Operations Manager, Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria supports patients and their families by providing safe tissues for transplantation and medical research.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit vifm.org/about-us/careers/

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/FM1856MAR23
Closing Date: 26-Mar-2023
Salary Range: $129,379 - $173,138
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: DTBV Operations Manager (FM1856) PD March 2023.pdf (PDF, 293KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Brendan Sullivan on 9684 4417

Position Details

  • Utilise your management expertise to provide support and advice to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Ongoing, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 6: $129,379 - $173,138 plus superannuation


About the Business Unit

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is an independent statutory authority governed by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985. It is part of the Justice portfolio of the Victorian Government. The work of the VIFM can be described as a cycle of three parts:

  • Providing forensic medical & scientific services and tissue banking
  • Learning from this work
  • Researching and teaching.

The Director of the Institute holds the Chair of the Forensic Medicine at Monash University and the VIFM also operates as the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. VIFM is based at the Coronial Services Centre which also houses the Coroners Court of Victoria.

This position is within the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria (DTBV) has been established by the VIFM to provide a central facility for the acquisition, processing, storage, and distribution of tissue (e.g. bone, skin, tendons, and heart valves) for transplantation. The source of this tissue is mainly from deceased donors whose death falls under the Coroner's Act, but also bone from patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.


About the Role

The Operations Manager position is a blend of production management to manage the tissue recovery, processing and distribution related operations of the DTBV with a customer focus to develop the service to meet surgeons' expectations. This position is responsible for managing the Scientists and Technicians engaged in these activities as well as supporting the Head of Service to promote service innovation and improvement. The Operations Manager provides leadership and positive promotion of quality management functions and activities, promotes a culture of continuous quality improvement with a view to excellence. The Operations Manager is expected to work cooperatively and proactively with the Quality Manager to ensure that the DTBV quality management framework is always adhered to and TGA licensing is maintained.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Through strong communication, forward planning and management skills, oversee the day to day management of all activities associated with the retrieval, processing, storage and distribution of human tissue for transplantation and for approved development projects and implementation of new products. This will include ensuring continual service provision 24/7.
  • Take responsibility for practice and process improvement and innovation and proactively implement initiatives through managed change control.
  • Oversee and manage operations in accordance with quality assurance, relevant legislation, codes of practice, risk management principles, ethical standards, certification and licensing standards and requirements;

About You

To be successful at this role, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant experience in aseptic or sterile manufacture or tissue processing environments
  • Experience in a senior leadership role in a high-quality healthcare production environment, in a TGA licensed facility.
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff and ensure productivity.
  • Demonstrated capability to identify, engage and build rapport through effective communication, developing collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including senior medical, scientific and business professionals to improve operational performance


  •  Qualification in a relevant science-related tertiary subject. Additional business qualifications would be an advantage.


How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad. 



For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position. 

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform. 



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.   

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.   

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time). 

Acceptable evidence includes: 

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account) 

  1. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) 

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.  

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