National Security Technology & Engineering Lead

The role

Working to make the world a safer place

At PA Consulting Group, we help clients overcome the constantly evolving threats to national security.  We have a longstanding and close partnership with the security, law enforcement and justice community to deliver critical national programmes that strengthen national security, protect the public and save lives.  We do it by understanding each challenge and opportunity, working with individuals, teams and workforces to ensure capability is delivered.

Our experts generate tangible results throughout the investigative and analysis lifecycle – from defining strategy to delivering successful outcomes.  We help our clients to become match fit and address complex issues such as countering terrorism, child exploitation and cyber crime.

Deliver exceptional results

As the National Security Technology & Engineering Lead, it’s up to you to lead joint teams to find tangible ways to overcome our clients’ engaging and complex challenges with innovative approaches. Whether you’re leading organisation-wide technology transformation or you’re applying new disruptive technologies to help revolutionise client approaches – you’ll ensure everything you do makes a lasting impact.

In this role, you’ll use your extensive experience and deep understanding of national security, architecture, IT products & services, cloud platforms, engineering approaches, and consulting skills to manage the definition, design and delivery of technology-enabled business transformation.  By providing technical and engineering leadership and coaching, you’ll show our clients how to apply a variety of methodologies to their business.

Your duties will include:

  • Responsibility for leading all technology and engineering aspects of transformation programmes
  • Defining architectures and engineering approaches, taking into account legacy and current day platforms including cloud, within national security clients
  • Advancing the knowledge and exploitation of technology within client organisations
  • Working with the business transformation team to ensure coherent programme definition and delivery
  • Providing technical and engineering leadership and coaching to staff and client
  • Showing clients how to apply a variety of methodologies to their business
  • Line management of technology and engineering workstreams.


What we're looking for

You will have:

  • A minimum of a relevant graduate degree from an internationally recognised top tier university
  • Full ISC2 CISSP accreditation or equivalent internationally recognised membership
  • A reputation internationally as an expert in technology transformation in the national security sector
  • A deep understanding of the threat actors and mitigations for technology risks demonstrated through industry recognised certifications in forensics, malware investigations and ethical hacking.
  • An ability to develop long-term strategic relationships with customers, partners and industry leaders
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience, and a proven track record, of delivering highly complex programmes and projects across public and private sectors, including working within tier 1 national security clients across multiple national and international communities developing, designing and implementing organisational strategies and capabilities
  • A keenness for learning and keeping pace with technology and ways of working, demonstrated through major cloud platform (minimum of AWS professional certifications or equivalent) and SaFe Agilist certifications
  • Experience of leading the design & architecture of multi-million AU$ cyber security capabilities, including managing operational risk and assurance within the national security environment
  • Held a senior role within a leading global professional services firm, with board level engagement, delivering outstanding client work and with excellent consulting skills
  • Hands-on-experience working in roles across all phases of the portfolio, programme and project lifecycles and the ability to align them to methodologies such as Systems Engineering, Waterfall and Agile
  • Experience resolving cross-function issues that cut across business, technology and finance.

In addition, you must:

  • Hold a current TOP SECRET Positive Vetting (TS PV) security clearance with the Australian government
  • Be prepared to travel internationally for extensive periods.

Nb. Applications are limited to persons who have the right to live and work in Australia

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

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We all work best when we feel valued, supported and life feels balanced, so we got the folks who actually work here to design our benefits.

Looking after you and yours

Flexible healthcare plans just for you or your family. Depending on your office location, we offer a range of benefits including dental, eye tests, gym discounts, Cycle to Work, and more.

Finding work/life balance

Now, more than ever, we’re big on flexible working. Whatever the situation at the time, we’ll have an open discussion about what works for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for what really matters.

Taking a break

Because there’s more to life than just work… All our office locations have competitive annual leave allowances. You can also buy up to five extra days per year.

Personal growth

Learning never stops – it feeds the mind, expands our skills, and strengthens our team. We offer a range of ongoing internal and external training programmes covering everything you'll need to feed and grow your career ambitions.

Planning for the future

Don't worry, we offer all the sensible stuff, including a pension, life assurance, income protection schemes, and PA shares.

Giving back

Take advantage of our great Give as You Earn scheme, or why not volunteer up to three days a year for a charity close to your heart?

A home for everyone

Whether just starting out, or a practised hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone get the support they need.

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Going further afield

With offices in countries across the globe, as a firm, we’re able to relocate folks who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off.


The base office for this role is Canberra, Australia. However, you may sometimes be required to work onsite at client offices, too. You can find out more about our offices and remote working approach on our Locations page.