Senior Consultant/Manager - Strategy and Transactions (Defence)

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Location:Brisbane

The Covid-19 pandemic is creating seismic challenges around the world. Our purpose, to build a better working world, has never been more important. Life at EY has been transformed dramatically but our strong culture of flexible and remote working has helped EY people navigate new ways of working and remain connected with each other and our clients.


A better working world truly starts with the people at EY who are building it every day. Now more than ever we need talented people from diverse backgrounds to help our clients navigate the complexities of this Transformative Age: people with the passion, curiosity and drive to make things better.


The opportunity

The Australian Defence Department is spending $270 billion on some of Australia’s most complex technological and commercially challenging procurements over the next decade, and key Private Sector advisers will help manage that delivery. If you want to be at the forefront of these projects and the private sector’s new businesses models to deliver them, then EY has an opening to help grow your career and build a better working world. We are looking for savvy commercial operators with diverse industry sector experience to bring insight and fresh thinking.

EY is one of four Major Service Providers (MSPs) to the Australian Defence Department’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in a partnership with Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR). Known as the KEY Team, we have been appointed as the MSP to provide professional services to the Airlift and Tanker Systems (ATS) Branch.


The Heavy Airlift System Project Office (HALSPO) at RAAF Amberley is responsible for key Airlift platforms including the C-17, Multi-Role Tanker and Special Purpose Aircraft Fleet. EY has commercial advisory role opportunities to support HALSPO in delivering mission critical readiness.


The RAAF Amberley roles are embedded with client in the Heavy Airlift System Project Office’s (HALSPO) Project Management Unit (PMU) and Business Management Unit (BMU). HALSPO currently manages the current air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capability (KC-30A) which is required to undergo systems, software and hardware upgrades throughout life of type to ensure safe and effective operation. HALSPO is required to undertake multiple phases of a complex upgrade and modification program to achieve RAAF’s interoperability needs.

Your key responsibilities


A range of practitioners are required to support the commercial functions:

  • Provide high level Strategic Business Advice pertaining to contractual and commercial strategies and frameworks for HALSPO capability outcomes
  • Development and implementing of future ASDEFCON contractual acquisition and support arrangements
  • Provide support to the Commonwealth in developing ASDEFCON contracts including tender evaluations, negotiations and transition into commercial arrangements
  • Liaise with Defence stakeholders and other advisors to progress the development of contract documents that are acceptable to both parties and meet all Commonwealth requirements
  • Undertake financial analysis and develop cost models to inform Commonwealth Gate reviews and support the investment committee considerations

The successful candidates will be accountable for the service delivery within applicable Commonwealth policy and compliance frameworks and will work as part of a small integrated teams across the SPO.

Skills and attributes for success
  • Demonstrated commercial nous with strong commercial experience and a higher degree qualification
  • Experience in complex procurement, ideally in Defence but equally experience in Utilities, Resources, Infrastructure or Transport with an eagerness to grow Defence domain experience and interest is important
  • An existing Australian Government security clearance (Baseline, NV1 or above) or an ability and willingness to obtain one
  • Well-developed relationship and inter-personal skills
  • Self-directed and initiated
  • Capable of operating in an integrated contractor and Commonwealth Team
Ideally, you’ll also have
  • A sense of humour and a desire to enhance your commercial negotiation and relationship skills