Principal Development Engineer

Job No: CCC109
Location: Cessnock, NSW, 2325

We are currently undergoing an exciting cultural transformation as we modernise our organisation to develop a high performing and sustainable Council.  This includes the establishment of newly created development engineering positions, and the transfer of the overall service from external consultants back to Council.   This will offer an exciting opportunity for highly motivated, energetic and outcome focused engineering professionals who wish to contribute to the provision of a responsive development engineering service.

Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents within the local government area, as well as visitors to the area. We employ approximately 320 employees and are situated within the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle.

The Principal Development Engineer is a newly created position which will play a pivotal role in developing the engineering team. The position will co-ordinate the provision of professional development engineering services through the timely assessment of applications and the supervision of works associated with development and subdivisions.

This role will also be required to:

  • Provide effective leadership to the development engineering team;
  • Provide specialist technical expertise and professional advice to team members and other departments of Council;
  • Assist Council to perform the functions of a Principal Certifying Authority with respect to subdivision work; and
  • Represent Council as an expert witness in Court, for example the NSW Land and Environment Court.

To succeed in this role, you will have: 

  • Degree qualifications in civil engineering, or other relevant tertiary qualifications, with the eligibility for acceptance to Engineers Australia;
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience in subdivision and development assessment, and interpretation of related complex and technical controls, legislation and policies;
  • Proven detailed working knowledge and experience in applying principles relating to on-site stormwater detention, hydrology and hydraulics, flooding, road and drainage design, traffic engineering, and geotechnical; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Local Government Act 1993, Roads Act 1993, and associated Regulations.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Attractive remuneration including Civil Liabilities Allowance
  • 10.5% superannuation
  • 35 hour per week position
  • Leaseback vehicle
  • 19 day month and RDO scheme
  • Flexible work arrangements and work/life balance
  • Generous corporate fitness program
  • Picturesque Hunter Valley location!

Close Date: Sunday 15 October 2017 at 11.30pm

How to Apply:

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Position Description

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Janine McCarthy, Development Services Manager on 4993 4254 

Guided by staff values of integrity, respect, teamwork, accountability and excellence, Cessnock City Council is indeed an attractive, thriving Council and employer of choice.

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