Science and Technology Leaders - Fisher Leadership
Edinburgh, SA
Close Date: 29/03/2021
REF: DSTrms0321, DSTisr0321
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Science and Technology Leaders

Edinburgh, SA
Close Date: 29/03/2021
REF: DSTrms0321, DSTisr0321

The Role
Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) seeks highly motivated science and technology leaders with a passion for delivering innovative and valued outcomes to Defence. The two leadership positions are:

  • Resilient Multi-Mission Space (RMS) Science Technology and Research (STaR) Shot Leader
  • Research Leader – Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)

As the Resilient Multi-Mission Space (RMS) STaR Shot Leader you will be responsible for the leadership, development and management of the Resilient Multi-Mission Space (RMS) STaR Shot Program for Defence.  This challenging and aspirational strategic research program is one of eight strategic research STaR Shots established as fundamental components of the More, together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030. This STaR Shot aims to develop and demonstrate leap-ahead Space capability within 10 years in resilient global communications, position navigation and timing (PNT) and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities direct to ADF users, enabled by a low earth orbit (LEO) SmartSat constellation.
The Research Leader – Integrated Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) will be responsible for setting a vision, leading, nurturing and inspiring a multidisciplinary branch of scientists and engineers who research technologies associated with the Defence ISR enterprise. You will lead the Integrated ISR Branch to undertake innovative research into High Frequency Radar, intelligence systems and information architectures which will deliver ISR products, at speed, to the operational community to enhance situation awareness and to protect the ISR mission.
These roles require you to:

  • Lead collaborative opportunities and partnerships with Australia’s leading scientists, building and sustaining effective relationships with a network of internal and external research partners across academia, industry and government.
  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure a high-level of integration and consistency.
  • Lead transdisciplinary teams in the implementation of strategic guidance to establish the One Defence Science and Technology enterprise.
  • Within the strategic context, exploit and enhance defence leading edge capability by generating new knowledge and responding flexibly to a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Maintain currency in science and technology disciplines relevant to the role.
  • Work closely with stakeholders and sponsors to support the transition of research into defence capability.
  • Manage increasing and highly complex workloads within an integrated workforce, proactively manage change and promote a strong culture of scientific excellence.
  • Deliver high quality scientific reporting including briefs, publications and presentations.
  • Assess the future, anticipate priorities and develop long-term plans to achieve results.

The Team
The Intelligence, Surveillance and Space (ISS) Division undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing the national capability to produce accurate, relevant and timely actionable intelligence for both Defence and national agency decision makers.  The Division is also leading DST‘s Space Strategic Research Initiative, through close collaboration and partnerships with a range of defence, industry and academic stakeholders.
The Ideal Candidate

  • You will be recognised as a leader, with at least five years’ experience, in a specific area of science and technology relevant to defence and will have a distinguished international reputation.
  • A trusted collaborator, you will be able to develop productive partnerships, work collaboratively across defence and manage strategic relationships with key stakeholders including industry, government and academia. You are someone who consults widely, shares information and drives knowledge transfer with a network of stakeholders internally and externally. You are passionate about actively creating opportunities to transition science and technology into the hands of the end user.
  • A builder of effective transdisciplinary teams, you use an agile, outcome focused approach to program execution. You will have proven ability to manage a range of human, financial and physical resources to achieve business objectives whilst optimising resource allocation.
  • An excellent communicator who can clearly and credibly present complex science concepts to different audiences.
  • You will use your sound interpersonal skills to create a positive, diverse and inclusive culture that inspires people across organisational boundaries to excel and deliver impact for defence. In addition, you are someone who models professional leadership behaviours and has taken an active role towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

Candidates are directed to apply via the APS Careers website.  For a more detailed discussion, please call 1300 347 437 to speak to Andrew Norton.

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