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Senior Project Manager

  • 597617
  • Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • Full Time - Permanent
  • Work on leading-edge projects for Defence and non-Defence engagements
  • Work with purpose delivering critical defence projects and programs for Australia
  • Investment in you – L&D, experienced mentors, and accessible leadership

A real endeavour, achieved with you

As Australia’s multi-disciplinary advisory and business partner of choice for clients in the defence, government and infrastructure, we deliver complex things that matter. It's not always an easy task, but anything worthwhile seldom is. Great things are rarely accomplished alone. We’re building something remarkable. Now we just need you. 

A real endeavour, shaped by you

As a Senior Project Manager, you’ll have high project ownership, leading and delivering business-wide initiatives. Reporting to the Director, you will support key engagements within the Commonwealth Government, managing large programs of work for specific projects, and improving processes that enable our teams to do their best work.


To succeed in this endeavour, you will:

  • Set standards, policies, and approaches for managing and reporting across various portfolios and initiatives
  • Define portfolios, programs, and projects
  • Facilitate the development of business cases
  • Provide commercial support, commercial analysis, and review of tenders and quotes to our business development function as required
  • Develop executive-level communication materials, including business case and project management reporting


A real endeavour, driven by you

Our work is highly complex and confidential, so there are some things you must have to fulfil this role:

  • You must hold a current NV1 security clearance or higher

We’re also looking for:

  • Relevant qualifications in the Project Management disciplines
  • Previous experience in a similar role with experience working for Defence or on defence projects
  • Experience in applications, software, systems integration, and specifically data/AI would be seen favourable
  • A natural ability to build trusted relationships with team members, customers, and partners
  • Strong project management experience. You’ll not only love planning and managing large programs of work, but you’ll be able to show us how you’ve achieved that in the past
  • A strong track record in managing resources to ensure services are delivered for current and future demand
  • Strong communication skills, and you’ll also be an analytical thinker who loves solving complex problems

More than anything, you’ll bring a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a drive to manage critical projects and programs that build sovereign capability and deliver complex things that matter.

Why Downer Professional Services?

At DPS, you’ll find the opportunity to build something remarkable. Here are some of the reasons why our people love working here:

Work with purpose. You’ll deliver or enable critical defence projects and programs in Australia, for Australia. Your expertise will help build sovereign capability.


Great projects, influence and impact. You might join us for the projects, but we think you’ll stay for the impact you can have.  With high project ownership, agile problem solving and accessible leaders, you can go further at DPS.


Your opportunity to build something remarkable. We’re proud of all we’ve achieved. But there’s much more to do. Together, we’re building a better, stronger, more agile DPS. From process and systems to culture and communications, we're working hard to enable our teams to do their best work, whoever and wherever they are.


We encourage you to join us on our greatest endeavour. We’ll support and recognise your contribution, and you’ll also enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Veteran support initiatives and policies, including up to 20 days of Reservist Leave for veterans to remain connected as they transition out of active service
  • An Employee Assistance Program providing access to professionals to support you (and your family) to achieve your personal or professional goals through wellbeing coaching, counselling, financial advice, legal advice and more.
  • Affordable healthcare covers, discounted car purchase and rental (with selected brands), and other retail discounts.


Ready to join us on our biggest endeavour?

Take your career to the next level. Apply for this position by clicking ‘Apply’ to complete a short form and attach your CV.

To find out more about this role, please contact


Downer Professional Services is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, colour, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Accordingly, we encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds, including First Nations People and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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