Embassy of Australia
United States of America

PN 10231 Senior FMS Case Specialist - CASG - Defence July 2017

                                   Vacancy Notice

                 Senior Foreign Military Sales Case Specialist

Position Details:

Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

LE level: 5

Position Number: 10231

Status: Full-Time

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: Defence/CASG

Salary: $64,002

Security Assessment: Required*

*This position is a designated security assessed position.  Applicants must be Australian citizens only and not a dual national of the USA to be eligible for engagement.  Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee having or acquiring a valid DFAT recognised security clearance. Security clearances can take several months to process, and employment cannot be commenced until an appropriate clearance is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a clearance. The inability to obtain a clearance prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

Contact Information

Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Julianne Wake on julianne.wake@defence.gov.au  

Recruitment Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Paul P. Vella at paul.vella@dfat.gov.au or 1-202-797-3284. Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website:  http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/Employment.html

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is opening of business on Monday 14 August 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.  If you have not been requested to attend an interview within two weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply

 For details on how to apply, please see our website: www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/HowToApply.html


Please note taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

About the Department of Defence

The primary role of Defence is to defend Australia and its national interests against armed attack. In doing so, Defence serves the Government of the day and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament which represents the Australian people to efficiently and effectively carry out the Government's defence policy. Australia's defence policy is founded on the principle of self-reliance in the direct defence of Australia, but with a capacity to do more where there are shared interests with partners and allies.

Job Description

The position is located in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Directorate of the Materiel Branch in the Department of Defence. The FMS Directorate is responsible for the procurement of equipment, training, services and repairs through the US FMS Program. This position reports to the Director Foreign Military Sales, and is responsible for the management of complex procurement cases and the provision of policy and compliance advice. The position also monitors export control applications and supervises one staff member.

Duty Statement

  1. The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  2. Manage complex FMS cases and provide advice on complex or difficult to resolve case issues
  3. Analyse and interpret FMS policy and revise, develop and compile supporting documentation including procedural guidance, templates and instructions
  4. Monitor performance of export control applications and provide advice and assistance on Defence export control concerns
  5. Research and resolve issues involving FMS freight and related systems and procedures
  6. Supervise the work of reporting staff

Selection Criteria

Applicants must address all criteria listed


  1. Good working knowledge of FMS policies, concepts and processes.
  2. Proven ability to research, analyse and interpret complex issues and policy, and to provide advice to staff and stakeholders of all levels.
  3. Demonstrated skills and/or experience in procurement and/or export control.
  4. Proven ability to work independently with only strategic level guidance to achieve successful outcomes.
  5. Well-developed oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to represent the work unit.
  6. Effective people management and team leadership skills, including the ability to build productive working relationships.
  7. Proficiency in using standard computer databases, email systems, and software applications including MS Word and Excel.


  1. Knowledge of Australian Defence structure and materiel acquisition processes..