Subcontracts Specialist

Job Type:Full Time

  • An excellent opportunity to be part of a significant maritime acquisition program
  • Enjoy flexibility, innovation focus and interesting work within a strong team culture
  • Location Adelaide or Melbourne

The largest shipbuilding endeavour in the nation's history has commenced in South Australia.
ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has been contracted to deliver nine anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy.
The Hunter Class Frigate Program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program.
At ASC Shipbuilding we live a safety-first and inclusive culture. We call it an ‘everyone culture'. For us that means ensuring that the voices and talents of all employees are valued and that everyone has a sense of belonging. It also means providing a family friendly, flexible and supportive place to work.
Apply your talent where it counts as a Subcontracts Specialist in our ASC Shipbuilding team in Adelaide or Melbourne.
About the Opportunity
As a result of the growth within our business, we are seeking 2 seasoned Subcontract Specialists to join our team in the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
Play a pivotal role in the execution of the Hunter Class Frigate Program Supply Chain Management Plan, by leading the establishment and maintenance of strategic supplier relationships with Combat System OEMs, both within Australia and overseas.
As the Subcontract Specialist, you will leverage established relationships with Combat System OEMs to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes.
You will be involved in overseas travel including some extended stay travel of up to 4-week blocks, and interstate travel may be required form time to time.
In terms of specific responsibilities, you will:

  • Participate in the Hunter Class Combat Systems Integrated Project Team (IPT), whilst demonstrating inclusive behaviours
  • Contribute to strategy definition, planning and negotiating with subcontractors, ensuring alignment to Head Contract obligations and program objectives.
  • Work within the IPT, proactively project manage the performance of the suppliers to achieve the requirements of the contract from a cost, schedule, quality and Australian Industry capability perspective
  • Work with the Australian Industry Capability Team and OEMs to support the development of industry capability development business cases and maximum Australian industry involvement
  • Coordinate functional and subject matter expert input into supplier qualification, engagement, evaluation and management
  • Contribute to the proactive, effective and compliant management of complex export control requirements

About you
As an ideal applicant for this opportunity, you'll have:

  • Extensive experience in a procurement, supply chain or commercial role, preferably within a complex environment
  • Previous experience negotiating and managing complex contracts
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to deal with key stakeholders at all levels
  • Knowledge of the Defence Industry and ASDEFCON contracting suite

Whilst not essential, a degree in engineering, legal or commercial discipline is highly regarded and a professional procurement qualification or accreditation is desirable.
As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain appropriate clearance. To learn more about clearances, visit
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are applicable and as such, your nationality may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role.
Further information regarding clearances is available at:
Applications should be addressed to: Raj Rawal, Talent Acquisition Specialist
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