• Permanent full time opportunity
• Excellent pay and benefits
• Grafton Location
We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Officer to be a part of our Network NSW Branch within Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). This position plays a key role in providing technical, contract and project management support in the planning and development of pavement and corridor maintenance projects and reports to the Corridor Maintenance Planner or Pavement Maintenance Planner.
We are looking for someone who is preferably qualified in civil/structural engineering, construction management, surveying, quantity surveying, project management; or certificate IV Trade qualification in a construction or building related area and/or who has a strong background in road maintenance.
The successful applicant will also have high level analytical, problem solving and communication skills with the ability to work independently yet contribute effectively in a collaborative team environment.
Roads and Maritime Services is one of Australia's leading public sector agencies, with more than 5,500 employees and an annual budget of $5.5 billion.
As part of Transport for NSW we are responsible for implementing strategic and essential frontline services to the people of NSW who use roads, harbours and waterways.
We improve the movement of people by various transport modes, including public transport (bus and ferry), cycling and walking, as well as motor vehicles. We also deliver initiatives to improve the movement of goods on the freight network, by improving accessibility and infrastructure, with a focus on reliability, productivity and safety initiatives.
We offer diverse and challenging career opportunities for professional and technical specialists, trades, and people interested in making a difference to transport operations and road safety in New South Wales.
When you join Roads and Maritime Services, you become part of a forward-thinking organisation that will offer you generous working conditions, flexible working options and a real commitment to developing your skills.
As the key agency in NSW for road safety, traffic management and planning, road building and maintenance, as well as improving maritime safety, we want our staff to reach their full potential.
RMS USS 8 $107,343 p.a. Package includes salary ($90,240 - $96,836), plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Our commitment to Diversity
TfNSW are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture across the Transport cluster, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTI, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. TfNSW recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of NSW.
How to apply
Click on APPLY button. For further information, please visit our internet site Roads & Maritime or to view the position description and Applicant Information Pack please click on links provided.
For any enquiries, please contact John Howell on 02 6640 1015 and quote 00004416
Please note: successful candidate will need to undertake background checks and criminal record checks.
Applications close: 11:59pm Sunday 3rd January 2016
- Inspire support for animals in need
- Full ownership of the events portfolio, including Million Paws Walk, Perth's biggest and premier pet event
- Based in Malaga, 20 minutes North of Perth
About RSPCA WA
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) WA is the state's leading voice in animal welfare. RSPCA WA is managed locally but works toward the goals of the organisation Australia-wide. On an average day, we employ around 90 staff and we have the support of an amazing group of volunteers. Together, our team works diligently toward preventing animal cruelty.
About this opportunity
This role engages RSPCA WA supporters and the community through RSPCA WA events, via registration, attendance, sponsorship and fundraising.
Reporting to the Fundraising Manager, the Events Coordinator will project manage, implement and be fully accountable for a successful program of fundraising events, including Million Paws Walk, Cupcake Day and Happy Tails Day.
In addition to delivering the full event process on time, within budget and to scope, this role is responsible for all logistical planning, administration, manual tasks and post event evaluation in order to maximise outcomes.
- Deliver and grow RSPCA WA's events.
- Recruit, retain and inspire event participants to increase their fundraising support.
- Manage and maximise event relationships, partnerships and sponsorships
Skills & experience
- 3+ years' recent experience managing high profile, large scale events
- practical experience in managing timelines, budgets & financial reconciliation
- Ability to control/maintain processes, people and tasks in a fast paced environment
- high attention to detail and ability to multitask
- advanced Microsoft Office skills, a manual drivers licence and reliable vehicle
We confidently fight the good fight to prevent animal cruelty, we work hard, we're highly skilled, we believe in what we do and we have a great time doing it! Working at RSPCA WA you get to develop your career in a dynamic environment, where you are challenged and learn something new every day. Plus on some days you could arrive at work wearing a onesie, chat over a cupcake or meet our fans and the furry friends we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.
It's a rewarding day at work when everything you do counts toward a great cause!
