn quickly - the business is dynamic, and you would be continuously looking at new science, client challenges and industries.
  • Gets their hands dirty and helps deliver – both figuratively and literally! You do what needs to get done as far as successful project delivery is concerned. For example, assisting with field work, data analysis or writing client reports. In particular, you will be an excellent writer who can develop concise, insightful reports for a client audience.


Are you up for the challenge?

We expect that our new Team Leader will achieve the following outcomes in this role:

  • Managing and fostering a high-performance team.
  • Ensuring research projects within the business meet milestone requirements and profit targets.
  • Successfully take over relevant project reporting, data analysis and some publication development currently conducted by directors.
  • Contributing to cesar’s strategic planning and innovation missions.
  • Supporting business development efforts.


What can we offer?

  • A dynamic and fast-paced working environment, with offices currently in leafy Parkville (on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD).
  • Opportunity to work with a purpose driven business - we are committed to making a positive impact in the world and we are always seeking to ensure a positive work culture.
  • Full time employment and flexible working arrangements.
  • Opportunity to help build a new role and make it your own within a small, growing business.
  • A negotiable salary package commensurate with experience.

Please also check out our company values.


Would you like to apply?

If so we're excited to receive your application.

Please apply via email to our Administration Manager, Frances Morell (, including the following:

  • A cover letter, no more than 2 pages that addresses:
    • What excites you about this role
    • What key attributes you would bring to this role/why it is a great fit
    • Why you think you will be a successful leader of our research team
  • Your CV

Thanks in advance for your interest in cesar.