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Senior Infrastructure Approvals Advisor

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  • Group (22) Construction , Engineering , Engineering Environmental , Science , Science Environmental , Strategy & Planning , Urban planning/design

Posted : 5/06/24
Applications Close :14/07/24

Exciting new position as a key SME in the approvals and regulatory function across a large program of capital works.

  • Play a key role in the region's significant growth infrastructure planning
  • We are passionate about sustainability, the environment & our community
  • Be part of a diverse and inclusive team where we value flexibility

About us:
At Unitywater, we operate in a diverse and inclusive environment where no two days are the same. We provide essential water supply and reliable utilities services to the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions that account for 16% of Queensland’s population. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud to service our communities with smart and environmentally sustainable practices.

We think a pretty good job starts here………

About the role:
As the Senior Infrastructure Approvals Advisor, you will be a key team SME in the provision of complex development approvals, environmental approvals , Native Title / Cultural Heritage, land acquisition, and licencing advice to enable the delivery of Unitywater capital works program and strategic ambition. You will be responsible for leading, identifying and resolving third-party approvals to enable capital works expenditure programs to be developed and delivered. You will also contribute to system and process development to ensure early identification and management of approvals risk. Additional key functions will include but not be limited to:

  • Be a key advisory and work with internal and external stakeholders to inform infrastructure approval pathways and environmental planning considerations, decisions, and outcomes to deliver the program, and manage approvals risk to project delivery.
  • Be responsible for complex projects within the capital works program and work closely with the IDT (Integrated Delivery Team) leads and Build Better Together partners.
  • Represent Unitywater as required in meetings with external agencies (eg: Local Councils, Department of Environment and Science, Department of Main Roads, Energex, Queensland Water Directorate) in relation to approvals for projects and changes to legislation and regulations.
  • Work with the Approvals and Regulatory Manager in the coordination of the compliance and potential renegotiation of operating licenses to deliver the Treatment Services Roadmap and facilitate regional growth projections.

About you:
To contribute to Unitywater’s values of Reliability, Safety, Honesty & Integrity, Efficiency, One Team, Innovation, you will demonstrate the following skills and qualities for the role:  

  • Significant experience in statutory approvals including preparation and delivery of complex development applications, applications for environmental approvals, and negotiations with government agencies.
  • Experience in providing advice on environmental and planning approvals and land acquisition requirements for linear infrastructure and/or major processing sites.
  • High level interpersonal skills, with a proven ability in consultancy and negotiation with government regulators, and a strong focus on quality customer service.
  • Experience to the Native Title Act and cultural heritage procedures, as well as experience in developing and maintaining approvals programs for capital works with complex engineering and approvals requirements would be advantageous.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications such as Environmental Science / Management, Law, or Town Planning.

Working at Unitywater:
Why is a career at Unitywater a pretty good choice?
Unitywater is one of the largest employers in the region, offering continuous investment in training, diverse career paths, health and wellness benefits, flexible work arrangements and a rewarding environment. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment that supports individuals to reach their full potential.

Proudly Unitywater:
We know that we are smarter, better, together.  That’s why we are committed to working in a team that values the unique contributions of all our people.  At Unitywater we support candidates with all abilities and diverse backgrounds to apply. 

It’s a pretty good place to work when you can support the community, focus on sustainability, and develop and learn interesting and innovative things.

How to apply: 
Please apply online following the links, and make sure to upload your up to date CV.
If you’re successful we will need you to undergo a few checks….  We know they might not be the fun part, but you will need to confirm your right to work in Australia and complete relevant pre-employment checks, including verification of criminal history, drivers licence and driving history, alcohol and other drug screening.

Applications close: COB Thursday 13 June.

At Unitywater we are proud to be a Circle Back Initiative Employer – we care about our candidates and commit to respond to every applicant.

For further information or to request the position description for this role, please contact the Careers team at careers@unitywater.com

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