Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer (VPS STS)

Job posted: 15/03/2023
Applications close: 31/03/2023 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Ongoing - Full Time

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Salary: $175,731 - $238,997

Occupation: Executive Management

Reference: VG/090256B

Reference: VG/090256B

Occupation: Executive Management

Salary Range: $175,731 - $238,997

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is firmly focused on driving a strong and resilient economy that benefits all Victorians – by creating more opportunities for people through jobs and skills; supporting businesses and industries to grow and prosper; and building vibrant communities and regions.

Established on 1 January 2023, our work spans numerous portfolios, supporting departmental ministers and operating across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

Please note: Due to Machinery of Government changes under Section 30 of the Public Administration Act (PAA), effective 1 January 2023, your employment will be with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. Corporate Services, including payroll, will be provided by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions while a process for the formal transfer of staff in impacted areas is implemented.

Senior Principal Geotechnical Enginner 

  • Geotechincal expert with experience in mining environments
  • Provide authoritative risk-based geotechincal advice 
  • Ongoing STS-7, $173,134 - $235,465 plus superannuation

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action employs more than 4,800 staff in 91 locations across the state and is a key manager of Victoria's public estate. DEECA directly manages $8 billion of assets, mostly comprising various categories of public land and a further $1.8 billion of other assets, including roads and tracks, office buildings, depots, recreational facilities, firefighting and road maintenance equipment, crossings, water bores and mobile plant. DEECA brings together Victoria's climate change, biodiversity protection, resources, water, energy, land management, agriculture, forest, and fire management functions. The Resources Branch develops policy, programs, and regulation to enable investment and generate jobs through the sustainable development of the State's earth resources, including extractives, minerals, and petroleum.

Reporting to the Assistant Director, Technical Services, the Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer provides authoritative risk-based geotechnical advice on geotechnical stability of mines, quarries, and other earth resources sites during all stages of the resource project life cycle, including design, operation, rehabilitation and closure. A key component of the position is ensuring that robust tailings and slimes management; stability control systems and standards are implemented and that the Earth Resources sector has the knowledge to properly manage tailings/slimes and slope stability related risks. Additionally, you will prepare and deliver educational information on the requirements for assessing and specifying geotechnical risks and controls for Earth Resources Regulation Officers, industry operators and other agencies. This includes key interactions with internal and external stakeholders including industry bodies, coregulators and community groups to inform the preparation and delivery of the petroleum work program.

As an experienced mining geotechnical expert with experience in mining, ideally with experience in an open pit mine/quarry environment, you will have experience working in the design, development, operation and rehabilitation and closure stages of large open cut operations. Experience with the design, construction, management and closure of tailings dams is essential. You will also have experience in developing and implementing fit-for-purpose geotechnical standards, operational strategies, risk frameworks, policies, procedures, and practices, preferably in a regulated environment. This will include experience working with frameworks, standards, systems, processes, and controls used to manage mine and quarry geotechnical risks. Being highly regarded for your strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills, with proven track record in developing and implementing geotechnical related strategies and actions, you are able to engage a diverse range of stakeholders to build effective working relationships and achieve positive outcomes.

Tertiary qualifications in geotechnical engineering (mining), engineering geology or dam/tailings engineering are required.

For a copy of the Success Profile, please copy and paste this link into your browser: http://bit.ly/3JFaJgx

How to Apply 

To apply, please direct your application (cover letter and resume) to Davidson who are supporting the Department in this recruitment process, via their website.

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Natasha Diamond on 0412 822 348 or Aleisha Cajaglis on 0439 910 866.

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, as outlined in the department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy and in line with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

Applications will close midnight on Friday, 31 March 2023.

Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer  (VPS STS)

Job type:

Full time / Ongoing - Full Time

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Davidson - Natasha Diamond or Aleisha Cajaglis | 0412 822 348 or 0439 910 866

Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer  (VPS STS)