Principal Engineers

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Permanent Full Time
Melbourne - Docklands
Engineering, Management

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high-quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live. Reporting to one of our Area Managers you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

The Role

The Principal Engineer role is a land development engineering and construction expert who regulates and works with the development industry and private landowners in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to investigate, design, strategically plan and review the Development Services Schemes (DSS) to provide new water assets required to meet the needs of Victoria’s Population Growth in line with other, sometimes competing, Strategic Objectives. This role co-leads the DSS program, a type of developer-funded Infrastructure Contribution Plan which manages, and quality assures the delivery of land and new assets in Growth areas to enable the development of new jobs and homes for Melbourne, predominantly in Greenfield areas.

As Principal Assessment & Delivery expert you will provide technical knowledge and expertise for service in their allocated area. The holder is technically independent and can be relied upon to provide, act with and deliver accurate and competent advice and services for most types of technical matters.

This leadership role will work closely with other teams across Melbourne Water and with all stakeholders to leverage the DSS Principles to negotiate, determine/make recommendations on complex technical engineering and planning determinations regarding best practice Waterway Design, Flood Resilience, Stormwater Re-use and Quality to ensure the DSS’ achieve the highest standard of Integrated Water Management (IWM).

The role will involve negotiation, advocacy, influencing and presentation skills, negotiating for the best outcome for the Development Services Scheme portfolio, the specific project and for a livable, sustainable integrated water management future for Melbourne. This role is not one of Policy Formulating or Translation and delivers services with an outcome and performance mindset to deliver the agreed Policy, Guidance, standards and risk framework set by the Business. This includes representing Development Services at governance and industry forums, as well as contributing to (but not being responsible for) development-related strategies, action and implementation plans and designing systems, policies, procedures and other tools to drive the transformational Vision for Service Delivery across the business and the Region. 

Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing significant work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents. We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water professionally and personally rewarding. 


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employee's varied needs and the business, including purchased leave, varied start and finish times, working from alternative locations, part-time work and 9-day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers benefit from enabling our employees to achieve balance in work and life.

Growth & Development

We’re a curious bunch at Melbourne Water and relish any opportunity to learn something new. We are in the business of enhancing life and liveability, which lends itself to reimagining what’s possible and challenging the status quo. We offer a variety of learning opportunities; from formal development programs, digital learning content and lunch & learns; to visiting our sites and getting to see our initiatives and projects firsthand. We believe that learning happens every day, so we support our people to continuously learn and experiment in the flow of their work, designing their own development path.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Experience in undertaking and overseeing professional engineering and construction work including major assets and capital engineering approvals in the general area of civil engineering (including environmental and geotechnical matters).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead small teams of professionals in a complex and high-volume setting to deliver Key Performance Indicators and Performance Standards and Measures within an inclusive culture.
  • Extensive demonstrated understanding and continuous professional development in the development industry as they relate to floodplain management, waterway management and drainage, waterway health and waterway liveability asset delivery.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with knowledge of the development industry to be able to make ‘on the spot’ decisions.
  • Providing support to team members in complex issues and ambiguous situations with financial implications.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and review of complex civil engineering specifications, documentation, tenders in relation to flood modeling, engineering and environmental assessment reports.

View the PD here; Download File Position Description - Principal Engineer .pdf

How to apply

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Closing date:  3 July 2022 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment is required for this position.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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