Application closing date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 06:00 pm (in Canberra)

Estimated start date: Mon Jul 04 2022

Location of work: Australian Capital Territory

Length of contract: 12 months

Contract extensions: The Commonwealth may seek to extend the contract by up to two (2) x 12 month periods

Security clearance: Ability to obtain negative vetting level 1 clearance (Must be Australian Citizen)

Rates: $140 - $160 per hour (inc. super)


Scope of Task:
1. The Commonwealth requires the services of a Level 3 Advanced Practitioner Generic System Architectures (GxA) – Technical Editor to supplement the military, APS and contractor workforce within the Land Network Integration Centre (LNIC) as part of Army Headquarters. The position is accountable to the Staff Officer Grade 2 (SO2) GxA and reports to the GxA Program Manager (GxA PM), covering the (enduring) development of the GxA DEF(AUST) Standards at the LNIC.

2. The GxA DEF(AUST) Standards are a suite of controlled technical documents which inform the design and manufacture of military land platform systems (i.e. vehicle, soldier, deployable base, simulation and training, unmanned vehicle and aircraft systems etc.), delivering standardisation of materiel systems via architecture interface definitions which are open source and standardised (Interfaces; size, weight, power, digital, human systems etc.). The intent is to improve military preparedness and effectiveness via materiel systems which are integrated, adaptable, interoperable, affordable, and effective.

3. The GxA DEF(AUST) Standards are a critical enabler for ensuring Army’s Land Force remain ready to confront all challenges in the present and prepare for future capabilities in an environment of amplified and accelerated impacts of advancing technology, by having potent and credible Land Power.

4. The GxA DEF(AUST) Standards each consists of multiple sections and elements requiring expertise from a range of specialist disciplines. To meet these diverse needs the LNIC utilises expertise from a range of sources to contribute to the Standards including APS & contracted personnel, Defence personnel across all Groups and Services, and personnel from coalition partners.

5. The GxA Technical Editor will work within an agile multi-discipline capability delivery team including engineers (software, computer, mechatronic, electronic, and mechanical), business analysts, designers, developers, architects, administrators, testers and military capability managers. Externally, the GxA Technical Editor will work with other Australian Government departments, Australian industry partners and private enterprise, and international coalition partners and industry.

6. Working as part of the Australian Army LNIC team, offers a friendly, flexible and supportive environment, within a highly capable, reputable, and innovative organisation. In addition, access to a range of benefits will be available, such as flexible work practices, access to leading practitioners and processes within Defence, Defence Industry and Military Land Digital Integration domains (both domestic and international).

7. The duration of this contract is expected to be from 04 July 2022 to 07 July 2023 with two optional one year extensions at the discretion of the Commonwealth.

8. It is expected that the majority of services delivered under this contract will be at the LNIC facilities in Symonston, ACT. Interstate and international travel will be required to support Army exercises and integration activities. Remote working arrangements will be considered.

Deliverables:
1. The contractor engaged under this RFQTS will be employed on a time and materials basis.
The following deliverables are envisaged during the term of this engagement:
a) The GxA Technical Editor will manage the GxA Standards Editorial and Publishing capability to increase the quality, impact, and readability of technical standards communication.
b) Writing, reviewing/ proofreading and editing the content of the GxA Standards, ensuring adherence to best practice, Defence messaging, language, syntax, style and formatting requirements, and maintaining consistency across our suite of Standards.
c) Work closely with a multi-stakeholder group including GxA Standards project teams and experts from industry, academia, Defence/ Military and coalition partners who provide input, extracting their diverse expertise to create high-quality, impactful publications to meet the project brief.
d) Document development management; Generating writing plans, conducting storyboarding and other workshop exercises, managing collaboration and document version controls. Publish and maintain documents in the document management library.
e) Apply continuous improvement methods with respect to developing document content and processes.
f) Contribute (where it applies to technical editing) to the development and maintenance of program and project management artefacts, including configuration control of technical document templates and version control of publications.
g) Understand and interpret business requirements across standards projects to guide technical editing requirements.

Qualifications and Experience:
1. It is highly desirable that the GxA Technical Editor has the following qualifications and experience:
a) Tertiary qualifications in language, literature and/ or technical communications.
b) Proficient in English (having knowledge of the structure of the English language and rules of compositions and grammar).
c) Proficient in Microsoft Office Word (Page setup, creating/ using templates, document comparison and merging, form fields, advanced tools, document sharing and protection, tracked changes, creating labels, all formatting).
d) Minimum 5 years’ experience as an editor of technical documentation or similar role.

2. It is desirable that GxA Technical Editor has the following qualifications and experience:
a) High order organisational, oral and written communications skills.
b) High order stakeholder management skills (internal and cross-organisation).
c) Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
d) Ability to establish and manage executable technical editing management artefacts.
e) Development and implementation of Statement of Work; Work Breakdown Structure; Organisational Breakdown Structure; Integrated Master Plan & Schedule and Budget.
f) Highly self-motivated, driven, and passionate about the success of military technology programs.
g) Experience with:
‒ The implementation of enterprise document management systems, ideally Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Pro
‒ Delivering within PRINCE 2, MSP, or P30, Scrum, and Agile process frameworks;
‒ Experience digital integration, information communications technology or military platforms design domains.

3. The GxA Technical Editor has experience with:
a) A principled approach to constructive, logical, and rational decision making (or desire to operate this way).
b) Australian technical regulatory system experience (Civil or military).
c) Domain experience – Military Land Capability Systems Integration.
d) Delivering within the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act.
e) Understanding of The Commonwealth procurement process.
f) Understanding of the Land Materiel Safety Manual and the Landworthiness framework.
g) Delivering within a Systems Engineering framework.
h) Experience with:
‒ Working on key military materiel technology projects ideally within live environments.
‒ Delivering within the One Defence Capability Model environment.
‒ Planning and managing transition and into service support.


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