How Many of the Most in Demand Skills in Defence Do You Have?

By Kinexus on 31 August 2018

Kinexus’ Defence Sector Job Vacancy Index is built on rows and rows of interesting data. One of the great features is that we can drill down into the specific skills key defence organisations are looking for.

Whilst there are no massive surprises in the top 10 skills sought after in Defence Industry, it’s a good reminder of what the industry needs.

In an increasingly project-based world, it’s no surprise project management comes in first place. This skill is required for the most complex programs through to almost any workflow. Formal qualifications and hands-experience managing projects are key to 17% of jobs in the top 10.

Systems Engineering (17%) will be paramount as new projects such as SEA1000, SEA5000 and OPV ramp up. The requirement for each project to establish weapons, communications, RADAR and combat systems means high demand will continue over the next ten years.

Configuration management (8%) will bring all these systems together. For SEA1000 configuration managers and systems integrators (5%) will be required to integrate Naval Group’s systems with Lockheed Martin’s combat systems on the 12 future submarines.

ITAR compliance continues to play a lead role as U.S. weapons and systems are integrated into ADF projects. And just like our politicians, the need to check your citizenship before considering roles with ITAR specifications is a must.

Logistics (6%) and scheduling (6%) also feature and the setup of planning, procurement, supply chain management and integrated logistic support (ILS) programs heavily depend on these skills.

Our growing dependency on data and intelligence means Information Systems (6%) skills will continue to be a key component of all future platforms and projects.

It’s also interesting to see that the soft skills of business management (8%) and building relationships (11%) remain high priorities for defence companies. Negotiating skills just missed out on a top ten position.


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