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Assistant Director, Software Engineering

Job no: 493318
Work type: Full Time
Location: Head Office, Canberra
Classification: Executive Level 1

DHA is looking for a leader to join our talented Software Engineering team and revolutionise DHA’s software landscape. Apply today to become the Assistant Director Software Engineering!


About your team
The Business Solutions and Technology (BS&T) group is currently delivering a multi-year Technology Refresh program, revolutionising our systems and capability to elevate DHA service offerings. The Software Engineering team’s role is to contribute to this transformation initiative as part of Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT’s) to analyse, build and integrate both new and existing software. In addition, the team supports the software remediation program ensuring existing commitment to technologies are current, bug free and align with security requirements.

About your contribution
As the Assistant Director of Software Engineering, you will have the unique opportunity to shape and implement the software engineering strategies and operations within DHA. Leading a team of talented software engineers, you will pave the way to delivery of high-quality contemporary software solutions that meet both strategic and operational needs of DHA. As a dynamic leader, you will drive innovation and efficiency through the effective management of people, processes, and technology.

To be successful in this role, our ideal leader will:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or a related technical field. Advanced degrees or certifications in software engineering, management or project management are desirable.
  • Extensive experience (typically 5+ years) in software engineering, with at least 2 years in a leadership role managing technical teams.
  • Proven track record of leading high-performing teams to deliver complex software projects on time and within budget.
  • Strong technical acumen with hands-on experience in software development and thorough understanding of software engineering principles such as MVC frameworks, Microservices, Integration patterns, and Containerisation.
  • Experience with source control management, CI/CD practices, and preferable familiarity with Azure DevOps.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, capable of mentoring and motivating engineering teams.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Effective change management skills, with the ability to smoothly implement technology enhancements and process improvements.
  • Previous government sector experience would be highly advantageous.
  • Experience in agile methodologies and implementing agile practices in a team environment is desirable.

For further information regarding this role please refer to the Position Description below or within Defence Housing Australia's online careers site.

Order of Merit
Any merit pools established from this merit-based process will be valid for 18 months from the date of advertising. This merit pool may be used throughout this period to fill similar positions in the event positions become vacant.

Any questions? Please contact Aden De Leeuw, Director, Application Development and Integration on T 02 6268 3719 E 

How to apply
To apply, please click the Apply Now bubble below. Additionally, to view the position description for this opportunity please see the View Position Description bubble below.  

*A 500-word one page pitch is required to apply for this role.

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Inclusion and Diversity
DHA is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. We welcome applications from across our community including, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ+, ex-defence members, mature aged employees and carers.

Applications close
Applications close AEST 11:55pm Wednesday 29 May 2024.


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