Location Canberra
Job type Contract
Salary Negotiable
Specialisation Engineering, ICT, Technical, TSPV
Contact person Cindace Prasad
Reference TR/061758
Call Email Cindace

System Engineer SFIA 4 (Multiple) - RFQ-ASD-5-2024 - SOW 2 - Rereleased

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).


Mission Capability Division will deliver cutting edge capabilities to Defence through a variety of different programmes and projects. To facilitate this, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has a requirement for a System Engineer.

The System Engineer will be responsible for the design, integration, testing and documentation of engineering subsystems under general direction and guidance. They will require an understanding of the ASD environment, processes and procedures and are required to take this into account when designing subsystems.

The system engineer will be required to work across a variety of disciplines including mechanical design, thermal design and modelling, ICT infrastructure, ICT security and embedded systems development. They will be required to take broad customer requirements and develop the appropriate project documentation.

The Specified Person will be expected to demonstrate attributes of SFIA Level of Responsibility 4.

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.


  • Implement network design on Cisco and Juniper platforms.
  • Linux development, which may include developing and configuring a Linux environment, installing operating systems and maintaining a Linux system.
  • Using Python, Puppet and Ansible to enhance and support automation and continuous deployment for existing systems.
  • Using GitLab to facilitate continuous system configuration deployments.
  • Recommend/design new structures and tools which meet business requirements and take into account the target environment.
  • Implement and maintain automated testing.
  • Monitor systems and infrastructure using products including Splunk and technologies including Syslog and SNMP traps.
  • Provide assistance with support requests, fix and troubleshoot issues.
  • Provide feedback to implementation and design aspects. Translate logical designs into physical designs. Assist in the continuous improvement process by developing and enhancing procedures. Design, support and update documentation including standard operating procedures and detailed design documentation.
  • Provide guidance and direct the work of other team members.


  • Demonstrated experience creating and updating technical documentation and operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience working with virtualisation technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring and actioning security alerts and incidents.
  • Ability to maintain and upgrade device software, firmware versions, racking, cabling and labelling of current and new infrastructure.
  • 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, www.kinexus.com.au or contact Cindace Prasad at 0449 511 324. #LI-CP