Program Leader Multifunction Aperture

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$170,427 - $186,456 (plus super) per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full Time

Posted: 27/05/2019


Executive Level 2 (S&T Level 8)
$170,427 - $186,456 (plus super)
Edinburgh, SA

  • Lead a Next Generation Technology Fund Program in novel multifunction antenna systems.
  • Partner with agencies, universities and industry to deliver future benefits to Defence & National Security.
  • Future-proof Active Electronically Scanned Array technology for decades to come.

The Program Leader will be leading the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) initiative to develop and demonstrate sovereign capability in multifunction antenna systems. This technology will simultaneously support radar, communications and electronic warfare on a common Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) aperture. Our vision is for capability that can stay ahead of emerging threats, reduce costs, and future-proof industry capability of strategic importance to Defence. This will ensure that Australia is at the forefront of this technology for decades to come.           

A Program Leader reports to a Chief of Division, and under broad guidance is responsible for leading a large, very complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-divisional and client-focused Science & Technology (S&T) program of work.  The Program Leader will have developed an international reputation for excellence in a specific field of S&T and have extensive experience, awareness and knowledge across a broad range of science applied to Defence.

A Program Leader will have a comprehensive understanding of the client requirements for S&T, and will recognise customer priorities and transpose these into the science/technology context.  They will have a strong cross-organisational understanding of DST Group’s capabilities, an ability to establish effective collaborative activities, and an ability to integrate research outputs and report high-level outcomes to the client.  In conjunction with the Research Leader they will review program-related reports and publications prepared by staff, and will be accountable for setting the standards for the quality of advice provided to the Program. A Program Leader will work effectively with relevant Major Science & Technology Capability (MSTC) leaders to ensure that the appropriate strategies and work programs are in place to deliver high-impact outcomes to the client.  Using high level liaison and negotiation skills, a Program Leader will contribute to and influence the balance of investment decisions made in relevant Divisions.  They will understand the issues associated with technology transitioning, and with both technology and systems integration, and will factor such considerations into the development of the DST Group work program.

A Program Leader will develop a wide range of internal and external relationships and strategic networks.  Through these relationships, they will influence the scientific community to ensure that necessary skills are developed as part of both the internal and external workforces to achieve current and future Defence requirements. They will provide assistance to the Chief of the Division by sustaining effective client relationships related to the program at the one and two star level.

Application Closing Date: 24 June 2019       

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/01343/19 on

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