First listed on: 16 August 2018

Chief Defence Scientist 

The Department of Defence is seeking an outstanding senior executive to fill the Senior Executive Service Band 3 position of Chief Defence Scientist, based in Canberra.

Reporting to the Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force, the Chief Defence Scientist will lead the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and provide high level policy and scientific advice. DST is an integral part of Defence and is Australia’s second largest research and development organisation, employing over 2000 personnel.  It has an enviable record in providing science and technology support to the Australian Defence Force and in developing new technologies. As Chief Defence Scientist, you will manage a significant budget and lead some ofAustralia’s brightest and most innovative scientists, engineers and IT specialists.

DST works closely with equivalent organisations of several other countries, as well as defence-related industry within Australia. The successful applicant will be expected to further develop these relationships in the interests of the Australian Defence Organisation.

To satisfy the demands of this challenging leadership role, candidates will need to be proven at a comparable level in the Science and Technology field within a large, complex and changing organisation, either in the commercial or Government sectors. Excellent strategic policy development and analytical capabilities along with exceptional communication, influencing and relationship management skills are core to success in this role.

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 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 Andrew Norton or Jo Fisher at Fisher Leadership on 1300 347 437, referencing DSTcds0818.

For Defence Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on (02) 6265 1742 or via email at

Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Sunday, 9 September 2018.


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