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Senior Procurement Officer, APS Level 6, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: APS Level 6

About the team

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA), a newly established Commonwealth Agency has a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future of Australia’s expertise in life-cycle radioactive materials management.

We are a dynamic, multidisciplinary team working together to deliver on the Government’s commitment for the safe and secure management of the nation’s radioactive material. 

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have strong project and programme management acumen and administration skills to support the Agency, with a particular focus on providing coordination and delivery of procurement activities.

They will have:

  • demonstrated knowledge and experience in Australian government procurement practice and a sound understanding of procurement related policies (or relatable experience within a non-government context, ie vendor management / supply chain sourcing)
  • the ability to interpret and apply legislation, policies and procedures in a procurement and finance setting
  • the ability to work with independence, subject to limited direction against established priorities, practices, and methodologies to deliver quality outcomes
  • commitment to achieving quality outcomes in a high volume environment
  • formal certifications in project management and/or programme management (PRINCE2/MSP preferred)
  • specialist technical knowledge in the nuclear space is not required, however experience within a major government project / civil infrastructure context is highly desirable.

What you will do 

On a daily basis you will:

  • Work closely with staff across the agency to co-ordinate and deliver procurement and contract management activities from inception to completion, including;
    • developing tender documentation
    • contract variations
    • managing delivery of evaluation processes and arranging relevant internal approvals
    • on-boarding support to new contractors and suppliers and
    • periodic status reporting on procurement related activities
  • Ensure knowledge of and compliance with legislative, financial and administrative frameworks (eg PGPA Act), government decision-making processes and agency guidelines and regulations
  • Provide support to a range of internal and external audit and evaluation activities (eg Gateway Reviews, P3M3, ANAO reviews, Senate enquiries)
  • Assist in programme (using MSP) and project management (using PRINCE2) planning activities across the agency, including by;
    •  performing independent research work and analysis
    • preparation of draft reports and
    • papers on relevant program activities and/or project milestones and
    • maintaining various program registers and artefacts
  • At times will be required to assist in the contract management of ongoing work, including review and providing feedback on contractor work as well as attending meetings with external suppliers, when the Assistant Manager is unavailable.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

You may be required to undertake a pre-employment security assessment and subsequent security clearance. All staff are required to have a minimum baseline security clearance however some roles will require a higher level security clearance. If you are offered a role and do not have a current security clearance, we will work with you to arrange for this to be undertaken.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


Experience within a major government project / civil infrastructure context is highly desirable.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Matthew Checketts at or (02) 6102 8202.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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