First listed on: 24 January 2019

First Assistant Secretary Procurement and Contracting

The Department of Defence’s Primary role is to defend Australia and its national interests. In delivery Defence capability to the Australian Government, the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) is seeking to recruit to a unique and exciting role that offers the right candidate an opportunity to provide commercial support and advice to a wide range of leading edge Defence capability programs.

The First Assistant Secretary Procurement and Contracting is the principal source of influence and advice in relation to the commercial aspects of procurement and contract management across the Australian Defence Organisation. As the procurement and contracting owner the position incumbent manages the Commercial Division within Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and provides strategic commercial advice to the Deputy Secretary and other senior Defence managers in relation to complex contracting and procurement matters. The position is also charged with leading an extensive program of commercial reform, including leading and providing strategic direction for the Defence Procurement Centre of Expertise encompassing both materiel and non-materiel procurement.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in advising on complex contracting and procurement matters, preferably with public sector (State or Federal) experience. A demonstrated track record in leadership and management at a senior level is also important.

To be successful in joining the Department’s Senior Leadership Group you will need to be someone who can play a key role in promoting and influencing the work of the organisation and its people, including through corporate contribution. You will exemplify the One Defence Leadership behaviours and engender a culture of innovation, collaboration and agility. At all times you will remain cognisant of the legislative and ethical frameworks in which you operate and respect the diversity of both people and ideas to achieve maximum capability outcomes. You will also have a strong track record in managing large teams and be committed to maintaining highly effective strategic relationships with Defence and core industry stakeholders in delivering optimal legal and contracting solutions.

The Department of Defence offers a competitive remuneration package, inclusive of superannuation and an Executive Vehicle Allowance. Relocation expenses are covered where applicable, noting that the position is located in Canberra.

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. This is a security-designated position. The successful applicant may be required to undergo a security assessment to the highest level.

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first obtaining the selection documentation, please telephone Daniel Nicholls or Claire Crawford at Watermark Search International on (02) 9233 1200 or email:, quoting Ref No 68655.

Applicant information packs, including selection criteria and application instructions, can be obtained by visiting Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Sunday, 7 February 2019.

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


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