First listed on: 06 July 2017

Assistant Secretary (Chief Finance Officer) Associate Secretary

The Department of Defence is seeking to fill the Senior Executive Service Band 1 position of Assistant Secretary (Chief Finance Officer) Associate Secretary based in Canberra.

The Assistant Secretary (Chief Finance Officer) Associate Secretary is responsible for providing financial advice, assurance and support to the Associate Secretary, Chief Information Officer Group, Estate and Infrastructure Group, Defence People Group and Defence Legal Executive to discharge financial management responsibilities, including through key financial and other management information for strategic decision making and performance review.

We are looking for a person who is:

  • capable of leading significant and challenging reforms;
  • an exceptional communicator and manager with proven negotiation skills; and
  • possesses very strong budget and financial management skills through significant professional experience.

In accordance with the Defence Leadership Behaviours, to be a strong contender for this position, you will be a flexible and collaborative leader who is prepared to take calculated risks. You will be resilient, have proven high level communication skills and be personally accountable for the quality of advice and the delivery of results. You will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and have the courage to challenge the status quo when it does not serve the required outcome.

The remuneration package includes superannuation, an Executive Vehicle allowance and, where applicable, relocation expenses. The salary component for this position may be negotiated with the successful candidate within the Defence Senior Executive Service Band 1 salary range.

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing basis or for a specified term. To be eligible for ongoing appointment, an applicant must be, or intend to become, a permanent Australian citizen. This position is a security-designated position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a security assessment to the appropriate level.

Tertiary accounting qualifications would be desirable.

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please telephone Mr Phillip Prior, the Chief Finance Officer, on (02) 6265 6790.

Applicant information packs, including selection criteria and application instructions, can be obtained by visiting

Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on 02 6265 2024.


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