Various Roles - APS Level 6, Executive Level 1 - Industry Ca...

Job no: 506620
Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth
Categories: Policy, Program, APS Level 6, Executive Level 1

The Taskforce

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is establishing a new Industry Capability Taskforce to support the implementation of the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS). The strategy is an investment to upscale Australia’s manufacturing capability and strengthen our future resilience, with the vision for Australia to be recognised as a high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation.

The roles

This recruitment process will fill several vacancies at APS Level 6 and Executive Level 1 levels across all three branches of the taskforce – supply chains, industry engagement and strategy implementation. We are seeking talented individuals to work across the following areas implementing key aspects of the Strategy:

The $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), which will build Australian manufacturing by addressing barriers to scale and unlocking new sources of investment. The MMI will build a network across business, research, and government, unlocking private sector investment in priority projects. It will co-fund projects that will drive high-value manufacturing activities across a sector or a region. These might be large firms with clear plans to integrate SMEs into their global supply chains or collaborate on projects that help drive technology uptake and business competitiveness.

Road maps across the following priority areas will be co-designed with industry:

  • Resources Technology & Critical Mineral Processing
  • Food and Beverage
  • Medical Products
  • Recycling & Clean Energy
  • Defence and
  • Space.

The $107 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) designed to strengthen Australia’s access to critical products and services during future crises and motivate industry to provide domestic supply chains with critical products.

The department will work with industry to identify critical products and services, map supply chains and evaluate their resilience under possible crisis situations. The outcomes of this work will be published in Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plans ahead of support being available from 1 July 2021, for businesses to establish or scale a capability that addresses an identified supply chain vulnerability.

The Industry Capability Taskforce is located in Canberra. Consideration will also be given to staff to work from a location outside of Canberra.

Our ideal candidates

Candidates must:

  • be able to think critically about issues, with sound judgement
  • be comfortable in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • have strong interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills
  • have strong written and oral communication skills including demonstrated ability to develop executive and ministerial briefings
  • be adaptable and confident in coordinating a multitude of different tasks and projects simultaneously
  • have proven ability to show initiative and problem solve and
  • possess demonstrated experience in policy development and implementation.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of Budget and Cabinet processes
  • Experience in grants program design and implementation
  • Experience in developing industry road maps
  • Understanding of the dynamics of Australian manufacturing
  • Technical expertise in, or understanding of, manufacturing processes and projects or
  • Data analysis skills and capacity to draw out insights.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens. We welcome applications from indigenous candidates.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill several ongoing Executive Level 1 and APS Level 6 roles. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies, should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide a one page pitch (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Alison Dell via or on 02 6243 7063 or Belinda Fraser via email at 02 6243 7904.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

Advertised: 16 Nov 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 01 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time