The Public Sector is a vast and significant portion of the Australian job market, which covers multiple industries each with their own specific knowledge and skills. This is why at Public Sector People, we have a number of consultants who specialise on recruiting for these particular industries- whether Finance and HR or Construction and Engineering. By focusing on one or two disciplines, our consultants can absorb and develop an extensive knowledge on the market and know what organisations are looking for when hiring new talent and ensuring they are matching candidates to the roles that will best match their needs.
One of our key consultants for who is responsible for finding and securing new talent for management level roles across the public sector and local government is Paul Gleeson. We’ve provided a little more information on how Paul recruits for clients based on the specific criteria they provide him and his unique understanding of the industry. He also shares the steps to building strong relationships with both clients and candidates throughout the recruitment process and the current roles he has available.
Can you explain your role at Public Sector People?
I am a business leader at Public Sector People, heading up our Search & Selection Practice.
What are the types of positions you recruit for?
The typical roles I recruit for range from mid-level technical roles to executive senior roles across both Water Authorities and Local Councils (Government).
For active jobseekers, what are the key things your successful applicants have in common?
A strong common thread is the technical background amongst many candidates. In particular, candidates who have degrees in Engineering, Environmental or Science backgrounds. Practical work experience across Industry, Engineering Consultancies and Water Authorities/Councils is also very typical with successful applicants.
You work exclusively with clients to help them recruit for new roles. Can you explain this process further and the commitment and service you provide the clients you work with?
All roles that I recruit for are under a retained exclusive agreement with our clients. This ensures a strong commitment on for both parties in the process, and it also provides our clients to work closely with them on key projects that will eventually be beneficial to their business – i.e. finding great talent.
My search processes include targeting key prospective candidates in the market that have backgrounds aligned to the core requirements of the role, and maybe interested in an open/confidential discussion. Furthermore, through my fifteen years’ experience, I have found ‘good people are always happy to refer good people’ for opportunities. So, I spend a lot of my time building and forging partnerships and relationships across the sector to assist as many people as possible for their future career moves.
What commitment will you make to the active job seekers you choose to work with?
I aim to keep my candidates informed as much as possible through-out the recruitment process. One of the biggest issues our industry constantly faces is candidates complaining they never hear back from applications, or of not being kept up to date on the recruitment process. Communication and remaining transparent is an area of the process that is really important, and a simple phone call or email to provide an update, is not only essential, but courteous in my mind.
Why is the aftercare stage so important in the recruitment process- especially within search & selection for these management-level roles?
Our aftercare is vital in Search & Selection as it aids both the client and candidates time to help settle in from the recruitment process, through to onboarding. Sometimes, long notice periods are required, and hence delayed start dates can take up to 4 to 6 weeks in most cases, from the time a candidate accepts the role until their commence date. So, during this phase I contact both clients and the candidate weekly and maintain this throughout the first 3 to 6 months, until the candidate has settled well into their new role.
I recently completed two major assignments with South East Water. First was a Group Manager – Strategic Asset Management role and the second and Integrated Water Manager Engineer position. Both positions were complex in nature and required a specific targeted search to market.
I am also currently in the middle of three roles with City West Water – Major Government Works Team Leader, Project Delivery Team Leader and Senior Project Manager. Again, because the roles are technical in nature and quite specific to City West Water, I conducted a dual targeted mapping and search process, complimented with a strong external advertising campaign.
With the roles above, we also included all internal employee applications and put them through a comprehensive and transparent recruitment process that aims to reduce any internal conscious or unconscious bias, to ensure they were afforded the best chance of success in the process as well as the external candidates.
