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Group Manager, Planning & Regulation

South East Water

Location: Frankston

Job Type: Full time


Who are we?

We’re here to help people live well and create a better and more sustainable future. We support healthy and liveable communities by delivering water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.77 million people who rely on us every day and every night. At South East Water, we innovate with purpose and act with care to deliver healthy water for life. Fresh thinking and collaboration are at the heart of our organisation. We are constantly learning, embracing the challenges of today and excited by the opportunities that tomorrow will bring.

The role

The role of the Group Manager Planning and Regulation is to develop and lead corporate planning, and regulatory processes, including delivery of South East Waters corporate plans and pricing strategies.

We are looking for a passionate individual to manage the planning and regulation branch within South East Water, and lead a small team of multi-disciplined people, responsible for the development and delivery of strategic planning and pricing strategies. This will include managing and supporting South East Water’s pricing proposals to the Essential Services Commission, Corporate Plans to Government, and the strategic framework that sets the long term direction of the business and influence the future direction of policy for the Victorian water sector.

You will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Leading and supporting our water pricing submission proposals and our strategic planning processes, particularly in relation to the development of the Corporate Plan
  • Leading the development of our strategic framework with board, executive and senior leadership team
  • Ensuring that SEW’s compliance and reporting obligations under the regulatory framework are met
  • Lead the reporting against key performance measures to ensure delivery of customer outcomes and regulatory requirement
  • Management of South East Water’s key stakeholder relationship with the Essential Services Commission and Victorian Government to influence South East Water’s preferred position on pricing strategies, strategic planning and reporting as well as economic and industry policy reform issues
  • Maintaining and leveraging key industry relationships with Yarra Valley Water, Greater Western Water and Melbourne Water
  • Lead continuous improvement of South East Water’s financial revenue and revenue requirement processes
  • Review tariff structures and develop alternative tariffs options to better meet customer expectations under a digital metering environment
  • Developing and leading a collaborative team that works across the business

Who are you?

  • A background in regulatory economics, and skills in economic/financial analysis, modelling, report writing, and project management.
  • A deep understanding of key regulatory concepts that impact on the delivery of essential services.
  • 8+ years relevant professional experience.
  • Direct experience of leading strategic and/or regulatory teams or projects within a relevant regulated infrastructure sectors.
  • You will have a strategic mindset and possess a strong relationship orientation.

Whats in it for you?

  • A commitment to work-life balance with truly flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working, leave purchasing and RDO options.
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave for all parents and paid super on unpaid parental leave
  • A range of benefits, including free on-site parking and cultural leave.
  • A great culture working in collaborative teams with strong work ethics.
  • Career focused learning and development opportunities.
  • The opportunity to be part of an organisation committed to environmental initiatives.
  • Enjoy modern office facilities with panoramic beachfront views.

We're for everyone

We do meaningful work, but how we do it is just as important. We’re here to help people live well, protect the environment, and keep healthy water and resources accessible and affordable for all.  We know to make a positive difference we need to support our people to be their very best. Flexibility and innovation are at the heart of how we work.  But it’s our people’s collective ambition, authenticity and differences that bring our culture to life. 

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. Everyone brings a unique voice and a refreshing perspective that keeps us innovating. It makes us better learners, thinkers and collaborators, helping create better outcomes for our customers. Even though we’re all different, we still share a common goal to deliver healthy water for life. 

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, people with disability and from culturally diverse backgrounds. We aim to provide an inclusive and accessible workplace for everyone. If you need any help with the application process or would like to discuss your reasonable adjustments during interviews, or to learn more about the role, please contact:

Keen to make an impact?

Click here to check out the position description. We're accepting applications for this exciting opportunity until Friday 2nd December.

Contact Errin Mullins for further information or a confidential discussion

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