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Defence heeds Mortimer recommendations

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The hunt is on for a commercial director for the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). Mr David Mortimer recommended the new position following his enquiry into Defence Procurement and Sustainment, “to manage strategic commercial issues and acquisition strategy, to support the Chief Executive Officer of DMO to achieve a more business-like focus throughout the organisation”.

The search was announced in a statement released by the office of the Hon. Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, last Tuesday

Speaking at the 6th Annual Australian Defence Magazine Congress, Mr Combet said that a key responsibility of the new position will be to drive cultural change within the Department.

"The Government's decision to create this position is central to our aim to make the DMO run more like a business and less like a bureaucracy. One of the challenges in achieving this is to drive cultural change throughout the organisation and this will be a key responsibility of the new Commercial Director," Mr Combet said. 

The ideal candidate will have “significant private sector experience” and the “the ability to understand the commercial issues associated with the domestic and international defence industry and markets”.

"With a significant reform program to be put in place in the coming years, and over $110 billion to be spent on procurement and sustainment over the next decade, the successful applicant will have their hands full,” he told the Congress. DMO is a significant purchaser of ICT products and services for the Defence portfolio.  According to Intermedium data, DMO awarded contracts worth more than $144m during the 2008-09 financial year, almost 60% of it in IT Services contacts.

"The Government is currently finalising its response to the Mortimer Review which is expected to be released later this year but prior to the White Paper."

Head of the DMO, Steve Gumley is charged with finding a list of suitable candidates.

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