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Principal Certification Engineer (Structures & Mechanical Systems)

GVH Aerospace - Brisbane Grove, NSW

Source: uWorkin


Nova Systems is the largest Australian owned and controlled Defence engineering services company. Since our foundation in Adelaide 20 years ago, Nova Systems and its people have been providing sovereign capability to the Australian Defence Force - playing a critical role in the defence and security of our nation.

As an organisation which has grown from two employees 20 years ago, to over 850 full time employees and active sub-contractors across Australia and around the globe, we are accustomed to navigating and finding solutions to solve the problems that matter with pace and agility.

With revenue of over AUD 200 million, Nova Systems is a significant contributor to the Australian economy and national supply chain - providing jobs for Australians and contributing to the nation's GDP.

Please note this position is permanent and is located in Brisbane, Australia. All applicants must either be eligible to work in Australia or meet Australian working visa requirements.

The Role:

Working in this dynamic and growing team environment, the Principal Certification Engineer will provide crucial support to the Design Office team, the Project Managers, the other Principal Engineers, the Head of Design, and the Chief of the Office of Airworthiness. The candidate will have previous experience in technical leadership of structures and mechanical systems design and certification projects, in an aerospace design office environment; and will have a principal level understanding of CASA (or equivalent) certification requirements.

As an integral part of the design office, the candidate will ideally be a flexible team member and be capable of leading project teams of technical personnel. The candidate will also be required to support the Operations Management functions of the company by assisting in the development of quotations and taking on client liaison activities when required.

Career progression opportunities exist in engineering, project management and commercial focussed positions, dependant on performance, and across our international locations, dependant on business need. Nova Systems encourages continuing professional development and self-motivated career growth.

Above all the candidate will perform their role with integrity and have a strong sense of responsibility and pride both in their work and the work of the broader team.

The candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:


  • CASA/DASA 21J CVE (or equivalent) experience within the structures and mechanical systems fields.
  • Proven experience providing leadership to small teams in a design office environment.
  • Principal level understanding of CASA/DASA (or equivalent) certification standards and requirements.
  • Sound task and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


  • Demonstrated history of working directly with customers at a technical level.
  • Experience in planning, managing, and delivering aircraft design related projects.
  • Experience in aerospace product design and certification.
  • Experience working with design and production partners and suppliers.
  • Able to undertake short-term travel to Australia Pacific and global destinations as project requirements dictate.

What you get beyond the pay cheque?

With a strong company culture and high retention rate, Nova Systems has been recognised as one of "Top 50 best places to work" in Australia. In addition, Nova was recently ranked in the "Top 50 Most Innovative Companies".

  • Flexible working conditions;
  • Access to Defence Health, Travel and Life Insurance;
  • Annual 3-day Conference;
  • Personal and Professional Development Allowance and Leave;
  • Purchase Leave;
  • Reserve Leave;
  • Loyalty Leave;
  • Paid Parental Leave;
  • Novated Leasing and Salary Sacrifice;
  • Serious Illness Leave;
  • Nova Employee Share Offer;
  • Mentoring Program;
  • Innovation Program;
  • Do you own a Safari Suit or Kaftan? Sense of humour required!

To apply, please click on the "apply now" button and submit your resume using the "upload resume" function in PDF Format (only).

Alternatively, for a confidential discussion contact Jason in Nova's Talent Acquisition Team on (08) 8252 7100.

Nova Group does not accept any recruitment agency solicitation.