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The Hunter Class Frigate (HCF) project is a complex $46B project, established to produce nine Anti-submarine warfare ships for the Royal Australian Navy over the next 30 years. The HCF design represents one of the most advanced warships in the world with cutting edge technology and capabilities. This is the largest ships project Australia has ever undertaken and represents the cornerstone of Continuous Naval Shipbuilding in Australia.
In the HCF context the Seaworthiness Coordinator is a specialised project management responsibility where the emphasis lies upon ensuring all of the various factors, elements or artefacts in addition to the basic ship are considered, consulted, included, scheduled so as to ensure the finished product is not only complete but meets capability requirements at delivery.
Based in Canberra you will work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, some of the indicative responsibilities are shown below.
Oversee the requirements for Fundamentals into Capability (FIC) relating to the Project Management Office (PMO) with in the HCF Branch;
Oversee the requirements for the Sea Worthiness (Sw) (PMO) into the HCF Branch;
Manage and Supervise APS project support officer as well as Contractors for the FIC and Sw requirements and daily tasking;
Liaise with all direct and interdependent FIC and Sw stakeholders to ensure that the FIC and Sw requirements are met with the Navy and CASG policy guidelines;
Manage and prepare monthly and quarterly meetings for all FIC and Sw stakeholders;
Manage and update relevant risks and Schedules;
Liaise with Governance and Schedulers to ensure achievement of FIC and Sw requirements;
Conduct twice a week meetings with the PMO –PD and PMO team;
Progress the FIC Management, Assurance plan and FIC Assurance plan reviews;
Ensure compliance with BMS tool.
About our Team
Project members in HCF work collaboratively with experts from across Australia the UK, the US, and Europe to solve highly complex challenges. The HCF is being constructed at a Greenfields section of the Osborne Naval Shipyard which has been designed to utilise the latest production technologies.
As may be expected of such a significant complex undertaking, engaging with the HCF project will challenge your way of thinking and encourage you to be innovative and decisive to ensure the project is successful in providing the ASW Frigate capability required by the Royal Australian Navy for the future.
You will have access to generous working conditions as an Australian Public Servant in Defence. You will be supported in balancing work life with family and other priorities, with a variety of flexible working arrangements available. Information on Defence employees’ working conditions, including an attractive remuneration package with a generous superannuation contribution (15.4%), can be sourced from the Defence Enterprise Agreement.
Our Ideal Candidate
Although having some experience of Defence and ideally shipbuilding would be beneficial, the real emphasis for you to succeed in this role will be project management experience gained on substantial technical heavy industry projects, combined with evident stakeholder engagement skills.
As a supportive team member you need to be a good listener, able to operate in a dispersed matrix organisation.
In addition to project management experience, some systems engineering background would be great along with critical thinking skills.
Naturally you need to be able to demonstrate effective written and oral skills along with proficiency with standard project office software and database systems.
This is a demanding role where the very diverse nature of the task adds to interest and will contribute to your ability to take on the next level of project leadership within Defence.
Note: The successful candidate may be required to undertake work on and be provided with technical information pertaining to defence articles of United States of America (US) origin. In accordance with the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), any applicant who holds, or has previously held, citizenship or permanent residency of a country other than Australia will be required to declare and indicate the country or countries of citizenship or permanent residency. Restrictions on access to defence articles and associated technical data subject to the ITAR by dual national employees may apply.