Free onsite parking
Discounted veterinary services and barn laid eggs
How to Apply
To apply submit your resume and a cover letter, detailing your salary expectations, to email@example.com. Contact Ingrid Barnard, Fundraising Manager on 9209 9355 for a confidential discussion. To view the position description please click here.
At ING DIRECT we are united by our purpose to help our customers get ahead. We dream big, making positive differences in the lives of our customers through innovative technology and simple banking. And the fact that we're Australia’s Most Recommended Bank makes us smile a thousand smiles. It’s a genuine honour and a privilege.
The Project Coordinator is a newly created position designed specifically to support a company wide relocation project due to go live December 2016. This role is pivotal to our business and acts as the general point of contact and interface for all external clients and internal stakeholders at ING DIRECT.
The Project Coordinator will provide administrative support to the National Manager / Project Director and manage multiple workflows to meet project milestones to stay ahead of schedule. A key part of this role is to maintain effective relationships and communicate with all stakeholders including steering committee sponsors.
Ideally, you will come from a similar project administration background and have extensive experience navigating your way within a matrix style organisation. Your superior coordination skills coupled with highly developed attention to detail will keep you on track with this key organisational initiative.
- Support the compilation and distribution of meeting agendas, minute taking and general coordination of all meeting related activities
- Co-ordination of project cost reporting and financial administration meetings in collaboration with external project management team and cost manager
- Upkeep of database and register management
- Preparation of all general and project specific correspondence
To be successful you will have high energy, a passion for people and a deep desire to influence culture to make a difference. You will bring with you your coordination and strong administrative skills gained from a previous role and love the challenge of meeting deadlines. Your strong analytical and problem solving capability will see you stepping up into this great opportunity.
If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter and CV and apply now!
The famous playwright Oscar Wilde summed up the essence of experience when he stated that, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” And it’s a given that anyone starting and running a business is going to make mistakes.
New businesses require skills in a wide variety of disciplines: from accounting and strategy, to marketing and legal; from human resources to product/service design. And as businesses grow in people and resources, company founders gain the ability to delegate some of these roles.
But, in the beginning, most CEOs are involved in virtually every aspect of their business. If you're one of them, and you have expertise in, say, one or two areas, the broad range of questions you must answer -- with little or no prior experience to draw on -- burdens those first few years of running a business with challenges. It’s no surprise, then, that 80 percent of all business fail in the first 18 months.
For any new entrepreneur competing against these odds, nothing is more critical than shortening the learning curve and getting your business on solid financial footing. Here are six common mistakes first-time business owners should avoid to improve their chances of success:
1. Leave your ego at the door.
Success in business is often nothing more than making a series of good decisions. The catch is that consistently selecting the best choice isn’t easy to do. And despite common perception, one of the biggest roadblocks to good results isn’t a lack of information or skill, it’s a leader’s inability to put aside his or her ego.
In short, outstanding leaders are willing to be wrong. They develop the ability to select the best idea, regardless of the source. If you want to be successful in starting a business, invite input and keep an open mind. If you can do that, you’re much more likely to do what’s right for your business.
2. Don't treat everyone the same.
Learning to manage people is a skill that takes time to acquire; it's not something you’re born with. One of the common misconceptions about management is that leaders should have a particular style and require others to conform to it. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Regardless of your business, your employees are your most important asset. As a leader, your job is to get the most out of them, and the best way to do that is to understand them as individuals. So, take time to identify how to motivate each one and become aware of how he or she responds to your input. If you can adapt your style to align with what works best for each individaul, you’ll dramatically impact his or her performance.
3. Don't hire too quickly.
Big companies have the luxury of significant resources, allowing them to invest in the hiring process. Typically, they put candidates through multiple hiring interviews, as many sometimes as eight or nine. Why spend so much time with a simple hire?
These companies understand that the cost of hiring the wrong person is a significant waste of money and time. Small companies, in contrast, commonly limit interviews to the candidate's prospective manager, and maybe the CEO. Don’t fall into that trap.