To find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to Paul for a confidential chat about the upcoming opportunities for management level roles within both local council and water authorities, you can contact him at:
Phone: 0420 979 409
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with South West Healthcare (SWH) to appoint a People and Culture Manager that reports directly to the Executive Director People and Culture. The role will be charged to ensure the provision of best practice Human Resources Services across health services. The role will have direct oversight of the People and Culture Advisory Team and Administration Team and responsibility for industrial relations matters, inclusive of implementation of enterprise agreements and other industrial instruments. The role will deputise for the Executive Director as required. To be considered for the role, you will hold a relevant tertiary qualification in Human Resources Management, or other appropriate discipline with post-graduate qualifications as desirable. To be successful in the role, it will be essential that you: Can demonstrate a proven ability to manage and lead a team, Possess the ability to develop, and maintain effective business relationships, Have an effective communication style, possess sound influencing and negotiation skills, Are able to express a positive and enthusiastic personality, Be adaptive, flexible, and agile in your approach to the role and Be willing to embrace change, open to working collaboratively with key stakeholders both internally and externally to SWH. Furthermore, you will also hold extensive experience in strategic and operations HRM policies including IR Frameworks, with an analytical approach to reports and correspondence with the ability to develop people on a broader scale. This role is classified as HS7 Level. A current driver’s licence and national probity checks and working with children check will be required. The commencement of the role will be based upon the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Applications close Friday 11th June 2021. Public Sector People has been Retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and any direct applicants to SWH will be referred to PSP to be included in the recruitment process. Please register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with Frankston City Council to appoint a Coordinator Governance. Sitting within the Corporate Development Directorate, and reporting directly to the Manager Governance and Information, this exciting role will have a clear mandate across key business for: Lead the Governance Service Unit, which comprises of Governance, Councillor Support Team and Cemetery Team, building a team culture that aligns with Council’s priorities for the community, Coordinate Governance services to the organisation and Council, ensuring compliance and sound governance practices are in place, Deliver key governance and legislative obligations, providing advice, developing policies, and delivering governance projects, Whilst directly leading business unit Team Leaders and their passionate team, your role will be to ensure: Governance and Legislative obligations for the council, Coordinate Councilor Induction and ongoing programs, Oversee the administration of Frankston Memorial Park, and Other organisational responsibilities. Furthermore, you will look to streamline processes to reduce complexity, and leading from the front providing exceptional customer service. With your positive and enthusiastic personality, you be adaptive, flexible, and agile with your approach to the role, be willing to embrace change and open to working collaboratively across key stakeholders as required. To be considered for the role, you will ideally hold a degree is law, business or similar and knowledge or experience in Cemetery administration would be advantageous. You will require for the position: Excellent understanding of the Local Government operating environment, Sound knowledge and experience in the legislation applicable to Governance Services functions, Proven management skills with the ability to provide leadership and motivation to a team, Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the Microsoft suite of applications, Understanding of and/or experience in maintaining and monitoring systems, Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and Strong problem solving with strategic thinking and sound judgement. A current driver’s licence and probity checks will be required. The commencement of the role will be in-line with the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Public Sector People has been Retained again as an Exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and direct applications to Frankston City Council will be forward to Public Sector People for consideration. Applications close Monday 24th May, 2021. Please register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – email@example.com
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with Frankston City Council to appoint a Coordinator Contracts and Procurement. Sitting within the Chief Financial Directorate, and reporting directly to the Manager Procurement Property and Risk, this exciting role will have a clear mandate across key business to lead the development and implementation of effective procurement and contract management processes and systems across the organisation through: The development of sound policies and procedures, The implementation of effective systems and tools, The provision of high-level professional advice and support, and The delivery of the unit’s services in with optimal efficiency and effectiveness. Whilst directly leading an engaged and committed team, your role will be to ensure: Procurement, Contract Management, Leadership and Management, and Other organisational responsibilities. Furthermore, you will look to guide and influence change processes, leading from the front providing exceptional service for key stakeholders. With your positive attitude and working style, you be adaptive, flexible, and agile in your approach to the role, be willing to embrace change and open to fostering that change within the team. To be considered for the role, you will require: A Tertiary qualification in contract management, business, engineering, architecture, quantity surveying or a related field or equivalent industry experience, Procurement and contract management experience in an organisation where there is a high level of public accountability, Experience in the procurement of goods, services and works in an organisation that has a high-level of public accountability, Experience in reviewing commercial agreements and in identifying exposure and risk, Experience in the use of standard-form agreements, and Excellent written and verbal communication skills, Strong problem solving with strategic thinking and sound judgement. Ideally, to be also considered you