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Director Engineering

Adelaide, Australia
Closing date: 4 June 2024

The role

As a result of recent growth and transformation of our Naval Combat Systems (NCS) business unit, a rare opportunity has arisen to join our team in this newly created leadership position.

As the Director of Engineering, you will play a critical role in shaping the future technical direction of our Naval Combat Systems business, developing our capability, process, tools and people to enable delivery excellence and growth. You will be passionate about mentoring talent and driving continuous improvement in engineering and technical capability.

As a highly experienced technical leader, you will have proven experience overseeing engineering governance and assurance, preferably within the C5ISR domain.  You will be a natural collaborator, actively engaging with the business to assess technical capability, identify gaps, and drive activities to improve delivery and technical quality.

Reporting to the Deputy General Manager Systems Delivery, you will:

  • Develop, implement and maintain a robust engineering process framework and methods to ensure technical quality, consistency, and compliance with industry standards
  • Establish and enforce technical quality standards for system delivery throughout the NCS Systems Delivery business unit
  • Lead the design and optimization of engineering processes to enhance productivity and align with industry best practices
  • Mentor and guide the NCS Systems Delivery engineering community on the application of the engineering process and prescribed ways of working
  • Provide technical guidance and offer insights on process implications and recommend solutions to address challenges.

Flexible work arrangements such as hybrid work from home / office, 9 day fortnight and part time will be considered for this role.

About you

With people at the heart of our business, we are looking for an inspiring leader who can motivate and educate, work well with others, quickly build rapport and develop trusted relationships.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will have:

  • Extensive experience providing technical direction for large complex engineering business or programs
  • Extensive experience in the C5ISR domain (desirable)
  • Exceptional stakeholder management and negotiation skills, with the ability to quickly build rapport, develop trusted relationships and find win-win solutions with customers and the business
  • Demonstrated experience maturing systems and frameworks and building technical capability
  • Significant experience driving business improvement, efficiency and scalability activities which directly impact performance, quality and delivery excellence
  • Well-developed commercial acumen, with sound understanding of software and systems engineering in a defence environment.

As defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants will be required to hold an Australian Defence Security Clearance to NV1 level or have the ability to gain one.

About us

Saab Australia is a defence technology, security and cyber solutions provider, specialising in the development and integration of major defence and security systems. For 35 years in Australia, we have built a reputation for delivering complex systems integration projects that provide proven and advanced capabilities to keep us ahead of today’s challenges.

From combat, communications, security and underwater systems, to mixed reality, cyber security and deployable health solutions, our extensive portfolio of products and services provide high-technology solutions for defence forces and civil industries across the globe.

Apply today to join our crew and deliver solutions with purpose!

Culture and benefits

We employ over 1,000 Australians and are committed to fostering a culture of excellence and enriching the employee experience.

By joining Saab, you’ll be a part of a collaborative and supportive organisation, where your professional growth and work-life balance are emphasised.  You’ll work within an innovative and vibrant workplace, while having the opportunity to develop a long-term, fulfilling career.

As a valued team member of Saab Australia, you’ll access a variety of perks and benefits to support you and your family including:

  • 6 weeks paid leave each year
  • 13% Superannuation
  • Free Income Protection Insurance
  • Flexible working options
  • Access to the Saab shares matching scheme
  • Access to MySaab; our online store offering everything from cash back at hundreds of stores to discounts from exclusive partners

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Click ‘Apply’ to submit your CV and cover letter in support of your application. You may contact our careers team at for a copy of the full position description. Kindly observe that this is an ongoing recruitment process and in exceptional circumstances, the position might be filled before the closing date of the advertisement. We encourage applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

By submitting an application to Saab, you consent to undertaking workforce screening activities including, but not limited to:  reference checks, Australian Federal Police check, verification of working rights and qualifications, sanctions screening and a pre-employment medical declaration.

Saab Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply. We also welcome applications from individuals with culturally diverse backgrounds.

Saab Australia is a proud supporter of the Veterans’ Employment Program and welcomes the interest of ex-service members, veterans and their families.