Strategy, Policy & Industry Group – Various Roles - Department of Defence - ExecutiveCareer

First listed on: 14 September 2022
Strategy, Policy & Industry Group – Various Roles 

Senior Executive Service Band 1
Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidates
Canberra – ACT 

Please note: In addition to filling the advertised positions, a Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill other SES Band 1 vacancies that may occur in Strategy, Policy & Industry Group within the next 18 months. During this time, Defence may contact you to reconfirm your interest in roles and update you with any relevant information. We encourage you to pitch your application accordingly and request that you also let us know if your circumstances change and you no longer wish to remain in the merit pool.

Defence’s Strategy, Policy & Industry Group are seeking exceptional senior executives to fill two positions at the SES Band 1 level that are currently vacant, with a merit list to be created to fill other vacancies in the Group as they arise. 

You will be a strategic thinker with significant leadership and management ability and will possess strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability as a persuasive leader. To be successful you will exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours and engender a culture of innovation, collaboration and agility. You will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.

As part of the Senior Leadership Group, you will play a key role in promoting and influencing a shared commitment to the strategic direction of Defence.

You will:

  • Lead and manage a Branch practicing inclusive leadership and collaboration;
  • Demonstrate strong judgement and capitalise on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems;
  • Effectively challenge the status quo when required; and
  • Demonstrate resilience and personal accountability for the quality of advice and delivery of results through engaging, collaborating and partnering.

Current Vacancies
Position 1: Assistant Secretary Defence Capability & Innovation
Division: Defence Industry Policy

The Defence Innovation Hub, one of the Australian Government’s flagship Defence innovation programs, invests in innovative technologies that can enhance Defence capability and grow the Australian defence industry and innovation sector. The Government has invested around $3 billion over the next decade in Defence innovation as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan. Of this funding, $800 million is being invested in the Defence Innovation Hub through to 2030.

As the Assistant Secretary Defence Capability & Innovation, you will lead the Defence Innovation Hub program. You will align and manage the portfolio of innovation investment within the Hub, consistent with strategic priorities and guidance, and provide strategic advice to government on innovation policy issues and program performance. 

You will manage technical support to, and Defence stakeholder engagement in, the evaluation of Defence Innovation Hub proposals, the performance and contractual risks associated with the Hub's portfolio of innovation projects and prepare annual advice for the Investment Committee on the benefits, funding requirements and future priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub. On behalf of Defence Industry Policy Division, you will lead engagement with Defence innovation, capability and policy stakeholders across the organisation to ensure Defence Innovation Hub investments are targeted in areas of greatest benefit to Defence capability and defence industry capability.

Position 2: Assistant Secretary Joint & Enabler Analysis
Division: Contestability

The Contestability Division provides a decision support function across Defence and works closely and collaboratively with capability delivery groups and VCDF Group to develop coherent and intellectually honest Defence advice to Government to support informed investment decisions and provide critical but constructive decision support across the Defence Capability System. 

Reporting directly to the First Assistant Secretary Contestability, the Assistant Secretary Joint & Enabler Analysis will lead and manage the Joint and Enabler Analysis Branch blended workforce (consisting of ADF, APS and potentially contractors) and contribute to the management, development and leadership of all employees, and the capturing of lessons to drive continuous improvement within the Division.

You will provide strategic level guidance, advice and recommendations across a broad range of highly complex and sensitive topics to Capability Projects with special regard to risk management across financial, schedule, contractual, technical and operational performance areas, balancing risk, opportunity, priority, and value for money.

You will liaise with internal and external Defence stakeholders to ensure co-ordination and synchronisation of effort and support Department investment and programming considerations, ensuring early engagement with Capability Managers, enabling and delivery areas, focusing on projects within the Strategic Intelligence, Space, Joint and ICT programs.

Additional Information

Application Closing Date: Wednesday 28 September 2022

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. These are security-designated positions and the successful applicants will be required to hold or obtain a Positive Vetting security clearance.

For further information please review the job information pack, reference SPI/06224/22, on