Program Planning Manager

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About us

Naval Ship Management (Australia) Pty Ltd (NSM) is a leading provider of asset management solutions to the Australian maritime sector. Utilising a team of highly skilled professionals strategically located across Australia in conjunction with a robust, agile and scalable international supply chain, NSM provides cost-effective, responsive and customer-focused solutions that optimise the availability and capability of our customers’ critical assets.

Established in 2012, as a Joint Venture between Babcock Pty Ltd and UGL Ltd, we now support assets across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet - most notably the Anzac Class Frigates as a member of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), LHD Landing Craft (LLC) and associated assets. Our services include: Engineering Support Services; Maintenance Support Services; Ship Repair, Refit and Refurbishment; Supply Chain Management and Procurement and Logistics.

At NSM, we embrace a culture that fosters corporate diversity and workplace innovation with a strong focus on safety. Where possible, we enjoy flexible working arrangements, helping us find the right balance between our lives at work and at home. Safety is paramount in our industry, and we are committed to protecting the safety of our people, clients, supply chain and our communities. We also recognise that it’s our people who are our greatest asset. We are committed to giving all employees the opportunity to grow their skills, gain valuable experience, develop professionally and work on exciting diverse projects.

About the role

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, The Program Planning Manager is accountable for the quality and effectiveness of all planning, execution, and certification activities. They are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the program and project management services being provided by the Integrated Project Team (IPT) they lead.

The Program Planning Manager plays a key role in developing a robust, efficient, and effective maintenance planning and delivery organisation that is critical to the competitive success of the LHD ACPC. They will champion a culture of embracing change, ensuring they are committed to identifying and improving existing processes and procedures.

  • Lead and contribute to a “Safety First” culture through leadership and participation in HSE activities and initiatives
  • Lead and model the NSM values, strategy and objectives to ensure employees remain engaged and can embrace these business fundamentals whilst accomplishing their individual targets and objectives
  • Provide leadership, direction, supervision, and inspirational management to all team members
  • Assist in the development of robust, efficient, and effective maintenance management plans
  • Facilitate the engagement of repair agents and scheduling of activities against these milestones
  • Drive systemic improvements to enable improvements to cost, quality and turnaround times
  • Understand KPIs and objectively report on contribution to program performance
  • Ensure compliance with, review and provide recommendations of business systems requirements to relevant line of busines
  • Contribute to best practice culture of Trade Controls
  • Establish and maintain clear expectations relating to Trade Control compliance
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure Trade Controls are considered in all relevant business opportunities and activities

About you


  • Excellent verbal and written communication; and presentation skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to establish effective working relationships with a variety of people at different levels both internally and externally as well as service providers
  • Demonstrated leadership experience within a maritime sustainment sector
  • Experience of operating in a public / private sector alliance service delivery contract particularly in the role of customer friend and managing and mentoring IPTs
  • Substantial experience in developing and managing services-based delivery teams with a project management background in defence sustainment relating to complex assets and high levels of professional assurance
  • Experience in the delivery of complex projects under an Asset Management framework
  • Experience in managing Operational Delivery Teams in an Australian Defence environment
  • Experience in developing strategies within a ship maintenance planning / support / delivery / repair environment
  • Experienced in change management to deliver project efficiencies
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in maritime defence sustainment
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in a similar position
  • Must either hold, or be eligible to obtain an Australian Defence Security Clearance
  • Must either hold, or be eligible to obtain trade control access
  • MUST be an Australian Citizen


  • Experience of delivering complex projects under an Asset Management framework
  • Technical knowledge of warship major platform systems
  • Experiences of systems integration and commissioning programs

Please note that relevant screening checks will be conducted as part of the recruitment process. These may include a national criminal history check and a requirement for you to undergo pre-employment medical assessment including drug and alcohol screen.