Executive Level 1 - Senior Examiner Of Patents - Electrical

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Tenure: Ongoing/Non-ongoing
Location: Flexible Location
Categories: Administration, Legal, Medical, Health Sciences, Other Management, Science, Engineering, Technical
Division: Customer Services Div
Business Group: Patents Examination Group
Section: Electrical

Position description

A Senior Examiner of Patents actively contributes to the management and leadership of an examination section under limited direction from the Supervising Examiner of Patents (EL2). The typical examination section has around 30 staff including a Supervising Examiner, 4-5 Senior Examiners and approximately 25 Examiners. Each Senior Examiner leads and manages a small team of staff, including trainees who require supervision through a Competency Based Training program. Senior Examiners also support senior management to foster inclusive and high performing teams and energise initiatives and projects, in order to deliver on IP Australia’s strategic and operational priorities.

Please note: this process is to fill ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies across all four Electrical examination sections.  A merit pool will be created and may be used to fill future ongoing or non-ongoing vacancies within Electrical sections in PEG.

Position duties

A Senior Examiner of Patents will contribute to the leadership and management of an examination section under limited direction, in order to deliver on strategic and operational priorities at all levels. Duties include:

  • working collaboratively with the section management team to effectively lead and manage the operation and direction of the section and deliver the section's commitments
  • managing and leading a high performing team of patent examiners, including fostering an inclusive environment, mentoring and developing staff, assessing staff performance, providing feedback, and encouraging staff to reach personal, section and corporate goals
  • providing on-the-job patent examination training and coaching to trainee examiners and contributing to their competency-based assessment process
  • reviewing and supervising examination work as part of the quality review process
  • guiding examiners to provide tailored customer experiences through the delivery of patent search and examination
  • participating in group and corporate projects as required, and representing the section in various fora
  • exercising appropriate powers, authority, delegations and discretion under the Patents Act 1990
  • demonstrating attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participating in and encouraging others to participate in change and contributing to successful outcomes)
  • improving organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • establishing clear expectations and creating an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, taking ownership and honouring commitments
  • maintaining an understanding of their/worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace.

Eligibility / Qualifications required

 The successful candidates will:

  • be an Acceptance Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents, or be able to demonstrate this can be achieved within 6 months of commencing in position
  • have a demonstrated ability to examine technologies in the electrical and electronics engineering, telecommunications, computer science and engineering, information technology, physics and/or relevant qualifications in these relevant technology areas
  • have a thorough knowledge of patent law and patent examination practice and processes, and demonstrated judgement in its application.

For more information, including specific capabilities required, please review the Position Profile below:

Download File Senior Examiner of Patents - Electrical - Position Profile.pdf

To discuss the position in more detail please contact Shreyas Kumar on (02) 6222 3674.

How to apply

Want to learn more about this role? A virtual information session is being held at 11.30am (AEDT) Friday 3 February 2023. Please email the Contact Officer to register.

To apply for this position, candidates are asked to:

Frame their responses around the position specific duties and position specific capabilities of the role (as set out in this position profile), and provide:

  • An explanation of how their skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words).
  • Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate their suitability for this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words).
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position.
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees.

IP Australia acknowledges that those with diverse experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds enhance our workplace and our capability for innovation. Applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability and LGBTQA+ people are encouraged to apply for any advertised position, that they may be suitable for, within IP Australia.

Applications for this vacancy close at 11.55pm AEDT on Sunday 12 February 2023

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