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April

Chief Engineer

APS - Cairns City, QLD

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JOB DESCRIPTION

The key duties of the position include
The Role
Maritime Systems Division has an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to fill the EL2, Chief Engineer role within the Pacific Patrol Boat Systems Program Office (PPBSPO). The Pacific Patrol Boat SPO is transitioning from Canberra to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns and will provide capability support to 12 nations that participate in the Pacific Patrol Boat Program. The PPBSPO will focus on enhanced collaboration, co-ordination, workforce development and expansion to build the capability and capacity needed to meet increasing maintenance demands.

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge relating to the methodology, systems and procedures within the marine engineering discipline and have the ability to translate this into strategy. They will provide a strategic level of specialist and professional expertise and will have a strong background in managing and leading change, looking for efficiencies in engineering and business practices and will be responsible for daily engineering decisions, risk management processes and compliance with Navy N4 Technical Policy and Defence Seaworthiness.

The Chief Engineer will be accountable for providing leadership and direction to ensure a high-level of integration and consistency across the engineering function for the Pacific and Guardian Class Patrol Boats. They will be accountable for effective engagement with the Naval Engineering Community, the In Service Support Contractor and International Policy Division. In addition, they will provide strategic advice to senior management, and will be accountable for complex programs that have strategic, political and operational significance.

They will engage, negotiate and sustain working relationships on very complex issues to understand and stakeholder requirements to ensure the ongoing seaworthiness and safety of the Patrol Boats. They are accountable for planning and managing allocated resources, setting program priorities, workflows, work area strategies and evaluating business outcomes. In achieving these outcomes, they will engage and lead a team, providing clear and consistent communication, setting clear performance and behavioural standards, managing performance, delegating responsibility and guiding and developing people.

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. To support this plan the Future Maritime Sustainment Model is being implemented to realise Plan Galileo; Maritime System Division's national, long term approach to sustainment of the naval fleet.

This new approach is pivotal to ensure effective and efficient sustainment of the significantly larger and more complex fleet that will result from Continuous Naval Shipbuilding. System Program Offices (SPO) and Regional Maintenance Centres will be strategically located around Australia that over time will be able to deliver maintenance on all naval fleet units. This will ensure the significantly larger and more complex fleet can be effectively and efficiently sustained.

The Pacific Patrol Boat SPO is located in Cairns and will provide capability support to 12 Pacific nations and Timor-Leste under the Pacific Patrol Boat Program. The SPO will focus on enhanced collaboration, co-ordination, workforce development and expansion to build the capability and capacity needed to meet increasing maintenance demands.

In addition to being involved in building Australia's future naval fleet, you will also have access to generous and attractive working conditions as an Australian Public Servant in Defence. Defence will support you in balancing work life with family and other priorities. You can access a variety of flexible working arrangements.

Our Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a qualified engineer to provide leadership and direction to endure a high level of integration and consistency across the engineering function for the Pacific and Guardian Class Patrol Boats. You will have an extensive knowledge relating to the methodology, systems and procedures within the engineering discipline and an ability to translate this into strategy. To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Experience in engineering discipline and practices;
  • Highly developed analytical and communication skills;
  • Ability to advise on strategic issues and support senior levels of the organisation;
  • Excellent relationship management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop small teams;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Prior ship building or ship repair experience at the mid to senior engineering level will be highly regarded.