Contact person Cindace Prasad
Reference TR/061750
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Solution Architect - Mission Capability - RFQ-ASD-63-2024 - SOW 1 - Original

Due to the nature of clients we work with here at Kinexus and the projects these roles will be based on, an Australian Government Top Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) clearance is essential.

These opportunities do not have the ability to obtain sponsorship for a security clearance (including applicants who currently hold a security clearance seeking to upgrade).


Operational Engineering Branch within the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), are responsible for delivering cutting edge capabilities to support ASD's Signals Intelligence, Cyber and Enterprise requirements.

These capabilities consist of a combination of:

  • Delivery of new capability under the REDSPICE program;
  • Delivery of ASD's major capability programs and;
  • Enhancing and modernising existing capabilities.

To facilitate this ASD has a requirement for a Solution Architect.

ASD seeks a Solution Architect that has a proven history of working in complex projects and contributing to the organisational capability within the project.

The Solution Architect is responsible for the development of the technology solutions and mapping the business requirements to systems/technical requirements to ensure they are in line with ASD technical standards.

The Solution Architect will be responsible for working with ASD specialist technologists and software delivery teams as required to guide design decisions including strategic direction, and develop as built or other required artefacts to drive concept development.

The successful candidate will be required to work cohesively and communicate effectively with other project team staff and stakeholder groups

The Specified Person will be expected to demonstrate attributes of SFIA Level of Responsibility 5.

Current Top-Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) security clearance is strongly preferred, however candidates who have held a TSPV in the previous 12-month period (which has since been downgraded) may be considered.


Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is the federal agency responsible for foreign signals intelligence, cyber warfare and information security. ASD's purpose is to defend Australia from global threats and help advance our national interests.

Situated in Canberra, ASD employs over 2000 TSPV cleared workers. ASD's workforce is growing rapidly. Areas of growth include PMO, cyber security, systems administration and engineering, software development and network engineering.

A top-security, complex and highly technical environment, ASD plays a vital role in the defence of Australia. Long contracts (12 months+) available.


  • Design and communication of high level structures to enable and guide the design and development of an integrated systems solution that meets current and future business needs.
  • Guide decision making of complex system solutions. Complex either in their depth (e.g. algorithmic uniqueness, multi-threading, API perfection, performance), in their wider interactions (e.g. services & integrations, systems thinking), or consider non-functional requirements to be effective (e.g. scale, resilience, security).
  • Produce detailed component specifications and translate these into detailed designs for implementation.
  • Validation and verification of existing requirements, capturing any new requirements and managing these requirements during the capability delivery phase.
  • Assess risk, and measure compliance with policies and standards. Understand the implications of new technologies.
  • Ensure the project deliverables are in alignment to the customer and organisation's strategic direction and other related projects.
  • Work cohesively and flexibly with the broader program teams, and manage the expectations of key business partners and stakeholders.


  • Defence, classified or hardened network deployment experience.
  • Qualifications and experience with frameworks and methodologies for designing, planning, implementing, and governing enterprise and system information technology architectures.
  • Qualifications and experience with system engineering principles and practices.
  • Australian Citizenship and a TSPV security clearance is essential.


Why work for ASD?

  • Work on interesting and prestigious projects vital to the ongoing defence of Australia.
  • Flexible work environment; work the hours that suit you between 7am and 7pm.
  • Low attrition rate: the great variety of projects and opportunities across different business areas ensure few workers leave ASD.
  • Long term contracts available.
  • Fantastic growth opportunities available at any stage of your career.

Why Kinexus?

  • Kinexus has been supplying TSPV contractors to ASD since 2004 and have a strong relationship with them. We are one of just 9 suppliers Australia-wide.
  • Our experience in managing contractors in defence/national security industries means we understand the requirements from the Commonwealth, insurances and clearances.
  • DISP accredited; we can hold clearances and manage renewals.
  • Dedicated account manager (me!) who is your dedicated POC and offer continuous contractor care.
  • Rate negotiation guidance in line with the SFIA framework.
  • Dedicated payroll assistant who facilitates your taxes and super.
  • We proactively chase timesheet approvers to ensure you get paid on-time and error free.
  • Regular visits to Canberra for coffee, lunches and quarterly drinks events.
  • We can facilitate novated car leases, LAFHA or salary sacrifice.
  • We'll keep you up to date with the most appropriate, interesting opportunities in your field.
  • Community matters. Kinexus supports women in Defence through our female mentoring program and rewards referrers through our Referral Rewards scheme.

Kinexus is the leading recruitment partner to the Defence Industry in Australia. We support our community in making intelligent connections and create opportunities to help them grow their careers.

All applications should include your resume as a word document. For more information, visit our website, or contact Cindace Prasad at 0449 511 324. #LI-CP