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Assistant Category Officer

Assistant Category Officer

  • 502346
  • Construction and Architecture
  • Full-time and ongoing
  • Location: Willing to consider candidates across all NSW locations. Preference will be given to candidates based regionally, with a focus on Queanbeyan, Armidale, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour. 
  • While we work flexibly, there will be an expectation that you will live within a reasonable distance to a NSW Public Works location to frequent the office minimum 2 days per week.
  • Salary from $89,707 plus super and leave loading

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.  


About the role

The Whole of Government (WofG) Construction Procurement Category Team in NSW Public Works operates closely with the Construction Leadership Group (CLG) - Infrastructure NSW,  to implement, manage and improve construction procurement policy, processes, and systems on behalf of the NSW Procurement Board. The Construction Category Team undertakes both the Business as usual (BAU) as well as WofG  construction procurement ‘reform’ activities in collaboration with the CLG to support the Government’s 10-Point Plan. The BAU function involves the processing of prequalification applications, management and ongoing improvement of construction prequalification  schemes, procurement lists, standard form construction contracts, procurement policy and advisory services, and delivery of GC21 Contracts training.

The Assistant Category Officer reviews and processes supplier applications for construction prequalification schemes (schemes) and work collaboratively work with applicants and key Government and industry stakeholders to ensure the achievement of NSW Government procurement objectives.

This role will assist in the development of scheme improvements reflecting leading procurement practices. . You will also work with Government, Suppliers, and industry bodies to provide appropriate advice on prequalification schemes and construction procurement matters.

About you

To be successful in this role, our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in providing expert construction procurement and policy advice to a range of stakeholders such as government agencies, local councils, and suppliers.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline such as management, business administration or technical discipline to facilitate effective procurement services in a commercial environment.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of NSW Government Procurement policies and guidelines, including the NSW Government Action Plan – A 10-Point Commitment to the Construction Sector.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple deliverables simultaneously, and strong time skills.
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence and willingness to drive to and work in remote locations which may include overnight stays.

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role and are interested in creating a more prosperous NSW, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

NSW Public Works (NSWPW) is part of the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, design, delivery and support services.  There’s nothing abstract about what we do. Just look around. Our work is in the hospitals, dams, water treatment plants and high schools – the real foundations of prosperous communities.  Every day we help shape the ambitious projects that bring progress to more people in NSW. From forging a more sustainable relationship with the land around us, to engineering the big ideas of the future. In every challenge we see the chance to build stronger and more connected communities. We do this by developing solutions that show creativity and grassroots ingenuity, providing impartial advice and support at all levels of government and the private sector, and partnering with experts to maximise the benefits of our knowledge and experience.

In NSWPW offices all over the state, you’ll find local expertise for local issues. We uncover the best talent, scrutinise cost and risk, and bridge the gap between private sector and government. By managing these nuances, projects we work on don’t just get done, they become benchmarks others aspire to.

Applying for the role

Apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.

Additionally, if you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Saif Rehman, Category Manager Construction Ph. 02 9769 9793 or email saifur.rehman@pwa.nsw.gov.au

Closing Date:  1 February 2023 at 11:55pm

A recruitment talent pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.

If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.

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