This particular client applied for a role within the APS which was a Senior Executive Level 2 role and gained an interview. The selection criteria involved addressing seven criteria (up to one page in length for each) encompassing the integrated leadership framework. Following are excerpts from three of those criteria.

Supporting Productive Working Relationships:

I am currently managing a project in close collaboration with a key stakeholder, AAA (a government owned corporation) to examine the development options of water infrastructure in the DDD River in Rockhampton. My involvement in delivering a business case requires seeking environmental approvals, concept drawings, financial and economic analysis, and formulating recommendations on developmental strategies. I actively partake in meetings on a fortnightly basis with an external consultant (NNN Pty Ltd). NNN’s role is in the preparation of all the background work. I am actively involved in managing the production of the work undertaken by NNN. I also regularly consult with the Gladstone PPP’s CWT Committee, partaking in the decision making approval process at a technical level. I then report the findings to the CEOs of PPP and NNN, and the Department of SSS. A large part of my role in this project is the preparation of environmental approvals, including commonwealth approvals governed by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This specifically entails working closely with the Department of BBB and various state government agencies including the Department of CCC. I facilitate discussions and negotiation processes involving all concerned parties in order to work collaboratively toward developing a business case which requires approval from all parties. Key stakeholders involved in the process include federal and state government departments, consultants, professional organisations, and various internal AAA departments and staff members.

Displays Professional and Technical Proficiency:

I am highly experienced in utilising professional and specialist knowledge and experience in several key areas. Whilst previously employed as the Senior Corporate Advisor with the Queensland AAA Corporation, I was extensively involved in the undertaking of sustainability reviews. This required reviewing, analysing and assessing financial information (cash flows, profit and loss, balance sheets, 20-year forecasts, five year historical performance, and borrowing capacity) and other relevant information. This information included statistical demographic data on shires in order to gain an understanding of the social structure, and to determine future infrastructure requirements and rates income. This data and information assisted in determining the factors contributing to the councils’ financial situation which then provided me with the foundations in outlining recommendations. For example, if a contributing factor was a growing population within the shire, I then outlined the necessary steps on how to effectively deliver infrastructure to accommodate that growth; and if a council was changing from rural to urban operations, I outlined the transition process required to deal with this change.

I also used technical knowledge and expertise to apply and implement the relevant policies, methodologies and procedures in order to produce a report that comprehensively outlined the financial sustainability of various councils. I developed a detailed methodology (following a step-by-step systematic process) to ensure consistency and completion of the sustainability reviews in a timely manner. I applied policy and framework developed by the Queensland DDD Association to assess the financial sustainability of local government. I adhered to specific criteria in order to establish a robust guideline for councils to implement and adhere to, and further facilitated the presentation of findings to individual councils, particularly those in a poor financial position. In collaboration with the senior executive team, we completed 110 sustainability reviews; I wrote, developed or peer reviewed over half of these reviews. Overall, the reviews were positively received and provided those councils who were not performing well financially with the necessary tools and recommendations to reverse the situation.

Relevant Qualifications and/or Experience:

I am currently studying the Masters of Environmental Management. This semester I am undertaking the unit ‘Environmental Policy’ which will provide me with the theoretical knowledge and an in depth understanding of the processes and tools available in order to develop and implement the most effective policies to suit relevant business and community requirements. Next semester I will be undertaking the ‘Water Policy and Management’ unit. In 2009 I completed the Graduate Certificate in Business, majoring in law and project management; and in 2008 I completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment. From a theoretical perspective, I have gained in-depth knowledge into the application of both current legal and economic practices and methodologies and how they underpin the processes involved in corporate governance frameworks and the development of policies and procedures.

Previously employed as the Project Manager within the DEF Unit in the Queensland AAA Department, I was responsible for implementing institutional reform in the South East Queensland water industry. This involved developing and implementing government policy to transfer assets from local government and other government-owned entities to newly established government-owned statutory bodies. Having previously worked in the capacity of a Project Manager within the XYZ Group in the Department of ABC, I was extensively involved with the Department’s newly created South East Queensland Water Grid assets (including desalination plant, advanced water recycling plant and pipelines). My key responsibilities involved developing, restructuring and rebundling contracts and negotiations, and working closely with the Queensland AAA legal division.

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