First listed on: 29 June 2018


The Department of Defence is seeking an outstanding senior executive to fill the Senior Executive Service Band 2 position of General Manager Ships, based in Canberra.

The General Manager Ships is responsible for the acquisition of Australia’s naval surface ship programs including the Air Warfare Destroyer, the Future Frigate, the Offshore Patrol Vessel, the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement, associated combat management systems, and related shipbuilding infrastructure. Supporting the Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment, the position will lead and shape the future of Australian naval shipbuilding, and will oversee all aspects of naval surface ship acquisition activities.

We are looking for a person who:

  • possesses expertise in naval and industrial engineering with strong program management;
  • is capable of managing an integrated workforce of Australian Public Service, Australian Defence Force and industry personnel through significant organisational reform; and
  • have proven negotiation skills.

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.

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing basis or for a specified term. This position is a security-designated position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo security assessments to the appropriate level.

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

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first obtaining the selection documentation, please telephone Blayne O’Hara at EQV on 1300 565 010.

For Defence Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on (02) 6265 2024 or via email at

Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Sunday, 22 July 2018.




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