This key role is accountable for providing executive and strategic leadership to identify and develop sustainable defence sector business initiatives to increase Defence sector in South Australia.

The role is also accountable for writing and implementing the State’s defence industry strategy while understanding the skills, training, infrastructure, industry, and policy requirements needed to support a sustainable Defence and space industry.

Special Conditions:

  • Hold an AGSVA security clearance or be eligible to apply for one.
  • Out-of-hours work will be required on a regular basis.
  • Some international, interstate and intrastate travel is required.
  • A current Australian driver’s licence is required.

Key Selection Criteria:

Specialist Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in developing industry business initiatives, including the identification of opportunities, undertaking commercial and strategic viability assessments, developing proposals and business cases, preparing Cabinet Submissions and Ministerial briefings.
  • Proven ability to work successfully with boards and key stakeholders with a record of providing sound, expert advice to Ministers and senior executives.
  • Extensive experience working in defence and/or the defence industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of global and national developments relating to the defence industry.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of engineering and technology developments relating to the defence sector.
  • Experience and proven ability to identify and analyse highly complex and strategic issues and projects of State-wide impact, and developing and delivering associated actions plans.

Strategic Management

  • Demonstrated success in achieving outcomes within politically sensitive environments with knowledge of whole-of-government issues and the essential interaction between the public and private sector including federal and state relationships.
  • Proven ability to provide leadership in the development and implementation of business initiatives relating to the defence industry sector.
  • Senior project management experience in developing project plans and delivering on complex strategic initiatives involving multiple stakeholders with diverse objectives.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

  • Extensive experience in working with senior members of industry to promote and develop business growth opportunities and creating and managing networks.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills which demonstrate an ability in developing and maintaining positive and constructive working relationships with government agencies and other organisations.
  • Demonstrated capability in empathy, self-awareness, conflict management and influence.

Organisational Skills

  • Management of budgets and applying limited resources across competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the output of professional, technical and administrative staff by providing leadership, co-ordination, consultation, motivation, delegation and monitoring.
  • Experience at working independently and collaboratively, under broad direction, thinking clearly and creatively and making informed decisions in an environment characterised by high volumes of work and competing deadlines.

Application Guidelines:

All applications must be submitted online via

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume, together with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining your skills and experience giving consideration to the key selection criteria in the specific technical knowledge, experience and skills in the job and person specification. Applicants must submit a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Our Commitment to Diversity:

The South Australian Government is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups.


Role Description

Pre-employment Declaration