Dr Andrew Jacopino

Dr Andrew “Jacko” Jacopino joined Ngamuru Advisory in April 2018 as a Senior Advisor, a firm that was established to provide strategic and commercial advice to Commonwealth and State/Territory governments and their industry counterparts. 

Prior to this, Andrew was the Assistant Secretary of Supplier Analysis and Engagement (SAE&) branch within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) of the Department of Defence and responsible for establishing and leading a newly formed branch whose function is to enable CASG to make better business decisions by delivering timely and accurate supplier information, insight and management.  During this time designed and led the branch reform program which included revitalising the CASG Company Scorecard, designing a Supplier Knowledge Management System and establishing a Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) capability.  Of note, during this time Andrew led the Defence team in the re-tendering, evaluation and negotiation of the Commonwealth’s largest professional services panel, the Defence Support Services (DSS) panel including the CASG’s Major Service Provider (MSP) arrangement. 

Andrew joined the precursor to CASG, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), in May 2013 as the Executive Director Contracting – Performance Based Contracting (PBC) and was responsible for establishment of the DMO PBC Centre of Excellence including PBC policy, guidance, templates and training, and delivering direct PBC support to DMO projects including development, tender evaluation, negotiation and execution of PBCs. 

Before joining the DMO, Andrew was a QinetiQ Fellow in Performance Based Contracting in QinetiQ Australia responsible for the delivery of Sustainment Contracting support to both buyers and seller both domestically and internationally, including PBC and Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) advice. 

Prior to QinetiQ Australia, Andrew was an engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force holding various project, engineering, logistics management and maintenance management positions including leading the DMO PBC Cell and the Aerospace Systems Division RAM Cell. 


  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Reliability Engineering), University of Maryland, USA, 2005 
  • Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management) Deakin University, 2000 
  • Masters of Science (Aerosystems) Loughborough University, UK, 1998 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) (Hons) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1991 


  • Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Advisory Board member for the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM)

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Dr Andrew Jacopino

Dr Andrew Jacopino