Application closing date: Monday, 2 May 2022, 06:00 pm (in Canberra)

Estimated start date: Thu May 26 2022

Location of work: Australian Capital Territory

Length of contract: 1 year to 26/05/2023

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: $150 - $175 per hour (inc. super)


Scope of Task:
1. The Commonwealth requires the services of Level 3 Advanced Practitioner Generic Robotic Systems Architecture (GRSA) Technical Lead to supplement the military 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) Generic System Architectures (GxA) and reports to the GRSA Project Manager (GRSA PM), covering the (enduring) development of the Generic Robotic Systems Architecture DEF(AUST) Standard at the LNIC.

2. The GxA DEF(AUST) Standards are a suite of documents which inform the design and manufacture of military land platform systems (i.e. vehicle, soldier, base, unmanned 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 each consists of multiple sections and elements requiring expertise from a range of specialist disciplines (i.e. software engineering, power engineering, mobile technologies, embedded electronics, micro electro-mechanical systems and human ergonomics). To meet these diverse needs the LNIC utilises expertise from a range of sources to contribute to the GxA standards including APS & Contractor personnel, Defence and Australian military groups and coalition partners.

4. The GRSA DEF(AUST) will be applicable to all uncrewed platforms utilised within the Land Force (ground, air & water platforms). Technologies that will be explored and encapsulated will include (but not be limited to) optionally crewed combat and support vehicles, remotely operated or autonomous platforms to support human-machine teaming, remotely operated sensors, remotely operated weapon systems, and other systems and sensors that operate autonomously in concert with Army and other Defence personnel. It is anticipated that an initial draft of the GRSA will be developed for release by the end of 2022

5. The multidisciplinary nature of Robotic Systems platforms is an amalgamation of software engineering, computer engineering, mobile technologies, embedded electronics, and micro electro-mechanical systems. The AS GRSA Technical Lead will be expected to conduct integration engineering activities including holding meaningful discussions with a range of experts and stakeholders made available to them, to review and synthesize disparate and at times opposing technical views before making evidence based recommendations for the AS GRSA DEF(AUST).

6. The GRSA Technical Lead will work closely and collaboratively with the GRSA Project Manager, under the direction of the GxA EM and GxA Executive. The GRSA Technical Lead will collaborate with Army capability manager representatives, CASG SPOs, Australian and international Defence industry representatives, and international coalition partner groups.

7. The GRSA Technical Lead will be responsible for exercising technical authority over the development and maintenance of the AS GRSA, as delegated by the LNIC Chief/ Principle Engineer. The GRSA Technical Lead will also be responsible for providing GRSA specific technical support or advice to the other areas of the GxA and the LNIC as required.

8. Working as part of the Australian Army’s 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 is included, such as flexible work practices, access to leading expert practitioners and processes within the Defence, Defence Industry and Military Digital Integration domains (domestic and international).

9. The duration of this contract is expected to be from 23 May 2022 to 26 May 2023. An additional two x one year extensions for FY23/24 and FY24/25 may be considered based on Commonwealth requirements.

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

11. A three (3) month period of probation is imposed as a condition of engagement for all new contractors.

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. Priority of effort will be to develop and execute a schedule of works delivering the first iteration of the GRSA, version 1.0, with an anticipated publish date of Q4 2022,
b. Plan and manage the delivery of GRSA project technical tasks and outcomes with the GRSA Project Manager and GxA Executive,
c. Assure fitness of purpose and safety of GRSA product line outputs,
d. Coordination across the GRSA team of technical experts and constituent products, to realise strategic objectives for platform integration and materiel Standaisation,
e. Oversee engineering process/ conduct within the GRSA product line, in accordance with GxA Program, LNIC, Army and CASG engineering policies,
f. Represent GRSA and GxA to industry, Defence, and international stakeholders under the Land Integration Framework (LIF), and provide GRSA technical support and advice to the LNIC LIF Subject Matter Experts,
g. Advise GxA Executive on future technical development pathways to realise strategic intent,
h. Exercise design authority where assigned (directly or indirectly) by PEng LNIC,
i. Conduct technical review and approval of engineering designs, documentation, investigation and trial reports as directed by the GxA Engineering Manager,
j. Identify and manage product or project risk, escalating to GxA Executive when this has potential to impact GxA business outcomes,
k. Represent GRSA with the GxA and LNIC Technical Executive,
l. Work closely with GxA EM to support the broader GxA engineering processes,
m. Engage with external engineering and technical stakeholders to understand technology solutions and frame GxA strategic direction and outcomes, and
n. Provide other reasonable services as tasked by the SO2 GxA or LNIC Executive Staff.


Essential Criteria

  1. Bachelor degree (4 years or higher postgraduate) in a relevant engineering discipline (eg. Mechatronic, Electronic or Computer) suitable to achieve membership of the Institution of Engineers or
  2. Bachelor degree (3 years or higher postgraduate) in IT suitable to achieve technologist in the Institution of Engineers, or
  3. Extensive experience (over 10 years) with design, build, and test functions of C4I Systems, Networks and associated Software


Desirable Criteria

  1. Has extensive (greater than 10 years) experience in integration engineering. Preferably this experience will be with ICT oriented systems and include an understanding of software development,
  2. Experience in combat systems (e.g. Army robotics, uncrewed vehicle systems, RAAF or RAN equivalent), industrial engineering, aircraft/ automotive systems or similar,
  3. Understanding of the One Defence Capability Model (ODCM) – formerly the Capability Lifecycle or CLC,
  4. Experience in maintaining and operating engineering design and systems competence and operations,
  5. Knowledge of National WHS legislative requirements and Military Safety policies & standards including their applicability to Safety, Risk and Hazard management,
  6. Demonstrated evidence of working within, and leading, multi-discipline teams
  7. High order organisational, oral and written communications skills
  8. High order stakeholder management skills (internal and cross-organisation)
  9. Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  10. Ability to provide technical oversight and advice on multiple projects
  11. Ability to establish and manage executable key technical and engineering artefacts
  12. Highly self-motivated, driven, and passionate about the success of military technology programs
  13. Experience with: ‒ Providing strategic, high level advice to senior technical and executive staff on technical, design, and risk management items, (including escalation as appropriate) ‒ Delivering within PRINCE 2, MSP, or P30 and AGILE process frameworks ‒ Defence engineering processes, preferably within the Land Domain.
  14. Delivering within the ODCM environment ‒ Safety critical software or systems development processes and practices ‒ Preparing high quality written reports and presentations relating to the program activities, including monthly status reports for program boards
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