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Senior Safety System Specialist

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Work type: Full Time Permanent
Location: VIC, ACT, NSW, QLD, WA, SA
Categories: Audit, Engineering, Safety, Technology, Aviation

  • Full time Senior Safety System Specialist position (Operational Safety).
  • Position can be based in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide or Perth with hybrid working conditions.
  • Salary negotiable based on experience + 14% superannuation.

The Organisation:

Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11% of the world’s airspace and provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports.

Our people are our greatest asset with a dynamic and diverse team operating from locations across the country - from bustling cities to regional and remote locations, including an island. This team keep Australia’s aviation industry safe every day of the year, both in the air and on the ground.

We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs, and facilitating trade and tourism.

Airservices is committed to fostering a culture that is diverse, inclusive, and respectful. We encourage motivated individuals who love what they do, value a service first mindset, and embrace a challenge to explore a career with Airservices. In return you will be a valued team member, be offered flexibility and experience a meaningful career in an exciting, ever-evolving aviation industry.

The Role:

As the Senior Safety System Specialist (Operational Safety), you will take on significant responsibility for ongoing development and assurance across all sixteen elements of Airservices SMS to ensure that it meets regulatory and legislative requirements, enacts the Board’s risk appetite, and effectively manages aviation operational safety risk.

The role is responsible for:

  • Proactively identifying opportunities to improve the SMS through the conduct of management system assurance reviews, comparative analysis with industry peers, maturity assessments, and maintaining requirements traceability to our regulatory and ICAO obligations.
  • Designing and implementing changes to the management system to optimise both the effectiveness of our safety management practices and the useability of the framework.
  • Understanding the competency requirements required to apply the SMS and developing solutions to build and manage the organisation’s capability.

Current key focuses for the team that the role will contribute to include:

  • Transition from a manual paper-based management system to online workflow-enabled processes, for the primary purposes of reducing the required process knowledge, automating low-level assurance activities, and improving the visibility and management of the relationships between the thousands of registered changes managed by the organisation every year.
  • Further embed safety management practices that consider the success-side of risk and focus on increasing our services’ capacity to achieve safe outcomes.
  • Develop refined approaches to prioritising our organisation-wide change agenda to optimise the safety risk reduction achieved by our investments.
  • Improve our methods of aggregating and apportioning risk throughout a complex system.

 Please see the link below to view the full Position Description:

Download File Position description - Snr Safety System Specialist.docx

The Person:

To be successful in this role you will have a background that has provided you exposure to the majority of elements found in a typical SMS, combined with significant experience in specific element/s that you have specialised in and developed a high level of knowledge. This experience should be in the context of managing the safety of a services (e.g. rail, aviation, oil & gas), not Workplace Health and Safety.

Ideally your experience will include time in applier, assurance, and framework owner roles; however, this is not essential if you can demonstrate an ability to understand the needs of the different users of an SMS.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a professional yet highly personable approach to establishing collaborative and productive working relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.

You will have the capability to

  • conduct system and assurance reviews to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  • develop effective and efficient processes and/or methods to introduce new or refined safety management practices.
  • design and deliver training, artefacts and/or tools that build the required competency for SMS users.

Whilst not essential, experience in identifying and developing technology solutions across web-based, mobile and Windows platforms will be highly regarded.

Team Culture:

The Senior Safety System Specialist (Operational Safety) is part of the small Safety System (Operational Safety) team with the primary focus on maintaining the SMS from an Operational Safety perspective. However, the role interacts closely with the member of the broader Safety team. This team comprise of members split between Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane, working in operational safety, human factors, WHS and training quality disciplines. This team has a highly positive and collaborative team culture, working closely with Airservices business groups to address challenges and implement fit for purpose SMS solutions.

People enjoy working in our teams because of our friendly work environment, with highly skilled domain specialists that are passionate about their contribution to Aviation safety. Our staff get the opportunity to work across a diverse range of safety and environmental management disciplines, undertaking work at locations all around Australia.

Skills and Experience:


  • Significant experience in the application or assurance of an element/s of the SMS to the level that sees you regarded as a specialist.
  • Exposure to a broad range of elements found in a typical SMS to the level where you have developed a high level of awareness of their requirements and process.
  • Experience conducting audit / assurance related activities.
  • Experience developing processes/methods to implement safety management practices.
  • Experience developing and delivering training.
  • Knowledge of the safety regulatory environment in which Airservices operates.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills including a strong capacity to communicate with influence to diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly developed research, analytical and problem-solving abilities.

Highly Desirable

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, aviation, safety management or related field.
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative information management mechanisms (with a focus on enhancing system utility, user satisfaction, and data capture)

At Airservices Australia, we embrace and thrive on diversity of thought, perspectives, and capabilities because we know the benefits of having a workforce that is representative of the community that we serve. We appreciate everyone is unique and acknowledge diversity in thought leads to greater transparency and improved consideration in our decision making.

We believe a diverse workforce supported by an inclusive culture is central to our success. We actively encourage and welcome candidates from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities, people living with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.

Security Clearance:

To be eligible to apply, you must be an Australian Permanent Resident. Please refer to the security check requirements successful applicants will be required to undertake as part of the recruitment process.

Should you require any further information please contact Tim Durkin, Safety System Lead, email

How to Apply:

To apply for this position please lodge an application online.  Applications close Friday 19th April at 5.00 pm AEST.


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