Assistant Manager, Trade Measurement Services, Executive Level 1, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Any location in Australia
Categories: Programme Management, Executive Level 1, Other Management, Project Management, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is Australian Government’s peak authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. The APS values exemplify personal drive and integrity, but in addition we also consider that the following values and behaviours of being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential are a cornerstone of our organisation. Please consider responding to those values and behaviours as part of your application.

The Legal Metrology Branch primary role is to administer Australia’s measurement legislation, ensuring a level playing field, for consumers, businesses and international trade.

The Trade Measurement Services plays an important role in ensuring Australian consumers and industry can rely on trusted measurements for fair trade in goods and services. To ensure traders comply with the law and adopt correct measurement trading practices, we employ inspectors who check that:

  • measuring instruments (for example, weighing instruments, fuel pumps and weighbridges) are accurate throughout Australia
  • pre-packaged articles contain the correct amount of produce
  • fuel sold in service stations complies with fuel quality standards.

We also support the outcomes of the government agencies, undertaking inspection and audit activities through memoranda of understanding.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will be self-motivated with a technical aptitude and excellent communications skills. You will be capable of working autonomously and as part of a team with demonstrated ability to:

  • contribute to the delivery of a diverse range of highly specialised technical services and regulatory activities in accordance with best practice, government policy and legislative requirements
  • negotiate with clients and contractors to communicate the strategic vision of the agency
  • lead and motivate a diverse team, ensuring a positive, engaged and high performing team environment
  • establish and maintain strong productive and collaborative working relationships with various stakeholders
  • engage with and resolve complex issues, think strategically and undertake analysis
  • prepare high level policy advice, reports and briefings
  • interpret contracts and specifications to implement risk and principles-based technical policy.  

You will also have:

  • in-depth knowledge of legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, government decision-making processes and department guidelines and regulations, including but not limited to, complex trade measurement issues, techniques, verification and trading practices
  • extensive knowledge of statutory, regulatory and policy frameworks
  • well-developed skills in research, analysis, problem solving, planning and organisation.

Experience in a compliance and enforcement environment is also desirable.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

Under broad direction, the successful applicant will:

  • Develop, implement and monitor/evaluate the region’s work programs and compliance activities, including the setting of work priorities, proactive risk-based inspection activities and oversight of essential procurement.
  • Provide leadership and direction to a geographically diverse team for program delivery to ensure high quality outputs including ensuring employees maintain a high level of specialist, professional and/or technical expertise.
  • Undertake risk assessments and risk management activities for projects/programs.
  • Engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify opportunities, develop programs, achieve outcomes and facilitate cooperation.
  • Provide expert technical advice and develop national compliance policies, National Instrument Test Procedures and National Test Procedures.
  • Maintain systems relating to proactive compliance strategies and assist in the development and implementation of legislative initiatives.
  • Create and maintain a high-performance work environment by mentoring and developing talent, rewarding achievement, setting clear expectations and addressing concerns early, including through physical attendance of regional operational locations as required.
  • Maintain accurate records and practice appropriate document management in line with the Department’s policy, security, privacy and legislative requirements.
  • Prepare correspondence and briefing minutes, and assist in monitoring compliance with legislated requirements.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other government agencies through the delivery of agreed interagency inspection and compliance programs.
  • Monitor and report on program outputs.
  • Manage the region’s equipment and safety inspections, vehicle maintenance and servicing, tools and equipment maintenance and measurement standard verification.
  • Undertake other duties that are reasonably within the competency, skills and training of the incumbent, including support and assistance with responsibilities and tasks within wider LMB operations as may be directed from time to time.


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

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

Applicants will be required to possess a current Australian driver’s licence and demonstrate their attainment of:

  • Certificate IV in Trade Measurement and Certificate IV in Government Investigations; or
  • A qualification that demonstrates appropriate knowledge or experience to be appointed as a Trade Measurement Inspector under section 18MA of the National Measurement Act 1960.

Whilst not mandatory, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, experience in leading a team operating in a regulatory environment and possession of, or capability to quickly obtain, First Aid and CPR certification are highly desirable.


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.

The department offers flexible work opportunities for many roles. Regular attendance at one of our offices is expected, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

Responsible for a team geographically spread across ACT and NSW, the successful applicant will be required to undertake regular inter- and intra-state travel with overnight absences away from home for periods of up to a week at a time to ensure appropriate levels of supervision and management. Some out of hours work may also be required.

The successful applicant will gain exposure to a wide variety of business with potential to contain varying workplace environmental hazards. In accordance with activity risk assessments, policy and/or health recommendations associated with some of our activities, vaccination against hepatitis A and B, tetanus and other viral pathogens may be required.

To support the ongoing health and wellbeing of our employees in monitoring effects of varying workplace environmental hazards, the NMI may require the successful applicant undertake periodic health checks to monitor the risk.

How to apply

Please provide a pitch and CV 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 ‘Our ideal candidate’ and ‘What you will do’ sections. Please also ensure that you address your personal alignment with NMI’s values and behaviours in the ‘About the team’ section.

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please complete your application online and 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 or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Contact Information

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Brad Larter via email, or on 0457 549 031.

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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