Head of Owner's Engineering - Australasia

Posting Date:  26-May-2023
City:  Melbourne

Melbourne, AU, VIC 3000 Brisbane, AU, QLD 4178 Sydney, AU, NSW 2095

Contract Type:  Permanent
Division:  Green Energy Solutions
Level of experience:  Senior

RINA is currently recruiting for a Head of Owner’s Engineering, Australasia, to join our team in either Sydney (Manly), Melbourne (City) or Brisbane (City).


RINA is a global engineering business, specialising in consulting engineering services for the renewable energy sector. We offer a complete package of services to investors, lenders, developers and asset owners in relation to wind energy (on-shore and off-shore), photovoltaic solar and energy storage technologies.

The Head of Owner’s Engineering, Australasia will provide oversight of our existing portfolio of Owner’s Engineering assignments, with fee value of approximately $3 million, and support a team of ten direct reports. They will mentor and collaborate with team members and contribute to project delivery, occasionally as project director or technical specialist or both. They will frequently interact with clients and help win new business. This leadership role reports directly to the Managing Director, Australasia.

This is an exciting role at an equally exciting time in the renewable energy sector. This role spans across Australia and New Zealand and, from time to time, will involve project work across the globe. At RINA we work flexibly across borders supporting colleagues in multiple geographies.

With over 4,500 employees and 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide, RINA is a multinational player which provides certification, marine classification, product testing, site supervision and vendor inspection, training and engineering consultancy services across a wide range of sectors. Our business model covers the full process of project development, from concept to completion.

At RINA, we endeavour to create a work environment where every person is valued and encouraged. We invite applications from all nationalities, all abilities and all genders. We recognise that women are significantly under-represented in our industry, especially in senior roles, and we commit to meaningful change to close that gap.

We provide equal employment opportunities and we are committed to creating a workplace where everyone is respected and safe.

The Role

RINA has a growing portfolio of Owner’s Engineering assignments across the APAC region and world-wide. 

The Head of Owner’s Engineering, Australasia will provide oversight of our existing portfolio of Owner’s Engineering assignments in Australia and New Zealand and provide line management for a team of ten Engineers. They will provide mentoring and support to their team members and contribute to project delivery, occasionally as project director or technical specialist or both. They will frequently interact with clients and help win new business. This role reports directly to the Managing Director, Australasia.

The role will be focused on growing our existing team and capabilities in the sector, while consolidating and improving processes and delivering high levels of growth. 


• Contribute to business management as a member of the APAC Management Team and play an active role in the development of our renewable energy business and teams
• Manage the recruitment, development and co-ordination of the Owner’s Engineering team
• Provide project management support, advice and expertise to colleague across the business
• Mentor and nurture team members with honesty and authenticity 
• Build healthy and productive relationships with clients and identify business growth opportunities
• Collaborate widely with colleagues in other regions, including sector specialists, country managers, and technical colleagues

Securing work
• Identify opportunities for new client relationships and new consulting assignments
• Oversee development of high-quality proposals to win new work
• Negotiate contracts in relation to new Owner’s Engineering assignments

• Act as Project Director on large and/or complex Owner’s Engineering assignments
• Oversee the delivery of Owner’s Engineering projects in Australia and New Zealand and support the wider Asia Pacific region 
• Advise on Owner’s Engineering project execution globally
• Maintain an unwavering safety focus

Business Improvement
• Improve documentation and processes to ensure high-quality project outputs
• Co-operate with the wider group to ensure quality of standards worldwide
• Develop in-house tools for delivering and managing work effectively
• Establish guidelines for consultants to follow and provide training in order to achieve a consistent approach/output

Qualifications and Experience

• Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline 
• Experience in a senior Project Management or Owner’s Engineering role 
• Substantial knowledge and experience in relation to at least one of wind energy, photovoltaic solar or energy storage technologies
• Minimum of 10 years’ relevant career experience
• Experience in the design and/or construction of utility scale renewable energy projects 
• Highly developed Project Management skills 
• Good knowledge of relevant Australian, New Zealand and international technical standards and working practices

• Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline 
• Project management training and/or certification
• Consulting experience or demonstrated aptitude for managing clients or service delivery
• Chartered or Professional Engineer status
• RPEQ certification
• HSEQ training and/or qualifications

The Company

RINA is a global corporation providing testing, inspection, certification and consulting services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors. We have been at the forefront of providing innovative, technical solutions for more than 150 years, working closely with clients as a trusted partner, assisting them in the most effective, safe and sustainable way. Through a global network of 4,500 talented professionals, operating in 200 offices in 70 countries, we support our clients across the entire life cycle of their projects. Facing new challenges, adapting to new contexts and being where big things happen: working with us means turning our clients’ ideas into success. You will transform challenges into opportunities and brilliant ideas into excellent solutions.


RINA has an excellent renewables and energy storage team, of almost thirty people, based in Sydney (Manly) and Melbourne (City) and a long track record of supporting our clients to develop and construct outstanding utility scale renewable energy projects. We work at the forefront of Australia’s energy revolution.