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Are you an accomplished professional in water engineering, poised to make a substantial impact in a dynamic setting? We are in search of a motivated individual to join our team as a Principal Process Engineer within the Water Treatment Program of the Infrastructure and Operations directorate.

As a Principal Process Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Water and Waste Services. Operating at a senior level, you will lead a multidisciplinary team, providing technical expertise and strategic guidance to optimise treatment plant operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead and mentor the Water Treatment team, ensuring strict adherence to procedures and policies.
  • Develop and oversee work initiatives for timely and cost-effective service delivery.
  • Implement Council’s policies, procedures, and legislative requirements.
  • Supervise treatment processes, optimise plant operations, and provide guidance to plant operators.
  • Manage budgets, develop replacement programs, and ensure the timely submission of information.

Position Requirements:

  • Qualifications: QLD C Class Drivers Licence, Construction Industry White Card, Tertiary Qualifications in a related field (e.g., Bachelor of Engineering).
  • Experience: Extensive background in the water industry, with a track record of leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to operate complex treatment plants, project management skills, excellent communication, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Knowledge: Substantial understanding of water science, engineering principles, and relevant legislation.

Special Requirements:

Some out-of-hours work and domestic travel may be expected.

How to Apply:

If you’re ready to take on a challenging and rewarding role, submit your application, including a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a detailed resume.

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In return for your invaluable expertise, we offer a competitive package that includes:

  • An annualised salary ranging from $107,820 – $118,403 (contingent on your experience and qualifications)
  • Up to 18% superannuation (subject to conditions)
  • The choice of 4 or 5 weeks’ annual leave with a 17.5% leave loading
  • Flexible Working Arrangements with an RDO
  • Eligibility for salary sacrificing options
  • Access to our lifestyle benefits program with corporate discounts
  • Opportunities for career development through study and assistance programs
  • Ongoing learning and growth opportunities
  • An Employee Assistance Program for your well-being
  • Initiatives to support your health and well-being

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity, the position may close earlier than expected. Submit your application today to avoid missing out on this fantastic career prospect.

The Recruitment Team will be taking a break over Christmas. Applications received during this period will be processed after the 11th of January 2024. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to reviewing your applications in the new year. 

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, where all applicants are treated with fairness and respect and have equal access to all opportunities available. At Mackay Regional Council, diversity is about creating a respectful and inclusive workplace that recognises the unique contributions and perspectives of our employees, working together to deliver extraordinary results.

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