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Saab Global

Senior Project Planner and Controller

Adelaide, Australia
Closing date: 19 April 2024

The role

As part of our Naval Combat Systems group, the Senior Project Planner and Controller will provide advice and guidance to Saab Project Controllers, Task Managers, CAMs and Project Managers in the areas of project planning, project monitoring & control, cost and schedule baseline maintenance and reporting of project cost and schedule status. Provide assistance for the interpretation of analysis of performance data and performance indices.

While working on projects, this position requires the capability to define the planning and monitoring & controlling process, investigate and implement process improvement and where possible process automation.

The capability to ensure that the process is maintained, information is collected and deadlines are met is essential, as is the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the projects and organisation.

Further, the successful candidate will:

  • Ensure that planning and scheduling, budgeting, accounting, analysis and reporting activities are fully integrated.
  • Ensure that cost / schedule planning activities are undertaken in co-ordination with Control Account Managers (CAM) and the Project Managers.
  • Establish (with assistance of the Project Manager and CAMs) maintain the project CWBS
  • Ensure that the entire contract scope of work is included in CWBS and Project Schedules.
  • Establish and maintain a Project Master Schedule (iaw direction from the Project Managers).
  • Direct and assist the Project Managers and CAMs with the development of Project Budgets and in the selection of appropriate Earned Value Techniques for input into the Cost and Schedule tools.
  • Co-ordinate and control the Work Authorisation process.

Flexible work arrangements such as 9 day fortnight will be considered for this role.

About you

Your skills and experience will include:

  • Tertiary qualifications in an engineering, science or business discipline desirable
  • In excess of five years’ experience as a project planner and controller for projects of medium to high complexity
  • Experience working in an EV Defence project environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and an effective understanding of project performance measurement using Earned Value to AS4817 and the Defence Supplement
  • Knowledge and understanding of Project Management processes eg. PMBOK
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in using project management software preferably Open Plan Professional™

As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an NV1 clearance.

About us

Saab Australia is a defence, security and cyber solutions provider, specialising in the development and integration of major defence and security systems. For over 30 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 900 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.