Title:  Technical Lead - Communications & Protection


Victoria, Australia

Employment Type:  Permanent Full Time


  • Make a real difference and help shape our customers’ Energy Future
  • Hybrid working > 2 days WFH > Choose your office days
  • Careers with Purpose > Collaborative > Inclusive > Flexible Work Environment 

When you choose AusNet, you’ll join genuine people working together, making Real. Progress

At AusNet, we’re the link between renewable energy sources and local communities, playing a key role in the clean energy transition and providing essential energy to every Victorian family.

Help us lead the way, while enriching your career with real people who encourage you to bring your best and make real impact – for your career, our communities, and Australia’s cleaner energy future.


Purposeful work with genuinely good people. That’s refreshing.

Oversee the efficient delivery of numerous large and intricate design packages, managing multiple work streams while ensuring alignment with design specifications, timeframes, and budgetary constraints.

Navigate commercial, safety, quality, and environmental considerations along with community targets.


Specifically, spearhead the coordination and execution of communications and protection work packages within the scope of the Western Renewable Link (WRL) Project. Additionally, offer technical guidance during the construction phase as needed.


With a 3/2 Hybrid (Office/WFH) split this role is based in Melbourne, Victoria with regular travel to our sites from Ballarat to Ararat and is part of the Western Renewables Link (WRL) Team


This role will deliver real outcomes, including but not limited to:


  • Plan and oversee the delivery of Protection, Control & Communication systems (Secondary) designs to meet quality, completion, and project objectives.
  • Monitor design partners' performance within the EPC contractor, ensuring deliverables are met while controlling costs and timeframes.
  • Lead the design approval process for greenfield and brownfield terminal station design packages, adhering to project requirements and schedules.
  • Provide technical guidance and manage responses to queries during design and construction phases for terminal station packages, ensuring compliance with project requirements.
  • Manage design costs to meet project requirements and demonstrate commercial and contractual awareness in client and partner interactions.
  • Contribute to new business opportunities, continuous improvement in design standards, and broader business activities.
  • Manage client and stakeholder expectations, communicate effectively with the project team, and ensure compliance with AusNet policies and Safety in Design requirements.

You don’t need to check every box; however, we are looking for a good combination of:

  • Tertiary Qualification in Architecture, Building, Construction, Engineering, Quantity Surveying or extensive experience in technical management on significant projects, design or construction
  • Multi-discipline project experience in Building, Construction and Design
  • Proven commercial and legislative compliance skills and design frameworks and systems
  • Demonstrated competencies in Head Contract and Subcontract understanding and interpretation.
  • Strong stakeholder management with major consultant partners
  • Awareness of risk management principles and how design can impact operational risk.
  • Proficient skills in relevant computer software packages and necessary to perform the role.
  • Strong time and cost management skills in timely delivery of design and management of both the costs of preparing design and the costs of the works



A real place to belong 

We celebrate unique voices, refreshing perspectives and diversity in our team. Engage and connect through our social club, family day, wide range of events or by joining one of our Employee Network Groups.  

We believe in more than just competitive pay. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Flexibility: whether this is hybrid work, flexible hours, or part time arrangements, we’ll work with you to help balance work and life.
  • Leave: more than typical personal leave and a generous 14 weeks of paid parental leave, with no minimum service.
  • Community giving: a paid day to volunteer with our social impact partner, Foodbank, or for a cause that matters to you.
  • Perks: we offer all the other perks you’ve come to expect like purchased leave, income protection insurance, novated leasing, corporate discounts, private health cover discounts and more.


As an industry in transformation, we’re excited by the possibilities ahead.

So, if you’re passionate about our purpose and committed to making real progress, bring your energy and join AusNet. Together, we can shape a new way forward.