Jacobs Section Leader: Planning & Investigation in Hobart, Australia

Section Leader: Planning & Investigation


Jacobs is a global provider of technical, professional and scientific services including engineering, architecture, construction, operations and project management. Our portfolio spans industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets and geographies.

About the Opportunity

The Section Leader is a management and leadership role based in Hobart and reporting to the Director of Operations Tasmania, the purpose of the role is to lead and manage the Planning & Investigation section, which comprises a diverse team of Surveyors, GIS practitioners & Civil/Structural Design Drafters. The key focus of the team is delivering projects and providing high quality technical solutions for a range of public and private clients in a range of sectors including transport, infrastructure, water, environment and power & energy.

The focus of the role is primarily associated with people leadership and operational management; however it may also include project management or discipline Leadership on projects as required, and depending on the technical qualifications and experience of the applicant

Roles include:

  • Promoting a culture of safety and quality within the Section

  • Lead and contribute to strong business performance outcomes

  • Work to maximise opportunities for Planning & Investigation with external clients and other Jacobs’ operations

  • Responsible for section performance against utilisation and productivity targets

  • Performance and Career Management

  • Balance resources; maximise resources and performance to meet client and project pipeline expectations

  • Coach and mentor staff with an aim to supporting professional development

  • Provide technical input and review of outputs

  • Deliver high quality solutions that meet client expectations

  • Drive successful delivery of projects on time and to budget

About you

Skills, abilities & experience required:

  • Strong leadership skills including a strategic focus to lead the growth of a Planning & Investigation practice

  • Ideally experienced working with government and major infrastructure projects

  • Relevant tertiary qualification

  • Previous technical experience in Environmental, Town Planning, Drafting or Spatial is an advantage

  • Demonstrated experience in managing a large and diverse team covering multiple technical disciplines

  • Ability to articulate a clear direction

  • Previous operations management experience including profitability, scope growth, commercial management, corporate compliance and safety/risk management

Why Jacobs

Working alongside industry leaders, you will have the opportunity to develop your career working on key projects in an environment which encourages collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation. To support your professional growth, Jacobs flexible working arrangements, extended leave options and a host of social, health and wellbeing events and initiatives will underpin our commitment to you. Rethinking how you work, our culture at Jacobs means it’s all about what you do, not where you are, which counts!

Our Values stand on a foundation of Safety, Integrity, Inclusion and Diversity. At Jacobs, your health and safety will always be a priority in everything we do.

At Jacobs, we believe in the power of Inclusion as an imperative in life and in work. A key part of our culture is that everyone has the opportunity to bring their whole self to work and is valued for their specific skills, experience and vision. Specially in Australia and New Zealand we have seven portfolios under our Inclusion @Jacobs Strategy including:

  • Gender Balance

  • Flexibility

  • Jacobs Prism (LGBTI )

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • Maori and Pasifika

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

  • Living with a disability

  • Career and Life Stages

In addition, we have strong global employee networks that everybody can belong to such as Enlace (Latino network), Jacobs Women’s Network and One World.

It’s a great time to join Jacobs. Achieve more with a global brand. Apply online by clicking on the link below.

The closing date for applications is COB 23rd November 2018 , please apply below and upload your CV, a cover letter (3 pages maximum) outlining your key experiences demonstrating your supervisory, leadership and management skills and your interest in being considered for the role

Please note: If you are being represented by a recruitment agency you will not be considered, to be considered you will need to apply directly to Jacobs.


Primary Location Australia-Australia Countrywide-Hobart

Req ID: SOU00010F