25 Sep, 2020

Procurement & Contracting Officer

  • APS
  • Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Job Description

The key duties of the position include
The Role
Within the Non Materiel Procurement Branch (NMPB) an APS6 Senior Procurement Officer is accountable under broad direction to perform and achieve complex contracting and procurement work within an integrated workforce. They are accountable to ensure they have knowledge of and compliance with legislative frameworks, government decision-making and Defence's mission and policy requirements.

An APS6 Senior Procurement Officer will work independently with the opportunity for reasonable autonomy and accountability to achieve work outcomes. They will exercise both initiative and judgement in the interpretation of policy and in the application of practices and procedures. They will provide detailed contracting, professional and policy advice in relation to complex work and contribute to strategic planning, program and project management and policy development.

An APS6 Senior Procurement Officer may be a team coach or lead a team and be accountable to set work priorities and manage workflows. They are expected to be capable of building team capability through coaching, feedback and developing the quality of work undertaken by others within a work unit. They may exercise the associated people and financial responsibilities to achieve work unit outcomes.

An APS6 Senior Procurement Officer will have considerable level of stakeholder engagement and will liaise with stakeholders in relation to complex issues. They will be required to identify, anticipate and respond to stakeholders needs and expectations to achieve work unit and Defence outcomes. They will be accountable to contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

In these roles, you will take responsibility for, or contribute to, a wide variety of tasks, including:
  • Overall management of procurement projects;
  • Advice on differing procurement approaches;
  • Preparing approach to market, e.g. Request for Tender (RFT), documentation;
  • Participating in tender evaluations;
  • Drafting contractual documentation; and
  • Vendor negotiation and project implementation. To fill these roles, the NMPB is looking for highly motivated and committed people who have a demonstrated understanding of and/or experience in procurement and subsequent contract management. The successful applicants will possess a demonstrated understanding and/or experience in the identification/mitigation of procurement risks; preparation of procurement advice; sourcing/tender development; probity; evaluation; and contract management. A commercial awareness, highly developed interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a team and knowledge of Commonwealth procurement policies are highly valued. Your commercial, defence industry or government procurement experience and relevant qualifications will also be well regarded.

    Please note: These positions require applicants to obtain and maintain a Baseline Security Clearance with one position that requires a Positive Vetting Clearance.

    About our Team
    We are looking for a collaborator who will be able to understand the needs of our varied customers and stakeholders and produce results according to their requirements. The NMPB ideal candidate will show the flexibility to respond to the changing context and shifting priorities of the customers and the agility to realign resourcing to meet that new demand.

    You will be a team player who provides support and guidance to your colleagues to ensure they are aware of Defence strategic direction and aligned with Defence outcomes.

    As someone who is interested in self-development, you will be resourceful in learning about Defence and Commonwealth procurement processes which will enable you to provide compliant and workable solutions to complex issues.

    Our Ideal Candidate
    The Non Materiel Procurement Branch (NMPB) delivers commercial expertise and solutions for procurement and contracting across the procurement life cycle to help Defence meet its objectives, maximise value for money and meet legislative and mandatory policy requirements. The positions on offer deliver procurement and contracting services to specific Defence Groups for requirements that support Defence capability. This is an opportunity to play a key role in a specialist procurement and contracting team supporting on-going Defence non-materiel procurement activities and initiatives. The procurement activities assisted by the Non-Materiel Procurement Branch range from complex, highly sensitive and/or high risk procurement projects to less complex, but nonetheless critical procurements that provide enabling products and services to the Defence portfolio and ensure Defence capability outcomes are achieved.

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