EL2 SouthPAN Delivery Manager

Geoscience Australia May 8, 2024
Canberra, ACT Full Time  


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  • Symonston, ACT

Geoscience Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Cultures, and to elders past and present.

About us

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Our culture

Our strength lies in our people, including our diversity in backgrounds, skills and experiences, and the way we work together to respond to the emerging needs of our work. We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applications from people who reflect this diversity are encouraged.

Our workplace is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and offers a variety of flexible working arrangements to enhance flexibility, including remote working arrangements.

What we can offer you

When you work at Geoscience Australia you will have access to a range of benefits and the opportunity to experience a workplace culture that truly values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. To learn more about our competitive salary, free onsite parking, generous flexible working arrangements and the role you can play in growing our culture click here.

Our team

Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN) team is the section within the Positioning Australia Branch of the Space Division at Geoscience Australia. SouthPAN is responsible for the joint initiative between Australia and New Zealand that will be the first in the southern hemisphere to create a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which will provide greater positioning and navigation services in Australia, New Zealand, and its maritime region. Further information about the work undertaken can be found on the Geoscience Australia website via this link Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN) | Geoscience Australia.

The role

The SouthPAN Delivery Manager (SDM) is a role in the SouthPAN Section in the Positioning Australia Branch and is responsible for the management of the SouthPAN implementation. The role maintains a strong relationship with Geoscience Australia’s delivery partner Land Information New Zealand, supporting a joint delivery and operation of SouthPAN.

This role is responsible for managing a large technical program that includes a major commercial engineering contract and several technical and infrastructure projects associated with it, delivered across multiple organisations and countries. The role will be responsible for the overall project management function, providing leadership and integration to improve the consistency and efficiency during the entire lifecycle of the program implementation and sustainment.

The SDM is the key point of liaison between the prime contractor, Geoscience Australia and Land Information New Zealand. The SDM will manage the relationship between the project partners and the contractor and key external stakeholders essential for delivery of the programs’ strategic objectives. The SDM will manage and coordinate cross-program collaborative activities; including virtual teams located across Australia and New Zealand and will ensure consistent high-quality communication and reporting between the entities responsible for delivering the SouthPAN system.

The SDM is responsible for providing strategic and operational support, including operational reporting, risk and issue tracking, and quality control around delivery of the SouthPAN system. The role will lead a virtual project team of around 28 staff including engineers, project management and technical experts, from both Geoscience Australia and Land Information New Zealand, responsible for delivery and assurance.

In this role you will:

  • Work with a high level of autonomy
  • Utilise your knowledge and experience in delivering complex engineering infrastructure in the defence, space, aerospace or government sectors to manage and deliver SouthPAN.
  • Establish and maintain a standard set of practices, processes and templates for managing projects consistently and efficiently to reduce project related risks and costs.
  • Collect, consolidate and analyse program and project data to support effective decision making and governance.
  • Monitor and report on compliance with established standards to ensure the program adheres to agreed standards.
  • Program and project management, assurance, record keeping and documentation, change management, facilitation and negotiation during the entire lifecycle of program implementation and sustainment.
  • Manage interdependencies and balance competing demands to ensure objectives are delivered.
  • Manage change in scope, risks and issues, and devise contingency plans
  • Deliver the SouthPAN project within milestones and in line with the GA-LINZ On-Supply Agreement
  • Build and lead a multi-disciplinary virtual project team across Australia and New Zealand, which comprises around 30 people
  • Ensure the team works in partnership with the delivery teams in GA, LINZ and the prime contractor
  • Manage relationships with stakeholders to achieve project and agency goals; anticipate and respond to stakeholder needs and expectations
  • Oversee Quality Assurance across the program, including initiating reviews or audits (both technical and management-based)
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation functions and ensure they are effectively managed
  • Engage and manage consultants and contractors to support the delivery of SouthPAN.
  • In consultation with the SouthPAN Contract and Commercial team oversee the development and management of contracts and agreements and ensure compliance; oversee the use of service providers, including contractors and consultants.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Frame objectives in a meaningful way and communicate expectations of their achievement; recognise and seek to resolve issues impacting on the achievement of desired outcomes
  • Construct project plans that have clear and appropriate goals, timeframes and budgets; anticipate change and build contingencies into plans
  • Evaluate projects and business processes to understand critical factors for success; engage in and encourage others to contribute to continuous improvement monitor progress against plans
  • Monitor projects against plans; manage priorities and agree on adjustments to milestones as required; anticipate problems and takes steps to minimise or prevent them; proactively escalates issues that have not been controlled to ensure work remains on track
  • Consult internal and external experts; tap into their technical and professional knowledge and experience to improve work outcomes
  • Regularly seek feedback from stakeholders to gauge their satisfaction; act to ensure work is delivered to a high standard
  • Build and sustain long-term relationships; liaise with a range of stakeholders including other teams, peers and colleagues across the organisation, and in other organisations
  • Foster teamwork by working collaboratively and cooperatively; encourage and reward those behaviours in others
  • Nurture a long-lasting partnership between GA and LINZ leading to a mutually beneficial outcome for the project
  • Make time for people despite competing priorities; provide guidance and offer full support when required
  • Provide clear, constructive and timely feedback (both positive and negative) in a manner that encourages learning and achieves any required resolution
  • Recognise that others have different views and experiences, explore their contributions and capitalise on the differing perspectives
  • Adhere to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and consistently behave in an honest, ethical and professional way.

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications

  • Project management qualification / accreditation such as PMP / PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Value individual differences and diversity, and have an inclusive and adaptive leadership style.
  • In depth knowledge of Project Management Frameworks, SDLC

Are you unsure about applying?

Did you know that a Hewlett Packard internal report found that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60 per cent of the job requirements? Women and other people from diverse backgrounds tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on what we are looking for, please still apply or get in touch with the contact officer to learn more about the role.

To Apply

Please visit the careers page of our website to submit your application via our e-Recruit system. Your application should include:

  • Your resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • A brief statement (no more than 700 words) outlining your transferable skills, experience and capabilities related to the role and the value you would bring to Geoscience Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Vincent Rooke on (02) 6249 9734 or email vincent.rooke@ga.gov.au.

To learn more about applying for roles within the Australian Public Services please review, ‘Applying for an APS job: cracking the code’.


To be eligible to apply for this position you must meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • Be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain, hold and maintain a security clearance of an appropriate level relevant to this role.
  • Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying pre- employment screening, which includes a police history check.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the position. For more information please visit the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677 and requesting to be connected with our Recruitment team on 02 6249 9777 in order to obtain selection documentation.

Technical Assistance

If you require technical assistance, call Human Resources on (02) 6249 9777 or email hr@ga.gov.au.

A merit list/pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.

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