EL1 Contract Manager, Cape Class Patrol Boats -Canberra Based

Lead a small team, Manage high-risk, high-value maritime contracts, Canberra based.

Overview of the Branch and Section:

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is an operationally independent body under the Home Affairs Portfolio.  The ABF is responsible for operational activity that supports the Australian Governments border protection, investigations, compliance, detention and enforcement functions. 

Within the ABF, Air and Marine Capability Branch (AMCB) is responsible for the capability management of a fleet of air and marine surveillance, patrol and response assets.  Our capabilities include ocean going patrol boats, shallow water and coastal response vessels and contracted aircraft.  AMCB operates in a complex, challenging and changing environment that is characterised by a continual high tempo of operations.


About the roles:

As a Contract Manager in the Cape Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support (ISS) Section you are responsible for ensuring the Department obtains value for money through planning, leading and managing complex high-risk, high-value contract management for the eight Cape Class Patrol Boats and/or procurement activities.


Our ideal candidates:

With your experience in high risk, high value contract management and/or procurement, you bring to the role strong communications, representation and negotiation skills.  Our ideal candidate will have experience leading a small team and be able to work with a wide variety of stakeholders and industry partners, responding and engaging with client requests and working across the ABF in order to deliver high quality, robust solutions.  You are experienced in identifying and addressing complex and sensitive issues by applying understanding, critical analysis and reasoning skills, particularly in negotiations to ensure stated aims and outcomes are achieved.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

  • Lead a small team.
  • Manage high-risk, high-value ISS contracts.
  • Provide advice, reports and written briefs to the Executive on business, contractual and financial aspects of ISS.
  • Support budget development, management and forecasts.
  • Canberra based, however, there may be a requirement for interstate travel.


Role requirements/qualifications:

  • Qualifications and/or substantial experience in complex, high risk, high value, contract management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including stakeholder negotiation and dispute resolution.
  • Possess or able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.

If you think this role sounds like you and youd like to work in a friendly, high quality team then the Australian Border Force welcomes your application.


To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Departments minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Undergo a health assessment (where applicable).

Mandatory (and where applicable, role specific) screening questions are used within the application to ensure all successful applicants meet these minimum requirements of the Department.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within the next 12 months for both ongoing and non-ongoing roles.

We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability and people from other diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion and supports employee's to reach their full potential.


Applications close:

11.59pm AEST on Thursday, 18 June 2020.


09/06/2020 $0 ACT 1 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
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