RCD Consulting


Ongoing Engineering Vacancy – DSS Level 3

This duty statement is an example of the skills and responsibilities expected at DSS Level 3 – Engineering. If you believe you have the requisite skills, please apply for this role and we’ll get in touch with you.

Example Responsibilities and Knowledge Areas:

1. Compliance/Policy:

  • Retain comprehensive understanding and adherence to pertinent legislative frameworks, government decision-making, and Defence’s mission and policy guidelines.
  • Fulfill Engineering Delegations as conferred by the Chief Engineer.

2. Contract Management:

  • Draft structured feedback for the contractor/Prime concerning ASDEFCON contract deliverables, encompassing various Contract Data Requirements List (CDRLs).
  • Command and coordinate the Engineering team’s input during system and design package reviews, in anticipation of MSRs and Design Acceptance events.
  • Aid in contract negotiations with Industry.
  • Review and endorse engineering acceptances of contract deliverables within the area of competence.
  • Arrange tender and contract materials, including necessary supplementary documentation.

3. Systems Engineering Specific:

  • Draft and critique Project/Program Engineering Plans, Processes, and Procedures.
  • Strategize and execute tasks per the projects’ Engineering Plans.
  • Organise stakeholder feedback and oversee technical risk evaluations.
  • Offer Specialist Engineering Guidance to accomplish stream tasks, and monitor project risk and expenditure.
  • Administer safety risk management initiatives, curating Hazard Logs and Safety Case Reports within the System Safety Program Plan.
  • Command Interface Management of systems and sub-systems, leading Interface Control Planning Groups and industry-led Interface Control Working Groups.
  • Oversee, govern, and direct Verification and Validation undertakings, including Test and Evaluation as instructed by the Engineering Manager.
  • Command and pilot Engineering Working Groups in liaison with varied stakeholders.
  • Hold responsibility for any given engineering authorities and Technical Regulatory Authority delegations.
  • Draft and propose Engineering Configuration Changes to the Function and Performance Specifications (FPS) and connected documentation.
  • Facilitate Engineering Configuration Changes to the FPS and linked documentation.
  • Offer expert insights into the Operational Concept Document (OCD) development.
  • Support the growth of future enhancements, innovations, and capabilities, i.e., Pre-Gate 0 advice, and document formulation with stakeholder consultation.
  • Review technical literature and data.
  • Undertake other Engineering tasks as designated by the work stream Lead.

4. General:

  • Introduce an Engineering Management System and correlated processes to assure successful project and system delivery.
  • Review technical and design packages, including planning, examination, and initiating follow-up actions.
  • Authenticate that the procured materiel is compliant with requirements, legislation, policy, and regulatory frameworks, initiating corrective actions.
  • Cultivate and maintain robust relationships with key stakeholders at both strategic and operational tiers.
  • Pilot various Review processes.
  • Oversee a team, defining work priorities, apportioning tasks, and managing workflows and performance.
  • Review and tender formal replies to correspondence, briefs, and reports for upper-tier consideration.
  • Mentor less experienced team members.
  • Embark on research and analytical ventures.
  • Distribute information, supervise work procedures, establish work benchmarks, and formulate local strategies.


  • Mastery in deploying an Engineering Management System with pertinent processes for project and system delivery.
  • Profound understanding of CASG Configuration Management Systems and policy.
  • In-depth knowledge of CASG Quality Management Systems and policy.
  • Solid grounding in Systems Engineering processes.
  • Robust understanding and experience in curating and critiquing technical/engineering documents.
  • Expertise in creating artifacts and architectures within DOORS.
  • Proven track record in a complex stakeholder environment.
  • Broad Engineering experience areas including Training, Facilities, Maintenance, Verification, Validation, RAM, Configuration Control, and Support Systems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team in intricate settings.
  • Exceptional communication skills, skilled in stakeholder relationship cultivation.
  • Acumen in strategising and implementing Engineering Concepts and Plans.
  • Knowledge of CASG Acquisition project mandates, Defence Projects, Defence Capability Life Cycle, and Defence Systems Engineering processes.
  • Familiarity with the ASDEFCON contract suite.
  • Strategic thinking aptitude with the prowess to identify risks and opportunities in projects.
  • Completed CASG mandatory trainings like Workplace Behaviour, Security Awareness, WHS for Workers, Fraud & Integrity Awareness.
  • Skills to efficiently communicate, guiding the decision-making of Project Managers and other top-tier personnel.
  • Engage and liaise with stakeholders to address, respond, and advise on matters to achieve Defence goals.
  • Articulate engineering requisites through detailed documents and presentations.

Example Qualifications:

  • Cert IV/Diploma in Engineering with over 8 years of pertinent experience.
  • 4-year Bachelor or Honours degree in Engineering with relevant practice.
  • Recognised as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.
  • Chartered Engineer status is highly esteemed.
  • Master’s degree in Systems Engineering.
  • Systems Engineering short courses.
  • DOORS training.
  • Specialisation in Risk Management.
  • Specialisation Courses:
    • Test and Evaluation practitioner.
    • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) course.

Job Requirements


Systems and Software Engineering - Systems Engineering

Skill Level:

Clearance Level Required:

Baseline, NV1, NV2, PV, Unspecified



ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA, Unspecified

Remote Work?


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