Industry Fellow – Defence and Systems Engineering
Dr Shari Soutberg has over 30 years experience in the Defence sector, with a focus on materiel acquisition, sustainment, organisational improvement and reform. Shari is currently an Industry Fellow at the UNSW Capability System Centre.
Significant activities include development of a framework for delivery of joint force outcomes, training courses on capability development in Defence, and an analysis of systemic issues in Defence projects.
Prior to this, Shari was the acting Chief Systems Engineer for CASG and a member of the Defence First Principles Review (FPR) Capability Lifecycle (CLC) team which developed capability management reform initiatives. As Director Systems Engineering and later Director Materiel Engineering in CASG, Shari led the development and implementation of Defence engineering policy and guidance, including changes arising from the WHS Act 2011. Shari provided stewardship of the Defence Engineering and Technical Job Family through establishing learning and development structures and supporting Defence corporate engineering and technical workforce planning including industrial relations engagement. Whilst in the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Industry, Shari was a significant contributor to the Defence Industry Policy leading to the role of Director Industry Policy.
Shari joined the Department of Defence as an undergraduate cadet engineer after which she worked on maritime platforms and equipment and as a project manager for naval projects. Shari has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Masters of Management Economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy which addressed requirements development in Defence capability management.