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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$103,994 - $117,305 (plus super) per annum

Location: Cairns

Type: Full Time

Posted: 04/08/2021


The Role

The Principal Engineer (Delegate) role primarily maintains the Authorised Engineering Organisation status of Hydrographic Systems Program Office (HSPO) (including engineering aspects of the Quality Management System (QMS)) and has been pivotal in the ongoing transition to the Defence Seaworthiness Management System and N4 Library roll out. This position provides direct support to the Principal Engineer (PE) and manages engineering delegations on behalf of the PE.

This position provides Engineering Governance of the In Service Support Contract and activities in relation to Joint Special Licences, Condition Based Monitoring, Failure Reporting, analysis and Corrective Action System; conducts Technical investigations in house and governs technical investigations conducted by external parties; leads and manages the maintenance of the HSPO Engineering Management Plan and associated Engineering QMS Plans and Work Instructions; supports the Design Authority Acceptance Representative function for the growing CA42 Army Marine fleet of equipment.

This position also provides the mentoring function for the HSPO Engineering team (both ADF and APS) with respect to daily tasking. The position is expected to heavily influence junior engineers and their career trajectory. The Principal Engineer (Delegate) position ensures there is a career path for APS Engineers to follow, ensuring that the Commonwealth can grow their resources and retain knowledge in order to meet the niche expectations of Defence.

About our Team

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for a nationwide naval shipbuilding enterprise to support the Naval Shipbuilding Plan. The Plan outlines the Australian Government’s vision for the Australian shipbuilding enterprise and significant investment required in coming decades.

In addition to being involved in building Australia’s future military fleet, at Hydrographic SPO you will also have access to generous and attractive working conditions as an Australian Public Servant in Defence. Working for Defence will support a work life balance with family and other priorities. Access to flexible working arrangements, including part-time work, occasionally working from home and working hours that aren’t always nine to five.

Information on Defence employees’ working conditions, including an attractive remuneration package that may respond to industry variations and a generous superannuation contribution (15.4%), can be sourced from the ‘Employment Agreement’ section of this information pack.

For further information please email

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is accountable under broad direction to perform complex to very complex problem solving and issues management and may coordinate and perform detailed or sensitive projects that impact on strategic, political or operational outcomes for Defence.

They will require an in-depth knowledge of and compliance with legislative frameworks, government decision-making and Defence’s mission and policy requirements.

They will exercise a considerable degree of independence and perform a leadership role. They will exercise sound decision making and judgement to provide expert policy advice. They will have in-depth knowledge of the engineering function and are responsible for the development, implementation, compliance and review of policies and procedures relevant to their work within that function.

Is accountable to plan, lead and manage a range of human, physical and financial resources and exercise the associated people and financial responsibilities to achieve business outcomes.

Will be responsible for actively managing key stakeholder relationships and will be required to identify relevant stakeholders’ expectations and concerns to develop and communicate methodologies and practices to achieve outcomes.

This position has people management responsibility and as such you will be required to exercise your people management skills and knowledge to lead a high performing and cohesive team.

Application closing date: Wednesday 18 August 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference CASG/03464/21 on

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