Program Manager - Vessel Sustainment

Vacancy number • PUB408230

Program Manager - Vessel Sustainment

  • Cairns
  • Closes July 15
  • 40 hours
  • Professional Bachelor

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About this job

  • Industry: Defense Systems
  • Area of expertise: Project Management & Services
  • Location: Cairns

What is required?

  • Hours per week: 40
  • Education level: Professional Bachelor


Brunel has been exclusively retained by Austal to assist in the source and selection of a Program Manager for their ABF contract

Austal (ASX:ASB) is Australia’s global shipbuilder, defence prime contractor, and marine technology partner of choice. Austal designs, constructs, and supports defence and commercial ships for the world’s leading operators. With shipyards in Australia, the USA, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China, and service centres around the world, Austal employs more than 6,800 people globally. Join Austal as part of the world’s largest aluminum shipbuilder and Australia’s largest defence exporter.

About this role

Brunel, exclusively retained by Austal, is seeking an experienced and leadership-focused Program Manager (PM) to deliver critical programs supporting in-service vessels as part of Austal’s sustainment operations. Based in Cairns, you will report to the ABF Sustainment Manager and manage all activities ensuring assigned Defence vessel programs are delivered to the expectations of valued clients.

  • Plan, coordinate, and sequence multiple projects and streams by working collaboratively across multi-disciplined teams
  • Manage scope and interdependencies effectively across delivery streams within defined processes for change management to meet contractual outcomes
  • Apply strong commercial acumen to drive strong performance against contract objectives, including deliverables and closeout
  • Drive strong cost management discipline to ensure milestones, tasks, and deliverables are delivered to expected budget requirements with any variations appropriately governed against contracts
  • Deliver programs against agreed baselines and schedule performance requirements ensuring delivery without unapproved schedule extensions/variance
  • Adhere to Austal’s framework and methodology for project management to manage outcomes, performance, risk, and change effectively to achieve Austal and customer expectations
  • Lead diverse teams across multiple disciplines while ensuring high levels of collaboration and effective information flow in a dynamic environment
  • Establish, develop, and manage multiple stakeholder relationships effectively supported by superior communication skills to inform clients and stakeholders of status, issues, impacts, risks, and changes


This role suits a proactive and highly customer-focused individual with experience in ship repair, vessel shore support, or ship operations with a background in engineering, project management, or another maritime technical field.
Required Skills / Experience / Attributes:


  • Engineering degree and/or Project Management qualification
  • 7+ years’ experience in a project/program manager role or equivalent with 10+ years’ experience in a leadership role
  • Hold a Construction safety induction (white card)
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and proven stakeholder management ability
  • Strong customer focus and commercial acumen
  • Strong people management skills and team-building capability
  • Proven understanding of project management cost management, risk management, and earned value principles


  • Understanding of safety management practices including Control of Contractors and High-Risk Operations (HROs)
  • Maritime and Frontline leadership experiences
  • Project management methodologies, tools, and techniques (PMBOK, Ten step, PRINCE2 or similar)
  • Competency in Microsoft Office


Austal offers more than just a job; it provides an opportunity to become part of an innovative and dynamic global leader in shipbuilding and maritime technology. Here’s why you should consider joining Austal:

  • Global Presence: With shipyards in Australia, the USA, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China, and service centres worldwide, Austal offers you a truly international career experience.
  • Industry Leader: Join the world’s largest aluminium shipbuilder and Australia’s largest defence exporter, where you’ll be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and maritime innovation.
  • Inclusive Environment: Austal is committed to providing a safe and inclusive work environment. They actively encourage applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities.
  • Professional Growth: Austal invests in its employees through professional development and training opportunities, ensuring you can continuously develop your skills and advance your career.
  • Supportive Work Culture: Experience a supportive and dynamic work environment that values excellence, customer focus, integrity, and teamwork. Austal’s global team is guided by these universal values.
  • Competitive Benefits: Enjoy a competitive compensation and benefits package, including salary sacrificing, novated leasing, retailer discounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and insurance discounts.
  • Work-Life Balance: Benefit from a nine-day fortnight with an RDO every second Friday, giving you more time to enjoy life outside of work.

Brunel in the United States

Brunel is a recruitment and flexible workforce solution provider which connects talented people with opportunities throughout Australasia and around the world. We specialise in highly skilled roles across a variety of technical, professional, trade and craft disciplines, pairing candidates with industry-leading projects and organisations on a contract, permanent or secondment basis.
Operating locally since 1997, Brunel has major bases of operation in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Port Moresby, which are further backed by the strength and reach of a truly global network spanning over 45 countries, 120 offices and 45 years of successful operation.Brunel is proud to be equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and female candidates.

At Brunel, we believe that safety is not just a priority, but a value that is integral to our company culture at all levels of our organization.

  • We establish measurable objectives and targets, consistently reviewing our activities, risks, legal obligations, and performance.
  • Brunel Americas is a proud member of Houston Business Roundtable, & Utah Safety Council, and a participant of ISNetworld RAVS Plus Audit.
  • Brunel consistently utilizes performance measuring and monitoring. This includes meticulous record keeping and routine inspections.

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While compensation is important, finding the right cultural fit is equally crucial. At Brunel, our longstanding cultures and values have contributed to a positive employee experience, which is why some candidates have chosen to stay with us for 30 + years.

  • Our values are at the center of everything we do –Entrepreneurship, Integrity, Results-driven, & Passion for people.
  • Brunel is committed to an inclusive workforce and we understand that Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging are essential for a successful working culture, business, and community. Thus, Brunel takes both a global and regional approach to DE&I.

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At Brunel, we prioritize candidate’s career abilities and needs even before the hiring process begins.

  • With open lines of communication and a dedicated team assigned to every contractor, we strive to make every employee experience with us as easy and seamless as possible.
  • Our contractors create and maintain lasting industry relationships that can be leveraged throughout their career.
  • We prioritize employee needs in order to build strong partnerships that support our employees’ long-term professional success and development.

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