Location Canberra
Job type Contract
Salary Negotiable
Specialisation Engineering, ICT, Technical, TSPV
Contact person Cindace Prasad
Reference CR/061586
Call Email Cindace

Systems Engineer - RFQ-AGO23/24-070 - SOW 1 - 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).


This RFQ is seeking contractor support for Systems Engineer roles in support of a number of DEF100 Capability Elements. If all DEF100 positions are filled, and there are suitable candidates still available, this RFQ may be used by the GEOINT Capability Delivery Program and other Branches within AGO to fill relevant vacancies.

The Systems Engineer will be accountable under broad direction to lead complex activities and tasks relating to requirements development, system definition, design and development, integration, verification and validation.

The role will lead planning, organisation, integration and delivery of complex systems engineering services and products. The role will need systems engineering skills and a proven ability to work within an integrated team of technical and non-technical personnel.

The program of work has multiple projects which range in size. The successful candidate may be required to work across one or more of these projects.

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.


The Australia Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is the lead agency for geospatial data, information and intelligence for Defence and the National Intelligence Community. AGO's purpose is to shape the strategic environment, deter actions against Australian interests, and respond with credible military force when required.

Situated in Canberra, AGO is a small organisation of TSPV cleared workers that is rapidly growing. Exciting projects such as DEF100 and DEF101 are managed by AGO.

AGO is seeking highly skilled and motivated personnel to apply their skills and knowledge to achieve AGO's strategic goals: to deliver geospatial intelligence; lead the Department of Defence geospatial domain; and position our organisation for the future.


  • Work with project managers, product owners, business analysts and senior customers on the design of integrated ICT solutions that support organisational outcomes within the constraints of a technology roadmap.
  • Provide engineering solutions that demonstrate awareness of dependencies and the need to collaborate and integrate with external agencies or partners.
  • Undertake impact analysis on major design options and trade-offs.
  • Lead the analysis of complex systems and apply engineering expertise to identify and recommend courses of action.
  • Escalate issues and seek advice from Project Manager and or Engineering Manager in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to external contract development including identification of approval and verification gates.
  • Lead documentation suite development, ensuring high quality products. Engage with relevant stakeholders in the documentation development.
  • Resolve issues and or problems that arise during the course of capability development projects.
  • Assist in the continuous improvement process by developing and enhancing procedures, and working cohesively and flexibly with the broader project team, key business partners and stakeholder groups.
  • Identify risks, makes recommendations and assesses and manages associated risks.


  • Experience with system engineering practices for major ICT system delivery within Defence or Intelligence organisations.
  • Australian Citizenship and a TSPV security clearance is essential.


Why work for AGO?

  • 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 AGO.
  • Long term contracts available.
  • Fantastic growth opportunities available at any stage of your career.

Why Kinexus?

  • Kinexus has been supplying TSPV contractors to the TSS panel 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.
  • Support for your health and wellness through counselling support (EAP) available for all contractors and their families.

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 grow 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