First listed on: 17 June 2024

Planning Engineer - Port Development Planning


  • Join our dynamic and rapidly expanding team as we embark on an exciting journey of organisational growth and innovation, working towards our vision of becoming Australia’s Port for the Future. 
  • Work on meaningful initiatives that will help create prosperity for the North Queensland’s communities. 
  • Enjoy an environment that provides attractive benefits including flexibility, true work-life balance and generous opportunities for professional development. 

About the Port

The Port of Townsville Limited (the Port) has been actively shaping the future of Townsville and North Queensland for 160 years. 

Today, we are Australia’s largest port for zinc, lead, copper, sugar and fertiliser. Additionally, we handle more motor vehicles and containerised goods than any other port in Northern Australia. The goods that flow through our ports are grown, mined, manufactured and used to better the lives of more than 800,000 people across a vast catchment area, spanning from Hinchinbrook to the Burdekin and west to Mount Isa. 

On average, more than 7.5 million tonnes of goods, worth more than $11.4 billion, cross our wharves each year. Thanks to our customers, we are one of the country’s most diverse ports, linking more than 30 different commodities to 130 ports in 44 countries. 

The Townsville port is also an increasingly strategic forward mounting location in Australia’s Defence capabilities, as well as an important tourism enabler due to its modern dedicated cruise ship terminal. 

Working with us

The Port of Townsville is expanding its team of passionate and innovative professionals as we undergo a period of significant and sustainable growth. 

We are currently undertaking the biggest port expansion in our history, trade volumes are expected to triple by 2050 as new projects in rare earth, critical minerals and renewable energy come to realisation and demand for Defence and cruise shipping capacity is rapidly increasing. 

In the coming years we will be challenged to continue to deliver highly competitive day to day port operations, drive improvements in sustainability across all areas of the business and deliver major capital works projects that will ensure our capacity to facilitate the trade demands of the future. 

We are currently looking for exceptional talent to join our team as we embark on this journey. Are you a proactive and ambitious individual with a passion for making a real impact? This is your chance to be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking environment where your ideas and contributions will be valued. 

The Port provides a supportive workplace culture that is committed to improving diversity and fostering inclusivity. With a strong focus on nurturing growth and continuous learning, you'll have the resources and guidance to excel in your role and beyond. 

About the role and you

The Planning Engineer – Port Development Planning is responsible for the scoping, planning, and development of conceptual plans and engineering designs to optimise the Port’s current and future assets and facilities.  The Planning Engineer collaborates with cross-functional teams to plan and execute port development initiatives, while considering environmental impacts, regulatory compliance, and economic factors. The Planning Engineer – Port Development Planning is also required to manage the Land Use Planning Officer. 

As the Planning Engineer - Port Development Planning you will:

  • Conduct feasibility studies and assess infrastructure requirements for port development projects. 
  • Evaluate the economic viability and environmental impact of proposed projects. 
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define project objectives, scope, and design criteria. 
  • Develop conceptual plans and engineering designs for port development initiatives. 
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, standards, and port security requirements. 
  • Manage the Land Use Planning Officer to ensure the provision of a land use planning service function (e.g. development assessments, land-owner consents) to both internal and external customers of the Port. This includes Port customers, local and State government, and industry. 
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to develop detailed plans, designs, and specifications for port infrastructure projects. 
  • Coordinate with external consultants and contractors for the design and construction of port facilities. 
  • Ensure adherence to engineering standards, codes, and safety regulations. 
  • Conduct engineering calculations and simulations to validate design concepts. 
  • Evaluate alternative solutions and recommend optimal designs for port infrastructure projects. 
  • Identify potential risks and vulnerabilities in port infrastructure and operations. 
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop strategies for risk mitigation. 
  • Collaborate with HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) teams to implement safety measures and emergency response plans. 
  • Ensure compliance with environmental regulations and sustainable development practices. 
  • Monitor and address risks associated with port development projects. 
  • Develop project plans, schedules, and budgets for port development initiatives. 
  • Coordinate with project teams, contractors, and stakeholders to ensure timely execution of projects. 
  • Monitor project progress, identify potential issues, and implement corrective actions. 
  • Manage project documentation, including contracts, permits, and approvals. 
  • Conduct project reviews and provide technical expertise during project meetings. 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, such as operations, finance, and environmental teams. 
  • Engage with external stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, shipping lines, and port users. 
  • Foster positive relationships and effective communication to ensure alignment on port development goals. 
  • Address stakeholder concerns, gather feedback, and incorporate inputs into planning and design processes. 
  • Prepare technical documentation, reports, and presentations for internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Maintain accurate records and databases related to engineering planning and development activities. 
  • Contribute to the development and enhancement of engineering standards, guidelines, and procedures. 
  • Contribute to the annual E&D Business Unit Improvement Plan to ensure proposed programs of work are risk based, prioritized and defendable for budgetary needs. 

Experience you’ll need

To be successful in the role, you will require: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (or equivalent) and membership of, or eligibility for, membership of the Institute of Engineers Australia(or equivalent). 
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (required within 12 months).
  • Current Queensland C Class Drivers Licence.
  • National Police Check.
  • Pre-employment Medical – Non-Functional. 
  • Proven experience in front end engineering design and asset development projects.
  • Strong knowledge of engineering principles, standards, and codes. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Strong project management and organizational abilities. 
  • Effective communication andcollaboratingskills. 
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment. 
  • Proficient in engineering design software, simulation tools, and computer-aided design (CAD) software. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of the position's requirements, please refer to the Position Description available on our website. 

Application process

  • Click apply and follow the prompts 
  • Attach your current resume and a cover letter to your application 
  • Applications close 11pm Sunday, 30th June 2024

For enquiries, please contact, noting that applications must be submitted via our recruitment site - email applications will not be accepted. 

At the Port of Townsville, we value and celebrate the diversity of our community and recognise that it enriches our workplace. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to come forward, confident that you will be met with respect and consideration. We are committed to ensuring our working environment is safe and welcoming. 

If you are an applicant who faces challenges due to cultural barriers or disabilities, please know that we are here to support you throughout the application process. We strive to create a welcoming and accessible recruitment experience for all candidates, and we encourage you to approach us if you require any assistance or accommodations. 

Together, let's build a workforce that thrives on inclusivity and embraces the strengths that everyone brings to our team. 

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