Australian Embassy

Vacancy - Security Operations Manager (LE5)


Vacancy - Security Operations Manager (LE5)

The Australian Embassy, Beijing seeks applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Security Operations Manager (LE5).

A position description and selection criteria are attached.

The position requires a high-level, Australian-government security clearance. Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply.

The Embassy supports flexible-work arrangements. The position may be filled under part-time and/ or job-sharing arrangements.


How to apply

Applications must be submitted in English and include:

  • A Statement of Claims addressing each of the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages);
  • A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages); and
  • Contact details for two work-related referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Human Resources Section of the Australian Embassy, Beijing at:

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 13 April 2017.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information about this position, please contact

Please note that only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a written reply. If you have not received any communication from the Australian Embassy in Beijing within four weeks after the close of applications, please consider your application unsuccessful. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in working at the Australian Embassy.


About the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high-quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the position

This is a new position at the Australian Embassy, Beijing that will play a key role in helping to ensure the security and safety of Embassy staff, assets and operations. The position will work closely with the Embassy’s Regional Security Officer (RSO).

The key duties of the position will be to:

  • Oversee the Embassy Security Team comprising 12 contracted-security staff.
  • Manage the contracted-security company’s contract, including through formal performance reviews, to ensure DFAT security requirements are met and service standards maintained.
  • Liaise with relevant Chinese authorities involved in the provision of security services to diplomatic missions.
  • Monitor and anticipate developments in China related to physical, personal and cyber-security.
  • Assist the Embassy RSO in providing advice to Embassy management on security measures at the Embassy and other Australian missions in China.
  • In consultation with the RSO, conduct security assessments and manage the use and maintenance of chancery technical and physical security equipment to ensure effective security services for the Embassy.
  • Manage the Embassy’s electronic-access-control and CCTV systems.
  • Manage the recording and reporting of security incidents at the Embassy.
  • In consultation with the RSO, liaise with other embassies on China-related security issues and responses.
  • As directed, provide support for official visits and events.
  • As required, provide support to the Embassy’s Local Area Network Administrator.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated analytical skills and practical work experience in relation to physical, personal, information and/or cyber-security matters; and demonstrated sound judgement in responding to security concerns, threats and/or incidents.
  • High-level oral and written English communication skills; and demonstrated liaison and networking skills, including an ability to engage staff at all levels in an organisation.  
  • Demonstrated management and organisational skills, including an ability to build and lead a cohesive team in a diverse environment.
  • A working knowledge of some, if not all, of the following: electronic-security and access-control systems; security planning for events; and crisis-management, business-continuity and emergency-response planning and procedures.
  • An awareness of the security vulnerabilities of computer networks, PABX systems, and internet and telecommunication services; and a high degree of confidence in using Microsoft software, particularly Word and Excel, and Apple operating system on mobile devices.


    Other Considerations

  • An ability to obtain an Australian government security clearance is essential.
  • A good understanding of Australian Government security and risk-management policies and practices would be an advantage, but not essential.
  • An ability to communicate in Mandarin at working level would be an advantage, but not essential.