APS 6, EL 1 (Multiple Classifications) - Contract Managers A...


  • $80,699 - $115,005 (plus super)
  • Russell - ACT

The Role
The positions on offer provide a range of exciting opportunities in the contract management field. The successful candidates will be the operational level representative for the Commonwealth.

As an EL1 Contract Manager or APS6 Contract Management Officer you will be accountable under broad direction to perform and achieve complex contract management work within an integrated workforce. You are accountable to ensure you have knowledge of and compliance with legislative frameworks, government decision-making and Defence’s mission and policy requirements.

These roles will work independently with the opportunity for reasonable autonomy and accountability for the achievement of outcomes of their work. They will exercise both initiative and judgement in the interpretation of policy and in the application of practices and procedures. They will provide detailed contract management technical, professional and policy advice in relation to complex work and contribute to strategic planning, program and project management and policy development.

You will be able to independently represent the organisation in a range of settings in order to shape and influence stakeholders and be able to present information that contributes to sound decision making including the ability to articulate the naval construction program and more specific project requirements. You will also be expected to contribute and work effectively as part of the broader team.

In addition to the description above, the successful candidate may also be required to perform the following duties:

  • contract administration and procurement;
  • financial reconciliation and reporting, including accounts and invoicing;
  • research and preparation/presentation of material; and
  • office management/business administration.

About our Team

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for a nationwide naval shipbuilding enterprise to support the implementation of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan. The Plan outlines the Australian Government’s vision for the Australian naval shipbuilding enterprise and the significant investment required in coming decades.

Combat Management & Payload Systems (CMPS) Branch has the responsibility to manage and deliver continuous development of combat management systems and other ships payloads consistent with the Capability Managers requirements. CMPS Branch will strike timely "payload baselines" to facilitate integration of payload components into relevant shipbuilding projects, and also to upgrade the in-service fleet.

As such, CMPS Branch manages some significant contracts and is in the process of developing more complex Enterprise Contracts to manage the delivery of key products to major projects and sustainment in delivery of Navy requirements. The Contract Management Team within the Commercial Business Directorate, is responsible for providing enabling services to the Delivery Directorates of CMPS and any contract development for CMPS.

In addition to being involved in building Australia’s future naval shipbuilding endeavours, in CMPS, you will also have access to generous and attractive working conditions as an Australian Public Servant in Defence. Working for Defence will support you in balancing work life with family and other priorities. You can access a variety of flexible working arrangements, including part-time work, occasionally working from home and working hours that aren’t always nine to five.

Information on Defence employees’ working conditions, including an attractive remuneration package that may respond to industry variations and a generous superannuation contribution (15.4%), can be sourced from the ‘Employment Agreement’.

If you require further information please email build.the.future@defence.gov.au


Our Ideal Candidate
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated Contract Management experience, preferably in a Defence or a maritime environment.

You will provide detailed technical, professional and policy advice in relation to complex contract management activities, in accordance with the Defence Values.

Our ideal candidates will:
  • be accountable for leading and undertaking procurement planning, tendering and contract formation and contract management activities while ensuring compliance with legislation, procurement policies, processes and procedures;
  • engage and negotiate with clients and stakeholders, responding to complex enquiries and contract management issues;
  • take initiative to identify and resolve issues, recommending alternative courses of action where necessary;
  • seek, interpret and provide advice and assistance on complex procurement and contract management issues;
  • build and sustain productive relationships with supervisors, staff and team members and actively participate in team activities; and
  • monitor and manage contract administration, performance and risks against the contract and contribute to appropriate action.