will have: Experience in implementing a Procurement Policy in Local Government and knowledge and experience in interpreting legislation within Local Government or the public sector, Experience in the transition to electronic tendering and contract management and Knowledge and/or experience in contract management in Local Government or the public sector. A current driver’s licence and probity checks will be required. The commencement of the role will be in-line with the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Public Sector People has been Retained again as an Exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and direct applications to Frankston City Council will be forward to Public Sector People for consideration. Applications close Monday 24th May, 2021. Please register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Sector People is proudly exclusively partnering Western Water to appoint a Project Manager reporting to the Coordinator Infrastructure Delivery and working within the Infrastructure Delivery Team on key projects. Western Water is a modern forward-thinking water utility business, operating in one of Australia's fastest-growing regions. With a real drive to innovate and become better at what we do, we are proud of our customer focus, people-centric culture, and our strong connection with our local community. Our dedicated teams are diverse with a wide range of skills. This newly created role will take on projects with a water tanks and pump stations/pipelines focus. The role will have core activities such as: Development of capital works projects in relation to provision of water, wastewater treatment and recycled water services, including transfer pipelines, treatment facilities, storage, and asset management, including strategic planning, investigation, and development from the capital works program. Project manage all aspects of coordinating and implementing capital works projects in relation to project quality, budget, timeframes, and outcomes. Negotiate with and coordinate the activities of all contractors and consultants and manage contracts in relation to quality, budget and time. Ensure excellent customer service is provided at all times. Assist in complying with and achieving Essential Services Commission performance criteria. Contribute to Western Water’s vision “to be a leading service provider” and to provide high quality customer service and represent Western Water as a customer focused organisation to the Community. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all, from employees to contract or consultants on all projects and meet all OHS, Environmental and Quality requirements at all times. Due consideration must also be given to community and public safety. All project management resourcing will continue to work under the guidance and supervision of the Infrastructure Delivery Coordinator, ‘Working from Home’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic and from the office within Government guidelines. Key duties include: Managing the technical aspects of several capital works projects at various stages of development. Produce Business Case and deliver Project from start to finish. Management of design consultants for detailed design and preparation of Specification and Tender documentation. Seek relevant business approvals for project progression. Negotiate with and coordinate the activities of contractors and consultants and manage contracts in relation to project quality, budget, and time. To be considered for the role, you will require: Effective project and financial/budget management skills with a capacity to manage several ongoing complex projects. Work with other engineers, consultants, contractors, other utilities, and parties both internal and external to Western Water, in the delivery of water projects, or the search for solutions or opportunities. Able to manage projects consistent with Western Water’s strategic direction, tender, contract, and procurement guidelines. Experience in the project management of water, wastewater and recycled water treatment. Furthermore, preference will be given to candidates with the following: - Bachelor’s in engineering, with extensive relevant experience in the water industry. Proven construction and project management experience of multi-disciplinary complex projects. High level of engagement and interpersonal skills for community consultation and positive negotiations. Ability to work proactively and autonomously whilst acting within a team environment. Demonstrated and strong customer service focus. Results oriented, with demonstrable research, analysis and problem-solving abilities. At Western Water we care for our people, support balance and flexibility, and are committed to the professional growth of our employees. If you want to work with talented, passionate people where you can make an impact and see the results of your hard work, we encourage you to apply. We encourage job applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ and people from culturally diverse background. Public Sector People has been Retained again as an Exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and direct applications will be forward to Public Sector People for consideration. Applications close Sunday 2nd May. Please register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – email@example.com
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering again with South East Water to appoint a Strategic Wastewater Systems Planner. Reporting directly to the Manager Waste Strategy, the role will have a clear mandate to develop strategic regional approaches for managing sewerage systems growth, including industrial waste, whilst continuing to reduce systems impacts in an increasingly carbon constrained world. Regarded as an Individual Contributor within the business, a key accountability will be: Lead long term strategic planning for the sewerage systems, Drive sewerage and resource (product) quality strategy development and Influence regional factors across the water and related resources sectors. To be considered for the role, you will hold Tertiary qualifications in Engineering with chemical, or civil or environmental engineering preferred. You will possess broad planning experience with complex systems, associated to the broader water cycle and waste systems. The ability to lead and represent in steering groups and industry workshops with sound personal presentation communication skills. Furthermore, you must possess key analytical skills, excel capability, use of GIS and other relevant modelling tools. Public Sector People has been Retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this role. Any direct or indirect enquires to South East Water will be forwarded to Public Sector People for consideration. For a Candidate Information Pack and more information, reach out to; Paul Gleeson – firstname.lastname@example.org or M - 0420 979 409