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Assistant Manager - Property Projects & Strategy (Canberra), Executive Level 1, Chief Operating Officer Group

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Corporate, Executive Level 1

About the team

The Property and Protective Security Branch is an exciting, fast-paced area within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER). We support the department’s mission by providing staff with a safe, resilient and productive physical work environment.

We manage the leases and maintenance of more than 60 properties across Australia and minor construction projects. We manage the provision and development of protective security services, education and governance for the protection of the department’s people, information and property assets.

The Property Strategy and Projects section manage a portfolio of property projects nationwide.  This is an excellent opportunity to practically contribute to the development of the department’s property strategy, accommodation and facility footprint.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking a talented professional to perform the role of the Assistant Manager, Property Projects & Strategy within DISER’s head office, at Industry House, Canberra.

Under broad direction, our ideal candidate will perform and achieve complex property project management work. They will:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of property project planning and delivery
  • Engage in complex problem solving and issue management
  • Exercise a considerable degree of independence and perform a leadership role
  • Exercise sound decision-making and judgement to provide expert advice
  • Develop and implement strategies and work plans
  • Set performance indicators that align with the strategic objectives and communicate expected outcomes, and
  • Identify opportunities for building improved governance for continuous improvement.

The Assistant Manager Property Projects & Strategy (Canberra) will actively manage key stakeholder relationships and identify relevant stakeholders’ expectations and concerns in order to deliver results that best support the department. Our ideal candidate will exercise people management skills and lead a high performing and cohesive team.

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Engage and communicate clearly across a broad set of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement in an environment of complex and competing priorities with a strong work ethic; flexible can-do attitude; outcome-focused; and deadline driven approach.

Our ideal candidate have knowledge, experience and/or qualifications in:

  • Project Management
  • property/accommodation planning and projects
  • facilities management activities
  • financial processes for project budgets
  • contract and contractor management
  • procurement, and
  • developing briefs and reports.

What you will do

You will lead the delivery of property projects. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Managing and leading a team, including:
    • providing clear and consistent communication
    • setting clear performance and behavioural standards
    • managing performance
    • delegating responsibility, and
    • guiding and developing people.
  • Managing allocated resources, setting work area priorities, managing workflows, developing strategies and evaluating business outcomes.
  • Managing the implementation of property planning and infrastructure projects for Canberra sites including:       
    • development of project requirements including; scope, schedule, budget, risk register and project plan, and
    • other supporting project artefacts.
  • Identifying key stakeholders and resources and gathering and documenting requirements.  This includes conducting discovery work to inform the project and its feasibility. This may include requesting test fits from architectural services, quantity surveyor reports, engineering reports and dealings with other consultants etc.
  • Conducting and managing procurement activities to support delivery of property projects. This may include simple to complex procurement.
  • Providing clear direction on policy and property planning strategies. 
  • Implementing strategies and solutions that achieve a more affordable and sustainable DISER property footprint. 
  • Building and sustaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including:
    • liaison with stakeholders to ensure site access for works, including construction, and
    • communication plans to minimise disruption to department staff on site.
  • Developing change management and communication strategies in support of property and accommodation projects, particularly post-COVID.
  • Monitoring sites to assess planning needs for the future and incorporating the department’s requirements.
  • Developing an accommodation strategy, outlining future accommodation projects with spatial realignment (block and stack) requirements.
  • Analysing and interpreting current and emerging property related trends, and providing advice to management.
  • Evaluating concepts, justifications and user requirements for the provision of facilities and services.
  • Develop and implement governance strategies where possible.
  • Evaluating work programs to understand critical factors for success, and engage in activities to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Generating written correspondence including project documentation, submissions and responses, project plans, reports and committee papers.


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

Security Clearance

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain an Australian Government Baseline security clearance.


This process is being used to fill an immediate vacancy. A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for 12 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.  Non-ongoing vacancies will be offered for an initial period of up to 12 months with possibility of extension.

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. In no more than 5000 characters (approx. 750 words), 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. You should try and align your application 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 Jo Brown

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 full time/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 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 refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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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