Join the exciting team at one of Sydney’s critical water infrastructure assets!

At the Sydney Desalination Plant, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and exciting business that challenges its staff to be the best version of themselves. We’re a team that encourages its people to use and develop their skills in a small, yet highly performing team where they can pursue their interests across the business. Being privately owned, SDP is a dynamic business with numerous professional challenges in managing diverse and complex assets through contractual, financial and regulatory interfaces.

As the critical piece of the greater Sydney water supply system, the Sydney Desalination Plant provides high quality drinking water to about 1.5 million people across homes and businesses. If you’re a personable, driven, and innovative worker who’d love to help safeguard Sydney’s water supply, then we’d love to hear from you.

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Project Manager

We're looking for someone to support the Senior Project Manager in leading, directing, planning and managing the development and delivery of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) Expansion.
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Project Manager

Position listed on: May 10, 2024.

Applications close: .

Background:

Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Ltd (SDP) manages a critical rainfall independent water asset that helps to ensure reliable, high quality drinking water for Sydney. The existing asset, operating since 2010 is a large-scale reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant located in Kurnell and currently supplies, on average, 15% of Sydney’s drinking water.

As part of the NSW State Government’s long-term vision of water security and sustainability, SDP have entered into an ambitious planning and development process for the expansion of the plant with future capacity to produce 500 ML/d and the potential to supply up to 30% of Sydney’s drinking water needs.

As a privately owned and independently regulated asset, the Sydney Desalination Plant Expansion, a $2B+ undertaking, will be financed through private debt & equity and will continue to generate revenue through a long-term (50 year) supply agreement with the State Government and Sydney Water.

This represents one of the boldest and most complex water infrastructure developments in over a decade and a career defining opportunity for driven individuals to make a meaningful impact on Sydney’s sustainable future.


What will you do?

The primary purpose of the role is to support the Senior Project Manager in leading, directing, planning and managing the development and delivery of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) Expansion. The role will commence in June/July 2024 within the current Development Phase of the Expansion, and ultimately carry into the Delivery Phase and Final Completion in mid 2032.

Given the role will span across the lifecycle of the Expansion, continuity of prudent and efficient strategies will be optimised, ensuring consistent high-quality outcomes.

The role directs and manages development and delivery-based control initiatives that are integrated with functional groups and teams. The role works closely with the Senior Project Manager and the Workstream leads for both development and delivery activities.

• Work closely with the Senior Project Manager and Workstream leads to align project activities with project objectives and priorities.
• Implementing the controls that support the direction for the Expansion project, ensuring alignment with contract requirements, project objectives and regulatory requirements.
• Support management of and monitoring of the Expansion activities with the managers of contracts related to operations, maintenance, and energy supply, ensuring alignment with project objectives and contractual obligations. Develop, review, implement and monitor compliance with the SDP and Contractor management plans, considering all stages from development to final completion, to achieve project objectives within defined timelines and budget constraints.
• Develop, maintain and reporting of project schedules, budgets and resource plans, ensuring adherence to project milestones and deliverables.
• Monitor project progress, identify potential risks and issues, and implement appropriate mitigation controls to ensure successful project outcomes.
• Provide regular updates and reports to the Senior Project Manager on project status, milestones, and key deliverables to ensure transparency and maintain delivery confidence.
• Implement and monitor change control processes to minimise disruption and enhance project efficiencies.

Key Challenges

• Supporting the Expansion with minimal impact on operations of the existing plant, including where new infrastructure and systems are integrated into the existing, operating plant.
• Coordinating and managing the interface between the D&C Contractor and various project Workstreams to ensure optimal efficiency and output.
• Balancing compliance with D&C Contract requirements and regulatory requirements outlined in licenses and agreements, and the Security of Water Deed (SOWD), while also ensuring adherence to pricing determinations, risk management set by IPART.
• Support effective risk monitoring, control measures and reporting throughout the project lifecycle to minimise disruptions and ensure continuity of operations.
• Support the relationships and interface with current operator (Veolia), D&C Tenderers, and other contractors and authorities to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery.
• Identifying and mitigating risks associated with project execution, such as construction challenges, environmental factors, and market fluctuations, to maintain project momentum and achieve desired outcomes within specified timelines and budgets.


Who are we looking for?

