Program Management Office (PMO) Manager - Defence

Last updated 13 minutes ago
Job Type:Full Time

Downer Defence Systems provides a broad range of professional and managed services, asset sustainment and estate upkeep services to the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Defence Force and other government agencies.

Downer Defence Systems, combining the footprint and capability of Downer and Spotless, is one of the only integrated services companies that has a whole of Defence Capability Life Cycle offering and mindset. Our Sovereign Industry Capability delivers to the needs of Defence, National Security organisations, the major Primes and other government agencies.

As an ADM Top 10 Defence Contractor, we are a proven and trusted long-term partner, committed to diversity and inclusiveness and to growing Australia’s Defence industry with the participation of Small to Medium Enterprises.

Position summary:

Downer Defence Systems is seeking expressions of interest from Program Management Professionals to join a rewarding and dynamic Defence Program in a lead capacity as the Program Management Office (PMO) Lead for an upcoming opportunity. This is an opportunity to manage an established PMO at the core of the program and to drive quality outcomes for the customer.

The role will involve:

  • Responsible for the successful delivery of the PMO function on behalf of Downer Defence Systems, which includes data management, schedule management, risk and issue management, program reporting and administration.

  • Project oversight, including assurance that all aspects of project execution are conducted in accordance with the Defence Capability Life Cycle.

  • Provide Capability Life Cycle subject matter expertise and guidance to the customer.

  • Ensure that there are appropriate and effective governance arrangements in place, supported by comprehensive reporting and communication.

  • Working in close partnership with the Program Director and Senior Leadership Team to ensure high quality inputs, integration and delivery of Defence capability.

  • Working with customer stakeholders and providing quality information and reporting

  • Positioning the Program team as a trusted partner.

About you:

You have a depth of experience in either Project delivery or PMO Management, ideally within complex Defence Capability Life Cycle Programs. Experience as a Program 2IC will be highly valued. As a senior Project Management professional across Downer Defence Systems we will look for the following capability:

  • In depth knowledge and application of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), Project Management Institute (PMI), Prince II or a related Project Management framework, particularly relating to scope, budget, resourcing, stakeholder engagement, risk, quality and controls.

  • In depth knowledge of the Project and Program life-cycle.

  • In depth knowledge and experience of the Capability Life Cycle.

  • Ability to remediate Program issues through course correction where appropriate.

  • Must hold an Australian Government security clearance (NV1 level and above).

What we offer:

  • A diverse and challenging work environment.
  • A growing business where opportunities are great.
  • A great team where you are empowered to lead.
  • Referral bonuses.
  • Leave Purchases.
  • Access to monthly Professional Development Sessions (including specialist forums).


Candidates must be Australian citizens with a minimum NV1 security clearance. Applicants residing outside of Australia or non-citizens will not be considered.