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Assistant Manager, Executive Level 1, Ausindustry

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - Australia,

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


About the team

The AusIndustry Division actively and directly supports Australian businesses to grow and transform for the benefit of all Australians. The Division helps its customers become strong and self-reliant Australian businesses that are competitive in a national and global environment.

  • We know the businesses we support; we know the communities and people who benefit from these businesses through jobs and a strong economy; we understand the regions and places where they operate.
  • We place our customers at the centre of all of our services, and support government with insights and information about these businesses.
The Entrepreneurs' Programme (the program) delivers advice and grants to enable high-potential small and medium businesses to strengthen, grow, innovate and commercialise nationally and globally. Improving business outcomes for clients, benefits the broader economy, as well as regions, sectors and communities. The program helps businesses:
  • To grow by understanding their potential and how to reach it.
  • And researchers to innovate by building productive and collaborative relationships.
  • With new-to-market opportunities to commercialise successfully into global markets.
  • To rebuild from economic instability and strengthen their capabilities and resilience into the future.
The program is looking to fill multiple vacancies at the EL 1 level across the Entrepreneurs' Programme Branch.

Our Ideal Candidate

As Assistant Manager you will report to one of the Entrepreneurs' Programme Outcome Managers, Program Operations and/or Program Strategy Managers undertaking complex work under broad direction. You will lead the work of a geographically dispersed team and will have responsibility for managing a range of co-ordination and support services to assist the program to successfully deliver its outcomes.

You will:
  • Lead and manage the work of a small to medium sized team, including establishing expectations, scheduling and reviewing work, managing resources and improvement initiatives and exercising relevant HR and financial delegations.
  • Support, mentor and coach members of the team to develop their capability, build a positive and productive culture, and facilitate the production of high quality work.
  • Drive, review and provide feedback on policy development processes as needed and monitor and have input to the development of costings, program design, guidelines, implementation and strategic planning.
  • Participate in and contribute to strategic planning within the Branch to improve outcomes and ensure the views of the program are taken into account in the work of the team.
  • Manage governance arrangements for the Branch's programs and manage the delivery of secretariat functions for committees and groups.
  • Have oversight of the drafting and co-ordination of program assurance and reporting documents and briefing materials, including for Senate Estimates, ISA and external corporate reporting.
  • Manage co-ordination requests on behalf of the Branch, including drafting and reviewing content, ensuring that input provided is timely, relevant and presents a whole-of-program view.
  • Develop briefing materials and draft correspondence for the Minister's Office and Divisional and Departmental Executive as necessary.
  • Collaborate with the Program Operations and Service Design section to maintain oversight of the work of external Directors, who provide advice on service design, and provide assistance to Directors as needed.
  • Maintain a close awareness of digital strategies and projects to ensure that system-based changes meet the needs of users, including maintaining accessibility.
  • Keep senior staff informed, escalating issues and proposing solutions on the basis of good judgment and an understanding of priorities.
  • Develop and maintain relevant technical knowledge in order to provide quality advice and expertise to guide the activities of the Section.
Key Relationships
  • Service and grant applicants and recipients
  • Delivery partners and third party delivery providers
  • Divisional stakeholders including the systems team
  • Policy partners within the Department
  • External policy partners
  • Departmental stakeholders including the finance team
  • External service providers
  • Departmental Liaison Officers and advisers in ministers' offices
Personal Attributes
  • You are motivated by the opportunity to contribute to improving Australian business growth.
  • You enjoy working collaboratively and building relationships based on trust and credibility established on the basis of an effective track record and a high level of technical expertise.
  • You are an effective communicator with excellent writing skills and the capacity to represent a sound position clearly and with confidence.
  • You are open to learning, applying contemporary knowledge and an understanding of the situation to solve problems. You are highly organised and have a track record of successfully managing multiple demands.
  • You use careful judgment to make timely, balanced and considered decisions, and you have the integrity needed to monitor and ensure adherence to standards and requirements.
  • You draw on your personal resilience to guide others through changing circumstances and the ability to adapt, interpret ambiguous information and problem solve to develop solutions.
  • You have a track record of engaging with, listening to and mobilising people to accommodate challenges and achieve outcomes.
  • You demonstrate empathy in your dealings with people from diverse backgrounds.
Key competencies
  • The ability to lead, mentor and develop others to build an effective, high functioning team.
  • A high level of attention to detail.
  • Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills including the ability to exercise good judgement when discriminating between options.
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to monitor progress and deliver high quality outcomes on time in the context of multiple, competing demands.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills including the ability to negotiate and communicate persuasively.
  • Strong relationship management skills including the ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A background in contributing to briefing, policy development and drafting.
  • A broad knowledge of industry policy.
  • A background in managing governance and coordination processes in a policy or program environment.
  • Experience in program management and/or delivery including in the application of project management frameworks and guidelines.
  • Experience in contract management and negotiation.
  • A background in committee management and the delivery of secretariat support.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

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

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. In no more than 750 words, provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. You should try and align your application to the job description.

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


For more information regarding these opportunities, please contact Siobhan Campbell via email or phone (02) 9226 6076.

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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: 20 Apr 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 04 May 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources