Title:  Commissioning Manager

Job Number:  19481

Cairns, QLD, AU, 4870

About John Holland:

At John Holland, our purpose is simple, we transform lives with everything we do. We've always known that at its heart, infrastructure is about people - our customers, our employees, and their communities in which we work. 


That's our difference. Deep experience and capability with a genuine care about creating better lives for people along the way. 


Be part of a team that thrives on rising to the challenge of transforming lives for good. 

About the Project:

A new $300m greenfield Water treatment plant and associated infrastructure which will provide water for Cairns and the surrounding regions. The scope includes the following:


  • Draper Road water treatment plant (DRWTP) – capacity of 60 megalitres (ML)/day
  • An 8 ML clear water reservoir (at RL 122 m AHD) delivering treated water into the trunk network and earthworks to accommodate future construction of a 5 ML high-level service reservoir (at RL 116 m AHD)
  • Construction of an all-weather access road from the DRWTP to the reservoir sites. Mulgrave River intake (Stage 1) and raw water main delivering 20 ML/day of raw water to the DRWTP. 
  • Upgrade to the existing Behana Creek intake and pipeline upgrades, augmentations and extensions to the Behana Creek intake treated water supply main to deliver 44ML/day raw water to the new DRWTP.
  • Treated water delivery main works (including relevant valving) delivering water from the proposed DRWTP to Council’s existing trunk water main network located in the Bruce Highway. 
  • Reticulation main works to service communities (Aloomba) and properties located south of the Mulgrave River, within Gordonvale
  • New power, telecommunications, and data services to the DRWTP, the Mulgrave River raw water intake and the Behana Creek raw water intake.
  • Numerous Cane Rail crossings along with HDD and Thrust Bores under roads and water

About the role:

We are seeking an experienced Commissioning and Completions Manager to join the Draper Water Treatment Plant Team. This position shall ensure that commissioning and completions activities comply with all aspects of Contract, Schedule, Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Security (HSES) policy, Site regulations, and Client requirements. The position will report to the Project Director and will be based on site in Gordonvale, Cairns, QLD.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the Commissioning team to ensure that the process of testing & commissioning preparation and execution is managed, planned, documented, resourced and executed meeting technical requirements as defined by the contract documents, so as to meet project budget and program requirements
  • Lead the Completions team to ensure ongoing identification, review and acceptance of handover works. Contribute to the effective control of Completion risks.
  • Comprehensive Planning, Implementation and Management of all testing & commissioning and performance, Operator Training, to achieve handover of the Project to the Client
  • Provide leadership and technical direction to project staff, design consultants, Subcontractors, Project Managers, Technology Vendors  and blue collar workforce to ensure testing, pre commissioning & commissioning is undertaken to safety and quality standards
  • Identify risks to the construction handover, commissioning and implementation and apply control measures to the risks
  • Prepares, implements, and revises as required the Testing & Commissioning Management Plan in compliance with the Contract requirements and with the Testing & Commissioning strategy
  • Reviews the Testing & Commissioning Management Plans when prepared by sub-contractors or suppliers
  • Develops required commissioning documentation (organisation, staffing, program, schedules, templates, test procedures) in accordance with project requirements
  • Reviews required commissioning and handover documentation (organisation, staffing, program, schedules, templates, test procedures) when falling in the scope of the subcontractors/vendors

To be successful in this key role, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s in Electrical, Mechanical, Automation or Building Engineering
  • At least 15 years in the field of M&E installation/testing & commissioning
  • At least one successful experience as a Commissioning Manager

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives

Your success is reflected in ours, so we're committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success.


We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

What's in it for you when you join John Holland?

We're about connecting your sense of purpose to ours. We understand that your career is one of the biggest ways to have an impact on the world. We also believe in supporting you as a whole person, not just an employee.


We reward and support our people in so many ways. This starts with being flexible about how different people like to work. From industry-leading leave policies to wellbeing and relationship support, your needs sit at the heart of our employee benefits.

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice options.
  • Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with super and up to an extra 18 weeks of super paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two extra days to prioritise your wellbeing.
  • Career progression underpinned by our exciting pipeline of work means you'll have the opportunity to work on iconic projects that are shaping cities and communities.
  • Learning and development opportunities where you’ll have access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, plus technical and leadership training and development opportunities.
  • Inclusion, diversity and equity is part of how we work. We want everyone at John Holland to feel that they belong – that’s why we’re working hard every day to foster a more inclusive culture, backed by a business-wide inclusion strategy to bring about meaningful change. We’ve also got active employee resource groups that support our commitments including those around gender equality and reconciliation.
  • Flexible working that works for you as we know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether its flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts, flexi-work, we're committed to helping our people work flexibly.

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