When you’re small, every individual can have a disproportionate impact on your business. How these people fit in with the team, the alignment between their skills and the job's requirements and whether they buy into the company vision are all critical to creating a dynamic and powerful team. So, vet your candidates thoroughly, and if you can hire them as consultants for a few months to "try before you buy," that’s even better.
Related: Don't Make These 10 Startup Mistakes
4. Admit your weaknesses.
Even the most talented people have strengths and weaknesses. One of the easiest mistakes a new CEO can make is to ignore those shortcomings. Maybe you were good at math, so you figure you can handle your company’s accounting. Or, you took a business-law class while getting your MBA and you think you’re somehow qualified to review simple legal agreements.
The best executives know what they do well and what they don’t. And their key hires and valued consultants provide valuable input in areas in which they lack experience. Don’t try to be a superhero.
5. Spend time planning.
Most new businesses start because the founder or team has strong expertise in a specific field. That’s a great advantage because it cuts your learning time dramatically. But making the leap from the role of practitioner or product engineer to running the entire company is significant. So, take time to plan. In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
6. Consider that alignment, not consensus, is the goal.
Successful teams exhibit numerous behaviors: shared vision, passion for the work and honest communication, to a name a few. But many small teams incorrectly assume that everyone's being in agreement is always optimal. What's more, those teams will compromise the best solutions in order to gain consensus.
That may be understandable; but it’s the wrong way to run a company. Encouraging robust debate and thoroughly vetting competing viewpoints is the process that usually yields the optimal result. As long as detractors are on board and the team aligns around the plan or vision, differences of opinion, not consensus, should be the goal.
Over the last several years, social media marketing has been the go-to strategy for entrepreneurs to promote their business. With billions of daily users, it’s understandable why so many business owners are excited. Social media marketing has been touted as the best way to market to new customers online-- but it’s not.
As social media has grown, the organic reach has decreased. Today, almost all the major social media platforms are publicly traded companies. To appease their shareholders and Wall Street, these social media platforms now have to generate a profit wherever they can. That has meant decreasing the organic reach and making business owners pay to reach their existing audience.
If you’re an entrepreneur with a smaller marketing budget, you can’t use social media marketing as effectively as you did in the past. Social media marketing is going through what the SEO industry went through a few years ago with several Google algorithm changes. What used to work doesn’t work anymore.
Social media is a rented platform, which is why email marketing is still the best way to market to leads and turn them into customers. If someone is signed up for your email list, they will at least receive your email. Your email list is the of people who have given you permission to tell them what you have going on in your business. Here are fives tips to help get potential customers to open your emails and increase your sales.
1. Test what works for your list.
As with anything in business, there’s a lot of advice that’s good and bad. The truest way to know what will work for your business is to test. To get the best value from your list, test the day(s) you should send emails. Test the time of day; test the subject lines and even the template you use. Don’t listen to advice that’s been passed around like it’s the law. Take as long as you need to test how and what your list responds best to.
2. Deliver exclusive and actionable content.
Your testing will be meaningless if you don’t deliver valuable content. “Value content” can be interpreted in different ways but, in general, it means giving your audience strategies, tips and tactics that help them reach their goals. Give them content you don’t share anywhere else. Make it feel like a special club that helps them solve the problem they came to you to learn how to solve.
3. Don’t come on too strong.
People are repelled from the entrepreneur who comes on with constant promotion. There has to be a balance between delivering free value and selling. Your free content demonstrates you know what you’re talking about and shows that the paid content will help them take the next steps. If you come off as the spammy marketer your emails will be sent to the junk folder.
4. Don’t treat people like they’re just a number.
A big mistake entrepreneurs make is treating potential leads like they’re a number or dollar sign. I speak all over the world to companies on the topic of authenticity. People can tell what’s real and what’s fake. Treat people like you value them and they will do business with you.
5. Let your results speak for themselves.
Results’ marketing is the best form of marketing,whether social media or email. When you show repeated success, people are impressed and make a buying decision. There’s a whole segment of people bragging about what they’ve done with zero proof. When you show leads what you’re saying works, and is working in other customer's lives, leads will turn into customers.
