Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment

Brussels, Belgium
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Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment

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LOCATION: NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

DIVISION: Defence Investment (DI)

TITLE: Assistant Secretary General (ASG)

GRADE: Unclassified

COMPENSATION: shortlisted candidates will be provided with a simulation of the compensation package for this post.


VACANCY N°: 190184

Closing date for applications: 14 April 2019, 23h59 CEST


The Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment (ASG/DI) leads the Defence Investment Division of the NATO International Staff. It is at the forefront of the development and delivery of capabilities covering the full range of military missions. The Division provides policy, technical and procedural expertise relating to armaments, air defence, missile defence, airspace management, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Command, Control, and Communication. Particular focus is put on the development of common funded capabilities.

The Division has the overall responsibility within the NATO International Staff for the development of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence capability, related work in support of NATO-Russia cooperation as well as possible activities with third States.

It exercises similar responsibilities in the Joint ISR field by exercising coordination and oversight of contributions by all involved NATO entities.

The Division is the NATO HQ focal point for NATO Agencies and provides advice and policy guidance to the agencies through the Office of the Secretary General’s Liaison Officer to the NATO Agencies. It also covers, for the International Staff, policy aspects of armaments cooperation and the relationship with both Industry and the Science and Technology communities. It plays an important role in promoting multinational cooperation through concrete projects, as well as in developing cooperation with Partner nations in the different NATO agreed frameworks.

The ASG/DI manages the Division (composed of approximately 95 staff members), and is supported in this task by one Deputy ASG who also leads the Division’s Strategy Directorate and also functions as the Secretary General’s Liaison Officer to the NATO Agencies, one Director who is in charge of the Armaments and Aerospace Capability Directorate, and a Director who leads the new NATO Headquarters Project Office. ASG/DI also jointly leads, with the Director General of the International Military Staff, the NATO Headquarters Consultation Command and Control Staff, composed of approximately 80 civil and military staff.

There are 8 Assistant Secretaries General, all of whom report to the NATO Secretary General and are also accountable to the North Atlantic Council. As a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team, each Assistant Secretary General is also expected to contribute to overall policy development and delivery, including in areas beyond their direct set of responsibilities.


The candidate must possess:

  • a solid background in defence matters, specifically in the field of armaments and defence systems developed through a minimum of 10-15 years of experience; direct change management experience; and a proven track record in successfully implementing complex programmes;
  • a university degree (Master’s level preferred) in a relevant field;
  • experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds including the military, the industry and the science and technology communities;
  • a proven track record of experience in progressively senior posts, recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional experience in managerial positions;
  • a proven track record of creating a high-level vision and directing organisations to develop and implement the necessary policies;
  • the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.


The ASG/DI deals directly with NATO members and partners as well as other international organisations on issues relating to delivery of military capabilities. He/she, chairs and co- chairs high-level committees composed of NATO Nations and partners:

  • The ASG is the Chairman of NATO’s Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), which oversees systems and equipment programmes such as Missile defence and Joint ISR, as well as promotes multinational cooperation;
  • The ASG is the Chairman of the NATO Consultation, Command, and Control Board (C3B), which defines NATO Policy in the field of Communication and Information Systems and technically supports NATO Cyber Defence activities;
  • The ASG is the Chairman of the Deputy Permanent Representatives Committee when it considers the new NATO HQ, as well as when it considers institutional adaptation issues;
  • The ASG is the co-chairman, with the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee, of the NATO Standardization Committee, which oversees production of norms and standards in interoperability;
  • The ASG chairs the Defence Policy and Planning Committee when it addresses Agency Reform and political-military aspects of Missile Defence.

ASG/DI will speak in public fora and to the Press on behalf of the Secretary General. There is a substantial representation function associated with this appointment.

In his/her role as manager of the Division, the incumbent will lead and oversee a team of International Staff officials which are under the direct supervision of the Heads of Section. Specifically, the ASG will:

  • Attract Staff: Ensure recruitment panels for posts in his/her Division are fair and objective; Serve on the Establishment Committee and make selection recommendations with the best interests of the Organization in mind;
  • Develop Staff: Adhere to sound management principles with staff, and provide in depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities; Be available for guidance at critical moments; Ensure that all Divisional staff are clear on Organizational and Divisional objectives; Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the performance management system;
  • Monitor and Promote Performance: Participate in a collegial review of performance at divisional level to discuss possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals, identify high potentials and help ensure common standards are applied in the process across the Organization;
  • Foster Continual Improvement: Serve on internal strategy, policy, and coordination boards, as required. Actively contribute to the improvement of the Organization; Participate in the Senior Leader Orientation Programme, the Chairman Training Programme, and other programmes related to the successful execution of his/her duties.


Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Achievement
  •  Change Leadership
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Clarity and Accuracy
  • Developing Others
  • Impact and Influence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Awareness


Key challenges facing the successful candidate for ASG/DI during the next 3 years will likely include among others:

  1. Ensuring delivery and interoperability of current and future defence capabilities with a specific focus on Missile Defence and the broad Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain;
  2. AdvancingtheAlliance’stransformationbypromotingandimplementingcapabilities initiatives;
  3. Ensure NATO effectively promotes multinational cooperation in the defence industry;
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