First listed on: 26 October 2018

Assistant Secretary Specialist Ships


The Department of Defence is seeking to fill the Senior Executive Service Band 1 position of Assistant Secretary Specialist Ships based in Canberra Australian Capital Territory.

The Assistant Secretary Specialist Ships is responsible for acquiring and sustaining the materiel capability of all specialist ships to enable Navy to meet operational requirements, specifically, the maintenance of Navy vessels, encompassing a wide range of activities with high complexity and risk. These functions need to be coordinated closely with the Navy and other activities across the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and are delivered by a dispersed workforce with a range of expertise and knowledge.

We are looking for a person who is:
• capable of leading significant and challenging reforms;
• capable of leading Australian Public Service, Australian Defence Force and industry personnel;
• an exceptional communicator and manager with proven negotiation skills; and
• possesses deep knowledge, skills and specialist expertise acquired 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.

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please telephone HorizonOne Recruitment, on (02) 6189 1044.

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

Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Friday 16 November 2018.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on 02 6265 1742.


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