• Tertiary qualifications in project management, engineering, business or equivalent.
• Demonstrated experience in leading portions of a $100m+ infrastructure project in the development and delivery phases,
• Minimum 10 years’ experience in a Project Management/Engineer role in infrastructure, including 5 years in the delivery phase
• Demonstrated experience in supporting and reporting to a line manager that oversees a major portion infrastructure project.
• Demonstrated experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, advisors and consultants.
• Demonstrated experience of application of engineering principles, design development, construction practices and procurement processes related to infrastructure projects.
• Demonstrated experience in establishing and overseeing robust project controls including health and safety, environmental, program, cost, quality, commercial and risk.

The Project Manager will report to the Senior Project Manager.

The primary place of work for the Development Phase will be at the SDP Expansion Project Office at Australia Square, Sydney.

The primary place of work for the Delivery Phase will be at the Expansion Site in Kurnell.

Apply Now
 

Senior Project Manager

We're looking for someone to lead, direct, plan and manage the project management function for the development and delivery of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) Expansion.
Find out more

Senior Project Manager

Position listed on: May 10, 2024.

Applications close: .

Background:

Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Ltd (SDP) manages a critical rainfall independent water asset that helps to ensure reliable, high quality drinking water for Sydney. The existing asset, operating since 2010 is a large-scale reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant located in Kurnell and currently supplies, on average, 15% of Sydney’s drinking water.

As part of the NSW State Government’s long-term vision of water security and sustainability, SDP have entered into an ambitious planning and development process for the expansion of the plant with future capacity to produce 500 ML/d and the potential to supply up to 30% of Sydney’s drinking water needs.

As a privately owned and independently regulated asset, the Sydney Desalination Plant Expansion, a $2B+ undertaking, will be financed through private debt & equity and will continue to generate revenue through a long-term (50 year) supply agreement with the State Government and Sydney Water.

This represents one of the boldest and most complex water infrastructure developments in over a decade and a career defining opportunity for driven individuals to make a meaningful impact on Sydney’s sustainable future.


What will you do?

The primary purpose of the role is to lead, direct, plan and manage the project management function for the development and delivery of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) Expansion. The role will commence in Q3 2024 within the current Development Phase of the Expansion, and ultimately carry into the Delivery Phase and Final Completion in mid 2032

Given the role will span across the lifecycle of the Expansion, continuity of prudent and efficient strategies will be optimised, ensuring consistent high-quality outcomes.

The role directs and manages development and delivery-based project management and control initiatives that are integrated with functional groups and teams. The role works closely with the Expansion Project Director, and workstream leads on both development and delivery activities.

• Work closely with the Expansion Project Director, and stream leads to align project activities with project objectives and priorities.
• Provide project leadership and direction for the management team and Expansion project, ensuring alignment with organisational objectives and regulatory requirements.
• Coordinate Expansion activities with the managers of contracts related to operations, maintenance, and energy supply, ensuring alignment with project objectives and contractual obligations.
• Approve and oversee SDP and Contractor management plans, considering all stages from development to final completion, to achieve contract requirements within defined timelines and budget constraints.
• Oversee and drive project schedules, budgets and resource plans, ensuring adherence to project milestones and deliverables.
• Monitor project progress, identify potential risks and issues, and implement appropriate mitigation strategies to ensure successful project outcomes.
• Exercise and facilitate decision making through the project governance processes
• Provide regular updates and reports to the Expansion Project Director on project status, milestones, and key deliverables to ensure transparency and maintain stakeholder confidence.
• Develop and implement change control processes to minimise disruption and enhance project efficiencies

Key Challenges

• Progressing the Expansion with minimal impact on operations of the existing plant, including where new infrastructure and systems are integrated into the existing, operating plant.
• Coordinating and managing the interface between the D&C Contractor and various project Workstreams to ensure optimal efficiency and output.
• Balancing compliance with D&C Contract requirements and regulatory requirements outlined in licenses and agreements, and the Security of Water Deed (SOWD), while also ensuring adherence to pricing determinations, risk management set by IPART.
• Implement effective risk monitoring and control measures throughout the project lifecycle to deliver the Expansion whilst minimising disruptions and ensuring continuity of operations.
• Manage relationships and interface with current operator (Veolia), D&C Contractor, and other contractors and authorities to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery.
• Identifying and mitigating risks associated with project execution, such as construction challenges, environmental factors, and market fluctuations, to maintain project momentum and achieve desired outcomes within specified timelines and budgets.


