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Defence Vacancy N.N. 10719793
Department of Defence Closing date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Job Title: Chief Finance Officer
Division: Chief Finance Officer Group
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 3
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 127838 | NP
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Department of Defence is seeking an outstanding senior executive to lead the Chief Finance Officer Group, based in Canberra ACT.

As part of the Defence Senior Leadership team, the Chief Finance Officer vacancy presents a unique and exciting opportunity for the right person to play a key role in ensuring the effective financial management of the Defence Portfolio’s activities across all its functions and projects.

This pivotal senior position is responsible for developing policy and strategies to guide the management of financial and accounting practices within the organisation. This includes overseeing the development of the budget for the Defence Portfolio, providing advice on the financial aspects of policy and strategic decisions made in relation to all departmental activities and the overall management of the Defence Budget of around $35 billion per annum.

In accordance with the Defence Leadership Behaviours, to be a strong contender, you will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and have the courage to challenge the status quo when it does not serve the required outcome. You will be innovative, consultative, resilient and personally accountable for the quality of advice and the delivery of results.

The remuneration package includes superannuation, an Executive Vehicle allowance and, where applicable, relocation expenses. The salary component for this position may be negotiated with the successful candidate within the Defence Senior Executive Service Band 3 salary range.


Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing basis or for a specified term. To be eligible for engagement, an applicant must be, or intend to become, a permanent Australian citizen. This is a security-designated position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo security assessments to the appropriate level.


To discuss the requirements of this position, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please telephone Blayne O’Hara of EQV Associates, on (02) 6195 0890.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on 02 6265 2024.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing basis or for a specified term. Non-ongoing opportunities will be negotiated as required.

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 job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: Blayne O'Hara of EQV Associates, 02 6195 0890
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS05-Wed - 31 Jan 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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