Within the Public Sector, there are many different departments and divisions that require very specific knowledge and skills. Which is why at Public Sector People we have a number of consultants who specialise on recruiting for these particular areas- 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. Our consultants can then utilise this knowledge to ensure their candidates have the best and most-up-to-date information when applying for roles as well as guiding them to roles that will best match their needs.
One of our key consultants for the Construction and Engineering space in Sydney is Paul Cullen. We’ve provided a little more information on what Paul does at Public Sector People below; how he manages the recruitment process, the relationships he builds with both clients and candidates and the current roles he has available.
Can you explain your role at Public Sector People?
I am a full 360 consultant, working across local governments in NSW.
What are the types of positions you recruit for?
While I work across a lot of industries my focus is technical roles. These can be Project Manager roles within both the construction and engineering space. Some of the roles I have recently placed in the engineering space would be design, drainage, traffic, assets and development.
Within engineering and construction, what are the key skills and capabilities you look for on a resume?
A lot of councils I work with will specify the software skills and experience a successful candidate must have- especially for contract work - so that they can easily transition into a role, so having software experience for a candidate is invaluable. Obviously, for project manager roles I recruit for, the more project experience a candidate can demonstrate - especially multidisciplinary projects- the better.
You’ve built some lasting relationships with both clients and candidates while at Public Sector People. Can you explain the key to maintaining and strengthening these connections?
I think the best way to build trust with your clients is through transparency and honesty. I always try and be honest with both my clients and candidates in regard to feedback, rejections or any job or market updates. I think it’s also important to get back to people regularly so they feel they can rely and depend on you. Finally, being able to check in with your clients and candidates, ask how they are, how their day’s been and showing a general interest demonstrates a level of care that I think people appreciate and can help foster stronger connections.
What commitment will you make to the active job seekers you choose to work with?
For my candidates, I will always have their best interests at heart and do right by them. I try to demonstrate this through letting them know of all suitable opportunities which might be of interest to them and assisting them to the best of my ability to secure the right role for them This will include providing tips and checking in with them before each interview, helping to format their resumes and providing general market advice.
How do you conduct the aftercare process in the roles you recruit for?
It’s important to ensure that the candidates you’ve placed are happy in their new role, as starting a new job can be a daunting process. I like to regularly check in with my candidates every few weeks after they start their role to make sure they are happy, they are enjoying working in the team and the workload is manageable. If the client is going well, I might extend these check-ins to every few months and if the candidate flags anything negative, I can identify these issues as they arise and act as a facilitator to both the candidate and the client to negotiate a best outcome for both parties.
Contract Type: Contract
Job Summary: A local council is looking for a Project Engineer to work with their Infrastructure Projects Engineer, Works Manager and Roads Work Crew in implementing operations, maintenance and renewal strategies and works programs for council’s road infrastructure assets.
Contract Type: Contract
Job Summary: A local Sydney government’s City Infrastructure and Traffic Operations (CITO) Unit is looking for a Design Engineer to join their team on a 12-month basis to provide technical, operational and business support to the unit’s core responsibilities.
To Find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to Paul for a confidential chat about the job market within the public sector and his upcoming opportunities within the NSW construction and engineering space, you can contact him at:
Phone: 0403 242 600
Linkedin: Click here
About the role: This position assists Technical Services, which is part of the City Infrastructure and Traffic Operations. The role will perform tasks associated with the asset management, condition assessment, risk assessment of stormwater assets. This position will identify projects requiring maintenance or renewal and develop scopes for these projects and prioritise the work using the systems and processes available at the City. Key Responsibilities: Support the asset management, maintenance and capital works planning of stormwater assets, to ensure they meet the City objectives in regards to the agreed project scope and best practices such as standards, guides, specifications, as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and water-sensitive urban design principles functionality, environmental performance, safety and risk. Assist with managing contractors associated with the assessment of stormwater asset condition. Utilise the processes of the City and keep records of work and decisions in corporate systems including TRIM and CAMS. Complying with all responsibilities as detailed in the City’s Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Management System and WHS Procedures Manual as amended from time to time. Key Skills: Degree in civil engineering, Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. Strong written and oral communication skills Current class C drivers licence If you meet the above criteria and are looking for your next contract opportunity please apply via the appropriate link with a CV attached. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity please contact Paul Cullen on 0403 242 600
