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Project Manager - Underground and Major Civil



Melbourne VIC, Australia
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Title: Project Manager – Underground and Major Civil

Location: Melbourne - Victoria, Frequent site visits to Broken Hill NSW

Job Type: Full-time

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

Are you ready to shape the future of sustainable energy? Hydrostor, a pioneer in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) systems, is seeking an experienced Project Manager to join our team in Melbourne. We’re enabling the energy transition to a cleaner, more reliable electricity grid, and invite you to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking journey.

Why Hydrostor?

Our cutting-edge A-CAES technology is uniquely positioned to revolutionize the energy landscape. Join us as we lead the way in shaping a greener, more sustainable future.

Your Mission:

We are seeking an experienced and dedicated Project Manager with experience in underground cavern, tunnel or mine development and major civil works to join our dynamic owner’s team. The position will support the Silver City Project in Broken Hill as part of the Owner’s / Client Team working with the construction team to provide senior leadership in the lead up to execution and on site. As a key member of the senior management presence on site, the Project Manager will oversee the development and execution of the underground cavern, shafts and major civil works on the surface that are crucial to the success of the project.

This role will work collaboratively with the wider Hydrostor team members and our construction partner on the Silver City Project as it moves through late-stage development to financial close and on to construction completion.

The ideal candidate for the Project Manager role at Hydrostor will be a seasoned professional with a robust background in underground cavern, mine and/or tunnel development and major civil engineering projects. They will demonstrate proven leadership and management skills, capable of fostering a culture of teamwork, inclusiveness and collaboration. This individual will not only possess technical expertise but will also embody Hydrostor’s values of Authentic, Bold, Compassionate and United. They will be adept at managing diverse teams, navigating complex stakeholder relationships and driving project success through effective communication and problem-solving. Above all, the ideal candidate will be passionate about contributing to the development of cutting-edge renewable energy solutions and committed to creating a positive, supportive work environment for all team members.

This role is initially based in our Melbourne Offices with frequent travel to site in Broken Hill, NSW, travel maybe required on weekends to meet project needs and schedules. Once in the execution phase, the role will transition to a Fly-In / Fly-out (FIFO) role to and from Broken Hill or live-in (if suitable).

Your Day-to-Day Adventures:

Project Leadership

  • Take full delivery responsibility to successfully deliver the underground cavern, shafts and major civil works ensuring adherence to project timelines, budget and quality standards.
  • Support the Owner’s project leadership on site, providing strategic insights and on-the-ground management to facilitate seamless construction delivery with the construction partners.

Late-stage development

  • Work collaboratively with the wider Hydrostor team members and construction partner to review the constructability of the project and suggest opportunities to improve costs, efficiencies, productivity and scheduling.
  • Be part of the design review process to contribute your experience and knowledge to developing best for project solutions and designs.
  • Develop construction readiness plans internally and with the construction partner to ensure construction execution is a success.

Construction Execution

  • Take full responsibility for the execution of the project management plan to successfully deliver the underground cavern, shafts and major civil works ensuring adherence to project timelines, budget and quality standards and achieve successful delivery, commissioning and operational readiness
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure all work meets the project specifications, quality specifications, quality standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Track and report on project progress, identifying any deviations from the plan and implementing correction actions as necessary with the construction partner.

Project Controls

  • Work with the project controls team to develop and implement all document, quality, design management, schedule, cost control and other project controls

Stakeholder Management

  • Working with the Project Stakeholder & Permitting Manager to develop and maintain effectively communication with internal stakeholders, external contractors, and regulatory bodies to facilitate project progress and resolve any issues that arise.

Team Management

  • Provide leadership and guidance to project teams, including engineers, contractors and support staff, to ensure compliance with project objectives and Hydrostor’s standards.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate owner team representation is present during development and construction activities in the project office and on-site.

Who You Are:

You are a highly skilled and experienced project manager specializing in underground cavern development and major civil engineering projects. Your background demonstrates a strong track record of successfully delivering complex projects on time and within budget. You possess exceptional leadership and communication skills, which enable you to effectively manage multidisciplinary teams and navigate complex stakeholder relationships.

Your expertise includes working in remote or FIFO environments, making you adept at handling the unique challenges these projects present. You are well-versed in relevant regulations and standards governing underground construction, ensuring compliance and maintaining the highest safety standards.

You are a proactive problem-solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues and develop effective mitigation strategies. Your ability to foster a culture of teamwork, inclusiveness, and collaboration aligns perfectly with Hydrostor's values. You are committed to innovation, sustainability, and integrity, making you an ideal fit for leading the development of cutting-edge renewable energy solutions.

Passionate about contributing to transformative projects, you are eager to bring your expertise to the early stages of Project Silver City and see it through to successful completion. Your dedication to creating positive impacts through your work makes you an invaluable asset to the Hydrostor team.

What You Bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in project management, with a focus on underground cavern development and major civil engineering projects.
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering complex projects on time and within budget.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to effectively manage multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders.
  • Experience working in remote or FIFO (Fly-In-Fly-Out) environments preferred.
  • Knowledge of relevant regulations and standards governing underground construction projects.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, submit your resume by clicking “Easy Apply”.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to move forward in the interview process will be contacted.

For more information on Hydrostor and the exciting journey we’re on visit our website at

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Hydrostor, we know that fostering an inclusive workplace, which values diversity, inclusion, and belonging is paramount to our success.

To fulfill our mission, our goal is to attract people who come from all backgrounds and walks of life, who bring diverse perspectives with wide-ranging experiences, and who share in our common passion to drive innovation and change the global energy landscape.

Hydrostor proudly embraces the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to providing opportunities for all employees and candidates. We ensure that all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental, pregnancy, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status protected by applicable law.

Hydrostor is committed to making our application and interview process accessible to everyone, and we encourage applications from people with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation at any stage, please contact us at In your application, we welcome you to specify your preferred pronouns (e.g. she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).