First listed on: 06 September 2023
COD Grade 2 - Chief Information Sciences

COD Grade 2
Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidate
Adelaide - SA 

Defence is seeking an exceptional senior executive to fill a Chief of Division Grade 2 level in its Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader, demonstrating a track-record in a relevant science and technology discipline or in delivering impact from science and technology, and the ability to negotiate outcomes in contested spaces. 

With demonstrated capability to influence, negotiate and engender enthusiasm in others, the appointee will have astute judgement, political awareness and an inclusive leadership style, taking a proactive approach to professional and organisational development. Outstanding interpersonal and representational skills will be key to building strong relationships with Defence clients and national and international science partners.

The ideal candidates will be collaborative leaders and exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours, and engender a culture of innovation and agility. They will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.

Your Role
Chief Information Sciences
Security Level: Positive Vetting
The Chief Information Sciences Division is an enterprise leader in Defence, reporting directly to the Chief Defence Scientist. Chief Information Sciences Division has a key role in promoting and influencing the organisation, its people and the Division’s agenda, achieving outcomes in an interdisciplinary, complex and changing environment. Chief Information Sciences Division is responsible for the cost, quality and impact of innovation, science and technology products and services delivered in the information sciences environment.

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 Division practicing inclusive leadership and collaboration;
  • Demonstrate strong judgement and capitalise on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems;
  • Effectively challenge the status quo when required;
  • Demonstrate resilience and personal accountability for the quality of advice and delivery of results through engaging, collaborating and partnering; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.

As a capability development division within DSTG, Information Sciences Division drives and shapes innovation, science and technology capability development and sustainment in the following focus areas:

  • Contested communication
  • Cyber and signals intelligence
  • Cyberwarfare operations
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Information interoperability

Additional Information
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 security clearance at the specified level. 

A Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill similar vacancies that may occur within the next 18 months.

To discuss the requirements of these positions, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please contact
Andrew Norton on 1300 347 437 or, quoting Reference Number DSTcis0923

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management at

Application Closing Date: Sunday 15 October 2023

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/08676/23 on  


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