Job Description


Systems Planning and Analysis, Australia Pty Ltd delivers high-impact, technical solutions to complex national security issues. We are known for continuous innovation for government customers, both long-established and newly acquired, as our capabilities expand around the globe. Our work is state-of-the-art and made possible only through the best personnel, tools, and jobs in the national security business. We are highly collaborative in spirit and practice, and we freely share expertise across SPA in our quest for enduring solutions to critical concerns. Come work with the best! Our pledge to you is stability, opportunity, and clear-sighted commitment to the mission.

SPA has a near-term need for a Junior Data Scientist/Analyst to work within a small, highly specialised team to collate, wrangle, transform, analyse and visualise a diverse range of sensitive data in support of specific current and future Navy capabilities.


Everybody’s view of data science is a little different, and we are no exception. At SPA, we view data science as a way of understanding “how the world works” in order to generate insights and recommendations to improve operational effectiveness and other outcomes.

We don’t expect you to come in with all of the subject matter expertise needed to completely understand the data analysis or to create models with the fidelity we require. We do expect you to get there quickly, though. We look for traits such as how you solve problems when you’re stuck. Do you look for creative ways to apply different techniques from tangential disciplines? Do you crack open a book and teach yourself how to do something new? Do you collaborate with your colleagues? If you take initiatives like these, you will fit in well with our multi-disciplined team of analysts.

We would love to tell you that we spend all our time developing elaborate algorithms for regression, survival, kernel weighting, etc., but honestly, we will spend a lot of time combing data from disparate data systems, manipulating formats, and cleaning—all of which are required to make the modelling happen. This allows the data to be processed, analysed and visualised prior to further analysis being undertaken by domain experts in order to generate actionable insights and recommendations for Navy. For this critical work we need someone who is precise, efficient, and tenacious.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science, data analytics, software engineering, or related STEM field.
  • Experience conducting data analysis and assessments and presenting results. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong analytic curiosity, attention to detail, and the desire to learn and apply new skills in support of Navy capabilities
  • Ability to work well within a team environment alongside technical and operational specialists
  • Ability to get and maintain a Positive Vetting (PV) Australian Defence security clearance. Applicants must be eligible to obtain and maintain an appropriate Australian security clearance. More information on eligibility for an Australian security clearance can be found at:
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are applicable to this role and as such, the position will or is likely to require access to material controlled by ITAR and EAR (Controlled Material). Therefore, any person occupying the position must be able to satisfy ITAR and EAR controls, which may require specific authorisation to access Controlled Materials. Accordingly, your citizenship, previous citizenships, race or nationality, or substantive contacts where such contacts are affiliated with proscribed countries under ITAR may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role. Further information on this requirement can be found at: If you are concerned about whether you will satisfy the requirements of the role insofar as they relate to ITAR and EAR, you should contact SPA Recruiting at, who will be able to provide you with relevant information.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with Database software and scripting, such as SQL, VBA
  • Expertise with at least one coding/scripting language like Python, R, C++, C#
  • Experience with Geospatial software tools like ArcGIS, or similar

Company Info.

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Systems Planning and Analysis Inc. (SPA) provides timely and objective analysis and integrated technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national security objectives. We expand our capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our Nation and will always adhere to our core values of quality, integrity and honesty as we promote an environment of innovation and collaboration.

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    Information Technology
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    Alexandria, VA, USA
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