About the role: Public Sector People are working with our local government client to recruit for an experienced design engineer to join council on a 3 month contract. This role will be responsible for practical survey work and design of civil works. Key Responsibilities: To provide computer based designs and plans for the construction of Civil Works Provide detailed estimates of costs for Civil Works To carry out land and engineering surveys for all projects within the Section as required Manage design and minor construction projects, monitor program and report on progress To liaise with public authorities, inter-departments and external consultants • Ability to manage minor design and construction projects from the inception to completion Essential Degree qualifications in Engineering or equivalent Current Class C Driver Licence General Construction Induction (White) Card Sound computer skills including extensive CAD skills (12D, AutoCAD Civil 3D and Civil cad) Demonstrated ability to prepare designs on time to comply with design standards and to industry best practice Knowledge of GIS mapping systems Considerable experience in all aspects of Civil Engineering, particularly road, drainage and traffic facilities Desirable • Experience in Local Government construction and design projects • Previous project management experience • Current Traffic Controller and Prepare Work Zone TMP Certificates If you meet the above criteria and are looking for your next contract opportunity please apply via the appropriate link with a CV attached. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity please contact Paul Cullen on 0403 242 600
About the role: Public Sector People are seeking an experienced Development Engineer to join our local government client on a 12 month contract based in Sydney CBD. The role of Development Engineer - Public Domain coordinates the delivery of renewed and new assets by private developers and State Government agencies on City owned land and land to be dedicated to the City, for betterment of the City and the community. Ensuring the assets delivered are of high quality and meet the City’s policies, codes and standards. Key Responsibilities: Supervise construction on public roads by private developers and State Government agencies to ensure delivery of high-quality assets and compliance with approved plans, specifications and standards; Apply the City’s policies, codes and standards in the review and assessment of applications for works and structure on public roads as part of the development assessment and works on public way process; Represent the City as Certifying Authority for civil and infrastructure and public domain works; Provide a high standard of documentation / information on the assets delivered by private developers and State Government agencies to the City’s asset owners and stakeholders; Work collaboratively with and coordinate responses from City’s assets owners and internal and external stakeholders on proposed development on public roads; Advise and support internal and external customers with general enquires and provide technical advice with respect to civil, stormwater, drainage and on the effects of proposed development and in and on the public domain; Contributes to the strategy of improving public spaces, asset management and meeting the City’s sustainability targets. Key Skills: Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as civil or stormwater engineering, or relevant qualifications; Highly developed technical skills including the ability to read and analyse design and technical plans and specifications for public domain works; Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: Sound problem solving and decision-making skills, including experience working in design and / or construction related activities to resolve conflicting issues; Demonstrated time management skills, including the ability to effectively manage competing priorities and interests If you meet the above criteria and are looking for your next contract opportunity please apply via the appropriate link with a CV attached. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity please contact Paul Cullen on 0403 242 600
About the role: Public Sector People are currently seeking an experience Team Leader to join our local council client on a 12 month contract. The successful candidate will be responsible in leading a team to deliver strategic and operational floodplain and stormwater management initiatives and programs, contributing to safe, effective and efficient catchment management and stormwater (drainage) design across the city. Key Responsibilities: Develop, coordinate and implement operational targets that are successfully met within specified timeframes and to budget for the Floodplain and Stormwater team Ensure that designs are consistent and completed in accordance with professional engineering standards, satisfy a high quality standard and meet Council’s specified requirements, and where applicable to the requirements of other government agencies Manage overall team financial budgets and undertake monthly financial reporting inclusive of forecasting Undertake project management activities necessary to meet timeframes and budget. Provide professional technical expert advice to Manager Asset Design, staff and other sections of Council concerning issues relating to floodplain and stormwater (drainage) management Stay up-to-date with changes made to state and local government legislation Attend seminars, workshops and conferences where approved, to improve technical knowledge in areas of computer-based design aids, floodplain and stormwater management, proprietary products and services, and enhance essential skills in leadership and management. Represent Council on various community and government/industry-based committees as directed and arrange and/or attend meetings as required Investigate, prepare and review design plans, estimates and alternate options for a variety of civil engineering projects in accordance with Asset Design’s Quality Assurance Management System Respond to flood and stormwater related enquiries and develop flood advice letters and flood control lot certification Investigate and report on need for legal actions within the terms of delegation for non-compliance with Council’s requirements Key Skills: Degree in Civil Engineering or a related field In-depth demonstrated experience in floodplain and stormwater (drainage) management In-depth demonstrated experience in leading and managing design teams to ensure effective and timely delivery of project and program activities Demonstrated experience in GIS packages, computer literacy in Microsoft Office applications and extensive experience with AutoCAD, 12D and water engineering applications such as DRAINS, HEC RAS, XP-RAFTS, MIKE II, TUFLOW, WateRIDE and MUSIC If you meet the above criteria and are looking for your next contract opportunity please apply via the appropriate link with a CV attached. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity please contact Paul Cullen on 0403 242 600