Infrastructure Manager / Specialist 1 - CHS SPIRE Operational Commissioning Manager (S609)

Infrastructure Manager / Specialist 1 - CHS SPIRE Operational Commissioning Manager (S609)

28 Jul
ACT Government Health
Australian Capital Territory

28 Jul

ACT Government Health

Australian Capital Territory

Infrastructure Manager / Specialist 1 - CHS SPIRE Operational Commissioning Manager (Job Number: 01QT8)


Job Title: SPIRE Operational Commissioning Manager

Classification: Infrastructure Manager Specialist 1

Position Number: 48286

Annual Salary: $165,997

Branch: Infrastructure and Health Support Services

Section: Campus Modernisation

Vacancy Type: Temporary contract

Duration: Two years, with possibility of extension and/or permanency

Closing Date: 13 August 2020

Contact Officer: Vanessa Brady, (phone hidden) [email protected]

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.

Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.

Our Values: Reliable,

Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley. CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

- The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

- University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.

- Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.

- Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.

- A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the Work Area and Position

The Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Centre (SPIRE) Project is the largest healthcare infrastructure project ever undertaken by the ACT Government. The SPIRE Project will deliver a modern, purpose-built and state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility on the Canberra Hospital campus.

With an investment of over $500 million, the SPIRE Project will deliver increased capacity across Canberra Hospital’s adult intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgical, coronary care, emergency services, interventional radiology services. It will also provide core integrated support services such as a central sterilising services department and a helicopter landing site.

The Infrastructure and Health Support Services (IHSS) Group is responsible for the infrastructure delivery and maintenance and a diverse array of non-clinical support services with the primary focus of delivering timely patient centric solutions across the CHS organisation.

The SPIRE Operational Commissioning Manager will work closely with CHS Clinical and Corporate Executives and will support the Campus Modernisation Program.

The Campus Modernisation Program includes a number of supporting projects to the SPIRE Project including the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, the construction of a new Building 8; SPIRE enabling works and the Garran Master Plan.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


Hold a relevant professional qualification in Engineering or Architecture or Project Management and a minimum of ten years relevant experience in Engineering or Architecture or Project Management.

Professional qualifications and experience is defined as:

- Engineering - a four year degree or higher qualification accredited by Engineers Australia or Professionals Australia for recognition as a Professional Engineer, including recognition of equivalent overseas Engineering qualifications, and a minimum of ten years relevant experience in Engineering; or

- Architecture - a three year degree or higher qualification accredited by an Australian State or Territory architecture authority for recognition as a Professional Architect, including recognition of equivalent overseas qualifications, and a minimum of ten years relevant experience in Architecture; or

- Project Management – either:

I. a diploma in Project Management accredited by an Australian State or Territory tertiary education institution or an equivalent overseas qualification that is eligible for reciprocal recognition in Australia and a minimum of ten years relevant experience in project management; or

II. certification by a professional body, such as the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), to the level of Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD) or Certified Practicing Portfolio Executive (CPPE), in addition to a relevant degree or higher qualification issued by an Australian State or Territory tertiary education institution or an equivalent overseas that is eligible for reciprocal recognition in Australia and a minimum of ten years relevant experience in project management; or have at least ten years relevant experience in project management.


- Experience in the delivery of health infrastructure projects particularly in the area of service operational commissioning and clinical start-up of new/modified clinical services.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

- Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

Note: This is a two year temporary position with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only.


In partnership with the SPIRE project team and the assistance of the CHS Executive team, this position is accountable for leading, implementing and monitoring the processes required to support operational readiness for the SPIRE.

Under the limited direction of the Project Director, Campus Modernisation, the role will support SPIRE Project Control Group with a focus on:

- The planning and establishment of an Operational Commissioning Plan and detailed program for the operational commissioning activities;

- Establishment of an Operational Commissioning Committee as a governance sub-committee of the SPIRE Project Control Group;

- Planning and preparation of the Operational Commissioning Plan for the SPIRE Project which shall define key milestones and management strategies for the following operational areas:

- Program strategy: the identification, sequence and duration of all activities required to bring the new services into operation. This program is closely linked to the construction program.

- Furniture, fittings and equipment (FFE) purchase and management strategy: the FFE purchase program (Group 1A, 2 and 3 Items), manage the storage and relocation/transfer of FFE, and implement the existing furniture and equipment review and recommendation plan.

- Organisation and management structure strategy: the responsibilities for planning and commissioning activities, including timeline, milestones and critical paths for operational commissioning.

- Operational Delivery Models: co-ordinate the review of division policy and procedures against the endorsed Models of Care to develop the master business and service change program.

- Human Resource strategies: co-ordinate the development of workforce profiles in line with the endorsed Models of Care and Service delivery Plans. Develop the lead-time strategy for recruitment and training policies and procedures.

- Communication strategies: incorporates the staff and community engagement plans for the internal and external schedule of information disseminated throughout the commissioning period.

- Operational readiness: processes for occupation by staff and patients, including support services, testing, clinical and non-clinical consumable stocking, decanting, moving and commencement of operations.

- Budget strategy: support the development of a recurrent business case for the operational budget required for SPIRE and the operational commissioning resources. funds shall be allocated within the project budget and the

- Risk management strategy: this includes updating the Project Risk Register to include identification of major risks, mitigation strategies and contingencies to minimise disruption to service delivery and patient care during transition and occupation of new areas.

- Preparation of monthly reports to the SPIRE Project Control Group on progress with operational commissioning planning;

- This position reports to the Project Director, Campus Modernisation and will involve direct supervision of staff.

- Undertaking other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section with the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high-quality patient care.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience. Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them. (Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Proven skills, experience and ability to manage and deliver large or highly complex infrastructure programs and projects, through sound decision making and balanced consideration of competing issues.

2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a particular discipline, or across a number of disciplines, in providing professional and/or technical advice, and in delivering quality outcomes.

3. Demonstrated accountability for functions, programs, projects and resources within their area of responsibility and preparing concise written reports, recommendations and briefings to senior executives.

4. Demonstrated experience of working in complex business environments with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

Please note candidates may be assessed and selected on written application only. For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: General/Administrative

Salary Range: 165,997.00 - 165,997.00

Closing Date: 13/Aug/2020, 8:59:00 AM

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