First listed on: 29 May 2023

Operational Projects and Contracts Manager - Water and Sewer



Primary Work Location: Central Coast, NSW 

  • Newly created role to make your own 
  • Achieve a Work-Life Balance with a 35 hr week and 9 day fortnight with flexible hybrid working arrangements
  • Leaseback Vehicle or Allowance
  • Support Central Coast's Water and Sewer business

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. 

Central Coast Council is the third largest water utility (or water and sewage service) in NSW servicing 139,000 homes and businesses in a growing region.

In this newly created role, you will lead a team of project delivery and contract professionals with responsibility for the establishment and management of operational projects and contracts.

You will be a strong communicator, building effective relationships with key stakeholders to provide expert advice and guidance to support operational and maintenance teams in delivering cost effective services to our customers. 

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Key activities of this role include:

  • lead, motivate and support a team of project delivery and contracts staff, creating an environment that promotes high performance, collaboration, staff development, and succession planning
  • support operations and maintenance teams in delivering value for money services to our customers while meeting regulatory requirements
  • collaborate with internal stakeholders to compile contracts around their requirements
  • collaborate with Council’s procurement team responsible for tendering and contract award
  • develop and implement policies and procedures associated with improved contract management and administration to ensure services provided meet Council’s corporate objectives
  • proactively lead and manage operational projects, ongoing operational contracts, goods and services and service provider procurement processes, engagements and ongoing performance and disputes resolution.

About you:

  • You may have formal qualifications in Business Management, Engineering or other relevant disciplines
  • You have experience within contract and project management
  • You will bring exposure to capital works and operational project procurement
  • You enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise, while also learning from others
  • Having a work/life balance is important to you.

About us:

  • We are a large organisation delivering a wide variety of services to our local community
  • You will be joining a team of professionals who excel at what they do
  • We offer a supportive work environment with opportunities for career development
  • We provide opportunities to collaborate with subject matter experts from a variety of areas across the organisation
  • We offer an attractive range of benefits to our employees. 

What we offer:

  • Weekly pay cycle
  • Generous leave provisions: 20 days paid Annual Leave, 15 days Sick Leave/Carers Leave, Health and Wellbeing Leave, Long Service Leave after 5 years, Additional purchased leave, Parental Leave – 18 weeks full pay/36 weeks ½ pay, Paternity Leave - 2 weeks
  • Novated leasing
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to employees and their families
  • Fitness Passport – access to gyms across the Central Coast and Newcastle
  • Health and wellbeing programs – skin cancer screening, Breastscreen, Flu vaccination, blood donations
  • Recognition of service
  • Council Child Care salary sacrifice
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Individual career development and learning opportunities
  • Reward & Recognition programs.

Please refer to the position description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.

This role provides a commencing salary range of between $92.1k to $110.5k per annum dependent on skills and experience + 10.5% superannuation. 

A leaseback vehicle is provided in this role for official duties and private use and your choice of vehicle will be provided when one becomes available in accordance with Council’s Vehicle Policy. In the meantime, either an alternate pre-used vehicle or a vehicle allowance of $165 per week ($8,580 per annum) is temporarily applied for this position due to ongoing issues with supply for new vehicles.

Central Coast Council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees. In accordance with Council's WHS requirements and COVID-19 Safety Plans we require all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Enquiries: Chris Urquhart - Section Manager Maintenance Services on 0418 489 815

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date:  Applications close at midnight on Sunday 4 June 2023.