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Governance & Assurance Officer - Defence

Downer Edi Limited - Canberra Airport, ACT

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Downer Defence Systems provides a broad range of professional and managed services, asset sustainment and estate upkeep services to the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Defence Force and other government agencies.

Downer Defence Systems, combining the footprint and capability of Downer and Spotless, is one of the only integrated services companies that has a whole of Defence Capability Life Cycle offering and mindset. Our Sovereign Industry Capability delivers to the needs of Defence, National Security organisations, the major Primes and other government agencies.

As an ADM Top 10 Defence Contractor, we are a proven and trusted long-term partner, committed to diversity and inclusiveness and to growing Australia's Defence industry with the participation of Small to Medium Enterprises.

Position summary:

This role is within the Joint Command and Control (JC2) Systems Program Office (SPO) Program Support Management (PSM) team.

Reporting to the JC2 SPO Business Manager, the Governance and Assurance Officer will be responsible for the coordination and management of Branch and Divisional tasking for the SPO. This role will also be responsible for the update and maintenance of documentation and artefacts within the Business and Quality Management systems, resulting from the reorganisation and transition into the new JC2 SPO.

Duties include:

  • Perform complex governance activities, documentation reviews, update and maintenance, and quality assurance checks.
  • Monitor and report on governance compliance in accordance with Defence policy.
  • Work collaboratively in a team based environment actively participating in and contributing to team meetings and exchanging information to support the work area and team objectives.
  • Build and sustain relationships with team members, stakeholders and actively participate in team work and group activities.
  • Seek clarity and understand the reasons for decisions and recommendations and explain to others how they are relevant to the work being undertaken.
  • Assess and prioritise governance activities and tasks and progress work to meet business objectives, recommend solutions for issues impacting on the achievement of desired outcomes and seek advice and guidance on more complex issues to achieve business objectives.
  • Provide administrative support to the SPO, including but not limited to event management, facilities support and secretariat roles.
  • Lead coordinator for Brach tasks and requests for information.

Experience/Skills Sought:
As the successful candidate you will possess experience in the following:

  • Experience/skills in managing and coordinating corporate performance and reporting tasks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Takes responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results
  • Ability to work with limited guidance and demonstrates initiative

Key Milestones:

  • Administration: Induction and Departure processes updated and finalised - 18 Dec 20
  • Risk Management: JC2 SPO Implementation risks are managed within the JC2 SPO Risk Register. Update Predict SPO Structure by transferring all risks into Predict for all JC2SPO groups, including SPO level risks - 31 Jan 21
  • Information Management: SPO plans to be updated and merged with JC4I documentation, to form JC2 SPO plans, processes and registers. Drafts released for review - 28 Feb 21
  • SPO BMS and QMS updates finalised- 30 April 21
  • Event Management: SPO Induction Day - 5 Mar 21.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Previous experience at Department of Defence

What we offer:

  • A diverse and challenging work environment.
  • A growing business where opportunities are great.
  • A great team where you are empowered to lead.
  • Referral bonuses.
  • Access to monthly Professional Development Sessions (including specialist forums).


Candidates must be Australian citizens with a minimum NV1 security clearance. Applicants residing outside of Australia or non-citizens will not be considered.