Local recruitment: Manager Water Efficiency & Infrastructure

Government of New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia 🇦🇺

Organisation / Entity:Water
Job category:Projects
Job location:Statewide
Job reference number:524573
Work type:Full-Time
Total remuneration package:Clerk Grade 11/12
Closing date:04/12/2022 – 11:55 PM

Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?

Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

  • Opportunity to lead the Project Management and delivery of the Improving Great Artesian Basin Drought Resilience (IGABDR) program with Water Infrastructure NSW
  • Program is based in regional north-west NSW and travel to sites will be required
  • NSW base location negotiable, hybrid office and WFH model
  • Permanent full-time opportunity
  • Salary relative to experience, and ranges from $134,411 to $155,445 + super

The Department of Planning and Environment is currently seeking a Manager, Water Efficiency and Infrastructure to lead the project management and delivery of the IGABDR program.

About the role

The Great Artesian Basin is one of the largest underground freshwater resources in the world, underlying approximately 1.7 million km2, or 22 per cent of the Australian continent. As demand for this precious resource continues to grow, it is important that water infrastructure is maintained and water is sourced judiciously. There are 8,000 bores tapping the Great Artesian Basin across NSW. Nearly half the bores have stopped flowing, reducing landholder access to water.

Over many years, the NSW government has been partnering with landholders across western NSW through the Cap and Pipe Bores Project to rehabilitate the Great Artesian Basin. This Project has given landholders financial incentives to replace failing artesian bores and bore drains with new bores and efficient reliable water supply systems.

The IGABDR program assists eligible landholders to maintain wells and water distribution infrastructure, contributing to sustainable management of water resources. This is through reducing water loss, improving aquifer pressure and the health of basin-dependent springs.

As the Manager, you are responsible for leading the day-to-day project management and delivery of this complex program of Cap and Pipe projects in north-west regional NSW. You will ensure the projects are developed in line with government, landowner, and community objectives as well as ensuring project deliverables and milestones are met within required timeframes. You will also be responsible for the technical and commercial aspects of the projects, project reporting and managing stakeholder expectations.

The program is challenging and at the centre of an expanding portfolio of water sector infrastructure in regional NSW. You will lead a small team of project delivery/engineering professionals to meet the project deliverables. In addition, you will be part of a high performing management team to deliver high-profile projects. The role is fast-paced and challenging, with the genuine ability to make your mark and change the landscape in this field.

About You

In this role, you will coordinate resources and contracted services, manage budgets, ensuring project deliverables and milestones are met within required timeframes. You will also:

  • Manage the development of systems and processes that ensure transparency of project progress, identifying risk, capture untapped potential opportunities, and make appropriate strategic and operational recommendations to the senior management team
  • Facilitate and coordinate quality and coverage of briefings and responses for senior management and the Government to ensure consistency.
  • Manage the delivery of regular project monitoring and reporting to senior management to ensure that NSW projects are delivered in a cost effective manner, provide value for money and meet the NSW Government’s strategic objectives

This is an excellent opportunity to be a key contributor in supporting the client group in the delivery of outcomes for the people of NSW.  

To be successful in this role, you will have strong experience and skills in stakeholder engagement, customer service, project reporting, governance and risk management and quality control.

For more information read the full Role Description: Manager, Water Efficiency and Infrastructure

For more information hit Apply to visit the iworkfor.nsw.gov.au website.

About Us

The Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments. We are committed to the Premier’s Priorities and welcome applications from all.

To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role.

DPE strongly recommends all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

Applications close Sunday 4 December 2022 at 11:55PM.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Sharlene Fouzder via [email protected]

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on [email protected]  (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.


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