Manager Planning Transformation

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Melbourne - Docklands
Management, Planning

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 the Kirsten Shelly, General Manager of Waterways & Catchment Operations 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. This newly created position is currently being offered on a temporary 24-month contract.

The new Planning Transformation Manager will provide strategic advice to the General Manager of Waterways & Catchment Operations and the Melbourne Water (MW) Urban Planning Coordination and Governance Board which consists of General Managers across MW. As we continue on our transformation journey, this executive level individual contributor will lead the MW Urban Planning Coordination and Governance Board to connect the different parts of the business collectively responsible for the Planning value chain and ensure priority planning issues are progressed in a coordinated way and with appropriate and informed oversight.

The Role

As the Manager of Planning Transformation you’ll be responsible for;

  • Working across the business in the development, design, management and implementation to transform how we deliver on statutory planning related matters.
  • Driving improvements in risk mitigation and business sustainability, improving processes and systems, ensuring the development of relevant policies and procedures across the business groups as well as leading the facilitation of the transformation of Melbourne Water Strategies and Policies into implementation and operations.
  • Design, lead and drive the achievement of transformative improvements across the whole business.

Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful 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 both professionally and personally rewarding.


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employees 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 re-imagining 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 first hand. 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.

Skills and Experience you’ll bring to the role;

  • Executive experience at a General Manager or Direct Report (Senior Manager) level within a complex commercial corporate environment.
  • Superior influencing and stakeholder relationship skills, with a focus on community, local government, other agency and partner engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability and resilience to navigate through ambiguity and complexity, and provide sound judgement and advice
  • Proven ability to collaborate across teams to drive synergies and value across the groups
  • Established leadership and political acumen in understanding the land use planning and development sector in both urban and greenfield contexts as well as all customer segments and stakeholders.

For more information, please see the attached Position Description: Download File PD - Manager Planning Transformation.pdf

How to apply

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Closing date: 12 Dec 2021 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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