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Senior Consultant or Manager - Transaction Diligence Defence



Canberra, Australia · United States
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

Senior Consultant or Manager – Transaction Diligence – Defence

If we inspire you to do the work you love, will you still call it work?

At EY we believe that whoever you are, your uniqueness helps us stand apart.

We bring together extraordinary people, like you, to build a better working world.

What’s in it for you?

Join EY's dynamic team as a Major Service Provider (MSP) to the Australian Defence Department's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), partnering with Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) in the KEY Team. With Australia investing $765 billion in complex procurements over the next decade, you'll have the chance to shape cutting-edge projects and innovative business models in support of the Australian Warfighter.

  • Join the KEY Team at EY and play a strategic role in guiding Defence procurement and transformation, managing key stakeholder relationships, and developing commercial strategies within governance and risk management frameworks.
  • Take on leadership roles and tackle complex challenges across various projects, ensuring service delivery aligns with Commonwealth policies and standards.
  • Collaborate in integrated teams on multiple Defence projects, leveraging EY's results-driven consulting approach to enhance capabilities and solve complex sector challenges.

Elevate your career with EY and play a pivotal role in equipping Australian soldiers with world-class capabilities while building a better working world.


  • Working with Defence to support them in delivery of the most ambitious Defence procurement and transformation in 50 years.
  • Help our clients generate new approaches to governance, procurement and risk management.
  • Liaising with stakeholders from Defence legal, finance, contracting, performance-based contracting, engineering, and sustainment.
  • Supporting senior leadership around developing best practice approaches to Government approval
  • Undertaking investigations and financial assessments
  • Strategic advice around overall commercial approaches and considerations
  • Negotiation with industry and strategic industry engagement
  • Cost estimation and modelling
  • Commercial strategy development
  • Risk analysis and assessment in a Defence context
  • Relationship management with the client and with KBR
  • General Project Management to support the Defence Project Director

What we’re looking for

Here’s our ‘wish list’ but don’t worry if you don’t tick all the boxes. We’re interested in your strengths, what you want to learn, and how far you want to go.

  • Demonstrated commercial nous with minimum 2+ years commercial experience and a higher degree qualification.
  • Defence domain experience and interest, with demonstrated relevant experience in CASG, the wider Defence Department or the ADF
  • A background in the Defence contracting environment with familiarity with Defence contracting templates and the Defence tender evaluation process.
  • Well-developed relationship and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to quickly understand complex issues and challenges.
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with ambiguity.
  • An investigative and inquisitive mind

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Familiarity with the Defence capability lifecycle and the ODCS
  • Strong Defence industry relationships and knowledge
  • Ability to work with minimal EY direction and control.
  • A sense of humour and a desire to enhance your commercial negotiation and relationship skills.
  • Ability to undertake stakeholder management and negotiation.
  • Patience and strong networking skills
  • A passion for supporting the Australian Warfighter

Note: To work on defence client projects, an existing Australian Government security clearance (Baseline Security Clearance or an NV1 Security Clearance) is required.

Time Commitment:

  • 3 days a week minimum at Victoria Barracks Melbourne, flexible arrangements available to work from base, the EY office or remotely for parts of the week.
  • Based at Victoria Barracks Melbourne on St Kilda Rd in Southbank

The successful candidates will be accountable for the service delivery within applicable Commonwealth policy and compliance frameworks and will work as part of a small integrated teams across the SPO. The practitioners may be required to operate in management team lead roles and / or participate in IPTs / tiger teams to support the commercial functions and operate across a range of different projects.

What we can offer you

Acknowledgement of Country

EY acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which EY offices are located around Australia. We pay our respects to their cultures, and to their Elders — past, present, and emerging. Find out more about our vision for reconciliation at www.ey.com/au/reconciliation

Apply now… we’re over 9,000 perspectives in Australia and we’re ready to welcome yours.

Diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DE&I) are core to who we are, how we work and how we live our values. We hold a collective commitment to continue to drive an environment where all differences are valued, practices are equitable, and everyone experiences a sense of belonging— where people are inspired to team and lead inclusively in their interactions every day. We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities, cultures, sexual orientations, and gender identities and are committed to providing an equitable and barrier free recruitment experience for all. We encourage you to share any support and adjustments you need to be your best and participate equitably in our recruitment process. We understand sharing your needs with us can be daunting, so if you have questions before or during your application, we welcome you to get in touch at contactrecruitment@au.ey.com or +61 3 8650 7788 (option 2). Anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential.

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