Senior Planner

Yarra Valley Water
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Yarra Valley Water provides essential water supply and sanitation services to over 1.7 million people who live and work in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  As an industry leader involved in exciting and innovative service solutions, we are committed to delivering exemplary water and sanitation services that contribute to the health and wellbeing of current and future generations.

We’re passionate about delivering extraordinary outcomes.  Our award-winning culture fosters an inclusive, collaborative work environment and provides the development opportunities, flexibility and support that enable high levels of achievement and personal satisfaction.  Our long-term strategy includes a commitment to put customers at the centre of how we think, and what we do, and to adopt a restorative approach to looking after the environment. We’re for thriving communities, and our work environment is a match for our strategic commitments.


The Role

Reporting to the Manager, Integrated Water Management (IWM) Sub-catchment Planning, the Senior Planner role will undertake the modelling and water balance calculations to support scenario development and evaluations required for development of long term growth servicing strategies incorporating an Integrated Water Resources management approach.


How we go about designing is as important as what we design.  Therefore, we’re looking for a Senior Planner who can actively seek out and understand diverse objectives from our key internal and external stakeholders and come up with innovative solutions that not only deliver on our servicing obligations but also identify opportunities for generating additional benefits.


The focus of this role will be to investigate new water systems within YVW’s service area that meet both the needs of developers, the community and key stakeholders including Councils, Melbourne Water and Traditional Owners: balancing community cost with optimised outcomes. The Senior Planner will also be responsible for developing the skills of other staff in the team – providing continuity of service while supporting Yarra Valley Water’s rotation program.


Focus areas will include;

  • Working with the Manager towards collaborative approaches with internal and external stakeholders to incorporate diverse perspectives into IWM Planning considerations.
  • Working with the Manager towards identification, development and delivery of programs that lead to improvement in customer service levels and business efficiency and reduce corporate risks. 
  • Supporting staff development through mentoring of IWM principles and processes. 
  • Participating as an effective member of the Place-based Partnerships division and contributing to corporate direction and purpose.
  • Represents YVW at industry forums and positions us as leaders in the field of IWM
  • Developing and achieving Integrated Water Resource management outcomes in collaboration with partner organisations
  • Communicating and building capacity for sub-catchment planning processes within Yarra Valley Water.
  • Participating as an effective member of the Place-based Partnerships division and contributing to corporate direction and purpose.
  • Actively develop and maintain effective partnerships within Yarra Valley Water and with external organisations.
  • Collaborating with and maintaining strong working relationships with internal stakeholders including (but not limited to) team members from Aboriginal Partnerships, Business Development, Urban Water Futures, Integrated Growth Delivery, Asset Planning.
  • Contributing to the safety, well-being and performance of staff

Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Degree qualification in Civil or Environmental Engineering or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in Integrated Water Resources Management;
  • Awareness and experience navigating the complexities of Land Use Planning and Development;
  • Experience with construction of water infrastructure will be highly regarded;
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring staff;
  • Excellent written, verbal and negotiation skills and
  • A collaborative approach and ‘can do’ attitude.

The Benefits

  • This full-time role is classified as a Senior Manager, with an attractive salary package and the ability to package in a discounted vehicle;   
  • Flexible working arrangements considered;
  • Generous personal leave entitlements;
  • Training and development opportunities;
  • Onsite parking, canteen and fitness group;
  • Free flu vaccinations and
  • Social events, skill-sharing and networking opportunities.

How to apply
Applications should be submitted through the 'Apply Now' button and include a supporting Cover Letter and Resume.

Closing date: Sunday 10th November 2019.