First listed on: 24 April 2020
Chief of Aerospace and Chief of Maritime Divisions 

Defence Science and Technology seeks experienced and innovative executives to provide leadership and vision to shape the future of scientific research and client programs in their Aerospace and Maritime Divisions.

Chief of Aerospace Division

The Chief of Aerospace Division reports directly to the Chief Defence Scientist and has a key role in promoting and influencing the organisation, its people and the Division’s research agenda, achieving outcomes in a multi-disciplined, complex and changing environment. Based in Melbourne, the Aerospace Division includes some 300 scientists, engineers, technicians and enabling staff dedicated to delivering science and technology to Defence aerospace capability requirements for the Royal Australian Air Force and the aerospace elements of Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader, demonstrating a track record in a relevant science and technology discipline and the ability to negotiate outcomes in contested spaces. Able to influence, negotiate and engender enthusiasm in others, the appointee will have astute judgement, political awareness and an inclusive leadership style, taking a proactive approach to professional and organisational development. Outstanding interpersonal and representational skills will be key to building strong relationships with defence clients and national and international science partners.

Chief of Maritime Division

The Chief of Maritime Division is responsible directly to the Chief Defence Scientist for the leadership of all Maritime science and technology programs, and the delivery of scientific maritime capability requirements for the Royal Australian Navy and maritime elements of the Department of Defence. The Maritime Division comprises approximately 400 staff, with a footprint in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Rockingham.

With an important role in promoting and influencing the organisation and its people, the Chief of Division will be an inclusive and collaborative leader, respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives. With an ability to solve complex problems, take calculated risks and reflect on performance, the successful candidate will be able to influence, negotiate and engender enthusiasm in others, demonstrating resilience, astute judgement and political awareness. Outstanding interpersonal skills will be key to building strong internal and external relationships.

A PhD in a relevant discipline, or demonstrated equivalent knowledge and experience in a science, technology and/or research environment will be essential.

The remuneration package includes superannuation, executive vehicle allowance and, where applicable, relocation expenses. The salary component for these positions may be negotiated with the successful candidates within the Chief of Division Grade 2 range.

To be successful in joining the Senior Leadership Group you will exemplify the One Defence Leadership behaviours and engender a culture of achievement, collaboration and agility. You will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.


To be eligible for the role, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or intending to become one, and
  • assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance.

If after reading the selection documentation you have any questions, please contact Andrew Norton, Fisher Leadership on +61 1300 347 437 to make a telephone appointment.

Applicant information packs, including selection criteria and application instructions, can be obtained by visiting

Applications close at 11:30pm (AEST) Sunday, 24 May 2020.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management at


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