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Test and Trials Specialists

Nova Systems
Date Published: 18 May 2018
Defence Full-Time
Private Salary + Professional Development Allowance
Project Management Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Test and Trials Specialists
  • Join our team helping deliver world-class solutions to diverse client portfolios
  • We offer bonus leave, personal / professional development, flexibility and more
  • We are consistently voted in the 'Top 50' great places to work
Nova Systems is a Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, providing industry and government with world class independent expertise in delivering complex projects and solving technologically challenging problems.

The successful introduction of a capability, whether it is a defence system or a complex commercial plant such as an LNG field, depends on a thorough and rigorous process of testing and commissioning. The best-laid plans almost never survive the first contact with the enemy, and commissioning and test is the crucial risk reduction and operationalisation stage where the complex capability is put through its paces in a controlled environment before being made live.

Our people understand the technology and the operational environment, and most importantly, the need of testing complex capability in a gradual manner that eliminates the risks of introducing a complex capability into operational service. From developmental testing through to live field test, we provide the expertise from initial commissioning and test planning in the early project phases through to executing the tests and delivering capability to our customers.

With our global presence, we bring the best commissioning and test practices to our customers. Whether it is the latest fighting vehicle or communication system or the latest well head technology, we have our systematic test process to de-risk our customer’s program.

About the opportunity:

Nova Systems has immediate, permanent opportunities for Test & Trials Specialists to join our Canberra Operations. You'll be working on site with our Defence client participating in and/or managing Test and Trials activities, incorporating all of the Acceptance, Developmental and Operational T&E disciplines across a range of Defence platforms and equipment. Other responsibilities could include the application of these Test and Trials services for our non-Defence clients such as those in the Mining, Utilities and Rail sectors.

As a preference, you will have significant experience in running Defence Test and Trials or OT&E developed activities in either LAND, Joint and/or Maritime/Aerospace programs. Alternatively, if you are a Defence Systems Engineer, with a strong desire to become a Test Specialist we would encourage you to apply with us for on the job training.

Ex-Defence members strongly encouraged to apply.

What will you be involved in:

  • Developing, Running and Reporting on a range of Test and Trials activities for our CoA client;
  • Completion of client OT&E objectives;
  • Liaising and coordinating Test and Trials activities with the Dept of Defence;
  • Mentoring more junior Test and Trials and T&E team members;
  • Advising clients on Test and Trials matters.

Further information on specific duties can be provided at interview.

What we would like from you:

  • Australian Citizen (mandatory);
  • A BACH Degree (preferred) or a Diploma or technical qualification (considered);
  • Demonstrable experience as a Test and Trials practitioner (preferred);
  • Experience developing Test and Trials document suite (preferred) or experience in developing systems engineering document suites (Test/Operational Concept Document, T&E/Engineering Master Plan);
  • Experience developing, running and reporting on Test and Trials Activities (preferred) or Design/Systems Engineering Activities (considered);
  • Baseline or NV1 (preferred) clearance.


  • Tertiary qualified (BACH Degree highly desirable) or equivalent recognised T&E short course qualifications or demonstrable experience in T&E;
  • Experience with ADF and or Commercial Airworthiness/Maritime/Land regulatory frameworks (highly regarded);
  • Experience with ADF platforms;
  • NTPS / AFOTEC or another OT&E Short course;
  • ADF recognised long course Flight Test qualification (highly regarded);
  • CTMC/ATSOC qualification.

Highly regarded test professions:

  • Test and Trials Managers/Practitioners;
  • Test Engineer;
  • Flight Test Engineer;
  • Flight Test Radar;
  • Flight Test Navigator/ACO;
  • Flight Test Pilot.

About you:

  • Flexible, career driven and can work independently or part of a team;
  • Motivated;
  • Willingness to travel at times.

What is it like to work with us:

As a professional services firm, we recognise that it’s our people who are our greatest asset. At Nova we work on some pretty interesting, diverse and at times highly complex projects. We ensure employees have the opportunity to work in a unique environment that is fun and down-to-earth, while having the support to perform to the best of their ability in the safest possible manner.

We commit to giving all employees the opportunity to grow their skills, gain valuable experience and develop professionally. Everyone at Nova can expect open, direct communication from their leaders and peers. Everyone at Nova can expect to be rewarded for their efforts.

We commit to providing equal opportunities to all Novan’s, and recognise that honesty, fairness, mutual respect and the responsible exercise of power are fundamental to achieving equity for all.

What you get beyond the pay cheque:

With a strong company culture and high retention rate, Nova Group has been recognised as one of "Top 50 best places to work" in Australia. In addition, Nova was recently ranked in the "Top 50 Most Innovative Companies" in Australia.

  • Flexible working conditions;
  • Access to Defence Health, Travel and Life Insurance;
  • Annual 3-day Conference;
  • Personal and Professional Development Allowance and Leave;
  • Reserve Leave;
  • Loyalty Leave;
  • Purchased Leave;
  • Novated Leasing and Salary Sacrifice;
  • Serious Illness Leave;
  • Nova Employee Share Offer;
  • Mentoring Program;
  • Innovation Program;
  • Do you own a Safari Suit or Kaftan? Sense of humour required!

To apply, please click on the "apply now" button and submit your resume using the "upload resume" function.

Alternatively, for a confidential discussion contact Emma in Nova's Talent Acquisition Team on (08) 8252 7100.

Emma Randall
08 8252 7100

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