Project Manager - Water Business Unit

Job No: GRC406
Location: Gympie, Queensland

Gympie is at the heart of a rapidly expanding region which stretches from rural valleys in the west to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to spectacular Fraser Island. Enjoy the rural delights of the picturesque Mary Valley, the history of Gympie and the broad western area, home to country festivals and a strong agricultural base. For someone seeking a high quality of life, the region offers a unique opportunity.  You could be part of a forward thinking local government organisation with a commitment to continuously improving the services it provides to its 50,000 residents, in one of the most diverse locations in Queensland.

The CBD of Gympie is the central hub to the Gympie region, which is two hours north of Brisbane and in close proximity to the Sunshine and Fraser coasts. Council offices are located in Gympie's town centre close to shopping, cafes and parking.

Gympie Regional Council's Water Business Unit

Gympie Regional Council provides water and sewerage services to over 30,000 residents, and has recently embarked on a major reform program to implement and develop a contemporary customer focussed water business unit. As such, unique and exciting opportunities exist for the experienced water business professional with a proven track record in the industry to lead the process and guide the goals and functions of this Council driven enterprise from its inception to new heights.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a modern water and sewerage business which is customer focused and underpinned by strong and sustainable business principles.



Project Manager - Water Business Unit


Remuneration: This position will be remunerated at Level 6.1, equivalent to $81,949 per annum plus 13% superannuation

Closing Date:   Sunday 2 September 2018 at 5.00pm AEST

No late applications will be accepted.  Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered. Unsolicited applications from agencies will not be considered. 


Role Overview

This position will be pivotal to the control and coordination of projects involving the scoping, design and construction of infrastructure, and be responsible for project inspections, asset recognition and asset management, as well as the management and procurement of contracts and the management of contractors.

What we are looking for

Council is seeking a degree qualified individual, with experience in civil infrastructure planning, design and project management to work as part of a Project Delivery team for the Water Business Unit.  Your skill with project management will ensure the Water Business Unit can deliver its capital works programs and projects with a focus on quality standards, cost effectiveness and timely outcomes.

As Project Manager for the Water Business Unit, responsible to the Program Manager, it will be your responsibility to:

  • Coordinate and manage the delivery of capital works programs and projects to ensure they meet quality standards and are delivered in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Prepare and undertake project briefs, design management, procurement, contractor negotiation, contract management, financial administration, record keeping and other tasks as required for the project coordination of Council civil infrastructure projects.
  • Prepare and maintain project management plans to ensure projects are appropriately managed and monitored for risks and issues as they arise.
  • Management of external consultants and contractors to ensure that projects are delivered.
  • Prepare and implement effective communication plans to ensure stakeholders are appropriately informed.
  • Liaise with other Council departments, Government agencies, Council clients and staff to ensure that projects are planned, designed, coordinated and implemented in accordance with statutory obligations and Council objectives.
  • Provide advice to Council staff on projects and Water Business Unit technical matters.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, systems, procedures and operational standards
  • Assist in the development of future Capital Works Programs as directed.
  • Ensuring assets delivered by projects are captured in the corporate asset information management systems.

To be considered, candidates must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field, such as Civil Engineering, Project Management or other similar qualifications relevant to the position.
  • Extensive experience in civil infrastructure planning, design and project management.
  • Analytical, problem solving and investigative skills and techniques, and develop actionable strategies and plans that will achieve outcomes in unstructured situations with only limited direction.
  • High level of oral and written communication skills including analytical reports and presentations and demonstrated ability in the use of computer applications and information systems, especially in the area of project management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant Australian Standards and State and Local Government legislation relating to delivery of water supply and wastewater projects.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects concurrently.


Position Description

For a full position description containing essential and desirable criteria, please click here.

Who to Contact

For information regarding the requirements of this role, please contact the Program Manager, Nasir Shah on email

For assistance lodging your application using Council's online system, please contact Council's Advisor - Human Resources, Ros McVicar on 07-5481 0646 or email


What we offer?

  • Nine day fortnight
  • Access to employee health and well-being programs
  • Fitness Passport: work out at over 25 local gyms for you and your family at a subsidised rate
  • Access to professional development and employee education assistance
  • Long service leave after seven years
  • Generous superannuation scheme 13 per cent
  • Access to salary sacrificing
  • Employee assistance program offering free confidential counselling services for employees and their families.

Our Values

  • Accountable
  • Consistent
  • Appreciative
  • Communicative
  • Respectful

For a full explanation of our values please click here. You will be assessed on your understanding of these values and how you have applied values such as these in your previous employment.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake various checks such as skills, qualifications, reference, medical and national police.


How to apply

Keen to apply? Simply follow the instructions below:

1) Download and review the position description above
2) Complete the information below, as requested (please use an individualised email address as using another person's may effect your application, if you do not have one please follow this link to create a Gmail account)
3) Click 'APPLY'
4) Attach your resume, covering letter and a single document containing copies of your qualifications, licences or tickets as applicable.
5) Click 'NEXT' and 'CONFIRM'

Please note before continuing: It is advisable that you prepare your responses in a separate word or text document, saving your work as you go and that you then copy and paste this prepared information in the form before completing the application process. Please keep your responses to a maximum 300 words for each question.


Applications close  on Sunday 2 September 2018 at 5.00pm AEST. No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.

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