People log onto social media for a variety of reasons. Being sold to is not high on their list. You have seen it with someone you know; they constantly sell on social media, and it’s a turn-off. Don’t be that kind of entrepreneur.
Email marketing is the perfect example of what Seth Godin calls “permission marketing.” Build up your email list and send leads back to your website to see everything else you offer. Let your free information help them make a decision they’ll be happy about later. When you trick them with a clever Facebook ad, they’re not likely to do business with you again.
Build and nurture a list of people who are interested in you and your business. Add value and sell to them but only every so often. Your business will increase, and that list will become your best marketing tool.
For many entrepreneurs, getting that Big Idea into the public market quickly is vital. But speed and accuracy are often at opposite ends of the entrepreneur balance beam.
There’s a definite give and take between spending enough time to get something right and wasting time on things that be handled with less fuss. And as an entrepreneur, you already know that your task is to find just the right balance.
That push-pull between getting the job done exactly quickly and getting it done right intensifies even more if what you're doing is something that's public-facing -- like a website, a press announcement-- even the company name itself.
After all, no one wants to screw up in public. And making even minor errors can damage your brand image and company before you even get started. Nothing says "unprofessional" more than a typo or amateur-looking company logo.
It’s possible, though, to get great public-facing startup business products and services done fast and well. So, if you're one of those entrepreneurs pushing both yourself and your team to get to market at lightning speed, here are some links to bookmark, and shortcuts to take, to get your project up and running right away.
1. Getting your domain name and logo in place -- fast.
Instead of spending hours online checking available domain names, only to be frustrated by what’s not available, BrandBucket has collected literally thousands of .com domain names for just about any business. Brandbucket has even already matched those names with professionally designed logos so entrepreneurs can skip that step, too. It’s one-stop shopping. In 15 minutes you can have a great domain name and logo while your competition is still plugging combinations into domain searches.
“Most entrepreneurs understand that time is money,” Margot Bushnaq Brandbucket's CEO and founder, told me. “I started as an entrepreneur, so I know how long finding the right name, domain and logo can take. That’s why we created a way to skip most of those headaches.”
2. Getting your website up and running -- fast.
Once you have a domain and business name and logo, you’ll need a website. Square has some really nice templates that can be customized quickly to suit almost any need. Best of all, they come integrated with ecommerce capability; that way, you don’t have to find merchant services separately and work them into your online storefront. Square also offers business loans. So, once you get started, that's another step you may be able to skip.
3. Getting your PR machine humming -- fast.
With a company name, domain and website in hand, entrepreneurs looking to establish their footprint in the marketplace will need to get the word out -- especially through search engine optimization (SEO).
It may take some time to find a PR expert or firm that’s a right match for your company. Until you do, there are some pretty easy-to-use, DIY resources to help spread the word. A good one is PRWeb, the online press release distribution service.
Like most online distribution services, PRWeb is better at boosting your SEO than it isat generating actual readers and market penetration. But, for a few hundred bucks, you can get links to your press announcement into literally hundreds of outlets in minutes. “Getting links to your website has value,” Alyssa Miller told me. Miller is principal of AMMediaWorks, a New York full-service public relations firm which specializes in working with early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurs.
“It won’t replace good message development, quality storytelling or media pitching," Miller added about the important task of gaining website links, "but it can be part of a complete PR package. And it’s fast.”
With BrandBucket, Square and PRWeb, any entrepreneur can go from idea to marketplace in hours. You could be taking orders, developing leads and improving your page rankings while your competitors are still hashing out what color their logo should be.
Best of all, you can get your goods to market not just quickly, but professionally.
Data measurement is crucial for SEO success. Without the proper metrics, a business owner will never truly understand how a site is performing, let alone how to improve it. As technology continues to become more advanced, so does the data that people have access to. The issue then becomes sifting through the information to determine which points are useful, and which are essentially worthless. Since every business is different, this is a personal decision for all business owners.
