General Manager - Infrastructure Services & Planning

  • Roper Gulf Regional Council
  • 47 Cole Street, Sorell TAS, Australia
  • Feb 23, 2021
Contractor/Temp Engineering, Architecture, and Construction Executive and Management

Job Description


Position Summary/Purpose

This position reports directly to the CEO where it is responsible for leading and managing the Infrastructure Services and Planning division within Roper Gulf Regional Council.

This position’s key areas of responsibility are Contract Management, Project Management, Fleet and Workshop Management, Asset Management, Cemetery Management and Urban Planning and design.

The incumbent of this position will be required to provide leadership and expert advice to the business units with a focus upon the attainment of operational and strategic objectives.

This role is also a key senior leadership position as part of a high performing Executive Team that ensures that a “whole of Council” approach is taken to decision making and service delivery delivers.


  • Focus on the future of the organisation by aligning both business operations with divisional strategies, considering and encouraging input from multiple perspectives to create a shared vision.
  • Investigate and drives contemporary best practice approaches for operations relating to project management, asset management and contracts management whilst thinking conceptually about long-term opportunities and emerging trends.
  • Monitors resourcing pressures and implements strategies to ensure the best results are obtained for the organisation.
  • Ensuring quality assurance and risk management are consistently applied across the directorate whilst implementing a significant portfolio of programs, projects and initiatives and ensuring alignment with the department’s vision, goals and direction within budgets and timeframes.
  • Challenges the status quo by looking for ways to improve effectiveness, harnesses the potential of technology, and implement continuous improvement activities.
  • Drives and leads multiple change initiatives, oversees implementation, and ensures focus on the end goal is maintained whilst maintaining a flexible approach.
  • Commits to targets, strives to achieve results while encouraging and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Builds and sustains a diverse range of relationships with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate collaboration, cooperation amongst stakeholders whilst harnessing different viewpoints to enhance outcomes.
  • Manage awareness of diverse personalities, motivations and values of people within the Division and use this to enhance interactions, relationships and employee engagement.
  • Act with respect and accountability, lead by example, maintain high standards of professionalism, delegate as appropriate and ensure decisions are made with the interest of the organisation in mind.
  • Understand and operate within legal and Council policy constraints and limitations.
  • Represents the organisation in public forums whilst supporting and promoting the organisation agenda appropriately.
  • Provides forthright and impartial specialised advice in a constructive manner that facilities the achievement of Council’s outcomes.
  • Communicates messages in a way that facilities the desired outcomes whilst using techniques to illustrate the argument or idea persuasively, anticipate likely reactions and adjust approach to gain maximum impact.
  • Protect the health and safety of workers and others by leading practices for risk identification, risk assessment and risk control.
  • Ensure WHS is Council’s highest priority across the organisation and all legislative requirements are being met.
  • Lead disaster management processes during times of natural disaster across the Region by enacting the Disaster Management Plan. Provide guidance and support for all staff and stakeholders ensuring Council’s disaster management planning, coordination and response is effective.
  • Preparation of financial and non-financial documentation, including submissions, reporting and liaison for funding/service assistance or agreements.
  • Ensure financial and other monitoring requirements of funding bodies ensuring compliance with legislative requirements in all services programs.
  • Evaluate programs and budgets to ensure effective and efficient operations.
  • Ensure staff are knowledgeable about organisational goals, objectives and key performance requirements, and provide a framework for accountability and achievement.
  • Ensure annual review and staff appraisals are completed for all staff in accordance with the Award and Council procedures.



  • Tertiary qualifications in a related field such as Bachelor of Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline, Master of Project Management etc. with registration or certified status;
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated experience in managing staff and resources to achieve organisational goals whilst working in Engineering or a related field at a senior executive level, ideally in Local Government;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the cultural, social, historical and political factors affecting the region in which RGRC operates:
  • Demonstrated expertise, research skills and innovation to resolve complex and multi-faceted problems with the ability to develop and deliver long-term strategic plans in a large multidisciplinary organisation;
  • Demonstrated organisational skills to develop, manage, motivate and lead work teams to achieve a diverse range of contractual and organisational objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to write complex non-standard correspondence, reports, submissions and proposals that require original content and specialised knowledge;
  • Demonstrated financial management knowledge and skills, with ability to develop annual and strategic budgets and be accountable for expenditure across multiple business units;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a safety leader and maintain a safe workplace;
  • Able to meet the inherent requirements of the position both physically and mentally.
  • Be an Australian Resident or provide the current, relevant Visa to work within Australia (Please note that RGRC do not currently undertake sponsorship).
  • Undertake a new Criminal History Check prior to commencement of employment and renew your Criminal History Check every three (3) years, or as per the Criminal History Check Policy.


  • Previous experience in engineering or capital works delivery in a Local Government environment.
  • Post Graduate qualifications would be very highly regarded
  • Current Northern Territory Manual “C” Class Drivers Licence or ability to obtain

Job Closing Date

Mar 15, 2021