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Manager, Specialist Engineering

Adelaide, Australia
Closing date: 7 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 Manager – Specialist Engineering, you will play a critical role in leading our specialist engineering teams, collaborating with our Combat Management Systems Products and Integration leaders to provide the on time capability required to deliver our technical programs.  

As a highly experienced business leader, you will have proven experience managing a pool of technical talent operating in a matrixed structure.  Using your exceptional professional judgement and foresight you will anticipate demands, accurately forecast resource requirements and plan capability development to enable the business to deliver on its commitments and growth agenda 

You will be passionate about engagement and career development, ensuring a there is a strong focus on job satisfaction, technical and career development for our team members.  

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

  • Provide leadership to the speciality engineering team and their constitute capability (people, process and outcomes) in order to deliver against our current and future pipeline of work
  • Manage and develop the leadership of each specialty area, namely:
    • System Safety Engineering
    • System Security Engineering
    • Integrated Logistics Support
    • Configuration and Data Management
    • Modelling and Analysis
  • Ensure that the team is accountable for the delivery of speciality engineering outcomes/outputs to internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide accurate estimates for the provision of  speciality engineering services and manage allocated budgets
  • Effectively manage resources and ensure appropriate tasking and utilisation of team members
  • Deliver sustainable growth in specialist engineering capabilities through developing and executing sound strategies for the attraction, development and retention of personnel. 

Flexible work arrangements such as hybrid work from home / office, 9 day fortnight and part time (0.8 FTE minimum) 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, negotiate, work well with others, quickly build rapport and develop trusted relationships.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will have:

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with the proven ability to set direction, motivate and engage teams to work together to deliver high performance outcomes
  • Proven experience leading a diverse technical workforce in a matrix structure
  • Sound understanding of the application of System Engineering, Configuration Management and the integration of the other specialities (Safety, Security & Lifecycle costing) into a System Solution
  • Exceptional stakeholder management and negotiation skills, with the ability to quickly build rapport, develop trusted relationships and find win-win solutions to capability challenges
  • Experience building a multi-disciplinary technical workforce/capability in a high growth 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.