SEO experts track a myriad of different data points such as rankings, links, referrals, and more to gain a clear awareness of how well a site is operating. This, of course, in tandem, helps to map out the next phase of a client’s ranking strategy. If you don’t use a SEO firm, you still have access to the same data and can do it yourself; it just takes a bit of education and analysis.
While each business is unique and has various metrics that matter most to them, there are certain data metrics that are universal and should be analyzed by all. Here is the most critical data to be studied for obtaining increased SEO rankings:
Data Point 1: Shares of Referring Visits
Referring visits show how visitors ultimately found your site. It is vital to keep track of where these leads come from to gain leverage over traffic acquisition efforts. Each month, record contributions of each source for your site, including:
- Direct Traffic: This refers to traffic received from bookmarks, typing in the URL directly, e-mail links without tracking codes, etc.
- Search Traffic: This comes from search queries conducted in any major or minor search engine that ultimately led a person to your site.
- Referral Traffic: This is derived from branding campaign links, promotional materials, trackable e-mails, or links across the Web.
Possessing this information is vital because the percentages and exact numbers will assist in identifying weaknesses and provide a basis for comparison over time. Use this data to track your marketing efforts and refine your acquisition plan for increased SEO benefits.
Data Point 2: Search Engine Referrals
In the United States, three major search engines (Google, Bing, and Yahoo) make up 95 percent of all search traffic. For most other countries, more than 80% of search traffic comes strictly from Google. Measuring how much of your traffic each of these engines sends your way is useful for several reasons:
- It allows you to compare the volume contributed from each engine in correlation with its market share
- It will provide key insights if your site experiences a drop; this is fundamental information for diagnosing the issue. If all engines drop equally, you can likely attribute the issue to accessibility. If it is only Google that sinks, you have likely been penalized and will need to dig deeper into updates like Panda and Penguin to see where the infraction occurred.
- Certain SEO efforts will have a greater impact than others. On Google, gaining specific anchor text links from various domains have more effect than on other engines. Identifying certain tactics that work best on certain engines will help you to focus your efforts.
Data Point 3: Referrals by Terms and Phrases
Keywords always have been a critical factor to SEO. These are highly important to keep track of to gauge performance, identify terms that reign in significant volumes of traffic, and analyze new trends in keyword appeal.
Over the past 15 years, search traffic across the globe has risen consistently so to see a drop in referral quantity can be concerning. Check your keywords to determine if there has been a recent decline or if there is an issue with seasonal keywords – those that are most heavily used during certain times of the year. Your keyword strategy will most likely need to be dynamic; knowing exactly how your customers are searching for you is integral, and this often changes over time. Many businesses make the mistake of sticking with antiquated keywords, so don’t let this happen to you.
Data Point 4: Conversion Rates by Search Query
Conversions are the ultimate goal of any business; that is the entire point of the SEO game. Few metrics matter as much as conversions do. Your analytics tool will tell you what page a visitor lands on after conducting a search query; this will allow you to focus your efforts on optimizing those pages for a prime user experience and guide visitors through the conversion funnel to maximize potential.
The most valuable element to this, however, is establishing the keywords that consistently send visitors to your site that convert. This will allow you to focus your energy on ranking for these words to magnify your conversion capabilities. But this should only be the beginning of your keyword phrase referral study; dig deeper to uncover applicable data on how the conversation process matures throughout a consumer’s visit to your site.
Data and metrics are the key to understanding your SEO efforts and optimizations. If you are not tracking this vital informational, you have no way of knowing what is and is not working. By establishing a tracking schedule and making mindful decisions to elevate each metric over time, you have an astronomically better chance at SEO success.
Engineering is, by definition, the blending of design, machines, structures and technology — so it's no surprise that today's rapidly evolving, technologically-driven job market means that engineers are in a prime position to move rapidly up the corporate ladder.
Engineering spans a countless number of industries and markets, from electrical engineering to software engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering... the list goes on and on. And as millennials begin to take over the job market — it's a widely cited statistic that millennials will make up 50% of the global workforce by 2020 — we're seeing more futuristic and, dare we say, sexier-sounding job titles emerging in high-tech fields like VR and green energy.
