Defence CIO hunting for a new deputy

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Defence CIO hunting for a new deputy
Defence CIO Peter Lawrence

IT leader to take on hefty, complex project portfolio.

The Defence department's CIO Group is looking for a new technology deputy to lead the implementation of its behemoth suite of IT projects.

The department has begun recruiting for a first assistant secretary to take over the CIOG’s ICT delivery division, which is responsible for CIOG’s project portfolio, including the acquisition of new capability, industry engagement and the consolidation of Defence systems.

The successful candidate will be rewarded with a salary between $184,037 and $222,173, and will answer directly to Defence CIO Peter Lawrence.

The role is currently being filled on an acting basis by Yaso Arumugam.

The ICT delivery role is one of three vacancies amongst the five-person executive team supporting Lawrence in the CIOG.

According to the Defence website, the HR development division and the ICT reform division also currently remain without first assistant secretaries in charge.

CIOG is looking for a candidate that will ensure the department “has a dependable, secure and integrated Defence information environment to support Defence business and military operations”.

It is looking for executives with “demonstrated ability to manage and deliver high cost, highly visible, large scale and complex programs and projects”.

The CIOG deputy will likely play a large role in the implementation of the ‘Defence Insight’ ERP replacement, set to cost more than $1 billion and take at least eight years.

Market engagement is currently underway for a pair of systems integrators to tackle the SAP-based application modernisation effort.

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