Title:  Senior Project Engineer

Job Number:  18763

Lake McDonald, QLD, AU, 4563

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:

The Lake Macdonald Dam is located in the Noosa hinterland and is part of the South East Queensland drinking water supply operated by Seqwater. 


John Holland has been awarded the Contract to undertake the largest upgrade to the dam since its installation in 1965 as part of the Seqwater Dam Improvement Project. The upgrade will include but not be limited to:


  • Pre-construction Approvals, Procurement and Site Establishment 
  • Lake Lowering and Aquatic Salvage 
  • Installation of Upstream Coffer Dam 
  • Cofferdam, Spillway Demolition and Working Platform 
  • Dam Construction 
  • Reinstatement, Rehabilitation and Demobilisation 


As construction of LMDIP (Lake Macdonald Dam Improvement Project) gets under way, John Holland is actively recruiting for a talented Senior Project Engineer to join our team and play a key role in the successful delivery of this iconic Noosa hinterland project. 

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Manage on-site engineering functions through subordinates, which may include Project Engineers, and/or Cost/Planning Engineers
  • ­Obtain relevant design parameter information for incorporation into detailed designs and construction specifications.
  • Monitor quality and quantities of incoming equipment and material, check work drawings, construction and specifications against site plans and conditions and arrange corrections or modifications where necessary.
  • Coordinate the activities of an engineering team, programme workloads and provide technical and administrative guidance to the engineering staff to ensure aims and objectives are effectively and economically achieved.
  • ­Ensure that project engineering completion is on time and within budget. Record completed work, costs incurred, materials used and retain progress drawings.
  • Accurate forecasts of costs and revenue and utilise corrective action in line with the JV’s authority and reporting frameworks to maximise the profit margin. ­
  • Participate in planning future requirements including machine tools, ancillary equipment, major plant and labour.
  • Liaise with clients, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers and planning authorities to ensure satisfactory completion of structures and construction work. ­

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

  • A Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering.
  • 5-10 years' on-site experience postgraduate.
  • Strong experience in large scale Civil Infrastructure projects.
  • Leadership ability to provide mentorship to direct reports.
  • Demonstrated commercial experience to include planning and reporting on progress, cost and risk.
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to health and safety.

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 packaging options available
  • Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with superannuation and up to an extra 18 weeks of superannuation paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two additional John Holland Days to prioritise health and 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
  • Inclusion and diversity is part of how we work and do what we do at John Holland. Our active commitment to being an employer of choice is evident in the delivery of our Gender Equality Strategic Plan supported by our Pride, Celebrate Women, RAP and Grow networks
  • 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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