Job description

Data Scientist - RFQ-AGO23/24-071 - SOW 1 - Original

Due to the nature of clients we work with here at Kinexus and the projects these roles will be based on, an Australian Government Top Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) clearance is essential.

These opportunities do not have the ability to obtain sponsorship for a security clearance (including applicants who currently hold a security clearance seeking to upgrade).

About This Role

The Data Scientist will be responsible for working under limited direction as a member of a team responsible for developing advanced analytics, tools and techniques to exploit AGO's data holdings in support of business requirements.

The role will involve the design, coordination, development and integration of advanced analytic solutions.

The role will need extensive data analysis experience, the ability to architect and develop software/analytic solutions, and a proven ability to work within an integrated team of technical/non-technical personnel.

The program of work has multiple projects which range in size. The successful candidate may be required to work across one or more of these projects.

The Specified Person will be expected to demonstrate attributes of SFIA Level of Responsibility 5.

Current Top-Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) security clearance is strongly preferred, however candidates who have held a TSPV in the previous 12-month period (which has since been downgraded) may be considered.

About The Company

The Australia Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is the lead agency for geospatial data, information and intelligence for Defence and the National Intelligence Community. AGO's purpose is to shape the strategic environment, deter actions against Australian interests, and respond with credible military force when required.

Situated in Canberra, AGO is a small organisation of TSPV cleared workers that is rapidly growing. Exciting projects such as DEF100 and DEF101 are managed by AGO.

AGO is seeking highly skilled and motivated personnel to apply their skills and knowledge to achieve AGO's strategic goals: to deliver geospatial intelligence; lead the Department of Defence geospatial domain; and position our organisation for the future. Long contracts (12 or 24 months) available.

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluates the need for analytics, assesses the problems to be solved and what internal or external data sources to use or acquire.
  • Specifies and applies appropriate mathematical, statistical, predictive modelling or machine-learning techniques to analyse data, generate insights, create value and support decision-making. Manages reviews of the benefits and value of analytics techniques and tools and recommends improvements.
  • Takes technical responsibility across all stages and iterations of software/analytic development. Plans and drives software/analytic construction activities. Adopts and adapts appropriate software/analytic development methods, tools and techniques.
  • Contributes to and supports leadership efforts to improve data science processes and techniques.
  • Contributes to the development of solution architectures in data analysis and exploitation. Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance and scalability.
  • Identify system interdependencies and liaise with other system stakeholders to resolve conflict and coordinate integrated solutions.
  • Document technical processes and write documentation in accordance with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Establish and foster productive working relationships by working cohesively and flexibly with the broader project team, key business partners and stakeholder groups.

Skills & Experience Needed

  • Australian Citizenship and a TSPV security clearance is essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the application and integration of machine learning approaches (desirable).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of geospatial analysis (desirable)


Why work for AGO?

  • Work on interesting and prestigious projects vital to the ongoing defence of Australia.
  • Flexible work environment; work the hours that suit you between 7am and 7pm.
  • Low attrition rate: the great variety of projects and opportunities across different business areas.
  • 12 or 24 month contracts available.
  • Fantastic growth opportunities available at any stage of your career.

Why Kinexus?

  • Kinexus has been supplying TSPV contractors to AGO since 2004 and have a strong relationship with them. We are one of just 9 suppliers Australia-wide.
  • Our experience in managing contractors in defence/national security industries means we understand the requirements from the Commonwealth, insurances and clearances.
  • DISP accredited; we can hold clearances and manage renewals.
  • Dedicated account manager (me!) who is your dedicated POC and offer continuous contractor care.
  • Rate negotiation guidance in line with the SFIA framework.
  • Dedicated payroll assistant who facilitates your taxes and super.
  • We proactively chase timesheet approvers to ensure you get paid on-time and error free.
  • Regular visits to Canberra for coffee, lunches and quarterly drinks events.
  • We can facilitate novated car leases, LAFHA or salary sacrifice.
  • We'll keep you up to date with the most appropriate, interesting opportunities in your field.
  • Community matters. Kinexus supports women in Defence through our female mentoring program and rewards referrers through our Referral Rewards scheme.
  • Support for your health and wellness through counselling support (EAP) available for all contractors and their families.

Kinexus is the leading recruitment partner to the defence industry in Australia. We support our community in making intelligent connections and create opportunities to help grow careers.

All applications should include your resume as a word document. For more information, visit our website, or contact Cindace Prasad at 0449 511 324.

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