Sep 09, 2019

Principal Project Manager

  • Sydney Water
  • Parramatta NSW, Australia
Full time Project Management


  • P4S Principal Project Managers sit at the pinnacle of project management within Sydney Water.
  • Leading a high performing and diverse project management team in the safe and efficient delivery of Capital Infrastructure Projects, as part of an Annual Integrated Works Program, within a Sydney Water operational region
  • Support the Area Delivery Manager in leading the successful operation of the Partnering for Success Model within the region
  • Guide and mentor a regional project management team, to proudly make a difference in establishing a best-in-class, customer centred, client organisation
  • Encourage a team to “do things differently”, with the support of a fully integrated, Sydney Water and Supplier resourced, multi-disciplinary matrix team
  • Building trusted and cooperative relationships across Sydney Water, Regional Delivery Consortia and external stakeholders, to manage risk proactively and ensure integrated whole-life delivery
  • Challenge the norm, building an environment where your team is safe to be the best they can be
  • As necessary manage predominantly high risk/complexity projects to plan, from initiation through to close out and handover, in accordance with NEC4 processes
  • Genuine Work/ Life balance
  • Parramatta or Sydney Water regional, Location

Sydney Water has a proud heritage and progressive future. We see the world is changing and we are changing too. The surging population of Sydney is putting pressure on our natural resources, housing and infrastructure. In just 15 years, we can expect an extra 2.71 million people and over 570,000 new homes.

To enable this growth, we are commencing one of Australia’s biggest water programs. This is being implemented through the most dynamic delivery framework of our generation - Partnering for Success (P4S).

Our infrastructure capital program has already transformed and been recognised for excellence in delivery. That evolution is continuing through P4S. Technology enabled and enhanced processes, coupled with long term partnering contracts, are building a delivery platform for the future. We are improving collaboration and integration across the value chain, promoting innovation and flexibility to achieve outcomes that our customers value.

Long term stability brings a pathway for future talent to join the team. Promoting partnerships across the value chain aims to build an environment where change and innovation can thrive, in a safe, open, inclusive and diverse workplace. Our commercial agreements are adapting to support this change. In an Australian first, Sydney Water is adopting the NEC4 form of contract. This suite of contracts brings plain English and a collaborative way of working right up front in the relationship with suppliers, contractors and consultants. Particularly for project and maintenance works, this is a new way of working and doing business for Sydney Water and the supply chain.

We are building a legacy for the future. There is no better time than now to join Sydney Water!

About you

To be a P4S Principal Project Manager within Sydney Water, you will have the leadership skills, knowledge and experience to take own the outcomes of a regional project team. To succeed you will have the skills to build strong partnerships, being fully aware of what it takes for outstanding delivery of large and multi-faceted projects. As a confident communicator, you are a natural influencer who knows what it takes to make a team perform, developing and leveraging relationships across a broad internal and external stakeholder network. Demonstrating and expecting your project management teams to maintain honest and open interactions with others, plus an ethical approach to work, will be a norm. Keeping safety, public health and environment at the front of mind will be an inherent leadership trait.

You will have done your time in project delivery. Knowing what makes a project tick and how to get the best from delivery. This will be supported by the business acumen to know how to work within complex environments, ensuring your team gets the work done. Being able to champion Sydney Water goals and values and managing business risks is part of how you work. Confidence to confront difficult issues promptly and directly, and supporting your teams when they need assistance, is shown by your ability to make critical business decisions in a timely manner. An ability to consider long-term implications of decisions whilst taking feedback from relevant parties is a key attribute.

You will be known for an involvement in global initiatives for project management, keeping future-based thinking part of your operational improvement desire. Continuously seeking areas to develop is coupled with an ability to lead change and strive for continuous improvement. Not only will delivery excellence be a passion, you will have the emotional intelligence to understand and support a high performing team. Keeping people to the fore, you will have an inherent skill to focus on enabling a team to succeed. Fully implementing thorough performance mentoring and coaching initiatives, you are passionate about providing opportunities for growth and development. Ongoing improvement and team excellence will be an expected standard of yours.

You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application to be considered for this role. For more information, you can contact

We want your perspective and ideas to help us find better ways to delight our customers, so we encourage you to apply no matter your age, sex or culture. You can be part of a committed, highly skilled team who’ll appreciate what you bring to the table. You’ll set and achieve real goals and make decisions that matter, as together we help shape the lifestyle of greater Sydney.

As part of the application process, Sydney Water will be collecting your personal information to assess your suitability for the role.


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