For engineers drawn to the fascinatingly technical aspect of the career path, below are a few niche jobs that may be appealing.
1. Virtual or augmented reality engineering
Virtual reality is a hot topic for 2015, with a plethora of high-profile companies like Google and Nokia dabbling in the burgeoning industry. Whether it's the task of developing the 3D models for virtual reality video game testing, or engineering the physical devices for filming and viewing an augmented reality film, engineers have their work cut out for them in this exciting field. Millennials are particularly intrigued by VR as a generation open to experimenting with and embracing new technologies.
The possibilities for a career in this field are nearly limitless as more and more companies take on virtual or augmented reality projects; even traditional industries like banking are testing VR technology in an effort to attract a younger market and help clients visualise complicated financial models or portfolios. Software engineers itching to get into the field can search for job titles ranging from 3D modeller/artist or optical design engineer, to VR developer, to multimedia engineer.
2. Drone engineering
Drone and UAV technology is another field millennials can't seem to get enough of. A recent article on the future of retail suggests that drones may pique millennials' interest due to the promise of instant gratification, a major appeal to a generation raised on clicks, likes and "there's an app for that."
Global companies are eyeing drone technology, from the expected tech behemoths like Amazon — the company plans to begin instituting drone delivery systems as soon as a year or two from now — to surprising corporations like McDonalds. Engineers interested in drone technology should concentrate on job titles such as UAV developer or UAV aerospace engineer.
3. Biomedical engineering
While healthcare or biology may initially appear on the dry end of the spectrum of engineering career possibilities, the truth is that the field is far from dull. Biomedical technologies are shaping the future of healthcare, from bionics to nanomedicine and beyond. The engineers in charge of developing, testing, maintaining and troubleshooting these technologies get a hands-on experience with some of the medical community's most advanced and exciting projects; they're literally shaping the future of healthcare.
For millennials interested in the field, a career as a biomedical engineering technician is one place to look. This job is primarily responsible for handling biomedical technology, as well as transporting, calibrating and troubleshooting such equipment.
4. Modern structural engineering
Architecture is a constantly evolving profession, and with it, city planners and structural engineers have to keep up. Recent pushes for urban sustainability and modern aesthetics mean that today's engineers have their work cut out for them. The field is a good fit for engineers with an eye for design, a passion for sustainability and green energy, and a meticulous approach to work.
Structural engineers must be prepared to work closely with designers, as well as develop familiarity with all of the latest softwares necessary for the job. These are often roles that require working in teams, making them a fit for many millennials, who tend to thrive in collaborative environments.
5. Nuclear engineering
Few jobs sound quite as cool as a "nuclear engineer," and the field itself is increasingly important as the need for alternative forms of energy becomes ever more pressing. Engineers in this field help with the research and development processes as well as the specific systems involved in harnessing nuclear energy, and often are tasked with finding practical uses for or repurposing radioactive materials.
The "cool factor" is just part of the appeal to a millennial job seeker: nuclear energy is often cited as a viable option for helping to mitigate climate change, and millennials tend to favor careers and companies that focus on socially impactful work.
Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow.
Enter graphene, the semi-conducting material that's 100 times stronger than steel -- researchers from MIT have built a chip out of the material that may solve the problem. The resulting infrared sensors were small enough that they could be "integrated in every cellphone and every laptop," according to the study's co-author, Tomas Palacios.
Graphene is one of the best-known infrared sensing materials, so the team built a microscopic sensor chip out of the material. Further graphene was then used to carry the signals and suspend the chip over an air pocket. That eliminated the need for external cooling, normally required by such devices to separate internal heat from the target's infrared signature.
As shown above, the compact sensor was able to detect the shape of a human hand, a promising first result. The goal is to further improve the resolution, so the tech can be used in everyday devices. For example, Palacios told LiveScience that the sensors could one day be integrated into car windshields, giving you "night-vision systems in real time without blocking a driver's regular view of the road." That said, we're still waiting for a host of "promising" graphene-based technology to actually become usable products.