With over 25 years in the defence industry, Jayson knows what it takes to have the right things in the right place at the right time, so work can be completed to get the ship to sea, on time and safely.
Jayson, NSM’s Procurement Lead, heads up a team that procures all material requirements for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock’s (LHD) and LHD Landing Crafts as part of NSM’s Asset Class Prime Contractor (ACPC) contract with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
“My role is challenging, but certainly very rewarding. The program is continually evolving with the use of multiple systems to procure, gain requirements determinations, and source and select the correct vendors. What we do is crucial in ensuring we have the right things in the right place at the right time, so work can be completed to get the ship to sea, on time and safely.”
“A particular highlight has been guiding members to quickly learn and adapt to the unique nature of our client’s systems, needs and requirements. The procurement team is a mix of people with and without a defence background, so we have all learned a huge amount from each other.”
A significant and rewarding challenge for Jayson was the support to the Australian Defence Force during Operation Bushfire Assist in response to the 2019-20 Australian bushfires, which burned through more than 18 million hectares.
NSM was instrumental in providing maintenance support to both HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra to ensure they met their operational timelines, as well as demonstrating considerable initiative in ensuring the provision of stores and spares to HMAS Canberra.
“Some of our team members were recalled from leave to ensure critical material requirements were met, to enable rapid deployment of the vessels. My team undertook liaison (and called in a lot of favours) with various suppliers to expedite orders for safety critical items from around Australia, then collate these items in country Victoria to meet unscheduled helicopter flights.”
Industry also served a critical role in supporting Defence’s bushfire response in preparing HMAS Adelaide to sail in less than 48 hours to evacuate communities and provide relief supplies to areas that had become inaccessible by land.
“An interesting part of our role in this project was dealing with the language barriers with overseas suppliers to gain advice on specific technical requirements for the supply of breathing filters.”
Jayson has over 25 years’ experience in the defence industry. A large portion of this time was serving in the RAN working in several ships and bases across Australia. He was also deployed on operations and emergency assistance missions both within Australia and internationally. The majority of Jayson’s time within the RAN was in the supply chain field, which encompassed everything from driving forklifts, to planning logistics requirements for ships, and moving people and materials across the world.
Jayson was also deployed with the Army several times. “It gave me a greater appreciation of the associated complexities where multiple stakeholders and competing priorities are involved on a daily basis.” said Jayson.
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