We are looking for vibrant leaders to join our Senior Leadership team to support economic growth and job creation for all Australians.

  • Work in a diverse and inclusive department
  • Lead the work of a branch and play a key role in building our organisational capability
  • Play an integral role in delivering outcomes and priorities for the department


We are looking for vibrant leaders to join our Senior Leadership team to support economic growth and job creation for all Australians. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources supports economic recovery, productivity and growth, and job creation for all Australians by supporting manufacturing, business capability, technology, science and innovation. We support the affordable, reliable, secure and competitive operation of energy markets and Australia’s transition to a lower emissions future. We back Australia’s strong resources sector by supporting the development of Australia’s mineral and energy resources for the benefit of the nation. We also have an important role in positioning Australia to recover from the ongoing economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and helping businesses and industry respond to a shifting global environment. We are establishing a General Manager (SES Band 1) merit pool to fill potential vacancies, open nationally. Our department is responsible for a range of functions including: 

  • development and implementation of public policy;
  • service delivery;
  • program design and delivery; and
  • corporate services.


As a General Manager, you will lead the work of a branch and play a key role in building our organisational capability. You will develop the branch’s strategic direction and create a shared sense of purpose through encouraging others’ input and communicating required actions and expected outcomes. You are expected to lead by motivating and organising people to produce outcomes that make a difference to the nation. It is not just about what is delivered, but how it is delivered through teams and networks. This includes engaging others to innovate, collaborate and create change. You are a key member of the senior leadership team and play an integral role in delivering outcomes and priorities for the department.


You are expected to advise and support the Government of the day on the full range of portfolio issues and to do this through the development of considered policies and the delivery of effective programs. You also have a broader role in providing leadership across the APS in the delivery of whole-of-Government policies and services, managing in a changing and devolved environment. Our ideal candidates have highly developed representational and negotiation skills and are strong people managers. You may be experienced in public policy, program development and implementation or you may have an extensive track record of experience in state government, industry or other sectors. You are: 

  • An innovative thinker who has the ability to manage multiple priorities;
  • Able to harness information from a variety of sources and have well developed analytical skills; and
  • Highly motivated and have an agile approach that enables you to anticipate opportunities and encourage creativity and innovative ideas.


You are likely to work closely with one or more of the department’s Ministers, therefore experience working with Ministers and advisors will hold you in good stead. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background provides a better environment for our employees and better outcomes for Australia. We have a national footprint and support flexible and remote working arrangements at all levels in our department. Consideration will be given to SES being based outside of Canberra and / or working remotely where this is consistent with the operational requirements of the relevant Branch and the Department.


In addition to these rewarding and challenging opportunities, you will have access to leading professional development programs targeted to Senior Leaders as well as comprehensive on the job learning specific to our operations and public sector management. It doesn’t matter where you join us or in what role, you’ll be supported to do your best work. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are highly encouraged because your diverse experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds will strengthen our service delivery, productivity, capability and innovation.


Before applying, please obtain selection documentation from the Executive Intelligence Group vacancies page www.executiveintelligencegroup.com.au (Ref. No. 797).


If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey by e-mailing [email protected].


To be eligible to apply, you must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, therefore Australian citizenship is a prerequisite.

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Applications close 30th January, 2022 Apply Online

General Manager, Melbourne (SES Band 1)

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Public Sector Federal
Government and Defence
Organisational Leadership
Work Type
Full Time - Ongoing
Professional Development