Australia, under the ambitious Defence Export Strategy, plans to become a world top 10 exporter of armaments within the next decade.
The plan is to be underpinned by a $3.8 billion export facility for local businesses to help meet market gaps in defence finance.
And this means job opportunities.
Chris McDonald, the Australia-New Zealand managing director of global job site Indeed, says there’s a concerted push to create next generation manufacturing opportunities in Australia.
“By its nature, defence industry lends itself to a sophisticated level of manufacturing supported by a range of highly skilled technical roles,” he says.
Indeed has identified five interesting jobs in the defence industry available today.
Advancing biometrics. The Department of Defence is looking for a biometrics specialist for research into passive stand-off identification, characterising and tracking, using the fusion of various biometric features in video footage. Involves original research in machine learning and developing novel solutions. Salary of up to $137,992.
Export controller. BAE Systems in Richmond, Victoria, has a role for an export trade control officer to work in the weapons systems business of the company, which produces systems used by various NATO countries. A Defence security clearance is required. Competitive benefits.
Engineering a future. Saab Australia develops advanced defence and security systems for Australia and international markets and is identifying engineering graduates for its 2019 graduate program in the disciplines of electronics, computer systems, software and mechatronics. Based in Adelaide, graduates will work alongside senior engineers on innovative projects. Generous benefits and flexible work hours on offer.
Virtual shipbuilding. The South Australian government is offering a role for a project manager to earn up to $106,507 in the Virtual Shipyard Training Project.
Gunning for a tree change. Based at Lithgow on the fringe of the Blue Mountains, Thales Australia is seeking a manufacturing technology manager for its integrated weapons and sensors business. An engineering degree required and defence industry experience preferred. A “tree change opportunity” to work with some of the industry’s smartest minds.
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