Who are we looking for?

• Tertiary qualifications in project management, engineering, business or equivalent.
• Demonstrated experience in leading complex $1bn+ infrastructure projects in the development and delivery phases. Preferable demonstrated experience in financed or PPP infrastructure projects.
• Minimum 20 years’ experience in a Project Management role in infrastructure, including 10 years in the delivery phase
• Demonstrated experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, advisors and consultants.
• Demonstrated experience of application of engineering principles, design development, construction practices and procurement processes related to major infrastructure projects.
• Demonstrated experience in establishing and overseeing robust project controls including health and safety, environmental, program, cost, quality, commercial and risk.
• Demonstrated experience in successful delivery in collaboration with client, contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers.

The Senior Project Manager will report to the Expansion Project Director.

The primary place of work for the Development Phase will be at the SDP Expansion Project Office at Australia Square, Sydney

The primary place of work for the Delivery Phase will be at the Expansion Site in Kurnell

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the Sydney Desalination Plant operating?
    While the Plant was originally designed to operate only in times of drought, it has remained operational since 2019 to help address several storage dam water quality issues arising from bushfires, flooding and significant maintenance tasks in Sydney Water’s supply network.

    The Sydney Desalination Plant’s WICA Network Operator’s Licence enables the Plant to remain operational, recognising that the Plant has always been, and will continue to be, an essential component of Sydney’s water management and an integral part of our city’s water-resilient future.
  • How much water does the Plant produce?
    The Plant can provide up to 15 per cent of Sydney’s average drinking water needs without any reliance on rainfall.

    It treats, filters and re-mineralises seawater to produce up to 91.25 gigalitres per annum of high-quality drinking water.

    Under our WICA Network Operator’s Licence, the Plant will operate on a “flexible full-time basis”, producing between about 20 gigalitres to 91.25 gigalitres every year.
  • What does desalinated water taste like?
    Sydney Desalination Plant water is treated to taste the same as Sydney’s other drinking water.

    Like dam water, water from the desalination plant is treated to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, which makes it among the best in the world.
  • Who owns the Plant?
    Sydney Desalination Plant is jointly owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Utilities Trust of Australia, which is managed by Morrison & Co. Find out more on our About Us page.
  • Why is desalination important?
    The Sydney Desalination Plant is Sydney’s only major sources of non-rainfall dependent drinking water. It is one effective way of securing Sydney’s water supply against the effects of climate change and natural disasters and the increase in demand due to population growth, warmer weather and urban greening projects.

    While the Plant was originally designed to respond to Australia’s severe millennium drought, recent experiences have demonstrated that drought is only one type of event that requires support from the Plant to ensure clean and safe drinking water for Greater Sydney.

    The Plant has been a reliable drinking water supply during floods and bushfires, which caused water quality challenges from time to time in Sydney’s storage dams.
  • Where does the water go?
    The Plant can supply water to homes and businesses south of Sydney Harbour and as far west as Bankstown, as part of all their water supply.

    Sydney Water uses a variety of water sources to supply customer needs. Where your water comes from depends on demand and where in Sydney you live.

    If you live in the blue-shaded area on this map, you may receive water from the dams, the Sydney Desalination Plant or a combination of both. The Plant's water proportion will change throughout the day due to variations in supply and demand.

    Everyone will benefit from desalination because it allows more water to be left in the dams, which means a more secure water supply for Sydney.
  • How much energy does the Plant use?
    The Sydney Desalination Plant requires roughly 38 megawatts at full production and is 100 per cent powered by renewable energy.

    The average energy needed to provide drinking water to one household is about the same as the energy used to run a household fridge.
  • What’s the impact on the environment?
    Sydney Desalination Plant places a high priority on minimising any environmental impacts – both on land and in the water.

    To support this, the Plant has put in place a world first stringent six-year marine environment monitoring program. The marine environment was monitored for three years before construction and three years after the Plant became operational. It demonstrated that the Plant has minimal effect on the marine environment.

    On land, a third of the Plant site at Kurnell has been maintained as a conservation area. This area is protected, and native species of flora and fauna are regularly monitored. This includes a program to survey the numbers of grey-headed flying foxes and green and golden bell frogs in the area.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Gweagal clan of the Dharawal people as the traditional owners of the land on which the Sydney Desalination Plant sits and we pay our respects to elders past and present.