First listed on: 29 May 2023
COD1 – Chief Digital Strategy (Nuclear-Powered Submarines) 

Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidates
Canberra – ACT

The acquisition of conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarines is an historic and transformative endeavour for Australia. The whole-of-nation effort to safely and securely deliver the cutting edge nuclear-powered submarine program will transform Australia’s economic and national security landscape for decades to come. 

The magnitude of the work presents an exciting opportunity for an engaging, committed and technical leader to contribute to the safe and secure delivery of this new technology. The Chief Digital Strategy will engage with a range of senior stakeholders across the Taskforce, Defence, other government agencies, industry and academia on the innovative use of digital technologies in submarine scientific research and the generation of engineering advice.

Given the requirements of the role, the successful candidate should have the ability to analyse and provide advice on digital technologies. Experience in the design and delivery of complex strategies and programs is also highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader who has a nuclear mindset, exemplifies the Defence Values and Behaviours and engenders a culture of innovation and agility. They will be self-aware, and positive in considering and respecting diversity of ideas and the perspectives of others. 

Your Role
The Chief Digital Strategy will establish and maintain the Nuclear Powered Submarine digital twin program, model-based systems engineering strategy and oversee the engineering data and knowledge required to effectively deliver and sustain Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine capability.

As Chief Digital Strategy you will lead an integrated workforce of dedicated professionals including ADF members, public servants and contractors. Experience in leading and supporting staff through a significant period of change will be viewed favourably.

As a member of the senior leadership group, you must be able to promote a culture of innovation, collaboration and agility. You must also be able to effectively manage complex legislative and ethical frameworks to achieve capability outcomes for Defence portfolio and the Australian Government. 

Additionally, you will contribute to the preparation of Ministerial and Cabinet submissions and briefings for Minsters in relation to new innovation, science and technology programs required for the acquisition, build and sustainment of a fleet of nuclear powered submarines, develop fulsome and targeted briefing material in relation to innovation, science and technology programs to support Australian delegations on overseas visits and support the First Assistant Secretary Technology in their involvement with trilateral working groups.

Additional Information 
Engagement may be negotiated on a non-ongoing basis for a period of up to 5 years. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. This is a security-designated position and the successful applicant will be required to hold or obtain a Top Secret Positive Vetting security clearance.

A Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill similar vacancies that may occur within the next 18 months. 

To discuss the requirements of these positions, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please contact Dan Wilson – 0422 376 quoting Reference Number 3648380.

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

Application Closing Date: Sunday 11 June 2023

For further information please review the job information pack, reference NPST/04987/23 on


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