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Senior Project Manager


Location: Sydney

Job Type: Full time


We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. We design the critical security solutions of tomorrow by combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create. Together we solve complicated problems by combining our experience in the market with our leading research and development capabilities.

About Your Role

Our Above Water Systems team provides a variety of services to the Royal Australian Navy and other partners, that span across Australia and in other international markets. With diverse operations across ship repair, maintenance, asset management and in-service support capabilities for commercial and naval ships, we also offer the provision of docking, reticulated services and facility maintenance within the Garden Island Defence Precinct in Sydney and the Maritime Precinct in Newcastle.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Manager to join our AWS team based at Garden Island. With a focus on our Dock Operations and Reticulated Services contract, you will play a central role across a mix of major and minor projects within the Garden Island Defence Precinct where we operate the largest graving dock in the southern hemisphere.

You will be ready for your next career challenge as you partner with other senior leaders and a variety of passionate stakeholders who think big and want to make it happen for our customers and for Thales Australia. This senior position will see you leveraging your skills as an experienced project management professional as you join a truly global organisation.

Key responsibilities will see you;

  • Playing a central role in the management of various survey and quote activities and other associated projects to support the Dock Operations and Reticulated Services contract

  • Ensuring performance in relation to contractual obligations and managing the project lifecycle for agreed budget, schedule and performance (KPI) outcomes

  • Acting as a key customer interface as you support our Program Manager and collaborate to maintain strong relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including; Navy, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and Estate & Infrastructure Group

  • Manage a variety of activities across; routine services, dockyard maintenance programs and other projects that facilitate dock facilities as you drive innovative solutions that foster continuous improvement

  • Working closely with our Bid and Sales teams in order to support a culture of team work and collaboration

  • Supporting contractual performance as you maximise customer satisfaction and ensure ongoing success for Thales Australia

  • Monitoring Health, Safety and Environment activities as you ensure statutory compliance and adherence with other set processes and procedures

How About You?

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (Engineering, Project Management etc.) and proven experience in a similar project management position, ideally within ideally within the Estate and Infrastructure or similar environments

  • Well-developed project management skills coupled with effective leadership capabilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with and influence diverse stakeholder groups

  • Proven experience in the delivery of contractual obligations against set KPI’s and objectives

  • Strong background in managing customer requirements and interacting with a variety of key internal and external stakeholders in influencing business outcomes

  • Background in leading others within a similar high-risk environment and ensuring compliance in relation to Health, Safety and Environment requirements

  • Those with a working knowledge and/or background in working to ASDEFCON standards will be viewed favourably, as will those with experience working within a similar Defence industry role

Good to Know

As a Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance. To learn more about clearances please visit –

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