Sep 08, 2023

Principal Strategic Planner

  • Melbourne Water
  • Hybrid (Docklands VIC, Australia)
Full time Urban planning/design


Our Organisation

At Melbourne Water we love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. At Melbourne Water we are in the ‘Decade that Matters’ and we’ve got some ambitious goals to achieve. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

The Role

Reporting to the Manager Strategic Planning (Greenfield) this role will lead and coordinate the integration of drainage, floodplain and waterway infrastructure requirements within Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs).   The role will project manage the PSP process, in Melbourne’s new and emerging communities and in State significant precincts undergoing urban renewal.   

Your career to date has seen you work very collaboratively with stakeholders such as engineers and with the role’s key external contact point which is the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA).  Managing the relationship with the VPA is key to the role as you meet legislative requirements and undergo the pathway to having PSPs approved and implemented.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role, you must have:

•  Extensive and demonstrated experience in relevant technical area of urban planning and             project management

•  Relevant tertiary qualification in urban planning

•  Driver's licence - minimal travel to site visits will be required.

Further, the successful candidate will have an excellent professional reputation amongst their current peers, in terms of communication and collaborative work. They will be required to represent Melbourne Water to a high standard with the VPA and other stakeholders such as the Department of Transport and Planning and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

We do need an employee who can roll up their sleeves and manage the work that lands on their desk, focusing on prioritising and being organised. They will project manage a diverse and complex workload, provide planning support across the entire Program with multiple projects running concurrently across all of Melbourne Water’s footprint.

This is an exciting opportunity to leave a professional legacy and influence Melbourne’s core master planning work. You will shape future communities and urban renewal precincts to improve liveability for Melbournians through design of shared pathways, waterways and protection of environmental and cultural heritage values  whilst achieving Melbourne Water’s core deliverables for waterway health, drainage, , flood protection and waterway infrastructure. At all times you will be working at the frontier of innovation and problem solving in response to climate change challenges.

For more information, please see the attached Role Mandate.

Culture at Melbourne Water

We take enormous pride in cultivating a culture that holistically benefits our team and the wider Melbourne community. The pillars of our culture are based on Flexibility, Impact, Growth & Development, and People.

  • We are committed to flexible working in a variety of manners including hybrid work, varied start/finish times, purchased leave, part time work, and 9 day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers are benefitted by enabling balance in work and life.
  • Make an impact as part of a passionate team doing meaningful work to enhance life and liveability in Melbourne.
  • We relish learning and challenging the status quo for continuous growth. Perpetual and varied opportunities for learning and development are offered in a variety of manners - from formal development programs, digital learning content and lunch & learns; to visiting our sites and getting to see our initiatives and projects first hand.
  • People are the foundation for all that we do. Our people are warm, welcoming, and inclusive.
  • We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

How to Apply

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Closing date: Sunday 1 October at 11:55pm AEST




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