Assistant Managers, Budget Policy and Portfolio Strategy teams

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: Policy, Executive Level 1, Administration

About the teams

The Budget Policy team in the Portfolio Budgets Branch, Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Group, is responsible for coordinating the Commonwealth Budget process for the Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Portfolio. It is the central point of contact for all Commonwealth Budget related matters. The team also provides advice on Budget processes to policy and program areas and portfolio agencies, particularly around the preparation of Cabinet Submissions and New Policy Proposals.

The Budget Policy team in particular works closely with, and relies heavily on the financial and accounting expertise of, the New Policy Proposal Costings team and the External Budgets team, which are responsible for coordinating and advising on the financial aspects of the Budget process.

The Portfolio Strategy Teams in Strategic Policy Branch, Strategic Policy Division work on a wide range of strategic issues across the portfolio, including portfolio budget strategy. The teams work closely with the Budget Policy team to develop and deliver an effective whole of department budget strategy, with a well-coordinated strategic focus and compelling narrative aligned to the priorities of our Ministers.

We are inclusive, high‑performing, and supportive teams. We have a high‑profile across the portfolio and with the department’s Executive & Minister’s Offices and Ministerial & Cabinet Liaison Offices. We value the skills and initiative of our people and support staff to build their knowledge and capability through professional development.

We have team members working in Canberra, remotely, and from state offices. Several work part-time hours to balance personal commitments. Part-time, flexible, and remote working arrangements will be considered where operational requirements allow.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources will undergo a machinery of government change on 1 July 2022. Candidates will learn more about this change during interviews, or can speak with the contact officer listed in this advertisement.

Our ideal candidate

The ideal candidate exemplifies personal drive and integrity and possesses experience in multiple different APS roles, either within the portfolio or across different portfolios.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate they are:

  • Able to work strategically by engaging with other business areas and exploring creative alternatives to solving problems
  • Able to exercise sound judgement, respond well to ambiguity, and produce considered results with a fast turnaround
  • Able to communicate in a considered, clear and concise manner, including engaging effectively with the department’s Executive and Minister’s Offices
  • Able to assist in the management and deployment of resources to achieve business outcomes
  • An excellent listener, who engages deliberately and productively with stakeholders and can facilitate effective consultation and negotiation
  • Collaborative, able to work as part of a team and engage productively and cooperatively with colleagues across the Branch and the wider portfolio.

Candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the Budget process, Cabinet and briefing processes, and the respective roles of the central agencies and Ministers’ Offices. Experience working with these will be advantageous.

Familiarity with one or more of the portfolio’s major program or policy areas would be an advantage.

What you will do

The Assistant Manager – Budget Policy and Assistant Manager – Portfolio Strategy roles are responsible for assisting their Managers to provide advice on Budget and strategic direction setting to portfolio Ministers, the department’s Executive, and policy owners across the portfolio. This advice supports successful engagement in the Budget process, aligned with the portfolio’s policy priorities. In this role, the Assistant Manager will focus on:

  • Developing and maintaining productive working relationships across the department and portfolio agencies around Budget matters and processes
  • Providing advice on Budget matters and processes, particularly around the preparation of Cabinet Submissions and New Policy Proposals, to shape strategic thinking and approaches in a dynamic and frequently ambiguous context
  • Facilitating divisions’ and portfolio agencies’ engagement with central agencies in alignment with the portfolio’s overarching Budget strategy
  • Exercising judgement as to when to take the lead on issues management and commit resources (of the Budget Policy team and/or the CFO Group), and when to instead provide advice on next steps without committing resources to the course of action

The Assistant Manager – Budget Policy can expect to perform the following specific duties:

  • Assist in the development of the portfolio’s Budget strategy by working with the Executive, Ministers’ Offices, other areas of the department and portfolio agencies
  • Coordinate Budget processes, including Portfolio Budget Submissions, Cabinet authorities, New Policy Proposals and associated documents, and portfolio responses to whole-of-government budget related initiatives
  • Prepare, or contribute to, high quality Executive and Ministerial briefing on budget matters
  • Coordinate preparation of portfolio Budget documentation, including the Portfolio Budget Statements
  • Coordinate responses to the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)
  • Develop and manage a range of stakeholder relationships, including divisions, portfolio agencies and central agencies
  • Assist in the efficient and effective management of team resources to deliver team outcomes.

Note: Finance or accounting skills are not required in the Budget Policy team, as these skills are present elsewhere in the Portfolio Budgets Branch.

The Assistant Manager – Portfolio Strategy can expect to perform the following specific duties:

  • Assist in the development of the portfolio’s overall Budget strategy, working with the Executive, Ministers’ Offices, other areas of the department and portfolio agencies
  • Provide strategic and technical drafting advice to line areas drafting New Policy Proposals and Budget submissions
  • Assist with developing a balanced portfolio Budget position and posture
  • Help develop an overall portfolio Budget narrative and lead drafting of the Portfolio Budget Submissions
  • Work with the department’s communications team to develop materials and promote government messaging
  • Develop and manage a range of stakeholder relationships, including divisions, portfolio agencies and central and relevant line agencies
  • Assist in the efficient and effective management of team resources to deliver team outcomes.

Eligibility

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

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

Notes

This recruitment activity relates to multiple expected ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Damian Doyle via damian.doyle@industry.gov.au or on 0435 462 528.

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 inclusion@industry.gov.au 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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