Website Port Macquarie Hastings Council

 Clearwater Centre – Clearwater Crescent, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
 Community Utilities
 Annual Rate AUD $122,466.42 – $137,849.76
 Full time

About the Opportunity

At PMHC every employee plays a part in ensuring we work together to achieve positive outcomes for our community. To help us achieve this we are seeking an experienced Construction Manager – Water and Sewer to join our team.

Located on the beautiful Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) is a thriving regional centre nestled between Coffs Harbour and Newcastle. With a population projected to grow by 16.5% to over 100,000 residents by 2041, PMHC is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state.

The Utilities Operations Group, which consists of approximately 150 staff members out of PMHC’s total workforce of around 650 employees, plays a crucial role in supporting the local community. They are responsible for managing and maintaining a network that includes 4 Water Treatment Plants, 8 Wastewater Treatment Plants, 1 Recycled Water Treatment Plant, 20 water pump stations, 45 reservoirs, 840 km of water mains, 34,500 water service connections, 167+ sewage pump stations, over 665 km of sewer pipes, and 13,900 manholes.

Within the Utilities Operations Group, as the Construction Manager, you will plan and oversee capital projects and daily operations, maintenance, and repairs of water and sewer assets undertaken by the Community Utilities Construction Section. Examples of project and maintenance activities undertaken include network planning, design development and reviews, mains renewals, network augmentation, valve and hydrant renewals and emergency repairs as required.

You will lead a team of 2 direct and 10+ indirect reports, ensuring high service levels to the community. Reporting to the Group Manager Utilities Operations, you will collaborate with a supportive leadership team managing essential utilities services.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A Degree in Civil Engineering with relevant experience to the position.
  • Proven skills and experience in the utilities sector managing water and/or sewer reticulation networks operations, maintenance, repairs and capital project delivery, or significant experience deemed relevant related to fulfilling this role.
  • Extensive project management expertise.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role with the ability to manage, coach and develop teams and influence others’ thinking and actions to bring about desired results.
  • Proven experience at managing operational teams and performance delivery to achieve KPI’s, budget and operational plan outcomes.
  • Thorough knowledge of WHS legislation with experience of managing safety and developing a positive safety culture.
  • Ability to participate in after-hours on-call roster on a regular basis.

On a typical day, this role will:

  • Oversee and manage the water and sewer construction section as well as delivering other priority projects within PMHC Community Utilities Operations Group and in accordance with Council’s Project Management Framework and record keeping requirements.
  • Provide operational maintenance and repair services for water and sewer infrastructure across the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council LGA within area of control and support other Utilities needs
  • Contribute to the development, update and maintenance of the Water and Sewer Management Plans in accordance with Council’s adopted processes
  • Manage people and their performance to realise their individual and group potential to an optimal level
  • Manage financial targets for the group and contribute to financial objectives for the Division which contribute to the framework for strategic decision making, financial sustainability and goal setting.
  • Ensure the after-hours and on-call services are well managed, participation in the on-call roster will be required

Remuneration and Benefits

Employment Type: Full Time, Permanent, 35 hours per week

Salary (exclusive of super): In the range of $122,466.42 to $137,849.76 depending on skills and experience.


  • Flexible and hybrid work arrangements available
  • Discounted gym membership through Fitness Passport
  • Career development opportunities including educational assistance, leadership development programs and secondments.
  • Annual salary increase set as per the Local Government (State) Award 2023 plus annual salary review,
  • Long service leave after 5 years
  • Generous employee assistance program
  • Salary packaging options available through Salary Packaging Australia and Maxxia

Vehicle: This role would qualify for a Leaseback Motor Vehicle or Vehicle Allowance

Allowances: This role qualifies for the 3.5% Civil Liability Allowance and On Call Allowance

Relocation assistance or short-term rental contributions can also be made available.

About the Port Macquarie Hastings Region

Upon commencement, you shall call ‘home’ one of the East Coasts most enviable locations. With access to stunning hinterland, miles of pristine beaches, national parks, playgrounds sporting facilities, restaurants, galleries, theatres and a genuine community feel, the mid-north coast is the perfect location if you enjoy hiking, surfing, camping, fishing, off road exploration, Saturday sports, arts, theatre, food and wine.


If you would like to know more about this opportunity or have any questions about the role please contact Steven Holt, Acting Group Manager Utilities Operations on 02 6581 8138.

Interested in Applying?

Please complete the application form below and answer the questions which relate to the essential and desirable criteria within the selection criteria, then upload a copy of your resume and cover letter.

You will find the position description & selection criteria when you apply for the role.


You may find it helpful to write your response to the questions in a word document then copy/paste this into the application form once you are ready to submit your application.

Applications Close: Tuesday 16 July 2024 11:30pm

Notes: Suitable candidates may be placed on a talent pool or eligibility list for future identical, or similar positions for a period of 12 months.

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